Cult of an Individual [The Personality Cult]

Russian Studies in Philosophy 5 (1):24-36 (1966)

Abstract
Initially, the deification of representatives of religious and lay authority, endowing them with superhuman merits and power; sanctification of the authority of emperors, tsars, kings, and members of the clergy - high priests, popes, etc.; in its contemporary manifestations, the imposition upon the people of worship of the carriers of authority as infallible, and ascribing to them the capacity to make history at their will and desire. In the labor and communist movements, worship of an individual is a foreign, anti-Marxist ideology and practice, leads to the inculcation of anti-democratic methods in the building of socialism, exaggeration of the role of force, artificial inflation of the role of leaders, and denigration of the role of the party and the people at large, which leads to distortion of socialist ideals
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DOI 10.2753/RSP1061-1967050124
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