One ground-rule of societies that worship Amtssprache are those that seek like a magnet the clustering together under an umbrella of intellectual conformity.  Selbstgleichhaltung is the German portmanteau word that comes to mind, from Klemperer.  It is a moral failing – the inability of tolerating the anxiety that comes from independent thought, especially thought that might be criticized.  Coming into conformity – falling in line – is a reassuring thing for many people.  As much as the Third Reich praised the wolf, they acted like sheep.

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