We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor 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 to co-operate with evil, and 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."
I would also add that in terms of political correctness, a huge amount of it is virtue signaling among members of a group in order to establish the moral high ground and prove that they are standing on it.
It is absolutely true. The purpose of propaganda is to diminish the power of reason, thus by extension the individual's instinct to honor reason, and thus to demoralize your subject into a malleable funk, devoid of hope or a sense of purposes.
It doesn't take much to make everyone in the society a lawbreaker who can be turned in. In Romania before the revolution, there were children's books in the public library. But no one under ten could have a library card and no one could take out books for others, even family members. So everyone just broke the rule, but occasionally, a librarian or an unpopular person would be put in jail, two towns away.
So you were always at their mercy on this and a hundred other things.
Assistant Village Idiot