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This is some aggressive and concerning rhetoric.

Being a jerk at work is not “violence” and we should not try to equate the two as being on the same level.

Don’t forget that many fascist regimes were built around this kind of aggressive punishment of unpleasant behaviors.

Similar tactics are deployed in "psychological warfare" campaigns [1,2].

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zersetzung

[2] https://theintercept.com/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/

Sure, the bully claiming to be the victim when trying to convince those around them that social degradation is sane behaviour.

Recommend reading this [1] and then re-thinking what violence means.

[1] https://smile.amazon.com/dp/189200528X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_...

Or from the dictionary definition 1.b. [2] "extremely powerful or forceful and capable of causing damage"

[2] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/violent

Exactly. This is scary stuff that leads to the government controlling behavior as opposed to a baseline of rules to protect individuals.

We have seen throughout history that fascism and other forms of totalitarian governments base their foundation upon this type of strict “no broken windows” style of behavior control.

Another popular technique for these types of regimes is changing the definition of words.

I would strongly encourage you to look into the rise of fascism in the first half of the twentieth century. Recently fascism is more closely associated with nationalist and racist groups. But this was very different a hundred years ago when these ideas were first gaining large acceptance.

I didn't see the connection between the article and fascism. Maybe if mental health was a priority then individuals wouldn't be as susceptible to fascism or other control systems that prey on peoples' vulnerabilities and insecurities.

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