On Sunday, I watched a program on CSPAN Book TV. The speaker was David Horowitz who talked about his book “The Black Book of the American Left, Volume VIII: The Left in the University” in which Horowitz “takes the reader on a tour of college campuses struggling under the leftist occupation, describing the abuse of conservative students by left-wing professors and analyzing the way in which “political correctness” acts as an enforcer for the leftist regime. .”
Although nothing new to some and revealing to others, the discussion was quite interesting. During Q&A, one woman admittedly struggling to understand the left, questioned Horowitz further. She wanted to know how Progressives work. What are their angles.
Progressives, correction Communists in America have spent decades honing their tools of war against America.
Thoughts from Afar by Mustang
Americans are now waking up to the realities of the progressive politics, but is it too late?
If we are to save our unique American culture, then it will take more involvement by almost everyone. A first step must begin among those of us who never accepted communist ideology —we must begin to push back as never before, albeit intelligently and peacefully. It won’t be easy. The second step will involve convincing, through rational dialogue, those who have acquiesced to the assault upon our culture. Conversion may be possible for those who fully accepted communist tripe, but that task will be extremely difficult —not impossible, just difficult.
All of us have witnessed the assaults upon our cultural institutions, and if you read previous essays in this series, you also understand why it has happened, and the extent of the damage so far. We know that part of the assault has been to force citizens to “conform” to the standards established by the communist left. Here’s one quick example of conforming behavior: technological addiction to social media, where the purveyors of leftist ideology inform us, and reinforce to our children, that everything that goes on inside the cloud is okay because there is never any accountability.
How does one force another person to “conform.” Peer pressure is one example, but one of the most successful techniques is through what Laird Wilcox calls ritual defamation.
“Defamation is the destruction or attempted destruction of the reputation, status, character, or standing within a community by unfair, wrongful, or malicious speech or publication. The central element is defamation in retaliation for real or imagined attitudes, opinions, or beliefs with the intention of silencing or neutralizing an individual’s influence. It is essential to “make an example” of the target so as to discourage similar expressions by others. It goes beyond simple criticism in that it is aggressive, organized, and skillfully applied—often by an organization or special interest group.
“The power of ritual defamation lies entirely in its capacity to intimidate and terrorize. It embraces some elements of primitive superstitious belief, as in a “curse” or “hex.” It plays into the subconscious fear most people have of being abandoned or rejected by the tribe or by society and being cut off from social and psychological support systems[…]
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