At one point, the reading mentions the possibility that the people of the Third Reich and Stalinist Russia are under a state of hypnosis. The author seems critical of this notion, and remains steadfast that the people willingly believe in the cult of personality of their leader, even if deep down, they are rational enough to doubt this kind of perfection.
What do you believe? Is it possible that the cult of personality can 'hypnotize' the masses into a state of total submission? Or do the people willingly do this to themselves? What about the reading convinces you to reach your conclusion?