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It's possible for individuals to lose their minds but can civilizations do the same? Is there some mechanism of informational and cognitional corruption which, on a macro scale, is able to mimic craziness on the individual level? Theodore Dalrymple believed that the main objective of Marxist propaganda was to gaslight whole civilizations, to drive them crazy:
"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."
But to what purpose? On that subject, more later. Suffice it to say that something is causing societies to engage in behavior that is financially unsustainable. Cultures are deciding to commit suicide for no apparent reason. The most expensively schooled generation in history is throwing childish tantrums, rolling around the floor or carrying a mattress the whole day long. People are attempting to change their congenital makeup, claim they biologically belong to another race or gender. They engage in worshipping the ocean, identify as animals etc. because they think it's good. Leon Pomeroy of George Mason University says it all reminds him of an epidemic. Writing in Psychology Today, Pomeroy uses terms not out of place in a zombie apocalypse:
If the reports are to be believed, many Millennial students (Born after 1980) on college campuses have become “infected” with the mental contagion of emotional thinking or pathological thinking ... As a practicing psychologist, I’m surprised and shocked by the scale of this problem ...
This bad and pathological thinking has resulted in the coining of expressions like “microaggressions” and “trigger- warnings.” If I have my facts straight, I’m inclined to propose the diagnosis of pseudocultural paranoia with anger. ... Let’s face it! Something is seriously wrong."
Those are terms which apply to individual crazy people. But what do we call it when such actions are normative to a society? If they were characterized as sacred and recommended to all? And this sacred state could be one thing today and its exact opposite tomorrow? What terms apply when anyone can be guilty of anything, sometimes of two opposite things on the same day? Would one not say that society itself has gone crazy?
The alternative theory to madness is religion. The public is being converted to a new religion. "There's a new religion exploding on the campuses of American universities and colleges, says Thomas Cooley professor of ethical leadership at New York University, Jonathan Haidt. And if it isn't stopped, it might just be better to shut them all down in the next 10 or 20 years."
The religion of fundamental social justice sweeping across college campuses is so alarming, intense, and dripping with such extreme liberal fundamentalism, says Haidt, it has created an existential crisis for American academia while punishing heretics with public shame.
"There is an extremely intense, fundamental social justice religion that's taking over, not all students, but a very strong [space] of it, at all our colleges and universities. They are prosecuting blasphemy and this is where we are," Haidt warned an audience about the religion at a lecture billed "The American University's New Assault on Free Speech," organized by the Manhattan Institute in New York City this week.
Strong words those, but the idea Marxism would rule through its own church predates Haidt. The first modern formulation of the concept comes unsurprisingly from George Orwell. He predicted, through the writings of his fictional character Emmanuel Goldstein, that the world would be subjugated by totalitarian theocracies through the medium of a death-worshipping religion.
The conditions of life in all three superstates are very much the same. In Oceania the prevailing philosophy is called Ingsoc, in Eurasia it is called Neo-Bolshevism, and in Eastasia it is called by a Chinese name usually translated as Death-Worship, but perhaps better rendered as Obliteration of the Self. ... Actually the three philosophies are barely distinguishable, and the social systems which they support are not distinguishable at all. Everywhere there is the same pyramidal structure, the same worship of a semi-divine leader, the same economy existing by and for continuous warfare.
This insight, given so little attention even among those who know Orwell's writings well, is so shocking as to provoke disbelief in one commentator who said, the phrase "death worship has always intrigued me in that it doesn't fit into the rest of the narrative of 1984 as a modernized totalitarian world. Instead it ushers back to something primitive, ancient and mystical. More akin to archaic Oriental Despotism than modern Stalinism. Almost as if Orwell did not think East Asians were capable of western scientific socialism."