In continental Europe, Fascist movements were largely recruited from among Communists, and the opposite process may well happen within the next few year. What remains constant in the fanatic is his own state of mind : the object of his feeling is changeable, and may be imaginary.
For an intellectual, such transference has an important function. It makes it possible for him to be much more fanatic — more vulgar, more silly, more malignant, more dishonest — than he could ever be on behalf of his own country, his former ideology or any unit of which he had real knowledge.
– George Orwell