The assault on language is usually executed using 5 non-sequential tactics, designed to lead the masses to the conclusion that the use of force is not only desirable but also unavoidable. The first tactic involves the misappropriation and wilful misinterpretation of commonly understood words and concepts. The second involves assaulting all objective frameworks of language and institutions built on them, so disagreements feel more like a “your-word-against-mine” scenario. As part of the third tactic, authoritarians attack the character and moral intentions of critics who see through and condemn this strategy. The fourth tactic asserts the supremacy of the subjective, once it has become too difficult for the average observer to distinguish the true aggressor from the victim of aggression. When deploying the fifth tactic, authoritarians shut down all avenues of reasonable discourse, creating the false impression that coercion is the only option.
If you can get people to abandon their apparatuses of critical thinking (e.g. language and logic), surrender to your subjective interpretation of the world and see their environment as perpetually threatening, then you can get them to permit unjustified violence.
…rt doesn’t need much discussion as it’s the natural conclusion of all the stages which come before. Once an authoritarian movement has established a framework which makes it easy to silence critics, the only audible voice becomes its own. This is the point when the proverbial pigeon starts sh*ttng all over the chess board. Those who attempt to continue playing by the rules are perceived as idiots — or worse, as weak (a common criticism of today’s “centrists”).