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James R. Fisher, Jr., Ph.D.
© February 15, 20012
Were it not for reading William L. Livingston's soon to be released, "Design for Prevention for Dummies," I would have no idea who Gustave Le Bon was, or why important. This is the first of three reviews of Le Bon's works, "The Psychology of Peoples" (1894). The second will be, "The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind" (1896), and the third, "The Psychology of Revolution" (1913).
Gustave Le Bon was born on May 7, 1841 before either the American Civil War or the French Revolution. He lived into his ninety-second year dying on December 13, 1931, after the First World War, but shortly before Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933. The Nazi dictator used Le Bon's psychology to hypnotize the German people to his purposes.
The Frenchman, a trained physician, followed his bliss, which was sociology and social psychology expounding on theories of crowd psychology, national traits and herd behavior. He also pursued the hard sciences, but it was in the soft sciences that his reputation was made.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PEOPLES
Le Bon has trouble with the idea of equality of individuals and races. He sees this has thrown Western man into a series of convulsions over its history the end of which he sees as impossible to predict:
"People found it easy to persuade themselves that these inequalities were merely the outcome of differences of education, that all men are born equally intelligent and good, and that the sole responsibility for their perversion lies with the institutions they live under."
The book shows the error of this mindset by examining a civilization, its arts, its institutions, and its beliefs.Read more ›
Some great things of this book:
1- This book divides revolution into two main kinds: political(secular) revolutions and religious revolutions. And correctly puts religious revolutions above political revolutions. These sentences are in this book:"By giving a people moral unity they greatly increase its material power. We
see this notably when a new faith, brought by Mohammed, transforms the petty and impotent tribes of Arabia into a formidable nation."
2- About revolutions' believes, there's these sentences:"We have already repeated, and shall again repeat, that the errors of a doctrine
do not hinder its propagation, so that all we have to consider here is its influence upon men’s minds."
3- Since I was a child, I read many books, about the French Revolution. And this is the best book that I ever read, about the French Revolution. This book has these sentences about The French Revolution: "The mystic spirit of the leaders of the Revolution was betrayed in the least details of their public life. Robespierre, convinced that he was supported by the Almighty, assured his hearers in a speech that the Supreme Being had “decreed
the Republic since the beginning of time.” In his quality of High Pontiff of a State religion he made the Convention vote a decree declaring that “the French People recognises the existence of the Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul.” At the festival of this Supreme Being, seated on a kind of throne, he preached a lengthy sermon."
4- The author tells that revolutions came from a rotten state in this sentences: It has been very justly said that governments are not overthrown, but that they commit suicide.Read more ›
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A difficult but worthy read.
Le Bon's writings seem to pull apart the social structures of what he is writing about and lay them bare for easy viewing. Read more
Excellent, this is how psychology should be writtenPublished 11 months ago by Christoffer Skuthälla