One dictionary defines brainwashing as “a method for systematically changing attitudes or altering beliefs, originated in totalitarian countries, especially through the use of torture, drugs, or psychological stress techniques.” Since brainwashing techniques are used to make people believe erroneous ideas, the term “brainwashing” is unfortunate. Rather than washing brains, these techniques pollute them, fill them with intellectual impurities.
Brainwashing techniques are not needed to convince people of the truth, of realities as they exist. Rather, these techniques are employed to make people believe unreality, concepts their eyes and ears and rational analysis would otherwise reject. Therefore, when we find them in use, we can be assured that the objective is brain pollution.
Brainwashing techniques are implemented using force. The individual is not given freedom to pursue truth but rather is permitted exposure only to the position of the regime. Freedom of inquiry would reveal the lie. Therefore, those propagating unreality must suppress intellectual freedom.
The concepts advanced by the political and academic left embody unrealities, for example they justify abortion arguing that a woman has a right to do what she wants with her own body, when in reality a body other than hers is most deeply affected. Therefore, liberals must employ force to suppress access to ideas differing from theirs.
For example, political correctness uses the force of institutional authority to silence dissenting views. I recall signs posted in the library at Penn State to the effect that comments unfavorable toward homosexuality would not be tolerated. And all this by the advocates of free speech. It is of interest that political correctness only protects species compatible with the agenda of the left. No signs prohibiting negative speech about Christianity.
Contemporary political correctness is being ratcheted up to new levels under the rubric of “hate speech.” This designation assigns malicious motives to those proposing a position differing from that of the regime, and then employs the force of law to silence the expressions of such ideas. In many countries preachers are no longer permitted to verbalize biblical teachings on homosexuality or to expose the nature of Islam. Some conservative pundits warn that this level of speech control is soon coming to a church near you.
The left also suppresses the expression of truth in schools and elsewhere through the fabricated “separation of church and state” argument. Liberals use the power of government to prohibit the teaching of Christian religion while giving full vent to the teaching of their own humanistic religion. In his dissenting opinion in Abington School District v. Schempp, the Supreme Court Decision prohibiting Bible reading in schools, Justice Potter Stewart asserted:
If religious exercises are held to be an impermissible activity in schools, religion is placed in an artificial and state-created disadvantage. . . . And a refusal to permit religious exercises thus is seen, not as the realization of state neutrality, but rather as the establishment of a religion of secularism, or at least, as governmental support of the beliefs of those who think that religious exercises should be conducted only in private. http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/cale_corbett/abington.html
Yet another use of power to silence opposing views is well documented in Ben Stein’s movie, “Expelled.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5EPymcWp-g Evolutionist ban the teaching of Intelligent Design in classrooms not in defense of science, but in defense of their own position, which cannot withstand the scrutiny of science. If science were on their side one would think they would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate it by allowing the presentation of Intelligent Design and then disproving it.
These examples represent only the tip of the iceberg of the suppression of the truth by the American left.
An article on Political Outcast entitled “The One Type of Diversity that Liberals Hate,” http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/07/the-one-type-of-diversity-that-liberals-hate/ points out that those who call loudest for the celebration of diversity show hostility toward diversity of thought, which ultimately is the most foundational and significant type of diversity. Without diversity of thought we have no basis for evaluating all other types of diversity, which is exactly why the left suppresses thought diversity.
Truth is propagated by freedom and lies by force. The left implants unreality into the brains of Americans without their knowing it by preventing their exposure to the truth.
Tomorrow I plan to expose an even more subtle means used by the American left to implant unreality in our brains without our awareness.