|"...both the Platonics and Aristotelians adhered, for opposite reasons, to the doctrine of controlling the masses of people through mythologies. (...) A popularized mythology is like a goldfish bowl. No matter how cleverly the fish chooses his direction within the bowl, he can never escape it in such a fashion. No matter how cleverly he adapts to the environment of the bowl's medium (e.g., popular mythologies), whoever moves the bowl moves him in a corresponding direction." (1)|
|Benito Mussolini On Myth:|
|"We have created our myth. The myth is a faith, it is passion. It is not necessary that it shall be a reality. It is a reality by the fact that it is a good, a hope, a faith, that it is courage. Our myth is the Nation, our myth is the greatness of the Nation! And to this myth, to this grandeur, that we wish to translate into a complete reality, we subordinate all the rest."|
|: Mussolini's Italy (1935), Herman Finer, p. 218; quoted in Franklin Le Van Baumer, ed., Main Currents of Western Thought (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1978), p.748.|
|"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." — Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.|
"Neo Platonist" LaRouche's quote clearly proves he is intentionally using myths/mythologies to control people.
This concept of using "myth" to manipulate "crowds" was introduced in politics by Georges Sorel (1847-1922), a French syndicalist philosopher. With his "MYTH OF "PLATO v. ARISTOTLE" LaRouche has just done that with his "movement", transforming it from a "political sect" into a "political cult", a move very similar to a Mussolini's .
In his "Letter to Daniel Halevy" (2), Sorel explained his doctrine of the use of "social myth":
Sorel also argued that true socialism could only appear after a period of violent revolution at the hands of a disciplined proletariat.
Mussolini repeatedly acknowledged George Sorel as his master: "What I am, I owe to Sorel." And Sorel, in turn, called Mussolini "a man no less extraordinary than Lenin..." (3)
These two fundamental concepts; "violence" and "myth", are considered as Sorel's intellectual contribution to the creation of Fascism.
Socialist Mussolini realized that Marxist "Utopia" was not enough to seize power and he successfully endorsed Sorel's new concepts.
German Fascist (Nazi) ideologue Alfred Rosenberg published in 1930 "The Myth Of The 20th Century" defending the notion of the "myth of race" in History.
1. THE SECRETS KNOWN ONLY TO THE INNER ELITES in THE CAMPAIGNER, May-June 1978
2. Letter to Daniel Halevy (1907) by Georges Sorel.
3. "The Myth of the Nation and the Vision of Revolution: The Origins of Ideological Polarisation in the Twentieth Century", Chap. 1, The Legacy of George Sorel - Marxism, violence, Fascism; by J. L. Talmon (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981)
4. Lecture 9 The Age of Anxiety: Europe in the 1920s (2)