Come to think of it, today’s doctrines of political correctness aren’t really new. Those of us who had lived through the years of socialism, and remember the experience, know them inside out. And we know, too, where they take people.
In fact, the way to impose such doctrines have been known long before socialism. Even the infamous Nicholas Machiavelli, whose definitions of such behaviour would become dogma centuries ago, admitted he was quoting from theories proven millennia before his birth.
Many thought that the system of forcing innocent people into admitting guilt where none had existed vanished with the top form of socialism, a.k.a. communism. Even the so-called table of forcing, created in 1956 by American psychologist Albert Biderman, only put the age-old rules into newly formulated words.
Now, remember, he was reacting to events making headlines at the time: the Korean War had just been interrupted by an uneasy armistice, and people in Hungary have just started an uprising against the then-existing communist regime. The two Koreas are still at war, and the line in the sand on the 38th parallel is still called “demarcation line” rather than border. And the Russians still hesitate before calling their bloody intrusion into Hungary a war crime.
Stories of communist North Koreans engaging in brainwashing captured American pilots and other military personnel were rampant in the 1950s. Biderman’s probe only reflected the prevailing headlines of his time.
What’s new? Nothing
But here’s the tragedy: today, we see those same methods of changing human behaviours and minds being ruthlessly imposed on entire populations in countries that used to be known as paragons of freedom.
And, which is even more tragic, not too many object, and those who do, are way too often met with public disagreement, ridicule, even.
Biderman concentrated on eight points.
Isolation is the first one. Once a person is isolated, s/he loses social support. That leads to the loss of the ability to object. An isolated person has too much time on her or his hands. She or he starts analysing her/himself. Whether the analysis is correct or not doesn’t really matter. The fear of the (unpleasant) consequences that results from such analysis is what really matters. An isolated person is getting more and more dependent on her/his torturer. Meanwhile, the economic picture spirals downwards, and the victims of such process depend on the authority almost absolutely.
As if he was describing the last couple of decades, with the years 2020 and 2021 marked in red and in bold typeface.
Monopolization of our understanding of reality becomes the second point. The public square concentrates on topics selected by the authority. Everything else becomes irrelevant.
Just watch today’s mainstream media (MSM for short). What you get is their coverage of the coronavirus. They present the official view only, any other information that contradicts it is being removed. Information that questions the official information becomes punishable. By law, if need be.
Who cares that all kinds of bans and limitations on free movement suspend our human rights and, thus, dignity. Besides, and this is important, too, such bans and limitations make resistance more difficult to achieve. Many choose silence, instead: again, they are afraid of the consequences.
The third point involves exhausting the general population to the point of fearing for their minds.
Under socialism, people used to fear for their jobs because of their opinions. They feared their children wouldn’t be able to get better education because admittance to better secondary schools, colleges and universities wasn’t based so much on their academic results as it was on their parents’ positive attitudes toward the regime.
Look at what’s happening now. A person fired because s/he took part in a protest demonstration is not worthy of a headline any longer.
Here comes the fourth point: threats.
Here’s how it used to be in socialist countries: you don’t do this, or, even worse, you do that, and you have ruined your and your family’s future. You didn’t take part in the official May Day parade? You didn’t wave your flag enthusiastically enough when marching past the people’s representatives’ stand? Your kids, no matter how talented, can bid good bye to their university dreams.
Here’s how it is now: no face mask? Here’s the ticket, payable immediately. Not keeping socially distant enough? Here’s another ticket, also payable immediately. And don’t think an objection filed with a court of law will help you: you broke the law, the court will say, perfectly ignoring that breaking laws and orders that do not meet the test of humanity is perfectly within your rights. It seems our judges have never heard of so-called natural law (lex naturalis), as defined by the Greek philosopher Aristotle and as upheld as part of modern international law by the Nurnberg war crimes tribunal.
Threats create uncertainty, fear and despair. Disobedience becomes almost impossible because of those fears.
Intermittent relaxation comes as the fifth point.
Those who train animals know the simple trick: give your dog a cheap reward from time to time, as a sign of praise for its obedience.
What happens: people don’t get used to the previous strict rules, they don’t find ways to adapt to them and find ways around them.
Look around these days: insignificant rewards for disciplined behaviour, combined with promises that all will be better next week, if only you behave as you’re told.
Next, as point six, comes the omniscient power. We’re your rulers and you can’t fight us. You’re behind bars, and there’s no way to get out until and unless we let you, and we won’t. And no, you can’t escape, either (how about the call by the government of Quebec that all Canadians’ international trips be banned?). Any resistance is useless, we’re watching you (notice the ever-increasing number of cameras in Canada’s streets and avenues?), so shut up and do as you’re told.
Humiliation is point number seven.
How? Walking around, with a duster covering your face just because someone ordered you to, that’s pretty demeaning. Some may have got used to it, but be sincere to yourselves: if someone told you but a single year ago that wearing face masks was an order or else, would you agree?
I thought so.
And Biderman’s final point, number eight: the more trivial and nonsensical an order that we are supposed to agree with it, and obey, the more humiliating it is. People start losing respect for themselves, their human dignity is gone.
This entire scenario begins in our schools: kids are forced to obey and parrot even the most outrageous gibberish. They won’t pass if they don’t.
Look at most jobs where blind obedience is a precondition not only to advancement, but to keeping the job, even.
What all that does to human self-respect, to human dignity, is perfectly obvious.
And that’s the kind of herd mentality today’s rulers want to achieve. Their criminal notions of Great Reset, world government and keeping the numbers of people on our planet to what they deem are acceptable numbers need sheeple rather than people to achieve their goals.
Time to fight them is running out.