Why are People so Obedient? - Compliance and Tyranny
Sep 13, 2023 / Academy of Ideas
Our inclination to go along with what we think is the consensus makes us vulnerable to propaganda and easily manipulated. For one of the primary ways that governments, corporations, and global institutions influence public opinion and shape mass behavior is by manufacturing illusions of consensus. They harness the power of the mainstream media and social media for the express purpose of making it seem as if the majority supports certain agendas, ideologies, and mandates. Slanted narratives, biased reports, rhetoric that appeals to emotion, misleading “fact checks”, outright lies, dubious opinion polls, and social bots are some of the weapons used in this subtle form of psychological warfare.... These illusions of consensus lead many of us to censor our real opinions, and to comply with socially destructive agendas and ideologies.... Collective illusions play a critical role in the rise and solidification of tyranny. Read Video Text Here
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Individual Liberty versus Collectivism
Does the individual exist for the benefit of society?
Or does society exist for the good of the individual?
Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness:
Treating an abstract term as though it has a concrete existence (such as abstract concepts like "society" or "The State" or "the people" or "the will of the people")
Society is an abstract term that does not carry life. An individual is a concrete entity that carries life.
Under collectivism, who defines what is considered to be this "greater good" that individuals must serve?
The political elites & their buddies are individuals who define the "greater good" for society or The State. But they are actually just asserting their preference based on what benefits THEM.
There is no way to define what is universally "good" for everyone.
Collectivists discredit individual liberty by portraying that it is leads to isolated, lonely people.
Collectivism is the path toward community, they claim.
It is the opposite.
Humans are naturally social, and they will use their individual liberty to associate with others and create communities.
Contrary to the propaganda of the collectivists, loneliness and isolation actually occur widely under collectivism, communism, socialism, totalitarianism.
Totalitarianism cannot be defeated by compliance. Compliance is the food that feeds totalitarians.
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