"A human group transforms itself into a crowd when it suddenly responds to a suggestion rather than to reasoning, to an image rather than to an idea, to an affirmation rather than to proof, to the repetition of a phrase rather than to arguments, to prestige rather than to competence."
Jean-Francois Revel
[Jean-Francois Ricard] (1924-2006) French politician, journalist, author, philosopher, member of the Académie française
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OK, the line he's following seems to be consistent.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Perfection, that is what this quote is! You see these tendencies in people all of the time accepting slogans to be reasoning etcetera.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Wow! that's identical to the Fox News mantra. I just found out that main-line Media was very influential in the Supreme Courts decision to allow the unfettered corporate funding of politicians - I wonder why??????
     -- Anonymous     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    hope - change - hope - change (repeat again and again)
     -- Doug, Calif     
    When you accept that the majority of humanity is barely capable of rational thought anyway, this quote becomes all the more true. The trick, I suppose, is to either disperse the crowd or bend it to some positive use.
     -- Justin, Elkland     
    People responded to the big smile and the soothing talk about hope and change and look what we got. Obama is the true con artist.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    Ain't that the truth!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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