Surely a "true leader" need not be an intellectual. A true intellectual rather cannot be a "true leader". Starting with Alexander Macedonian and Chen-ghis passing via Stalin ending with Hitler. Their respective projects leaving aside, all that unites them is the personal qualities that allowed them to mobilise the crowds behind their personal endeavour. None of them made it without this special chemistry of totalitarian and oppressive charisma which made individuals feel glorious just by merging with the collective, suspending their personal interests and responsibilities. What Herzl provided, was not "fresh vision" since many Zionists proposed this project in various forms throughout entire 19th c., and the death of Herzlian "political Zionist" vision was pronounced together with that of its author, with advancement of "practical Zionism" vision, and with the democratisation of WZO leadership after dissolution of Herzlian autocracy and remaking his figure into mobilisatory tool.
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