Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Tyranny of Opinion

Counterjihad Zurich 2010

At the Counterjihad Zurich meeting earlier this month, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff led a workshop about the suppression of free speech and the control of public opinion in Europe. The essay below is adapted from her opening remarks, which were based on her personal experience as a member of the Wiener Akademikerbund.

The Founding of a Tyranny of Opinion
and the Case of the Wiener Akademikerbund

by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

Tyranny is introduced into modern European countries at three levels:

1. Through a system interweaving of all areas of life with the political sector


a. Banks are no longer private enterprises; former politicians conduct business on their behalf. Agencies of the European Union are heavily involved in fiscal and financial decision-making. The EU dictates the rhythm of transactions.
b. Key industries are not part of the private sector, except according to stock corporation law. After 1989, neo-Socialism led to an economy that works for the sole benefit of politicians and the existing political structure.
c. The interposition of quasi-governmental organs at all levels. Various mediating agencies — pressure groups, government agencies, lobby groups, and various NGOs, for example — act between the social and economic subsystems. All of them are financially aided by the EU, the chambers of commerce, and national and international establishments supported and financed by EU and the ministries.

2. Through the universality of personal dependency of the individual

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a. People become an intrinsic part of networks; see #1. Only within such networks can one make a living. This circumstance is taken advantage of with the help of blackmail.

For example, a member of the Wiener Akademikerbund (WAB), a father of six, works in the Austrian National Bank, putting pressure on him to resign from WAB board. If he doesn’t, he will lose his job.

The same thing is happening in the media and the schools — those who are considered multipliers among opinion makers and members of are in the educational establishment. They perform both active and passive roles: they are forced to accept opinions which aren’t theirs, and they are asked to promote and propagate the spurious ideas and interpretations derived from politically correct multiculturalism.
b. The financial crisis. The deteriorating economic situation is strangling the financial circumstances of all player, leaving no room for maneuver. People are no longer “citizens”.

The result? a proletarianization of citizens, as a consequence of socialist politics.

3. Through the formal or informal control of active behavior by the state


a. The judiciary rules against attitudes, beliefs, political ideology, and personal convictions. Examples include hate speech laws, Verbotsgesetz (The Verbotsgesetz 1947 [Prohibition Act 1947] abbreviated VerbotsG, is an Austrian constitutional law, which banned the Nazi Party and provided the legal framework for the process of denazification in Austria, as well as aiming to suppress any potential revival of Nazism. The law was amended in 1992 to prohibit denying or grossly minimizing the Holocaust or other Nazi war crimes.), and laws that prohibit discrimination against any minority
b. The tyranny of the politically correct. We are no longer allowed to use certain words. A multicultural version of Newspeak has arisen, and a change in the language has created a different state of awareness in the general public. The process of forming of neologisms as required by Multiculturalism is known as “word-smithing”, and whoever controls language controls politics.

The last few decades have seen a transition from the brutal Communist dictatorships of the 20th century to the universal — seemingly “soft” — control of the state of awareness of the general public. It is as if we stepped from George Orwell’s 1984 with its mere physical threats (i.e. jail, torture, or death) to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, under which we will experience forced reprogramming of our minds. We are unknowingly subjected to an adjustment of our understanding and our judgment of what is good and what is bad, leading to the political universalization of the Stockholm Syndrome.
c. The accusation of being a “fascist” and the politics of guilt. Disagreeable political positions are systematically branded as and connected with fantasies of fascism. For example, the European Commission for Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe combats racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and intolerance, including Islamophobia.

This leads to a step-by-step expansion of taboo zones in both politics and society. From Islamophobia we move on to homophobia, to family politics, to security policy. Criticizing current family politics, i.e. that the family must include of a mother and a father, and not a mother and mother, is discriminatory — and thus fascist — according to the elite’s definition. As a result, politics is reduced to codes and symbolism.

