Rubin on Wry
'Cult of Personality' is only 50% accurate (or less)

You remember the band Living Color. They only had one hit - the seemingly provocative “Cult of Personality" where they lump Mussolini, Gandhi, Stalin and Kennedy under the same rubric.
Thing is, it don’t work that way: A Cult of Personality doesn’t just mean Really, really liked” or even “adored.” It’s more - it’s actually a strong government (usually a dictatorship) where are people are forced to profess total loyalty to their leader, whose picture is omnipresent and who is basically seen to be perfect / divine.
Kennedy was popular and glamorous but we didn’t have to like him. Gandhi too….

'Cult of Personality' is only 50% accurate (or less)

You remember the band Living Color. They only had one hit - the seemingly provocative “Cult of Personality" where they lump Mussolini, Gandhi, Stalin and Kennedy under the same rubric.

Thing is, it don’t work that way: A Cult of Personality doesn’t just mean Really, really liked” or even “adored.” It’s more - it’s actually a strong government (usually a dictatorship) where are people are forced to profess total loyalty to their leader, whose picture is omnipresent and who is basically seen to be perfect / divine.

Kennedy was popular and glamorous but we didn’t have to like him. Gandhi too….

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