How we are complicit in our enslavement

In the literal sense, Dalrymple notes,

the West triumphed in the Cold War. Nevertheless, a kind of creeping sovietisation has overtaken it as if in revenge.

The process, he writes, is subtle and insidious.

I came to the conclusion when I travelled in what was then the Eastern Bloc that the ubiquitous propaganda was not intended to persuade, much less to inform, but to humiliate; for citizens (if that is the proper word for them under that system) had not merely to avoid contradicting it in public, but to agree with it in public.

From the point of view of the ruling power,

the more outrageously false the propaganda, the better. For to force people to assent to propositions that are outrageously false, on pain of losing their livelihoods or worse, was to crush them morally and psychologically, and thus make them docile and easily manipulated.

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