A New Epidemic Of Self-Silencing Is Plaguing America – August 22, 2022

Authored by Rajan Laad via AmericanThinker.com,

A new study by the Populace organization revealed the obvious: that Americans are “self-silencing” – people saying what they think others want to hear rather than what they truly feel.

People often reshape their privately held views to conform to what they think their group believes, despite that assessment frequently being inaccurate.

This causes the illusion of consensus.

The following are two of the most significant revelations from the study:

  • Four times as many Democrats say Corporate CEOs should take a public stand on social issues (44%) than actually care (11%).
  • On Education, one in three Democrats think parents should have more influence over public school curriculum, however, only one in four dares to say it publicly.

In the current climate, it is the left that is championing the idea of groupthink which they claim is the only ‘appropriate’ way of thinking.

Under the guise of being woke, the left is ‘canceling’ dissenters and rendering them outcasts, often by inventing claims of bigotry. Wokeism that claims to emanate from empathy is merely a euphemism for totalitarianism.

It is hence essential to revisit the principle of free expression which is the core tenet of Democracy.

This includes the right to opine without repercussions i.e. the right to offend, insult, satirize, and ridicule.  The result is obscene, hateful, abhorrent, and shocking ideas may be expressed.

But personal taste can never ever be the criteria for the expression of ideas.

The reason being what is hateful to one may be compelling to another. What is bigoted to one may be a fresh perspective to another. What is obscene to one may be artful to another. What is lewd to one may be hilarious to another. What is blunt and blatant to one may be hard-hitting to another. What is repulsive to one can be riveting to another.  

A dogmatist to one may be a maverick to another. A rabid right-winger to one is a voice of reason to another. A hateful bigot to one could be a revolutionary to another. A mad man to one could be a genius to another.

A healthy exchange of ideas and relentless debates, not echo chambers, facilitates personal growth and in turn societal growth. It also causes unity as people begin to empathize with the opposing point of view and indeed the individual.

Quite often, a solitary contrarian idea that is expressed begins like a flickering flame but ends up illuminating an entire people. If a society sticks to convention, it ceases to grow.

What is troubling is that this practice of adhering to groupthink and self-silencing is spreading like an epidemic.

The corporate world, the news media, the entertainment industry, and even educational institutes have all been silenced by the mob.

Individuals from this mob have been cultivated from a very young age. The indoctrination that begins young is often irreversible. For this mob, being offended or calling others pejorative epithets is the equivalent of being virtuous. Hence, they function like puritans who are perpetually looking for heresy to condemn.

Social media plays a huge part in the development of groupthink. Quite often PR firms use bots or dummy accounts to push their agenda, which gullible users presume to be the opinion of the majority. Frequently an individual or a firm is targeted for holding the ‘wrong’ ideas.

The result is that some chose to self-silence.

Most people want to live a simple life. They do not want to be ostracized or rendered unemployed and unemployable.

Hence, they nod to the most ridiculous ideas to avoid being called anachronistic or bigoted. 

Some hope they will be spared by appeasing the mob. They hope that by making slight compromises they can avoid being attacked. But cowardice only emboldens a mob; in time, major compromises are demanded, and soon everything you held dearly has melted into thin air.

It is also essential to understand no individual, irrespective of how cautiously restrained they are, can always hold the mob-approved thoughts. It is only a matter of time before the mob turns on its appeasers.  It therefore makes sense to challenge the mob when they take their first step.

The mob often claims to hold the right ideas and that the rest are ignorant or bigoted. If they are indeed on the right side, they should be eager to debate and vanquish their opponents. But they do the exact opposite: instead of engaging, they shut down their opponents. Despite their claims, they live in perpetual fear that fresh ideas may sway their supporters away.

The mob always claims to be standing against fascism.  Perhaps they fail to see the irony that it was fascists who suppressed opposing views and Nazis that burned books that they considered dissenting.

What is troubling is that government seems to be adopting these intimidatory tactics.

Last year the Biden’s FBI said was investigating “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”  

The goal behind this announcement was to shut down critics of the undesirable occurrences within educational institutes.

Early this year Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified that the Department of Homeland Security had set up a Disinformation Governance Board to “work and to equip local communities, to identify individuals who could be descending into violence by reason of ideologies, hate, false narratives, or other disinformation and misinformation propagated on social media and other platforms.”  The board has been ‘paused’ now.

