“A person deeply invested in his group’s dominance ‘has a euphoric ‘on-top-of-the-world’ feeling, while in reality he is in a state of self-inflation,’ [Eric] Fromm wrote. ‘This leads to severe distortion of his capacity to think and to judge….He and his are over-evaluated. Everything outside is under-evaluated.’ And underneath may lie the fear that he cannot live up to the constructed ideal of his own perfection.
History has shown that nations and groups will conquer, colonize, enslave, and kill to maintain the illusion of their primacy. Their investment in this illusion gives them as much of a stake in the inferiority of those deemed beneath them as in their own presumed superiority. . . .
The social theorist Takamichi Sakurai wrote bluntly: ‘Group narcissism leads people to fascism. An extreme form of group narcissism means malignant narcissism, which gives rise to a fanatical fascist politics, an extreme racialism.'”
Isabel Wilkerson, from CASTE