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Next time the subject comes up, of say, shadow banning or straight out banning on Twitter or Facebook arises, or Facebook’s algorithms are in the news and maybe your Google searches don’t seem as straight forward as they should, or perhaps a conservative speaker or any speaker that doesn’t adhere to the leftist orthodoxy on a particular subject is denied a visa to speak in Australia or a speaker is de-platformed and dumped from a speaking engagement at a public event or on a university campus, it will be well worth bearing this instruction in mind.

This is the essence of political correctness and nasty, aggressive group-think (pick any current agenda) and the progressive left, have been aggressively pushing it for many decades. The following would seem to be the template and standard operating procedure of ABC programs like the Drum and Q&A.

One of the main advocates and regarded as the Godfather of leftist thought for the last sixty years or so and the author of more than 100 books, is Noam Chomsky who wrote in The Common Good, 1998, page 43.

“..The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow lively debate within that spectrum — even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the systems are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of debate..”

Sound familiar?

Chomsky also wrote in the same book: “the best defence against democracy is to distract people.”

That too should strike a chord.