T.S. Eliot on Industrialization and Mob-Rule

More from Eliot’s provocative essay “The Idea of a Christian Society”:

The more highly industrialised the country, the more easily a materialistic philosophy will flourish in it, and the more deadly that philosophy will be. Britain has been highly industrialised longer than any country. And the tendency of unlimited industrialism is to create bodies of men and women–of all classes–detached from tradition, alienated from religion and susceptible to mass suggestion: in other words, a mob. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined.:”(T.S. Eliot, “The Idea of a Christian Society,” in Christianity and Culture: The Idea of a Christian Society AND Notes Toward the Definition of Culture [New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1968], pg. 17.)”:

Earlier in the same section, Eliot had remarked that Church and State issues are usually not on the mind of the public until they become controversial and objects of “newspaper exploitation.” At that point, Eliot says, “at the moments in which the general public’s interest is aroused, the public is never well enough informed to have the right to an opinion.”:”(Ibid., 8.)”:

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