But for a strong herd mentality, individual leftists (progressives) would be like mindless zombies wandering about in a wilderness. They claim to be individualist, but in reality are not capable of independent thought or identity. If one leftist can be convinced to buy a useless expensive product and proclaims it, "good", the rest follow like lemmings. They have no other point of reference since history, facts, and logical argument are completely outside their belief system. The French had a term for it, "anomie". They are disconnected from actual reality, seeking rather a manufactured one that supports their mindless passion.