Sunday, July 04, 2004

Eric Hoffer on Osama Bin Laden

Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, p. 161: "In the eyes of the true believer, people who have no holy cause are without backbone and character -- a pushover for men of faith."

The True Believer was published in 1951. I read chunks of it in the '60s and returned to it last December. Hoffer had Osama and his fatal mistake pegged fifty years before the events of 9/11/01. The prescience of this autodidactic stevedore is truly remarkable. Has there ever been a more independent independent scholar?