I'm looking for books that explain the sociology of how movements can get out of control. An example is how the rain of terror came to be. Why does these things happen?
Vent. We believe we revolt against those ideals we fought against, e.g. slavery, woman rights, liberty, but really we revolt against organized society as a whole. The beheading of an aristocrat does not quench the thirst that subordination and the illogical and baseless hypocrisy that organized life brings forth in every sphere it touches. As long as the individual is made a collective there will be no quiescence of mass violence.
>the rain of terror
Jfc the French are so dramatic.
Schmitt's Concept of the Political then Girard's Violence and the Sacred
I just bought this book, and I haven't read it yet. That being said, I'm interested in similar things OP, and I think it could have answers for both of us.
This, this, this. His Psychologie des Foules is essential for understanding popular mass movements like Italian fascism (foremost), German Nazism, and the various communisms. Nothing else really gets close to le Bon.
Can also second the other recommendations in this thread, but le Bon should be your first stop.
You're welcome mate. If you read Freud with Le Bon as someone suggested, there are some nice parallels to draw between these works. The Freud's "Ego ideal" concept may specifically interest you
Ok, calm down, calm down. I can quite relate to what you said. Though as it is now presented, it seems to me it lacks a lot of premises to come to these points, so I cannot say a lot of thing about these three sentences. What makes you come to these points?
Also, I've got a feeling you have quite a moralistic view about the subject, that doesn't really please me ("illogical" as a bad thing, "hypocrisy"). But once again, since there are only three sentences, it's hard to know if it's just mine feeling or the bottom of your mind.
In a nutshell, say more and I'll say more
I agree with you - but like most people of our generation I agree with basically any semi-intellectual opinion I hear for the first time in a vain subconscious attempt to convince myself I'm progressing as a person.