"We will not walk in fear of one another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine"
The Madness of Hyper-Vigilance:
Anti-Social Vigilantism/ Covert Bullying
reminds me of this scene from the movie The Front (1976) Directed by Martin Ritt:
"I'm innocent! I never joined anything. A terrible mistake has been made"
"I sympathise, unfortunately I can only help people who are willing to make a clean breast of what they've done"
"But I haven't done anything"
"That's why I can't help you"
Hollywood Actor protesting his being placed on the black-list as a Communist
during the Senator Joe McCarthy Communist witch-hunts in 1950's America
Previously in Melbourne if one had done something wrong one could redeem oneself, and if one hadn’t done anything wrong, one could feel confident one would not be deemed a “social undesirable.”
Now in this hyper-vigilant era one can be denounced by a vigilante spreading lies and rumours and be denied a forum to refute the rumours.
In other words, if you haven’t done anything wrong,
you can’t redeem your social reputation!
Guilty until proven innocent
by criminal vigilantes!
Ed Murrow on Sen. Joe McCarthy