This is a quote from the book "The Gentleperson's Guide To Forum Spies" by Cryptome.org
...reasons as to WHY this maneuver works to control people]
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This invites guilty feelings. Many people can be controlled by guilt. The agents begin relationships with activists behind a
well-developed mask of "dedication to the cause." Because of their often declared dedication, (and actions designed to prove this), when they criticize the activist, he or she - being
truly dedicated to the movement - becomes convinced that somehow, any issues are THEIR fault. This is because a truly dedicated person tends to believe that everyone has a conscience and that n...