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Dannielle Blumenthal PhD @DrDannielle
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1) There is an incredible machine out there designed to squash independent minds.
2) Kanye
3) It isn't the machine you may think it is.
4) For example, a lot of people have concerns about being targeted by the government.
5) I work for the government. (I don't represent the government here.)
Our #1 focus is navigating the system, trying to get our work done efficiently.
6) Obviously we have our bad apples.
7) But if we're talking about understanding the machine -- meaning, the mechanism through which a normal, vibrant, critically analyzing mind gets destroyed -- we have to think bigger.
8) I think it's unhelpful to talk about conspiracies.
Frankly, unless you're in the room, I don't believe you.
And if you say you were in the room, I don't trust your motives for telling me.
9) I do think it's helpful to talk about MECHANISMS OF SUPPRESSION.
Let me explain.
10) In any group setting, we can expect a certain level of dogma to arise.
11) Dogma means the beliefs you cannot challenge.
If you challenge a shared dogma, your peer group will punish you.
12) Dogma is a LAW of social life.
It is a MECHANISM through which CENSORSHIP becomes socially acceptable.
13) There are MANY WAYS that society suppresses the truly independent thinker. But DOGMA, combined with LOVE BOMBING, is extremely potent. It is the META-FRAMEWORK through which ALL INSTITUTIONAL CENSORSHIP flows.
14) By #13 I mean that your affiliation in a particular REFERENCE GROUP--nuclear family, friends, spouse or intimate partner, religious institution, volunteer group, whatever--is FUSED BY LOVE-BOMBING and REINFORCED mentally by the DOGMA they need group members to have.
15) As a person who cares about victims of child sex trafficking and abuse, I see this mechanism operating ALL THE TIME.
16) To give a very basic and textbook example -- look at the insanity we're dealing with around Kavanaugh.
17) You have a woman who seems extremely troubled, telling a story that has absolutely no corroboration to it, but the mainstream narrative is that you must believe her -- "100%."
18) Sure you can make a political argument about why that pressure exists. But I would go for something even more fundamental in addition.

The mainstream American citizen -- regardless of their personal beliefs about politics or any other matter -- is no longer "brainwashable."
19) In the case of popular culture (let's loosely tie this together as Hollywood, the media, the art world, music industry, etc. etc. etc.) -- the "love bond" between the ordinary citizen and his or her "influencers" is rapidly breaking apart.
21) Or, if they aren't ignored, the victims are simply called "crazy."
22) Again, rather than REDUCE this phenomenon SOLELY to a political agenda, it might be helpful for us to recognize that FREEDOM MEANS BREAKING FREE OF THE COERCIVE SOCIAL CONTROL NORMS that pervade our relationships.
23) In other words, let other people be themselves.
24) Once you free the people you love, that spirit is highly contagious.
25) I stand today with the victims of child sex trafficking, and all kinds of abuse.

As @SaRaAshcraft so powerfully says:
I see you, I hear you, I believe you, and I support you.

Without any strings or preconditions.


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