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Mass Formation and the Totalitatian Mindset
A new interview with Mattias Desmet.
Recently, Icelandic reporter Frosti Logason interviewed Dr. Mattias Desmet, author of The Psychology of Totalitarianism. In this interview Desmet describes his theory of mass-formation and the totalitarian mindset, discusses the Covid-19 situation and the rise of the lonely mass.
This is an excellent interview (and with the Icelandic subtitles a good opportunity to practice your Icelandic). Desmet has been at the forefront of analysing and criticising the Covid-19 response, as many of my readers know and been under attack on many fronts, latest when he was forbidden to use his own textbook in a course at Ghent University where he is professor of psychology.
But Desmet has not budged. Instead he keeps developing and refining his theory of how a population loses its mind. Grounded in the studies of Gustave Le Bon, Hannah Arendt and Jaques Ellul among others, Desmet’s explanation of what occurred in 2020 is a seminal piece of work, and will just become more and more relevant as our societies continue to disintegrate and move closer to pure totalitarianism.
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