I sat down recently with radio host Sandy Rios to talk about propaganda, political correctness, and the mass delusion that seems to be enveloping our society. Click here for the podcast from American Family Radio. Sandy had several questions for me about my Federalist article “How to Escape the Age of Mass Delusion.”
We talked about how political correctness creates a spiral of silence that ends up separating people as never before. PC not only squashes civil discourse, but creates a strange and rigid polarization in society that spawns destructive caricatures of others. As someone who used to identify on the Left, I understand well what a mindset that stereotypes others can do to people’s ability to connect. The point of this kind of propaganda is to centralize power by first dividing people, quite often by demonizing those who don’t subscribe to the narrative. It breaks up personal relationships. And this allows those wielding power to control who says what to whom, and to dictate who relates to whom. People who obey the narrative are allowed to partake of society, while those who don’t subscribe to the narrative end up as “nonpersons.” This taps into my theme that personal relationships are the ultimate source of human power. Ground zero for functioning relationships is the family unit. That’s exactly why the family is the prime target for destruction by today’s forces of political correctness.
PC corrupts the language, and when the language is corrupted, thought processes become corrupted as well, and people are more easily manipulated into mindless conformity. And when the masses can be mobilized to support the agendas of power elites, things never end well for human dignity. History has taught us this lesson time and again.
We have no choice but to resist. Ultimately, this is an asymmetric war that has to be fought persistently, one-on-one, and face-to-face by putting a human face on what we believe. By engaging with those we know in daily life, we can re-create the ripple effect of true community that political correctness is designed to destroy.