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It's becoming increasingly clear that American institutions not only are being compromised but also weaponized to suppress the truth and crush the Left's enemies.
In tonight's In-Depth Report, Church Militant's Kristine Christlieb talks with a former CIA analyst whose new book provides the plan for a counterattack.
Hilary Clinton, 2016 U.S. presidential candidate: "You could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the 'basket of deplorables.'"
Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton's characterization of Trump supporters as "deplorables" is an example of how tyrants dismiss, demonize and isolate their enemies.
It's a time-honored tactic, employed by would-be dictators to marginalize opposing voices.
In a new book, The Weaponization of Loneliness: How Tyrants Stoke Our Fear of Isolation to Silence, Divide, and Conquer, former CIA analyst Stella Morabito reveals how tyrants exploit human nature to control us.
Stella Morabito, senior contributor, The Federalist: "Human beings are hardwired to connect with other people, and the flipside of that is that we have a primal fear of being disconnected. And that is very easily exported."
Morabito, observing rapid changes and growing hostility, wondered if there could be any common themes.
How do these agendas get so much oxygen that they become policy even when most people don't really agree with them? My answer is that it comes right back down to that weaponization of loneliness — using those smear words and demonization campaigns to shut people up and to cause them to self-censor. Through political correctness, people shut up about what they believe. They'll even lie about what they believe to avoid ostracism.
Well-known experiments reveal that a majority of human beings will follow orders even when they know their actions could have potentially lethal consequences.
And we've also had to face the fact that humans are capable of becoming tyrants themselves when given the opportunity.
Morabito says that the antidote to propaganda is having the moral courage to reach out to others, one person at a time, and share one's views openly and with sincerity.
As a CIA analyst, Morabito focused on Soviet propaganda and disinformation methods. She has a master's degree in Russian and Soviet history.
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