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Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind

Gustave Le Bon

Civilisations as yet have only been created and directed by a small intellectual aristocracy, never by crowds. Crowds are only powerful for destruction. Their rule is always tantamount to a barbarian phase. A civilisation involves fixed rules, discipline, a passing from the instinctive to the rational state, forethought for the future, an elevated degree of culture — all of them conditions that crowds, left to themselves, have invariably shown themselves incapable of realising. In consequence of the purely destructive nature of their power crowds act like those microbes which hasten the dissolution of enfeebled or dead bodies. When the structure of a civilisation is rotten, it is always the masses that bring about its downfall. - Gustave Le Bon, from Introduction

Civilisations as yet have only been created and directed by a small intellectual aristocracy, never by crowds. Crowds are only powerful for destruction. Their rule is always tantamount to a barbarian phase. A civilisation involves fixed rules, discipline, a passing from the instinctive to the rational state, forethought for the future, an elevated degree of culture — all of them conditions that crowds, left to themselves, have invariably shown themselves incapable of realising. In consequence of the purely destructive nature of their power crowds act like those microbes which hasten the dissolution of enfeebled or dead bodies. When the structure of a civilisation is rotten, it is always the masses that bring about its downfall. - Gustave Le Bon, from Introduction
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Civilisations as yet have only been created and directed by a small intellectual aristocracy, never by crowds. Crowds are only powerful for destruction. Their rule is always tantamount to a barbarian phase. A civilisation involves fixed rules, discipline, a passing from the instinctive to the rational state, forethought for the future, an elevated degree of culture — all of them conditions that crowds, left to themselves, have invariably shown themselves incapable of realising. In consequence of the purely destructive nature of their power crowds act like those microbes which hasten the dissolution of enfeebled or dead bodies. When the structure of a civilisation is rotten, it is always the masses that bring about its downfall. - Gustave Le Bon, from Introduction

Language:

English

Narrators:

Oxenhandler

Length:

5h 52m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

44:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

41:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

27:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

42:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

42:53