Statism is based on lies. Without lies it evaporates like a single drop of water skittering across the hot surface of a wood stove in January.
Not just the classic Orwellian “War is peace” lies, but lies most people don’t even notice.
Lies like “taxation is the price we pay for a civilized society“, and “there’s no difference between men and women (and/or “men” and “women” can be defined however you want, or denied altogether)”.
Lies like the myth that a country is like a private club, where the members have the right to control who gets in. Believing that “democracy” or a Constitution make mob rule OK is believing in a lie.
Liberty and rights are not up for a v*te, even if government allows “the people” to v*te on them. It’s a lie.
Lies, even those which don’t seem to have anything to do with statism specifically, can be harmful and help prop up statism. They give justifications for “laws” which violate liberty. They train people to believe there is no truth, but whatever you feel is right is OK– and most people feel it’s OK to violate you in one way or another.
Seeing the lies and refusing to go along with them is not a path to popularity. It’s not “pragmatic” or nice. So be it.