State of the Masses: The Threat of the Classless Society

State of the Masses: The Threat of the Classless Society

State of the Masses: The Threat of the Classless Society

State of the Masses: The Threat of the Classless Society

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Modern dictatorship is not the last ditch of defense in which capitalism has entrenched itself to postpone the day of its doom; nor is it the rule of a single man by violence; nor the revolt of the middle classes against their decline; nor of the younger generation against the older. It is not the tyranny of the armed part of the population over the unarmed, peaceful majority; nor the ascendancy of the untalented who have wrested power from the talented; nor the revival of old barbaric instincts which will destroy civilization. All these formulas contribute somehow to the explanation of the phenomenon of modern dictatorship, especially by unveiling the psychology of those who have helped and are helping to establish the dictatorship--and of those who analyze them--but they do not explain its sociological nature.

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