THE REASONING POWER OF CROWDS
Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd: A
Study of the Popular Mind
"The mob rushes in where individuals fear to
tread." - BF Skinner
It cannot absolutely be said that crowds
do not reason and are not to be influenced by reasoning.
However, the arguments they employ and those which are
capable of influencing them are, from a logical point of view, of such an
inferior kind that it is only by way of
analogy that they can be described as reasoning.
reasoning of crowds is based, just as is reasoning of a high order, on the
association of ideas, but between the ideas associated by crowds there are
only apparent bonds of analogy or
The mode of
reasoning of crowds resembles that of the
Esquimaux who, knowing from experience that ice, a transparent body, melts in
the mouth, concludes that glass, also a transparent body, should also melt in
the mouth; or that of the savage who imagines that by eating the heart of a
courageous foe he acquires his bravery; or of the workman who, having been
exploited by one employer of labour, immediately concludes that all employers
exploit their men.
The characteristics of the reasoning of
crowds are the association of dissimilar things
possessing a merely apparent connection between each other, and the immediate
generalisation of particular cases.
It is arguments of this kind that
are always presented to crowds by those who know how to manage them.
They are the only arguments by which crowds are to be influenced.
A chain of logical argumentation is totally incomprehensible to crowds,
and for this reason it is permissible to say that they do not reason or that
they reason falsely and are not to be influenced by reasoning.
Astonishment is felt at times on reading certain speeches at their
weakness, and yet they had an enormous influence on the crowds which listened
to them, but it is forgotten that they were intended to persuade collectivities
and not to be read by philosophers.
An orator in intimate communication with a
crowd can evoke images by which it will be seduced.
If he is
successful his object has been attained, and twenty volumes of harangues --
always the outcome of reflection -- are not worth the few phrases which
appealed to the brains it was required to convince.
It would be
superfluous to add that the powerlessness of crowds to reason aright prevents
them displaying any trace of the critical spirit, prevents them, that is, from
being capable of discerning truth from error, or of forming a precise judgement
on any matter.
Judgments accepted by crowds are merely judgements
forced upon them and never judgements adopted after discussion.
regard to this matter the individuals who do not rise above the level of
a crowd are numerous.
The ease with
which certain opinions obtain general acceptance results more especially from
the impossibility experienced by the majority of men of forming an opinion
peculiar to themselves and based on reasoning of their own.
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