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Dark Mind Sciences: The Cult of PC

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posted on Sep, 10 2016 @ 11:15 PM
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Dark Mind Sciences: The Cult of PC

Over the years, I've often linked mass social groups (political parties in particular) to religions in terms of the way they tend to grip our minds in rabidity & self-delusion. Over the past decade during my interactions there have been a few groups (movements in particular) that exhibited such behaviors that cult came to mind, and bore many of the expected hallmarks, but none of have come quite as close to the levels of religious CULT as this more recent "PC Madness" stuff that's been going on.

Many of these will readily remind you of many of your usual opponents, for sure. But with cults there are some very specific 'darker' items that, combined with the group members usual intensity of zealotry, tend to be a dead giveaway of proper cult levels of mind control.

Note that political campaigns (and things like war) often to amp up the usual cultish background noise effects of any major political party, which is inherent given the whole 'cult leader' element. And said zealotry tends to persist (i.e. Dubya, and Obama supporters that wouldn't budge on allowing and absorbing criticisms even beyond their presidencies). But I still don't normally refer to these larger political parties as cults. Well not until now....

Here I'll be pulling random examples of "Characteristics of Cults" and comparing them to the many various observations I've been making this summer related to the "SJW phenomenon". I expect most of you should be able to see the item and reflect on them in your own experience, so I'll try to mostly just paste in quick examples. Likewise, many of you will be quick to either make the association, or will be quick to discount it. If you're compelled to discount them like a reflex then it's most important that you take a pause. If they apply to you, and you possess any self-objectivity then deep down youl will already know there's truth to it. The reflex itself is a self-preservationary defense mechanism. It is the proof. Unless noted, quotes will be coming from this big archive page which is a big archive of different characteristic lists from many different sources:

Note that any and all references to a "god" in my assessment here are a mere parallel for group leader(s), and any reference to the cult / religion itself are the same but for the social group / political party.


What are the Characteristics of a Religious Cult?
Many people have studied cults. Because all cults have different beliefs, cult experts have identified common characteristics of cults, which they use to identify new cults. Thus, an organization can be identified as a cult no matter what their beliefs are. We have used the following lists of cult characteristics to help us analyze whether or not the _________ is a religious cult. We make the following lists available to others as a public service. If you have any reason to believe that you or anyone close to you is involved with a group that you suspect is a cult (religious or not) then you can use the following lists to help you decide whether the group is a cult. Please note that a group doesn't need to have all the characteristics in any one list to really be a destructive cult. If a group has more than half of the cult characteristics in any of the lists below, then you should be concerned.


First, some relevant topics, and then the list...

HOW I DEFINE SJW:

Social Justice Warriors are Social Justice Activists turned into hate fueled extremists due to adopting Critical Race Theory / Progressive Stack (CRT/PS) concepts of Political Correctness + Victim Mentality deeply into their worldview / ideology. These types tend to obsess over CRT/PS. Their notions of reality tend to be very warped due to CRT/PS, such as how they think that if they're on the side of CRT/PS that they are therefore incapable of being racist / sexist / etc bigots. They tend to be offended by / defend any and all sorts of criticisms of PC / SJW / BLM and such related major talking points, even when mass murder is involved. They tend to "troll" threads (derail them, ad hominem attack their opponents, etc). Not all SJW's are proper "Special Snowflakes" I doubt, but this new "Special Snowflake Generation" we're seeing unfold has them erupting out into the social scene en masse, as they often tend to identify with the "Oppression Scale" type concepts that CRT/PS is all about. Instead of debate policy issues, they tend to try to keep everything centered on Identity Politics, which is interesting as most of them are white people driven by White Guilt. In this way they tend to be walking cliches of "misery loves company", as projecting their guilt and bigotry and self-loathing onto others is like their daily bread & butter.


POLITICAL BIAS ADDICTION:

It turns out that all normal humans are subject to becoming effectively addicted to self-deception. Does "does this dress make me look fat" sound familiar? The biggest reason, I insist, that it holds true that people are often so hopelessly nonobjective when it comes to themselves is most people are entirely oblivious to the kind of science that we're about to get into. Now before you go getting uncomfortable, please note that the mechanisms themselves are evolutionary inherited traits.


