Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.
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- Totalitarianism is never content to rule by external means, namely, through the state and a machinery of violence; thanks to its peculiar ideology and the role assigned to it in this apparatus of coercion, totalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorizing human beings from within.
- Man cannot be free if he does not know that he is subject to necessity, because his freedom is always won in his never wholly successful attempts to liberate himself from necessity.
- Opinions are formed in a process of open discussion and public debate, and where no opportunity for the forming of opinions exists, there may be moods –moods of the masses and moods of individuals, the latter no less fickle and unreliable than the former –but no opinion.
- What will happen once the authentic mass man takes over, we do not know yet, although it may be a fair guess that he will have more in common with the meticulous, calculated correctness of Himmler than with the hysterical fanaticism of Hitler, will more resemble the stubborn dullness of Molotov than the sensual vindictive cruelty of Stalin.
- The Third World is not a reality but an ideology.
- The more dubious and uncertain an instrument violence has become in international relations, the more it has gained in reputation and appeal in domestic affairs, specifically in the matter of revolution.