The Galileo Effect
Truth is sacrosanct is claimed by citizens whether their society is waxing or waning, but in the declining mode it is hated and suppressed; winning only persecution for the honest. This is the Galileo Effect, where those who dare contradict a popular delusion find their message ignored while their person is attacked. They are condemned for the crime of heresy, for which truth is no defence, as Galileo discovered, being forced to deny the earth circled the sun, to avoid execution.
The Mob Rules
All public utterances must now (circa 2000) reflect the bigotry of the mob, or win persecution. This was clearly demonstrated by Pauline Hanson, the federal Member of Parliament for Oxley, Queensland, who was maligned and condemned for publicly stating simple truths in her maiden speech on September 10th 1996. Her sentiments were deemed sacrilege, albeit without using that actual word. Nor is she alone, for all those people who dare contradict popular delusions find themselves treated as heretics, stigmatised and persecuted (see political correctness).
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