Why we lie: The evolutionary roots of deception and the unconscious mind
The theme of the present book is that human beings are natural born liars. We have evolved to be deceivers not only of others but of ourselves as well. The practice of deception is not limited to humans but applies to other organisms as well. This thesis is not new but Smith makes some interesting suggestions about the evolutionary mechanisms that led to the evolution of our propensity for self-deception as well as suggestions about how the mechanism for self deception works.


This all holds especially true when it comes to groups.


The Power of Groupthink: The New Denial
Denial in all its forms is alive and well in each of us. We use it to justify what we do and do not want to do. We use it to protect ourselves. We even use it to push back the inevitable as long as possible so we can get ready to deal with it. Adults are often in denial, and we can see it at work best in our children who stamp their feet, pout and hide to avoid confronting reality. In its darkest form denial has justified unspeakable cruelty to our fellow human beings. In its best form it allows us to compassionately handle depression, disappointment and loss.

But what can we do when denial is rampant in an institution? This can take many forms, ranging from an idea advocated by a powerful leader to a pervasive belief among those active in the institution that certain tenets are truisms, or self-evident, even though they were on no one’s radar screen a few years ago. In its most powerful form, however, it can take on the character of something organizational psychologists refer to as “groupthink.”


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The Power of Others: Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We Do
Discover how in almost every area of our lives, our behaviour is influenced far more by others than we'd like to imagine. Teenage cliques, jihadist cells, army units, polar expeditions, and football hooligans — on the face of it, each of these groups might seem exceptional, but the forces that bind and drive them can affect us all. In recent decades, psychologists have uncovered how and why our innate social urges holds huge sway over how we think and act, propelling us to both high achievement and unthinking cruelty. We are beholden to our peers, even when we think we’re calling the shots. This is the power of others.



The Fanatic and the Addict
What do we mean when we say that someone is a fanatic? One variety of fanaticism has to do with religious or political views. ... But we could also say, for example, that Bob is a "snow-boarding fanatic." ... A third sort of fanaticism is usually designated by using the shorted form of the word, that being "fan." ... Most people regard the first form of fanaticism as potentially dangerous, and the other forms as harmless, if sometimes a little over the top. But the fact that we use the same word for all of these behaviors also suggests that they share something in common-a person becomes involved in something to a degree that is so excessive that it pushes other ideas or activities out of the way. Fanaticism always entails a lack of balance in a person's life and thoughts.

In this, fanaticism seems like addiction. By making that comparison, I don't mean to imply that addiction is equivalent to being a Lady Gaga fan. Addiction is a life-threatening problem that causes untold suffering in our society. But it is also true that addiction is similar to fanaticism. Addiction too entails a lack of balance, a situation in which one substance or activity crowds the rest of a person's life out of the way.

In fact, some addiction experts (such as Bruce Alexander) define addiction in this way: An addict is likely to be a person who is adrift from their moorings in the values of their community and as a result they are desperate for self-definition. Thus, like the fanatic, the addict loses his or her balance and becomes focused on just one desire. And that desire can become like a cancer, spreading and taking over a person's life.


Those were the conceptual basis of the major point here, and now comes in the neuroscience behind it. Over a decade ago an fMRI brain scan study was performed on staunch Republican & Democrat subjects. They were shown clips of "the two" favored POTUS candidates contradicting themselves. Here is what happened:


The neuroimaging results, however, revealed that the part of the brain most associated with reasoning--the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex--was quiescent. Most active were the orbital frontal cortex, which is involved in the processing of emotions; the anterior cingulate, which is associated with conflict resolution; the posterior cingulate, which is concerned with making judgments about moral accountability; and--once subjects had arrived at a conclusion that made them emotionally comfortable--the ventral striatum, which is related to reward and pleasure.

"We did not see any increased activation of the parts of the brain normally engaged during reasoning," Westen is quoted as saying in an Emory University press release. "What we saw instead was a network of emotion circuits lighting up, including circuits hypothesized to be involved in regulating emotion, and circuits known to be involved in resolving conflicts." Interestingly, neural circuits engaged in rewarding selective behaviors were activated. "Essentially, it appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones," Westen said.
www.scientificamerican.com...

