Lessons from behind the Iron Curtain: How to oppose gender ideology

June 23, 2015

By Lea Z. Singh |

Remembering the Berlin Wall.
The topic of social psychology rarely comes up in conservative discussions about the upsurge of gender ideology and same-sex marriage. That is a big mistake, because mass propaganda is the elephant in the cultural living room.

It is both evident and known that those promoting the normalization of gender ideology have crafted a popularization strategy with the aid of psychologists, pollsters, marketing experts and other professionals whose business is to influence the human mind in ways other than logic and reason.

Conservatives have not responded with a campaign in kind. Nor have we put up any defences. In fact, we prefer to ignore the whole subject entirely. Do we believe that we are above being influenced by a campaign directed at our subconscious instincts?

Whatever the reasons, if we ignore the psychological aspects of this culture war, we are doing so to our peril. Our own brains are being hijacked to play against us, without our realizing it. Conservatives are caving in left and right, and our reasoned arguments have made no headway against the approaching juggernaut.

There is an urgent need to make known the tools of psychological manipulation that are being employed in this war. Awareness of these social pressures is the first step towards being able to resist them effectively. We need conservatives to spread the word.  

Stella Morabito, and learning to turn the tide

As such, I was thrilled to discover a woman who has made it her business to shout out this crucial message from the rooftops. Stella Morabito is a writer for The Federalist, and she is currently working on a book on this subject. She has a whole website devoted to the topic of "Relationships, Power & Freedom: How you & your friends can turn the tide".

Morabito's website aims to equip us to stand up against the mental manipulation of the liberal propaganda machine. Her latest article, "How to Escape the Age of Mass Delusion", was recently discussed at length by Rush Limbaugh, who said:
It's really stunning. This unraveling is happening at a rapid pace, and you could be branded a hater, you could be fired, you could be targeted on Twitter, and you could be held up for public ridicule by everybody else who's fallen for this consensus with one slip. That's why everybody conforms, that's why everybody caves and goes along 'cause they don't want to be the target of these people, and it's very clear what happens to targets. Cake stores, photography stores, pizza stores, just three examples. ...

Look at Mike Pence. This is a great example, what happened in Indiana. ...Mike Pence goes out, promotes the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, goes on TV very proud about it, very proud of it, happy to say that Indiana has made this law, that he signed it. The next day he caved....

...the biggest enemy that people like this mob face is the First Amendment. The biggest enemy is free speech. The biggest enemy is free expression. Anybody who engages in it becomes the target for destruction. Getting fired, having everything about them possible ruined. That's the objective because free speech has got to be so scary to people that they don't engage in it. The only way to have a peaceful life is to conform, shut up, and don't upset the apple cart. It's exactly where we are and it seems like this has happened overnight.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Morabito is a former intelligence analyst who focused on Russian and Soviet politics, including communist media and propaganda. Familiarity with totalitarian regimes like communism seems to help people in waking up to the signs of encroaching totalitarian tendencies in our own times.

Vaclav Havel and "living within the truth"

The header of Morabito's blog includes a quote from former Czech dissident (later President) Vaclav Havel. His famous essay, "The Power of the Powerless", played an important role in motivating many people in communist times to have hope and to keep opposing the regime, even in the darkest of times when victory seemed extremely unlikely.  

Havel's words have taken on a new relevance for our own times. Like the totalitarian communist regimes of 50 years ago, our society increasingly demands that we embrace, support and celebrate the aggressive ideology of sexual revisionism that is espoused by the liberal left. More and more, people are being punished for their dissent, and bullied into silence. 

The central insight of Havel's essay was that all individuals, even those who are seemingly powerless, have the ability to weaken the totalitarian regime. Their power comes from a simple but courageous choice to reject the lies by "living within the truth."

People don't need to become heroes in any visible way. An effective action against the ruling ideology can be as simple as a shopkeeper refusing to put up an ideological slogan in a shop window. The decision involves overcoming the fear which silences us into passive conformity.

There is so much more to be said about this essay and how it can inform our understanding of present times. This will have to be the subject of a future post. For now, I will end with this insightful quote from The Power of the Powerless (I have broken up this solid paragraph, for greater emphasis):
Ideology is a specious way of relating to the world. It offers human beings the illusion of an identity, of dignity, and of morality while making it easier for them to part with them.

As the repository of something suprapersonal and objective, it enables people to deceive their conscience and conceal their true position and their inglorious modus vivendi, both from the world and from themselves.

It is a very pragmatic but, at the same time, an apparently dignified way of legitimizing what is above, below, and on either side. It is directed toward people and toward God. It is a veil behind which human beings can hide their own fallen existence, their trivialization, and their adaptation to the status quo.

It is an excuse that everyone can use, from the greengrocer...to the highest functionary, whose interest in staying in power can be cloaked in phrases about service to the working class. The primary excusatory function of ideology, therefore, is to provide people, both as victims and pillars of the post-totalitarian system, with the illusion that the system is in harmony with the human order and the order of the universe.

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