I’ve taken a lot of flak over the past couple of days for referring to the current government of the UK as “totalitarian”. And with good reason — it’s not the right word to describe the repressive regime which is now in place in Britain. The task of suppressing free speech and independent opinion is not the government’s alone, but is also subcontracted to supposedly independent institutions of civil society, the media (especially social media) and the academy. It’s a full-court press across the whole of British culture, but without any obvious co-ordination by a centralized hierarchy headed by a strongman in the style of Stalin, Hitler, or Mao.
No, it’s a different system, and the word “totalitarian” does not do it justice. The word is too old-fashioned: It conjures up images of jackboots and concentration camps and firing squads, which are not necessary (so far) to accomplish the state’s purposes.
Sweden and Germany are much the same, and other Western European countries — France, Belgium, and the Netherlands — are almost as bad. All are using the same types of non-totalitarian methods to enforce an efficient, technologically advanced regimen of thought control. The current government of the UK is far more successful in its brainwashing of the populace than the Soviets or the Nazis could ever have dreamed of.
As it happens, while I was preparing this essay two separate tidbits of news came in that reflect on this topic.
|1.||Bill Warner’s Twitter account is now blocked in Germany: “@PoliticalIslam’s account has been withheld in Germany based on local law(s)”|
|2.||Tommy Robinson was asked to leave Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park by the police (see the previous post). In his video about the incident, Tommy also referred to the British government as “totalitarian”.
The primary technique employed by modern Western countries is a combination of indoctrination and fear: the indoctrination to make people actually believe the state-imposed ideology, at least to a certain extent; and fear of being prosecuted and fined (or even, God forbid, sent to prison to be at the mercy of Muslim inmates), of losing one’s job, of having one’s children taken away, etc. Those who don’t really believe the “racism” foolishness are at least well aware that they need to keep their mouths shut on certain topics.
Even so, enough people do believe it to keep the system functioning. On numerous occasions I’ve run into friends who are genuinely shocked and appalled at the suggestion that mass-importing Mexicans into the country is a bad idea. And these aren’t liberal-progressives; they’re moderately conservative people who have swallowed the standard GOPe line that immigration is good for the economy. And, hey, we’re a nation of immigrants, you know! “I lift my lamp beside the golden door,” as Emma Lazarus so famously wrote — the lines that have come to be known as the “0th Amendment to the Constitution” by unreconstructed paleocons.
I’m sure our British and European readers have had similar experiences with friends who really, really believe in the Willkommenskultur. Who are certain that immigrants really do enrich their respective cultures.
They’re evidence of the phenomenal success enjoyed by the control systems that keep Westerners in line. Unfortunately for our globalist masters, these systems are now in the process of breaking down. That’s why the iron fist is beginning to slip out of the velvet glove. The change of tactics is an indication that the brainwash-and-intimidate regime is no longer fully effective.
So we need a new word for the coercive system that is repressing and persecuting people like Tommy Robinson in the UK, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, Pierre Cassen in France, Dan Park in Sweden, and Michael Stürzenberger in Germany.
I don’t have any good ideas, but I’m open to suggestions. ECAW came up with the first one:
And as for finding a new word, let’s start the ball rolling with “hypnotarian”.