Here's the full study:
Motivated political reasoning An fMRI study of partisan motivated reasoning

What that means it politically biased people are essentially addicted to self-deceiving themselves when it comes to their own candidates lying (while getting off on seeing "the other guy" lie). After being perpetually obsessed with the ramifications of this study since it went public, I still insist that this, its power over the masses is, all about social group affiliations. I'll get more into this in the next section, but in short any any major social group affiliation (such as race or political party) can bring about this effect, where when you stack them the effect gets worse.


IDENTITY POLITICS:

The new rapidly swelling (Progressive) paradigm in recent years is the facade of Identity Politics. For a history lesson on this point, back during the Bush Jr. Administration, back when I was allied with the Progressives against the Neocon's, I hardly detected this whole affair in their rhetoric. Hardly a hint. Now that they've had their cult leader, the "black" president Obama, run a full 8 years, things have changed. Now it's like it's all about Identity Politics, and not just any given individuals identity, no, its all about mass social group identity obsessionism.


Identity politics, also called identitarian politics,[1] refers to political positions based on the interests and perspectives of social groups with which people identify. Identity politics includes the ways in which people's politics may be shaped by aspects of their identity through loosely correlated social organizations. Examples include social organizations based on race, class, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, culture, language and dialect. Not all members of any given group are necessarily involved in identity politics.

The term identity politics came into being during the latter part of the 20th century, during the Civil Rights Era. During this time period, identity politics were used by a minority group to form a coalition with members of the majority. en.wikipedia.org...


Modern Progressive Identity Politics is entirely steeped in Ethnocentrisim (where any "centrism" is ultimately an exclusive / anti-inclusive oriented mindset).

For nearly a decade I've been arguing that the bulk of everything above, in the minds of human beings, that when a movement begins stacking the various potential social group identities atop of one another the more the whole Groupthink Effect takes hold in ways that make the subjects entirely self-deceptive in their zeal to defend the "Super-Group".

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In the past I've criticized the Neoconservatives for using Nazi like social psychology propaganda techniques:

Neoconservative (Nazi) Mind Control was used by Bush
The best past example would be the way the Nazi's converged different social mindset biases into one solid construct. What they did was they turned the Nazi political party, German Nationalism, Race and Religion into one single concept / mindset. That meant, to question something about one level of social group was to question everything. For example, if you questioned the Nazi party itself it meant, in the minds of those who had been indoctrinated / brainwashed, that you were also questioning / attacking the Race and the Religion and the Nation and so on.
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That was from 2007. This is from 2016:


originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
So what the Neocons did was merge party with nationality with religion. If you criticized Bush or Republican Big Brother / war policies then that meant you were an anti-American Islamofascist. What I never got around to doing however, was how soon after Obama took office the Liberal Media started labeling anyone who didn't support his policies as being "racists". So right after Bush stepped out, the DNC crowd already started basically resorting to the Bush social psychology propaganda playbook, or rather the Nazi playbook of race politics, where the Neocons didn't actually use the race card overtly, and with Obama it was double-down race cards all up the sleeves. This was an early sign the SJW phenomenon we're seeing today, or perhaps better explained as the kind of Media policy that helped to create it.


To see the major agenda of modern Progressives to be all about Identity Politics, the same stuff that the Nazi's operated their party with, it makes my heart bleed. In all to follow, you'll see what makes my eyeballs explode...


METRICS OF ZEALOTRY / FANATICISM:

These universal concepts should all be taken into account as metrics in determining whether a mass group is a typical 'Religion', or a hardcore Cult. In the 'Cult Characteristics' talking points, the more these metrics play into them the more solid they make the case.


The Many Faces of Fanaticism
Psychologist of religion Tõnu Lehtsaar has defined the term fanaticism as "The pursuit or defence of something in an extreme and passionate way that goes beyond normality. Religious fanaticism is defined by blind faith, the persecution of dissents and the absence of reality." Lehtsaar has explained extreme and extremity in this context as the following: "Differing from balance. Extremity does not indicate something different in principle but different in degree, intensity, frequency or importance. Extremity does not indicate qualitative but quantitative differences." According to Christopher C. Harmon fanaticism “involves great energy, single-minded direction and a lack of any restraint or moderation. It is characterised by extremes of effort and fervour of intensity."


