"Madness is rare in individuals, but in groups, parties, nations, and ages it is the rule."
Friedrich Nietzsche
(1844-1900) German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, philologist
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 -- Kevin B, Portland OR      
Ain't it the truth!!
 -- Suzy Q, Bellevue     
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    Go back to Germany around 1939 for a fine example of this quote.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Yes we can, Yes we can, Yes we can...Zieg Heil, Zeig Heil....
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    I must be rare, Madness, is also a trait of humans aquire, trying to fly like an eagle, surrounded by turkeys. For Mr. Crocker "madmen and englishmen" In my case younsters, it is age, and agent orange, but still, I can hold my own. But, in the case of this quote, they have become madmen, because there is no clear answer, to the solution, That would make anyone mad.
     -- kimo, USA     
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    That is why individualism must trump collectivism.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- warren, olathe      
    Characteristically, the madness of the collective is a reflection of the madness of a malignly charismatic personification of their madness, as desperately without Virtue informed Reason as are they who react and act under the tutelage of lightless emotion.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- Howard, Bangkok      
    Very accurate said extremely well ;-). That state of being which is incapable of determining between right and wrong / legal and criminal at natural law is a measure of a minority of individual persons' mental (or otherwise) affliction(s), disorder(s), or malady(s). As alluded to, and illuminated in the quote, madness is an individual infliction. By a measured assessment, the individual state of be transmutes into the collective compelled compliance of do - the derivation becomes the rule for the whole.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    it was originally quoted from Aristotle.
     -- RC, Rosevill     
     -- Mary, MI      
     -- jim k, Austin      
    Heck, merely look at 2020! ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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