"Even more important, however, is the identification of the mass individual with the “Führer.” The more helpless the individual was made by his upbringing, the more strongly does he identify himself with the Führer, the more does the infantile helplessness take the form of the feeling-one-with-the-Führer. This tendency to identification is the psychological basis of national narcissism, that is, of a self-confidence based on identification with the “greatness of the nation.” The reactionary middle class individual believes he discovers himself in the Führer, in the authoritarian state. On the basis of this identification, he feels himself the defender of “the nation,” even though, on the basis of this very identification, he despises “the masses” toward whom he has an individualistic attitude. His economic and sexual misery is drowned out by the exalting idea of “Herrentum” and of the genius of the Führer; it makes him forget to what extent he has become an insignificant, uncritical follower.
In contrast, the professionally conscious worker identifies himself with his work instead of the Führer, with the international totality of working individuals and not with the national homeland. He feels himself a leader, not on the basis of an identification but on the basis of doing vital, socially necessary work."
- from Wilhelm Reich’s The Mass-Psychology of Fascism