The Three Characteristics of Extremism - Huffington Post
1. Unquestioned certainty about one’s position
An extremist is certain that his position is absolutely and completely true, and will go to great lengths to defend it. The underlying insecurity that accompanies this certainty stems from the fear that any element of doubt would negate the person’s self-identification and, therefore, his very existence. As Joseph Soloveichik famously noted,
All extremism, fanaticism and obscurantism come from a lack of security. A person who is secure cannot be an extremist.
This insecurity drives the extremist to assert that not only is his view right, but is, in fact, the only view that holds truth. In the most extreme form, he will silence, and even kill, those who present the possibility that he may be wrong, in order to keep from ever exposing the fragility of his own position.

2. Demonizing those who disagree
A hallmark of an extremist is the often vile language used to attack those who disagree or hold different viewpoints, blaming the other for all the ills of the world. In a gentler form this takes the form of sarcasm and attacking the other’s character, but the intention is the same. It seems that many crave this type of language, perhaps in order to clarify one’s position, arouse passion, or create a “team” in which to belong. An extremist, though, can’t allow himself to see one who disagrees as a fellow human being, with the same essential needs, desires, and hopes, as himself. This would open the door to compassion, which may lead to doubt — something an extremist cannot allow.

3. Desire for a Final Battle, or “Holy War”
Most disturbing of all extreme views is the belief in the inevitability of a Final Battle that will — usually violently — sweep away unbelievers and usher in an era of world-wide unity under the Truth of one view. There seems to be a glee behind this, and one only needs to listen to a “hell and brimstone” preacher, of any faith, to feel this strange eager anticipation of chaos. Apocalyptic visions are not the sole property of religion, though. Just listen to the mad ranting of Nazi propaganda, or the cold plotting of the Soviet Union’s plans to topple the evils of capitalism and bring in a worker’s paradise — or to some of the current voices of extreme atheism that urge the end of any form of religion and spiritual belief.


Collective Narcissism
Collective narcissism (or group narcissism) is a type of narcissism where an individual has an inflated self-love of his or her own ingroup, where an "ingroup" is a group in which an individual is personally involved.[1] While the classic definition of narcissism focuses on the individual, collective narcissism asserts that one can have a similar excessively high opinion of a group, and that a group can function as a narcissistic entity.[1] Collective narcissism is related to ethnocentrism; however, ethnocentrism primarily focuses on self-centeredness at an ethnic or cultural level, while collective narcissism is extended to any type of ingroup, beyond just cultures and ethnicities. Some theorists believe group-level narcissism to be an extension of individual narcissism, though others believe the two to be independent of each other.


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The Ten Planks of Collective Narcissism
1. Everyone needs to recognize the authority of our group.
2. Our group has all predispositions to influence others.
3. When our group rules the world it will be a much better place.
4. Our group is extraordinary.
5. Our group must be the center of attention.
6. We will never be satisfied until our group gets all that it deserves.
7. We must insist upon our group getting the respect that is due to it.
8. Our group must amount to something in the eyes of the world.
9. Everyone needs to understand that our group is the most important.
10. Our group deserves special rights beyond that of those we deem as opposing it.


How Should We Define Evangelism?
Evangelism is teaching (heralding, proclaiming, preaching) the gospel (the message from God that leads us to salvation) with the aim (hope, desire, goal) to persuade (convince, convert). ... An “aim to persuade” also reminds us that people need more than a data transfer. Some who think of evangelism as only teaching do a good job of explaining, expanding, and answering questions, as we all should. All Christians should apply themselves to think through reasons for the hope we have in Christ, reasons that sweep aside the objections and questions.


Moral Hypocrisy: Social Groups and the Flexibility of Virtue
People are capable of performing unambiguously immoral acts, but appear equipped with the psychological mechanisms to relieve themselves of responsibility. Indeed, moral hypocrisy has been conceptualized as an individual’s ability to hold a belief while acting in discord with it. An equally unsettling, and perhaps more socially relevant, type of hypocrisy could be an interpersonal phenomenon whereby individuals’ evaluations of their own moral transgressions differ substantially from their evaluations of the same transgressions enacted by others.

