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The Psychology of Socialism by Gustave Le Bon


The Psychology of Socialism by Gustave Le Bon

First published in 1899 during a period of crisis for French democracy, The Psychology of Socialism details Le Bon's view of socialism and radicalism primarily as religious movements. The emotionalism and hysteria of the period?especially as manifested during the Dreyfuss Affair?convinced Le Bon that most political controversy is based neither on reasoned deliberation nor rational interest, but on a psychology that partakes of contatgion andhysteria. Le Bon points to the irrationality of religion and uses the religiosity of socialism to debunk socialism as an irrational movement based on hatred and jealousy.

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Publication date

25th September 2017


Gustave Le Bon

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


466 pages


Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies



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