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We are living in the age of the narcissistic leader. In this talk Ian Hughes explains how leaders with dangerous personality disorders – psychopaths and those with narcissistic and paranoid conditions – are rising to power and destroying democracy.

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“The practice of violence changes the world, but the most probable change is a more violent world.” Hannah Arendt (Tweet)

“The key point of democracy is the avoidance of dictatorship…the avoidance of a form of rule that is not the rule of law.” Karl Popper (Tweet)

“Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil.” Eric Hoffer (Tweet)

“Dictatorship is morally wrong because it condemns the citizens of the state – against their better judgment and against their moral convictions – to collaborate with evil if only through their silence…”  Karl Popper (Tweet)

“The horror of the Holocaust is not that it deviated from human norms; the horror is that it didn’t.” Yehuda Bauer (Tweet)

“The most profound purpose of history is to reveal something of the nature of humanity in all its extremes.” Ian Mortimer (Tweet)

“One might well describe the twentieth century as the bloodiest period of utopian political experimentation the world has ever witnessed.” Mark Mitchell (Tweet)

“In our democratic societies a man who believes in democracy seems to us an ordinary man. Maybe even a dull man…Let there be a banality of good, and let it be powerful.” Rithy Panh (Tweet)

“Like pure democracy, undiluted capitalism is intolerable.” Wilhelm Ropke (Tweet)

“Democracy is not just the right to vote, it is the right to live in dignity.” Naomi Klein (Tweet)

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.” Blaise Pascal (Tweet)

“The movement against war is sound. I pray for its success. But I cannot help the gnawing fear that the movement will fail if it does not touch the root of all evil – human greed.” Gandhi (Tweet)

“…the problem before us is how to get rid of the greatest hindrance to civilization – namely, the constitutional inclination of human beings to be aggressive towards one another.” Sigmund Freud (Tweet)

“…when the history books are written [in future generations], the historians will [have to pause and] say: ‘There lived a great people – a black people who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.’” Martin Luther King  (Tweet)

“For me this struggle is a seamless robe. Opposing apartheid was a matter of justice. Opposing discrimination against women is a matter of justice. Opposing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a matter of justice.” Desmond Tutu (Tweet)


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