Mar 16, 2010

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Join the Dance!

A TOQ comment drew my attention to a 3-minute Internet video entitled “Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy” [YouTube clip] by Derek Sivers. There are some brilliant lessons packed into its short compass, culminating in this counterintuitive bit of advice:“The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow....

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Nov 21, 2009

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The Romantic Ethic & the Spirit of Modern Consumerism

The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerismby Colin CampbellAlcuin Academics, 2005As the title immediately suggests, this is meant to be a companion volume to Max Weber’s classic The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. In Colin Campbell’s opinion, the latter only told half of the story (that of production), and left unanswered fundamental questions...

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Oct 26, 2009

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Straw Dogs

I have suggested in previous articles, as well as in my dystopian novel, Mister, that the longer we allow our enemies to carry on as they are, the harsher the measures that will be required to extricate ourselves from the present mess.This is not a profound insight; it is something every schoolboy learns in the playground. When a challenge is allowed to pass without a forceful...

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Oct 14, 2009

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Your Choice of Treatment

From The Occidental Observer, October 13, 2009Sometime ago I visited my local surgery. At the reception desk, I was confronted with a poster, bearing Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) logo. The poster was produced by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), which is a spawn of the British government’s Department of Health. Across the top of the poster, in large white...

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Sep 18, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd,
Chapter 4: “A Religious Shape Assumed by all the Convictions of Crowds”

Chapter 4“A Religious Shape Assumed by all the Convictions of Crowds”What is meant by the religious sentiment — It is independent of the worship of a divinity — Its characteristics — The strength of convictions assuming a religious shape — Various examples — Popular gods have never disappeared — New forms under which they are revived...

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Sep 11, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd,
Chapter 3: “The Ideas, Reasoning Power, and Imagination of Crowds”

Chapter 3“The Ideas, Reasoning Power, and Imagination of Crowds”§ 1. The ideas of crowds. Fundamental and accessory ideas — How contradictory ideas may exist simultaneously — The transformation that must be undergone by lofty ideas before they are accessible to crowds — The social influence of ideas is independent of the degree of truth they may...

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Sep 10, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd:
Chapter 2, “The Sentiments and Morality of Crowds,” continued

Chapter 2“The Sentiments and Morality of Crowds,”Continued§ 3. The exaggeration and ingenuousness of the sentiments of crowds. Crowds do not admit doubt or uncertainty, and always go to extremes — Their sentiments always excessive. § 4. The intolerance, dictatorialness, and conservatism of crowds. The reasons of these sentiments — The servility of crowds...

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Sep 9, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd:
Chapter 2, “The Sentiments and Morality of Crowds”

Chapter 2“The Sentiments and Morality of Crowds”§ 1. Impulsiveness, mobility, and irritability of crowds. The crowd is at the mercy of all exterior exciting causes, and reflects their incessant variations — The impulses which the crowd obeys are so imperious as to annihilate the feeling of personal interest — Premeditation is absent from crowds —...

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Sep 8, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd:
Chapter 1

Chapter 1“General Characteristics of Crowds — Psychological Law of their Mental Unity”What constitutes a crowd from the psychological point of view — A numerically strong agglomeration of individuals does not suffice to form a crowd — Special characteristics of psychological crowds — The turning in a fixed direction of the ideas and sentiments of...

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Sep 7, 2009

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Gustave Le Bon’s The Crowd:
Introduction, “The Era of Crowds”

The evolution of the present age — The great changes in civilization are the consequence of changes in National thought — Modern belief in the power of crowds — It transforms the traditional policy of the European states — How the rise of the popular classes comes about, and the manner in which they exercise their power — The necessary consequences of...

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