Monday, October 03, 2005

The Humiliation Factor In Propaganda

The other day, I did a post about the kind of spin we see from Muslims when they want to justify Jihad. I commented that what we often believe are clumsy attempts at public relations is, in truth, not that at all:

The truth is, such thinking is not simply a dimwitted public relations maneuver, but is, instead, evidence of the twisted Islamic-supremacism of the Jihadi mindset. These people believe these things, against all logic, because they believe that, as Muslims, they are superior and thus entitled to reshape the fabric of reality to fit their myths.

When they say these things, we are to believe them. We are to be humiliated and subdued by such statements. Humiliated, because they will not back down no matter how much we protest, and subdued because they will dominate us with their imperialism of the truth. We are supposed to bow down to their lies.

Apparently, Thomas Dalrymple has the same idea about political correctness:

Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. 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.