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quotes from 'the true believer' - part 2

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FROM THE "TRUE BELIEVER" AND THE BRILLIANT ERIC HOFFER ...
THE WRITER I'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO CONVINCE ANYONE TO READ



Once of the reasons I was able to identify who Barack Obama was and what he was doing so early is primarily (but not exclusively) because of this man.


On propaganda:

"The truth seems to be that propaganda on its own cannot force its way into
unwilling minds; neither can it inculcate something wholly new; nor can it keep
people persuaded once they have ceased to believe. It penetrates only into minds
already open, and rather than instill opinion it articulates and justifies
opinions already present in the minds of its recipients. The gifted propagandist
brings to a boil ideas and passions already simmering in the minds of its
hearers. He echoes their innermost feelings. Where opinion is coerced, people
can be made to believe only in what they already 'know'."
- Eric Hoffer, The True Believer

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