Don’t be surprised when prominent critics of government suddenly backtrack and start giving limp and not very convincing endorsements of heavily propagandised government agendas.
“Influencers” are prime targets.
Under dictatorships diversity of opinion is not welcome. To keep people brainwashed there can be no detractors.
But surely you say, not everyone can be blackmailed. Not everyone has skeletons in their cupboard. If you’ve done nothing wrong you’ve got nothing to fear. But this ignores how dirty politics works. It ignores how spies work. It ignores how secret police work. It ignores how criminals work. Easy to overlook if you are an honest citizen who has nothing to do with any of the aforementioned.
Perhaps a given person is indeed a paragon of virtue, who passed through the vulnerable teen and young adult years without making any mistakes that might if exposed wreck his life many years later. After all youngandstupid ought to be one word. Such a person can stand upright and challenge the government in its nefarious activities, without fear and beyond corruption BUT this ignores how blackmailers work.
No man is an island. Our strength as social beings is also our weakness. If you cannot be attacked directly you will be attacked indirectly. Are all your relatives and loved ones equally invulnerable? No frail elderly relatives. No vulnerable children or young relatives. No skeletons in any of their cupboards which if revived will destroy a young persons life chances before their life has hardly begun. No indiscretion of a lover or close friend.
(Under fascism having a child amounts to growing your own hostage).
Any social connection – having anyone you love or care about who failed to be infallible – means most everyone is vulnerable to blackmail.
If you think the governments current methods demonstrated by the largely media invented “Corona crisis” indicate any degree of good faith, honesty in that government you are reading the wrong script.
The topic under study is Dirty Politics. Go to.