The Anti-Federalists

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Within today’s society individuals struggle to view one another as allies, rather people categorize other’s as being enemies. This sense of individuals being suspicious of one another is not a concept that is shocking to society. For instance, during the time of the founding father’s established the United States Constitution, there were two groups: the anti federalist and the federalist. The anti-federalist opposed the ratification of the Constitution because these people were eerie of a strong federalized government that infringed on individuals right’s. As the federalist supported the Constitution and advocated that the document protected individuals from government regulations. After World War II, intellectuals such as Ardent and Canetti…show more content…
LeBon was the first nineteenth century philosopher to study why people join crowds. The theorist found that people join crowds because they are trying to escape self-laceration and ambition by locating positives. What is unique about these groups is that people are willing to give up their understanding of reason and turn to pathology. Within crowds people seem to immerse themselves in the group, that man becomes unrecognizable. In the late nineteenth century, individuals began to resent the bourgeoisie class and associate themselves with mobs. Since, individuals are not capable of defining themselves, Ardent proposes that people do not know why they are joining these mobs. People do not known who they are not because of freedom of choice, but because they have no identity. Therefore, mobs are destructive groups that attempt to control individuals experiencing self loathing. Due to self laceration and individual begins to locate one’s self in bitterness. In the face of anti-intellectualism, Ardent desires to resurrect the notion of self and reason that was identified by the Enlightenment period. In relationship to the banality of evil, crowds are tied to Darwin’s evolution theory known as, survival of the fittest. Moreover, when analyzing the mob, the leader is generated from the crowd, as a result of vigorous power exhumed onto the leader. Hence, the leader comes vacant space occupied by the mass. These leader are not considered people because history defines individuals which makes man interchangeable and disposable. As the group flourishes it has a direct relationship to the destruction rate. In contradiction, Canetti believes that crowds and power are two separate
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