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"In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to."

Above is from Theodore Dalrymple

Twitter by @PlumRemson: “Faucism: A system of public health crony capitalism marked by centralization of authority under a dictatorial bureaucracy subject to stringent pharma industry controls, media suppression of opposition & typically a policy of enforcing definitions of "problem" and "solution".”

"The world is the not world we have been brought up to believe it is. When someone first realizes this, they feel like a crazy person. Cognitive dissonance does that. Trying to tell others becomes an exercise is experiencing rejection, because: CRAY-CRAY. Most of us have been red-pilled over time. We’ve had time to get used to this concept and we develop filters. Trouble is, as time goes on, you need more and more filters because _everything_ has been corrupted, turned inside out and is being hourly used against us. Voicing that used to get you considered seriously for a mental health intervention. The past 4 years and especially the past 9 months has not only accelerated the red-pilling, it has exponentially increased the number of the awakened (as opposed to the *woke*). The 1st reaction is stunned shock. Next comes depression, because what can one person do? There is a period of accommodation, until people realize that accommodation results in escalation. So, now the masks are off (pun unintended). The manipulators are so confident, they aren’t hiding any more. The jackboot descends and people divide between terror and fury. The terrified cower. The furious resist. There’s little hope for the traumatized. Protect &/or save whom you can. The real choice is how will any individual resist.

Above is courtesy of ReformedLiberal here on FR

"Most people cannot see that it is happening, for the simple reason that it is happening to them. They are literally unable to recognize it. The human mind is extremely resilient and inventive when it is pushed past its limits. Ask anyone who has struggled with psychosis or has taken too much LSD. We do not recognize when we are going insane. When reality falls apart completely, the mind will create a delusional narrative, which appears just as "real" as our normal reality, because even a delusion is better than the stark raving terror of utter chaos.

This is what totalitarians and cult leaders count on, and exploit to implant their narratives in our minds, and why actual initiation rituals (as opposed to purely symbolic rituals) begin by attacking the subject's mind with terror, pain, physical exhaustion, psychedelic drugs, or some other means of obliterating the subject's perception of reality. Once that is achieved, and the subject's mind starts desperately trying to construct a new narrative to make sense out of the cognitive chaos and psychological trauma it is undergoing, it is relatively easy to "guide" that process and implant whatever narrative you want, assuming you have done your homework.

And this is why so many people -- people who are able to easily recognize totalitarianism in cults and foreign countries -- cannot perceive the totalitarianism that is taking shape now, right in front of their faces (or, rather, right inside their minds). Nor can they perceive the delusional nature of the official "Covid-19" narrative, no more than those in Nazi Germany were able to perceive how completely delusional their official "master race" narrative was. Such people are neither ignorant nor stupid. They have been successfully initiated into a cult, which is essentially what totalitarianism is, albeit on a societal scale."

---The above from Maggim, a commenter on the American Thinker piece "The Chinese Virus – Why We Panicked and Why We’ve Got to End the Panic Now" 10.17.20