If such hypocrisy is common, there is good reason to theorize that this asymmetric charity might extend beyond the self.
Specifically, group affiliation might stand as a limit on the radius of one’s ‘‘moral circle,’’ qualifying in-group members for the same leniency that individuals apply to their own transgressions. To the extent that the group stands as an important source of self-definition, one may have an interest in protecting the sanctity of that entity. Indeed, ‘‘in-group morality’’ has been posited as a fundamental moral intuition.


CULT GROUP CHARACTERISTICS:

Note that any and all references to a "god" in my assessment here are a mere parallel for group leader(s), and any reference to the cult / religion itself are the same but for the social group / political party.

Please note that examples of any of the following I've already been posting at length in other recent works, while 'killing it' in each talking point herein would have this post turn into a book. I intend to try to keep each short as possible while arguing & hopefully demonstrating each point. I and others can readily go on at length about any major point. If you have doubts just ask for more...

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The group is focused on a living leader to whom members seem to display excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment.


This is obvious, and can be applied to any major social group with leadership elements. Yet I argue it's deeper with the liberal mindset, these days, as now the party platform has shirted into social group victim complexes coupled with Identity Politics.


Individual identity, the group, the leader and/or God as distinct and separate categories of existence become increasingly blurred. Instead, in the follower's mind these identities become substantially and increasingly fused--as that person's involvement with the group/leader continues and deepens.


This is exactly the stuff my entire lead-in assembled as, and here the concept in practice by cults is recorded in terms of social science.

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Peer Group Pressure: Suppressing doubt and resistance to new ideas by exploiting the need to belong.


This is an easy one. Especially when appealing to actual victims, when projecting a victim mentality that can be learned. With this Learned Victim concept, minorities in general are targeted. Now factor in all of the above material I've presented, and then consider this:


The Asch Conformity Experiment
Imagine yourself in the following situation: You sign up for a psychology experiment, and on a specified date you and seven others whom you think are also participants arrive and are seated at a table in a small room.

You don't know it at the time, but the others are actually associates of the experimenter, and their behavior has been carefully scripted. You're the only real participant.
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Results: Asch measured the number of times each participant conformed to the majority view. On average, about one third (32%) of the participants who were placed in this situation went along and conformed with the clearly incorrect majority on the critical trials. Over the 12 critical trials about 75% of participants conformed at least once, and 25% of participant never conformed. In the control group, with no pressure to conform to confederates, less than 1% of participants gave the wrong answer.


So there you can see in this landmark methodology that people completely lacking in any semblance of Identity Political social group pressures, tend to fall in line with the 'consensus' they are surrounded with, when otherwise they would not. Now factor in Identity Politics, and everything, it's like this whole ideology was specifically crafted by social psychologists to get the kind of results from this crowd we've been seeing. Maybe it wasn't, but to me the odds of this movement arising all on its own and also embodying all of this diabolical mind sciences stuff to such perfection, I find it impossible this stuff hasn't all been being crafted by some think tank(s).

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Hypnosis: Inducing a state of high suggestibility by hypnosis, often thinly disguised as relaxation or meditation.



Inside a University Ceremonial PC Cult Chamber (Safe Space)
All the hubbub over these "Safe Spaces", but have you ever seen inside one? Today I got to wondering what happens when they go inside them. A little poking around Youtube and this is what I did find:



So there it is. Having a bad day? Are you having doubts about your faith? Did you just get owned in a debate? See someone wearing a Trump t-shirt? Too many straight cis white men in the hallway this morning? No problemo! Just step into the Safe Space and entrance yourself in all of the pro-anti cis white people propaganda posters and such. Don't forget your free condoms and lube on your way out.

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But what goes on inside there, these isolation rooms?


Safe Spaces - Berkeley Student Cooperative
“Impulse”
the group forms a circle and holds hands. the facilitator sends an impulse (hand squeeze) around the circle variations: eyes closed; time it and do it a few times; do snaps, whistles, finger snaps, claps etc
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"Step Out”
NOTE: this is a SILENT activity, and should only be done once a SAFE SPACE has been established. the group forms a circle, including the facilitator, and holds hands. the facilitator then reads a list of‘step out’ questions and directions. ex: “step out if you have ever felt alone. (pause) take a look around you. (pause) please step back. step out if you…” etc. when a person chooses to step out, they drop the hands of those in the circle, and take one step toward the center, where they pause, look around, and then rejoin the circle and hold hands again. the last question should be “step out if you could have stepped out for a question, but chose not to”.
variations: at the end of the activity, hold a brief guided meditation (on our oneness, on the connection of the community, honoring our common experiences and bravery in sharing them, etc); before and/or after this activity, do an “Impulse” activity.


