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The word denotes emotional character or temperament, but "emotionality" often has a negative valence, connoting being ruled by one's feelings and conjuring up hysteria, irrationality, and the absence of thought. See IMMATURITY. Masses of people protesting in the streets, especially if they hail from the lower rungs of the social hierarchy, typically are seen as overcome with emotionality that threatens whatever passes as order and reason (see DELIBERATION). They're seen not as a public but a mob, a crowd.

Recognizing that thought and feeling are inseparably intertwined, we insist that collective emotion makes us strong, and helps us endure politically against the forces of docility and exploitation, and the odds of having a durable impact. Politics emerges from the assurance and the uncertainties of strong feeling.


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