Quotation by Thomas Mann

This fantastic state of mind, of a humanity that has outrun its ideas, is matched by a political scene in the grotesque style, with Salvation Army methods, hallelujahs and bell-ringing and dervishlike repetition of monotonous catchwords, until everybody foams at the mouth. Fanaticism turns into a means of salvation, enthusiasm into epileptic ecstacy, politics becomes an opiate for the masses, a proletarian eschatology; and reason veils her face.
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. originally published as Deutsche Ansprache. Ein Appell an die Vernunft in "Berliner Tageblatt" (Oct. 18, 1930). "An Appeal to Reason" in Thomas MannOrder of the Day, Political Essays and Speeches of Two Decades, p. 57, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Knopf (1942).

Thomas Mann's characterization of German fascism.
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