The public is taught mental reservations which filter the political decision-making process. For instance, if WAB were not a “cesspool” (that is, a source of unacceptable opinions), the filtering process would have been successful. However, through its position paper, WAB suddenly entered public discourse and is thus dangerous to the opinion tyrants. Hence, a “cesspool”.

The question is no longer whether a political measure is made in the interests of the of the people. Instead, there is a shift of what is allowed to be said. Acceptable speech is restricted to that which is all but religiously accepted.

For example, a question was directed at the Vienna police chief: “Is there a breakdown of criminal activity with regard to youth with a migration background?” Answer: “I am appalled at this across-the-board condemnation of foreigners!” All the questioner wanted was a statistical breakdown!

The chief’s assertion: “We need those migrants. There are immense economic advantages to immigration.”

Studies, evidence, facts, and clear thinking are considered irrelevant. Only multicultural ideology matters. The tyranny of opinion is complete.


mephju said...

Everything written in this text is true and I guess we already knew most of. But it really helps to become more conscious of it. I would say in nearly all Western countries the political discussions regarding immigation are restricted to a few accepted opinions. And those opinions surely don't represent us. That's why we have to wait to get our own Wilders. Some of us in Germany hope that Sarrazin will eventually establish his own party but it doesn't really look like this right now.

laine said...

Regarding totalitarianism, there's slow poison and there's fast poison. One could argue that fast poison such as Soviet and Mao's communism is the more combatable of two evils because its ill effects are not as easily disguised and it's difficult to get others outside your geographic ability to terrorize to drink from the obviously poisoned chalice.

Slow poison is basically the Italian marxist Gramsci's "long march through the institutions," by which he meant the capture of public education starting with universities, media and entertainment, seminaries and churches,
courts and all levels of government, starting with local.

This slow poison seeping into our daily lives drip by unnoticeable drip eventually paralyzes the majority of the population who in turn suffocate the minority who remain resistant and in possession of their senses.

There is no fast antidote to a slow poison. One would have to reverse-march back through all the institutions, taking them back and this is likely impossible in a nominal democracy where the majority are paralyzed, but still capable of pulling the voting lever for their poisoners.

As the Left constantly reminds each other, a crisis is an opportunity to carry the ball a long distance in one's preferred direction. If the Islamic totalitarian parasite preying on the Western carcass weakened by its own leftists precipitates a crisis with great loss of western life and wakes up those who have been merely slumbering, not yet in leftist coma, there is some hope that conservatives can turn the wheel back from doomsday, the economic and moral collapse that all socialism brings.

Short of that catastrophic wake up call, probably involving a nuclear weapon, the only other hope is that grass roots have enough common sense and rebelliousness to shake loose from their poisoned elites as the Tea Partiers are doing. Can they recruit the numbers needed? And no other western country has their equivalent though some rumblings are being heard, as at the Dutch ballot boxes recently. Are they the rumblings of a dying civilization, or the distant trumpet of the cavalry?

rebelliousvanilla said...

laine, this is why all these institutions need to disappear. We don't have the time or resources to gain them back, but due to the future circumstances of Europe's bankruptcy along with most of the Anglo world, we will have the opportunity to do away with these structures. In the end, their paradigm needs constant reinforcing, while their structures that do it need constant money. That money will dry up by 2020 or the latest 2030. And all hell will break loose then.

contemplationist said...

Excellent post!
Absolutely right! Freedom intrinsically depends on multitudes of independent institutions in CIVIL SOCIETY, so that INDIVIDUALS can exercise their RIGHT OF EXIT, if they so choose. Free association and private property ENSURE freedom. Thats it. Free speech and everything else flows from these two rights...the right of the individual to be sovereign on his own property, and the right of the individual to associate in any endeavor with whosoever he chooses.

4Symbols said...

In hoc signo vinces

Neo-Socialism is the wrong label a better label is neoliberalism as the right, centre and left of the political spectrum can all be a part of this discordianism and nihilism.