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Love Bombing: Creating a sense of family and belonging through hugging, kissing, touching and flattery.


SEE ABOVE SECTION!

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Attack Independent Thought - Critical thinking is discouraged as prideful and sinful, blind acceptance encouraged.




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Exploit Personal Crisis - They use an existing crisis as a means of getting you to participate.


This is covered perfectly by the Victim Mentality projectionism drive of the whole platform herein.

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Information Control: Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged.


See here.

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Thought Control: Adopt "loaded" language (characterized by "thought-terminating clichés"). Words are the tools we use to think with. These "special" words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous "buzz words".


See here.

And this:


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What Cults Don't Want: No cult wants its inner workings exposed, although sophisticated cults may curry media interest or even employ public relations consultants and ad agencies to manage their image.


The numerous hacked / leaked emails and such showing the inner workings of the DNC and related organizations this year are perfect examples of this. Where progressives should have been appalled, publicly we've seen more outrage that such hacks / whatever occurred in the first place. Major party players resigning over this stuff didn't deter. In ATS here I've seen numerous people shrug it all off while still carrying the torch.

The same can be said in general the mud flinging, the personal attacks I've taken directly in almost every thread I've made using academics and such to unveiled the inner workings of this movement and its mentality. In over a decade in this site, always rocking the boat, the harshest attacks I've ever taken were from people defending the overall SJW doctrine.

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Uncharacteristically stilted and seemingly programmed conversation and mannerisms




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Absolutism - They insist on total, unquestioning obedience and submission to the group, both actions AND thoughts. Group "love" and acceptance becomes dependent upon obedience and submission. Unconditional love...isn't.


This is the whole problem with this new era of liberal PC. It isn't mere mannerisms / behavioral traditions , it's a whole way of thought dripping in social group identity self-delusive addiction. As I recently argued in Political Correctness is Politically inCorrect! thread:

originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
Modern liberal PC is entirely steeped in Identity Politics making it anti-individualistic. Essentially all of its forms are tied to one mass social group issue or another (race, gender, etc). Generally, as with conservatives, PC is mainly just a nuance. With liberals it is the Dogma, where the core set positions is the Creed. The two are deeply intertwined essentially beyond recognition now, as the Magisterium (party) has set its Orthodoxy as being all about these Identity Political 'things'. With conservatives its more a mere tool to maintain conformity. With liberals its is what is to conformed with consciously, ad subconsciously. With conservatives is about how to act. With liberals about how to act, think and feel.


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Every cult can be defined as a group having all of the following five characteristics: It forms an elitist totalitarian society.


See here.

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Intense Study - Focus is on group doctrine and writings.


They take this notion to all new levels. The re-writing of the English language to suit their needs proves this point.

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Guilt and Fear - Group dwells on members' "sinful nature" (many use public confession).


White Guilt is the primary vehicle for this whole movement, as upper middle class / wealthy class individuals make up the majority of it. Doubts? Consider how most of the people getting arrested at BLM protests are whites:


Whew! On that note I think I'll pause in going any further down the herein self-evident cult characteristics list. I imagine I'll be stoking the thread with more examples later, but in the meantime I encourage you all to reference the list and reflect on its bullet points your own observations to it as framed herein.
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posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 12:02 AM
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I read the entire OP and subsequent attachments. It is an excellent summation of a growing or developing psychological condition. It certainly gives cause to rethinking all positions, regardless of what or whom one throws their support behind. More later, it's late and it will be interesting to see how this thread progresses.

Excellent thread and research.

Cheers - Dave



posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 12:17 AM
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It turns out that all normal humans are subject to becoming effectively addicted to self-deception.

And leave us not forget the Cult of Consumerism. The holy masters, the greatest gurus of phycological manipulation hold sway in the minds of oh so many. Buy, consume, absorb as we are aborbed, consumed and bought off with promises of glory or just a damn good time.
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posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 12:23 AM
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Good morning, IgnoranceIsntBlisss.

