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Mandatory reading

| Monday, July 17, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

In 1951, Eric Hoffer wrote “The True Believer,” which analyzed fanatics. He studied mass movements — some religious, some social revolutions, others nationalistic. He found common traits among them.

Today, his book rings just as relevant as then. It should be mandatory reading in high school and college.

Our country was created as a representative republic, based on individual freedoms. Equality was mentioned, but not socialism.

Hoffer's book is a series of numbered short essays. No. 29 addresses the difference between freedom and equality: “Where freedom is real, equality is the passion of the masses. Where equality is real, freedom is the passion of a small minority. Equality without freedom creates a more stable social pattern than freedom without equality.”

Still, I prefer real freedom. It is harder, has a greater risk of failure and is not politically correct at this time. However, it was real freedom that made this country great — not socialism and equality.

Hoffer's book will make you rethink modern liberal doctrines.

Kathleen Bollinger

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