a reply to someone talking about Internet censorship and how this might be like religion in that its an attempt at social control:
I agree that there do need to be some types of control over the Internet and over all media.
I also do think it insightful that Internet censorship could be rather like religion, in that the objective is social control and herd morality.
As I see it, a major source of thought censorship is the Recovery Movement. Its rather like a vacuum cleaner operation. It encourages people to make confessional disclosures. But then there is zero effort made towards redress for wrongs. So still in the end, victims are responsible for their own problems, and responsible for not having moved on sooner, and responsible for not being "more enlightened" about the whole thing. So it amounts to a second rape.
Yes, it does run on censorship. I have seen this first hand. On one 12 step oriented recovery forum I raised the question of redress for wrongs. The moderator declined my post and wrote to me, "Its wrong to try and do this to people who have been tormented throughout childhood." Then she banished me.
If those who have been tormented aren't willing to stand up and fight, then who is going to?
This is what really opened my eyes. The Recovery Movement is a denial system. Some matters are disclosed, like repressed memories and particular incidents. But the actual effect that this had on one's life and the malice of parental intent, and the lost social opportunities which came from this, are never addressed. They can't be addressed because public persona requires redress. If one is not willing to fight for what has been taken from them, how can they ever have a public persona?
But fighting requires facing how deep and severe the losses are. Facing only memories, representations, is part of the 200 year out of date cognitive science which Freudian Psychology is based on. Its like focusing on the shadow of a tiger and seeing that as the danger, while remaining oblivious to the real tiger which is casting the shadow.
I fault no one for the pains they are unable to face. They truly have been tormented. But I find a great deal of fault with those who propagate doctrines based on denial. So yes, I do find the Recovery Movement to be something like a religion. No it may not always be theistic, but it does aim for social control. If someone was really facing the pains, then they would only live so that they can fight back.
The Family System is designed to socialize, to inscribe. But instead we have all sorts of Rousseauist romanticiations. Yes, as someone posted, marriage is also a form of social control. Still worse, it uses children. What these romanticizations amount to is pedagogy, liberal pedagogy.
Pedagogy is a specific doctrine designed to legitimate the parental role and crush a child's will. Older pedagogies are explicitly violent. Most of the newer pedagogies are not violent, they are more covert. They are rewritten every few years. In my day it was Dr. Benjamin Spock. But today they talk about things like nurturing, empathy, and attachment. But always the meaning is the same, legitimating the parental role, and making it impossible for the child to continue to resist. How could a child resist when the parent is right? The child is supposed to come to accept the parent's point of view.
Pedagogies are always pronatalist, as they promote the parental role. I'm sure the Nazi Lebensborn program used the most current pedagogy manuals.
The Recovery Movement works the same way. Those who for some reason were only 95% broken by the Family System will end up in Recovery, where pressure will be applied in the attempt to finish the job. People are to stay in recovery until they worship the Good Family. Their own experience stains them rather like Original Sin. So they must continually expiate themselves by talking about things like empathy, nurturance, and attachment, all this decades code words used to legitimate the parental role.
So yes, I find the Recovery Movement to a be a kind of mind control, a kind of a religion, and a major part of the reason the the "use" of children continues, as well as why we don't have redress.
When there is oppression and injustice people should band together and fight back!
Redress for Wrongs, not Recovery and Religion; Tangible Results, not Therapeutic Release; there is no such thing as Healing without first restoring Honor; wars are won through Strategic Engagements with the enemy, not by Seeking Enlightenment; Victory not Victimhood