Cult of personality

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A propaganda poster shows the cult of personality of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Lenin, and Stalin

A cult of personality refers to a situation in which an individual, often a dictator of a country, uses propaganda and media tools excessively to create a strongly positive image of himself, often with unquestioning praise. People who have created a cult of personality include Kim Jong Il, Mao Zedong, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, Fidel Castro, and Richard Dawkins.

Whilst rarer in democratic societies, there are examples of a personality cult being built around certain western political leaders including John F. Kennedy, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and most recently Barack Obama among liberals and Donald Trump among conservatives.

A cult of personality is similar to hero worship, except it involves mass media propaganda.

"Cult of Personality" was also a song by New York band Living Colour that won the 1989 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The song makes references to Stalin and Benito Mussolini. The song is featured in the popular video game Guitar Hero 3 and is also known as the entrance music for professional wrestler CM Punk.

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