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A Timely Book For Today: Published in 1841. by The Elephant's Child

There is a book out there, first published in 1841, entitled “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.”It was an early study of crowd psychology by Scottish journalist Charles Mackay. It was published in three volumes: “National Delusions,” “Peculiar Follies,: and “Philosophical Delusions.” Mackay was an accomplished storyteller, though he wrote in a journalistic manner and somewhat sensational style.

It has been in print ever since, and Amazon has at least 13 different bindings and prices.  There’s the Crusades, fortune- telling, the influence of politics on the shapes of beards and hair. Haunted houses, prophecies, and economic bubbles. There’s the Railway Mania of the 1840s the South Sea Bubble, The Mississippi Scheme, The Tullipomania, The Witch Trials, Wikipedia has a good coverage, with some interesting illustrations from the period.

Probably time to check a copy out of the Library or buy your own. I’m afraid that’s where we are. Collusion with Russia clearly merits a listing, and perhaps Bitcoin. They urge each other on, and each excess exceeds the previous excess. And each excess gives permission for the next person to play “Can You Top This?”

They talk Democracy, but you have probably noticed that they are not interested in a two-party system. They are destined to rule, and where this is all going, nobody knows.




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