Oppression of freedom of speech comes in many forms. The most overt form arises when dictators control the flow of information and silence all dissenting voices. Countries like Saudi Arabia are prime examples.
However, more covert mechanisms of controlling freedom of speech and freedom of thought also exist. Those in power utilize more subtle and hidden forms of oppression in wealthy Western countries where the populace is more likely to stage a successful revolution.
Of all the means of silencing dissenting voices, none have ever proven so fruitful as the term “conspiracy theory”. These two words have an uncanny, almost supernatural ability to shut down all intelligent discourse and rational conversation on almost any topic. All you have to do is mention a simple fact – say, for example, that jet fuel can’t melt steel beams or collapse an entire high-rise building at free-fall speed – and most people will slap the conspiracy theorist label on you.
What’s remarkable is the hypocrisy of it all. You don’t even have to suggest that a conspiracy exists to be called this pejorative term. And yet those who will label you as such in the style of a fifth-grade bully fail to see that they are the ones speaking of conspiracy nonsense. You never said anything about any conspiracy. And yet here they are, accusing you of the very thing they are doing.
Social shaming is a powerful mechanism. Human beings are social animals. We have a built-in need to fit in and be accepted by others. This stems all the way back to our hunter-gatherer times, where being shunned by the tribe often meant certain death.
Today this takes the form of accepting official narratives force-fed to us by mass media. The overwhelming majority of people alive today do not have the courage to face simple facts that may bring unwanted and unpleasant feelings of pain, anguish, fear, or distress. They would much rather believe whatever makes them feel good and ignore or deny everything that contradicts whatever leads to those feelings.
As Ayn Rand once said, “you can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality”. At some point, people’s weakness in accepting reality will always catch up with them. If you lack the courage to face facts, your world will one day come crumbling down around you.
All in all, a tyranny of the mind is a far greater threat than a tyranny by physical force. Those in throes of mental manipulation cannot see how they have been blinded. They will never know or even suspect that they are being controlled, and they would not believe or even care if someone told them. This kind of control has far greater power, as it cannot be resisted. What cannot be perceived cannot be fought.
These days, most everything is a conspiracy. By making fun of those who ask questions, point out simple facts, or see through various facades, those in power have somehow achieved complete and total silencing of the truth via methods of social shaming similar to those used by children in elementary school. We must not allow our freedom of speech to be silenced in this manner.
The only way to combat such mental tyranny is to never back down. How does one deal with a childhood bully in school? Beat him into the ground. There is no other solution. The bully will not understand anything else. No substitute for brute force exists. While we are indoctrinated to believe that violence solves nothing, there are times when nothing gets solved without violence.
Thankfully, being bullied by weak and feeble-minded adults does not require physical violence. It simply involves facing facts, having the courage to state them to others, and never backing down. So not shy away when faced with the conspiracy lunacy nonsense. Do not fail to speak your mind when you know things don’t add up. And don’t hesitate to ask questions to those who sheepishly buy into ideas that make no sense.
That last point bears repeating. Asking questions often can prove far more productive than anything else. By asking someone a question regarding their line of thought, they will have to begin formulating an answer. And in doing so, they will see that their conclusion does not add up. Often times this is the only way to burst their pathetic little bubble. Do not let childhood bullies take away your freedom of speech.