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The crowd was a mere mass and not an organization. An army was also made up of an extended group of individuals. But the relationship between them was organized hierarchically. As in a crowd, inﬂuences must pass between all the men. But the immediate association between each individual wasn’t the driving force of the army. Instead, it was the hierarchy of command and rank, from general, through ofﬁcers, to men. 64 Moral Treatment for the Community at Large 21 A hierarchy of mind expressed in a hierarchy of the social order then.
107 ∗ ∗ ∗ Wills’ feelings about the Charity Organisation Society (COS) were getting worse by the week. The whole country seemed to him to be dominated by a belief in the free market and the power to hire and ﬁre. And this even in a desperate capitalist depression: Let me place on record, for the relief of my feelings, my belief that this is a monstrous country. . The only amelioration of these days is the so called employment agency, to which the opulent employer pays damn all, and the starving workman pays $10 if he wants a job!
110 Beers’ quest to found a movement for reform began with the publication of A Mind that Found Itself. This was an autobiography about his mental breakdown, his years in mental hospitals and his eventual recovery. But it was also a sharp critique of the abusive treatment and poor conditions he had experienced. Determined and articulate, even before the book was published, Beers had 32 Mental Hygiene and Psychiatry in Modern Britain gained the support of inﬂuential people. Among them was the psychologist William James, who praised Beers’ manuscript and wrote a foreword to it when it was published.