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Outline for Rhetoric and Civil Life Test 2 Readings: Eric Hoffer The True Believer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_True_Believer Analyzes and tries to explain the various types of personalities that contribute to mass movements, why and how they start and end and what types they are Believes that mass movements an motivations for them are interchangeable Believes that though goals and values may differ from movement to movement (religious, political, racial) that they attract the same kinds of followers, use the same tactics and behave in the same ways Movements come from a desire for change that people attribute to things outside of their control and with a general distain for the way things are going currently, so they find appealing the ability to put a larger cause before themselves Key: all mass movements are competitive and interchangeable An example of movements being interchangeable: Nazis and facism having the same ultimate views, and a guy who was avid anti Christianity then became a fanatical Christian The new poor are the best converts to mass movements as they are resentful and looking to place blame, ex. working class who supported hitler Really poor don’t tend to believe or those that are fully engulfed in a community like an orthodox jew but those that feel only partially assimilated will buy into it Misfits and people who feel their lives are meaningless buy into mass movements as well Part of a mass movement membership is to make yourself unimportant and to identify and define yourself as a member of the movement Define mass movements as a battle against the present, and to never question the movement or its actions or motives and about faith over reason Persuasion and fanaticism is encouraged, and successful mass movements have something/someone they hate Movements begin with men of words that are motivated by self grievances but mask them, then the fanatic takes over who feels the need to go farther and to get power and be aggressive, then the movement leaves this dynamic phase is taken over by the practical men of action and becomes a place less for revolution and more as a social institution where one can find fame Often times successful movements become what they sought to replace Movements with more terror and a less clear message last longer Fareed Zakaria The Future of Freedom http://www.theglobalist.com/storyid.aspx?storyid=3265 Variables that create a stable and free democracy Democracies don’t last as long when you try and democratize it first and liberalize it later Illiberal democracies mix elections with authoritarianism, they try and form around countries that lack stable economies The increased democratization of American society and culture has created the issues and failures in the government Free trade seemed to be on the rise, but then problems arose and the fix to every problem seemed to
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