Good read. I agree on the Cult-character you're pointing out here.
Groupthink and blind biases diminish critical thinking... and thus are (always have been) a great tool for CC.

But we mustn't forget to also be vigilant among our own... maybe even more, since Conservatism and the true political right are under attack from the extreme-/far-/alt-right (or w/e it is called where you live) aswell recently
... and the PC/anti-PC elocution plays a big role in it.



posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 04:58 AM
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originally posted by: bobs_uruncle
a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss

I read the entire OP and subsequent attachments. It is an excellent summation of a growing or developing psychological condition. It certainly gives cause to rethinking all positions, regardless of what or whom one throws their support behind. More later, it's late and it will be interesting to see how this thread progresses.

Excellent thread and research.


Thanks. It will be interesting to see IF it progresses. I fear I've wasted my time with this, an awful lot of discomforting materials for humans to contemplate.
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posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 01:00 PM
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an awful lot of discomforting materials for humans to contemplate.


Who's ready for this kind of stuff Bliss? It's not only those on the left that are swept up into their illusions but the right as well as your information points out. It's across the board. These findings shoot straight to the heart of all the existential fears that riddle us. It opens a gaping hole in the center of our belief in free will, and who wants to doubt our free will?
I've read legal opinions on these issues that suggest that the whole of our western legal system could be in jeopardy as so much of it is dependent upon the defendant's possession of free will. The ramifications seem endless.

I've read somewhat into the studies of Lakoff and others in neuro-psychology and much of it points in the same direction, that what we like to consider to be conscious behavior, conscious action is really to a very high degree little or nothing more than subconscious pattern fulfillment. We do it because we did it, we think it because we thought it. From Lakoff's findings, free will is not the 'given' our modern world has been built upon. Rather, free will, if there is free will at all only accounts for less than 3% of what we consider our lives to be about.



posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 03:05 PM
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a reply to: TerryMcGuire

Initially I was just a gonna do the cult characteristics list comparisons. But as usual I got carried away. I suppose I could have wrapped the lead-in and framed it a different way as another thread.



posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 03:27 PM
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How dare you try to say that there is something wrong with being PC.

Do you not care about other human beings?

Don't you know that words can hurt people and ruin their lives?

Why are you being so insensitive to the needs of others in this evil cruel world?



posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 03:30 PM
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a reply to: Darkmadness

MMMM,nope I go fight that world so you can be you and stay hating warriors.
We "DARE" ALL the time its part of the JOB description.
Also shunning here is a tad MORE sophisticated...soo



posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 03:34 PM
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a reply to: cavtrooper7

Your not defending anything but your own pride!!




posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 03:37 PM
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a reply to: Darkmadness

I do, and dispelling this hyper-bigotry movement is how I'm proving it. TO catch my drift, please take a real good look at it, and the other page linked in my sig there:



posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 03:38 PM
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a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss

Your a bully!

This is violence!



posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 03:43 PM
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a reply to: Darkmadness

I don't HAVE that much pride when I see what I have fought for, producing this PC trash for people to delude themselves into professional victimhood.
All the time the real world gets a laugh at the results and bad guys start rolling in.
ANGER really isn't PRIDE now is it?
ITS anger.



posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 03:45 PM
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a reply to: Darkmadness

You are the ones who have decided to socio-aggress my country,if you can't take the heat you will fail on every discussion.



posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 03:50 PM
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originally posted by: Darkmadness
Your a bully!

This is violence!


You're not actually serious are you?
I thought the previous spelling of your signature was to make a mockery of SJW's

Now it's changed I don't know what to think?



posted on Sep, 11 2016 @ 03:53 PM
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a reply to: Darkmadness

Your sig:


Pro Gender Neutral
Pro All Races
Pro All Sexes (except white men)
Pro Religions (except Christianity they hurt people)
Pro Socialism


It PROVES my whole point. That is BIGOTRY. That is RACISM. That is SEXISM. That is ANTI-INCLUSIVE.

Or is it a joke??
edit on 11-9-2016 by IgnoranceIsntBlisss because: (no reason given)



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