If exposed long enough to the tomtoms and the singing, every one of our
philosophers would end by capering and howling with savages. Assemble a
mob of men and women, treat them to amplified band music, bright lights,
and in next to no time you can reduce them to a state of almost mindless
subhumanity. Never before have so few been in a position to make fools,
maniacs, or criminals of so many.
from The Devils of Loudun by Aldus Huxley (1952)