Yesterday I discovered Stella Morabito on the Daily Caller. Interested in what she had to say in the video, I listened to her talking with Sandy Rios, and started to transcribe it. I probably transcribed about half of it fairly accurately, missing out quite a lot:
Sandy Rios: “We used to laugh when I was a kid about all things that were happening in Russia, all the lies that kids were being taught in schools, and all the ridiculous things that were being said in the public arena, and we used to marvel at the fact that truth-tellers were reduced to the gulag. We couldn’t imagine that. And yet in this day and age, in America in 2015, we are experiencing things we never thought we would see, and I don’t think there’s ever been a time when we need to have a better understanding of how this happens to people, how do they get subjected to this massive groupthink where they have no mind of their own, and they end up being overtaken and controlled by forces that are counter to their own personal desires.”
Sandy Rios then introduces Stella Morabito, writer, blogger, and former intelligence analyst (who focused on Soviet and Russian media analysis). Morabito said she’d seen “how a population can be coerced into a narrative that is not really part of their self-interest as individuals.”
Stella Morabito: “I think we’ve lost sight of the fact that all power and freedom lie in personal relationships. And what I see happening,.. the narrative of the propaganda we are getting from Hollywood, the media, and academia, is a kind of a separation. I believe we are living in an age in which we are increasingly being separated from one another as individuals, human beings who can see one another as just members of the human family. The polarisation between what people like to think is left and right, conservative, liberal and all of that, is reaching proportions in which the masses can more easily be mobilised, because we’ve lost the connection, the kind of personal relationships that really got communities in the past, that would bind them together in a common understanding of what it means to be human. It goes way back to the school yard, you see how people can be tainted with whatever the label is. Bigot. Hater. These smears, what they do is they cause people to dis-associate with the person smeared as practically non-human, and make sure they only associate in the circles that are somehow identified by some mysteriously-anointed elite, whether the elite is in a middle school cafeteria – the ‘little mean girls’ – or the president of North Korea. It’s a human dynamic that I think the propaganda elites, those who are just interested in central planning and accumulating power, have somehow perfected, while those of us who really have a live-and-let-live attitude to life, and just want to live in community, be happy, have families and so on, have unfortunately lost sight of.”
Stella Morabito (on propaganda): “Propaganda is… spreading an idea. It’s used as a means of mass mobilisation of the masses… in a collective obedience to the idea. Propaganda is that means of what I call Coercive Persuasion. Consists of a couple of tools. Tapping into both human fear and human desire. The fear is of being being isolated, being separated,. That is probably the primal human fear, being separated from others and becoming a non-person. The desire of course is the flip side, and being connected with others, in relationships, and this is why relationships are so important and propagandists know this.
Today the propaganda we’re seeing plays into the need to be taken care of. Remember that Julia infographic for the 2012 Obama campaign, a fascinating piece of propaganda, focused on the single mother or the young woman, and it was womb to tomb, from cradle to retirement, and at every single stage – I called her the Stepford wife to the state – because all other needs were taken care of (there was no man in the picture, no husband or whatever), but she had the child taken to the ???. . What we’re seeing through all these policies that really do collectivize us. We’ve got Obamacare and Common Core. You’ve got medicine being centralised and bureaucratised. Education being centralised and bureaucratised. Once that’s all there is, people become dependent. And (they become) the same. It wipes out all uniqueness, individuality. That is how this kind of propaganda works. It does wipe out your sense of yourself as an unique human being. Of course if we’re all the same we can’t have interpersonal relationships, period. This is a boon for the propagandists and central planners, because strong personal relationships – especially starting with the family – are “little platoons” that get in the way of centralising power. Because strong families, strong relationships, grounded in a sense of self-sacrifice for the other, a sense of personal loyalty to the other, those biological bonds – mother and child -, are so strong that they get in the way of mass mobilisation.”
Stella Morabito (on political correctness): “Political Correctness… is absolutely essential. Because if you actually have a real debate about issues, civil discourse, that totally gets in the way of the narrative that propagandists are trying to create. There are really two sides to this. First of all Saturation. It’s really important to saturate the airwaves, the classroom, with the idea you’re trying to perpetuate. The flip side is Suppression. You have to suppress every single idea that can be brought up that is a counterpoint to the narrative, scenario, idea…. You can look at Decades and even generations where in the public schools, you’re not getting humanities like you used to or history civics, or even the art of real debate. That’s gone, basically. The goal is to end that. If you look at Common Core or a lot of these polices that basically discount any opposition or dissent to these ideas that are being spread.”
I couldn’t help but think that we’ve been living in an age of mass delusion ever since we were indoctrinated with the belief that Smoking Causes Lung Cancer. A rather newer mass delusion is the belief that Carbon Dioxide Causes Global Warming. Both belief systems are the product of sustained propaganda from the media and academia, and both are dogmas of political correctness. And the smoking bans that they have been used to justify are highly destructive of communities and personal relationships. Morabito didn’t mention either of these delusions, but as I listened to her I could make the connections for myself.
1. Drop political correctness and propaganda compliance.
2. Realize that personal relationships are the target of PC.
3. Human Separation is the end result of PC.
4. Fear fuels the PC machine.
5. PC is oiled by mass ignorance.
6. Coerced silence kills democracy.
7. Resistance is the only antidote.
8. A single person has immense power.
9. “Surprising validators” are like superpowers in resistance.
10. Let’s get out and engage.
I’d managed to work out quite a lot of this myself, but there was a lot that was new.