We’re living in a political moment with a high degree of fanaticism. People are justifiably frustrated with our government and are thus vulnerable to people advocating for or representing radical change.
Populist leaders like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have aroused this behavior and Trump has retained this level of fanaticism through his time in office. His true fans have never wavered in their support of him, no matter what mistake he’s made, and will do anything to make sure he’s re-elected this fall.
Even though he was writing this book when Stalin still lead the Soviet Union, Eric Hoffer gets to the root of this political fanaticism in his book True Believer.
The book reads like it could have been written last year and if governments are still a thing and people are still human in a hundred years, it will be relevant then too. This is the kind of book that reminds you of the power of a good book. After reading it, I believe it would be difficult to become a true believer yourself. It is full of powerful and interesting quotes and here are some to get you to read the book.