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gweur wrote

That is always going to be the problem, its that there isn't a general realization that once you open up Pandora's box, then its beyond your control and can be turned against you.

For me the scary part is that the people who started perpetrating the censure, they didn't do it from malice or hate, they genuinely believed, and probably still do believe, that they are right and just, that what they put forth is good!

The psychology behind it is fascinating, self serving bias,the Galatea effect, social bond theory, the power of names (euphemisms), tunnel vision, reactance theory, blinding effect of power, cognitive dissonance and rationalization, pressure to conform and the list goes on.

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NAB OP wrote

what I wonder now is if leftists will actually backtrack as the censure pendulm comes back to hit them, or will they just accept being forced to be moderates?

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gweur wrote

I think that depends on who is wielding the censure against the left.

If its someone more towards centre or to the right, then they probably wont like it. But in lots of places in Europe the agencies of state are being used to enforce right think and speak, if that’s turned on them theres probably not a lot they can do.

The other way it can be used is by someone who is even further left than themselves, there is a real trend towards 1-upism in the movement, being more inclusive than thou. You can already see cases of fragmentation in some groups on the far left, you can really see its impact in parts of the feminism movement in regard to the transgender movement.

So who knows how they will react.

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NAB OP wrote

“places in Europe the agencies of state are being used to enforce right think“

Stares at you in middle eastern country

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gweur wrote

Stares back in Chinese social score

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