This is so good, I can hardly believe it!
This is what makes blogging so interesting. You get to pick through heaps of garbage, looking for the pearls in it.
I liked this sentence especially:
Leaders are made by followers. The real question should be: what did the followers want that they could supply?
Coming from a Mormon background, I asked myself the same question about Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism. What did his followers get from him? The answers, which the Mormons themselves strenuously object to, are fascinating – but had everything to do with the impact of Industrialization – the big event of the 19th Century.
Garry Wills focuses in the Iraq War – probably a good place to look in our time.