Quote of the week: Mob mentality

Glenn Greenwald:

A very long time ago, I would be baffled when I’d read about things like the Salem witch hunts.  How could so many people be collectively worked up into that level of irrational frenzy, where they cheered for people’s torturous death as “witches” without any real due process or meaningful evidence?  But all one has to do is look at our current Terrorism debates and it’s easy to see how things like that happen.

Greenwald wrote that as a follow-up to his post about how Obama, like Bush, claims the right to assassinate American citizens accused of being terrorists.

One Comment

  1. Ian

    It isn’t surprising to see people acting like that. I mean, look at how our media treats even the slightest hint of scandal.