What you missed was Charles-Marie Gustave Le Bon, a leading French polymath whose areas of interest included anthropology, psychology, sociology, medicine, invention, and physics.

He is best known for his 1895 work The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, which is considered one of the seminal works of crowd psychology.

This book is available free online. Read it.

He Influenced Poincaré, Clemenceau, Sorel, Abduh, Freud, Koneczny, Dawes, Park, Lenin, Trotter, Edwards, Churchill, Lodge, Michels, Spengler, Roosevelt, Ortega y Gasset, Mussolini, Hitler, de Gaulle, Bernays, Bion, and many others.

Take the hint.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Le_Bon

Only the work of his successor Edward Bernays compares in his influence upon contemporary society. Unlike Marx and Engels, history actually did turn out exactly like Le Bon and Bernays said it would.

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Actually, the problem is that we're civilized. That is the official designation of being enslaved.

The English word civilization comes from the 16th-century French civilisé ("civilized"), from Latin civilis ("civil"), related to civis ("citizen") and civitas ("city").

Cities evolved from the armed walled camps of conquering armies. It's where they took their plunder and slaves.

Cities grew up around castles. Castles are what invaders built to protect themselves from the local population that they preyed upon. The enslaved locals taken to serve the invaders in their castles were literally civilized to be civilians.

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Most likely the last chapter. Evolutionary biologists have documented well-known cases of species achieving early success in a narrow niche quickly going extinct. The only nature we needed to conquer was human nature.

If it were only global warming, we might stand a chance. But no. We're also up against late-stage end-stage capitalism, Dark Tetrad personalities in leadership positions, rising levels of industrial pollution negatively affecting human mortality and fertility, and rising levels of background radiation in addition to the growing threats of mutually assured destruction from global thermonuclear war.

Our only legacy as a species will be a thin layer of radioactive plastic in the geological strata unless we develop artificial general intelligence that can reiterate its own code and manage its own power supplies.

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Jay Greathouse

Jay Greathouse

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