It also poisons family relations.
The ultimate goal of authoritarian control is to make people want what we want. In order to get there, first we must make them think what we want them to think and feel what we want them to feel. Cults all do that.
Making people to change how they feel is a cult staple. It is also ubiquitous in other parts of life. We will never be able to resist the lure of a cult if we constantly train ourselves to suppress and replace our own feelings to feelings we are supposed to have.
This is not an argument that everything is a cult. This is an illustration that the tools of authoritarian mind control are so widespread and ubiquitous that we have no leg to stand on when we try to argue against cults. Others are doing what cults do and are revered for it.
R. Daniel Kelemen from Rutgers has given an interview to Népszava and in it he mentioned that the benefit of an EU-membership might be that Orbán will not resort to Lukashenko-like violence because an EU member state can not sink as deeply into autocracy as a non-member could.
Arguably, every effort to define something starts with “I know it when I see it”. Then we proceed to draft a definition that includes what we want included but excludes what we don’t.
They are just the spectacular tip of the authoritarian control iceberg
There is no good way to address populist fearmongering. The good news is that you shouldn’t do it anyway
When protests, outrage, public opinion and voting results are all ignored