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The Salem witch trials and the hysterical mob.

Posted by appolus on August 15, 2017

I like to study people and groups and society and how they react and so on. I am fascinated by it. I believe myself to be relatively well read on it as well. The Salem witch trials has been, for over 300 years, a cautionary tale of what happens when there is a prolonged period of mass hysteria. Due process is put to one side and the main thrust of attack is false accusation. Once the accusation is made, given the mass hysteria, the condemned has no chance. In earlier versions in Europe, once the witch was named, she would be tossed into the river. If she drowned she was innocent, if she did not drown she was guilty and then actually drowned or burnt at the stake.

Before you sophisticated people laugh at the moronic actions of our forebears, can I suggest that we are doing the exact same thing today. There has been several months of hysteria in this country. Facts are no longer important, it is the accusation that counts. Consider President Trump. In the last seven months he has been a Russian spy. No facts, just accusation. He has been an anti-Semite, despite the fact that his daughter and son-in-law are Jewish ( you can’t make this stuff up) He is a racist. He is a Nazi. That’s quite a little list that is going on there, and all born out of hysteria.

Now let me suggest that in the coming months and years that this hysteria will not subside. The inquisition lasted almost seven hundred years so I can easily see a period of time when all the skills that the hysterical mob has amassed, aided and abetted by feckless politicians and so-called community leaders and social media, will be employed to destroy their enemies. In order to destroy someone nowadays they are first labelled and shamed publicly. The pressure is enormous to fall in line with the mob. The day is coming that if you do not bow down to the gods of this world, you will be destroyed.

Christians in particular, who disagree with gay marriage and identity politics and so on will be the targets of modern-day witch trials. Once the accusation is made, only drowning will save you from the fire, but one way or another, you will be removed from among them and they will celebrate it and believe they are doing God’s work.

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