The goal behind this board was to cause self-silencing.

This revelation that Americans are self-silencing should come as no surprise.

So, what impact does this self-silencing have on society?

A deep resentment begins to brew as a result of the repression that is almost like a ticking timebomb that explodes one day.

It is said that to destroy a society you first begin by killing ideas. An unexpressed idea is an equivalent of killing an idea.

All the great modern inventions, discoveries, great works of art, and literature exist because someone, somewhere dared to think differently — but most importantly, dared to express this difference of opinion without fear.  If we had all stuck to consensus, we would probably be living in the Stone Age.

Freedom of expression emanates from freedom of thought. If people are censoring themselves, democratic values are being compromised.

The time to rise up against this sinister totalitarian cult is now, by being the change you want to see and expressing yourself freely.

2 thoughts on “A New Epidemic Of Self-Silencing Is Plaguing America – August 22, 2022

  1. THE ARTICLE WRITEN ABOVE, REGARDING SELF CANCELING THEIR THOUGHTS ARE VERY TRUE AND ARE HIGHLY PROMOTED BY FASCIST SITES THE LIGHTS OF “” TRUTH NEWS “”.

    WITH A LABLEL LIKE THAT OF TRUTH NEWS ANYBODY WOULD LIKE TO BELIEVE THEY BELIEVE IN FREE EXPRESSION.

    HOWEVER IF YOU BOTHER TO VISIT THE SITE ITSELF, YOU CAN TELL BY COMMENTS PERMITED TO BE POSTED ARE DONE BY INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE TOTALY INDOCTRINATED BY THE MSM, AND IF YOU DARE TO CALL ANY OF THE OUT OR ALL OF THEM AT ONCE THEY CONSIDER YOU A NUT A CRIMINAL TRUMP LOVER, AND REJECT WHATEVER YOU MAY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT TRUMP STILL BEEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

    THOSE ARE PEOPLE THAT TRUMP AND KENNEDY JR WILL NEVER WAKE UP NO MATTER HOW LONG BOTH OF THEM CONTINUE ON WITH THEIR SO CALLED MOVIE MOVING ON.

    THE ONLY ONES THAT WILL GET TOTALY TIRED OF TRUMPS IDEA OF BEEN A FAIR MAN THAT TRY TO WAKE UP HIGHER NUMBERS OF FOLLOWERS, WILL BE THE ONES THAT HE ALREADY HAS AT HIS SIDE.

    AND ONCE THEY GET TIRED BY HIGHER PRICES, NO GASOLINE NO FOOD AVAILABLE FOR THEIR FAMILIES, THEY WILL NOT CARE ONE BIT WHAT TRUMP’S PLAN TO FINISH THE JOB IS.

    MY FEELING IS THAT THE YOUNGONES WILL COME OUT AND START TAKING THE LAW ON BY WAY OF THE 400 MILLION WEAPONS AT THEIR DISPOSAL.

    THIS GAME SHOUD HAVE BEEN FINISH AS SOON AS THE ONE YEAR WAS UP THAT ACORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION OUR MILITARY HAD TO SIT ON ITS HAND AND LET OUR DOMESTIC ENEMIES KEEP CONTROL OF OUR REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AT ALL LEVELS OF OUR SOCIAL STRUCTURE. EVEN PUTIN IS TIRED OF WAITTING ON AMERICA TO FINISH THE DAMN JOB AS WELL AS THE REST OF THE PLANET, WHOSE PEOPLE ARE STARBING TO DEATH, WHILE OUR COMMON ENEMIES OF HUMANITY WILL CONTINUE TO USE VACCINES AND OTHER MEANS AS MANY AS THEY CAN THINK OF TO CONTINUE KILLING PEOPLE AROUND THE PLANET.

    IF THAT EVER HAPPENS AND A REVOLUTI0ON GETS STARED IT ALL WILL BE BLAMED ON DONALD J. TRUMP AND KENNEDY JR. FOR PLAYING THE GAME LONGER THAT IT NEEDED TO BE PLAYED.

    THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA SHOUD HAVE BEEN THE WEAPON THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM THE HANDS OF OUR HARD CORE JEW ENEMIES.

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    1. How do you feel about the concept that only the “144,000” are actually here to develop themselves spiritually. The other billions of people are either fractals of the 144,000, or are spiritual zombies?
      Thank you! 🌹

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