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Challenging THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TOTALITARIANISM

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On taboos and heresy, here’s an essay worth reading:


“What you can’t Say”

http://www.paulgraham.com/say.html


Years ago (approx 2004) I read this essay. At the time I framed it in the context of my (then) current lived experience as a young man living in NYC. Seemed so relevant then, but oh how trivial that time seems now.

Every 5 years or so I’d come back to it and at that present time, it seemed more prescient than ever. In a sense, the “looking back factor” is the nail that the essay ultimately hammers.

But it wasn’t until December 2020 that I dusted it off, re-read it, and realized that it hit every beat.

The below captioned quote sums it up:


“I suspect the biggest source of moral taboos will turn out to be power struggles in which one side only barely has the upper hand. That's where you'll find a group powerful enough to enforce taboos, but weak enough to need them.”




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Amy Harlib

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