Society wants people to be abnormal; only then can they be exploited, only then can they be reduced into machines, only then can they be reduced to slaves — and happily, and without any revolt.
For thousands of years, man has lived in an imprisoned state. Those prisons have been given beautiful names: you call them churches, religions, ideologies. Somebody lives in a Catholic prison and somebody lives in a communist prison, and both go on bragging about their prison, that their prison is far better. But any person who lives through some ideology is a prisoner, because every ideology narrows down your consciousness, becomes chains on your being. Anybody who belongs to any crowd out of fear, out of conditioning, out of a kind of hypnosis, is not truly a man, is not yet born. The opportunity has been given to him, but he is wasting it.
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” –George Orwell
“Popular culture is a place where pity is called compassion, flattery is called love, propaganda is called knowledge, tension is called peace and gossip is called news.” –Criss Jami, Killosophy
“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.” –Adolf Hitler
“You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.” –Robert A. Heinlein, Revolt in 2100/Methuselah’s Children
“The American people are free to do exactly what they are told.” –Ward Churchill