People are too often subjected to the limitations of rulers who categorize individuals as either followers, competitors, or losers in the battle to become competitors. Independent thinkers (who are often intense to begin with) are often categorized in a number of inappropriate ways due to how they are seen as a threat to the comforts of group identity. The mischaracterization intensifies their nature by further isolating them which in turn makes them again seem more threatening to people with a mainstream mentality. Actually there is no group identity or group strength without the encouragement of this independence and this is too often not understood.
Influencing people to rethink their prejudices is what will ultimately change public policy by including more diverse people and their diverse expressions into who and what needs to be considered. Any attempts at empowerment without the broadest aspirations of including diversity will sentence excluded minorities to more of the same types of oppression.
Of course the biggest problem with strict methods of categorization and unrestricted demands is that the power of the organization or network is severely limited by the ways they oppose another single opposing organization or network.
In order to encourage independent thinking it needs to be understood what types of restraints and unfair categorizations have been placed on minority groups in the past and what kinds of oppression that has led to.
This is most important to remember with the population of autistic people due to the neurological difficulty with executive functioning, the unique type of thinking that comes from unique types of thinkers, the inappropriate expectations and demands of the exclusive society they are surrounded by, and the inappropriate and oppressive methods that are used for making them more normal.
In the United States for example, along with the increase in diagnosing autistic people, there is more money than ever put toward preventing autism before it can even be identified. There is also a goal of defining autism as a behavioral disorder which further allows abuse to be justified by claiming that autistics have a neurological predisposition to violent behavior.
Autism has never been seen as acceptable but the world has now identified itself as a global society that values control over minority groups rather than inspiring and empowering them. This is shown by the increase in identifying the autistic population leading to further discrimination, using even worse stereotypes to identify them, and above all having mainstream politics and journalism focus their attention on a single negative description of autistics that further restricts our independence.
The United States was founded by an act of organized genocide. The justification was based on cultural and religious differences. The exclusivity and elitism of this country have always been attained and secured by slavery, behavior and thought modification, and forced institutionalization.
This mindset has always been a major prejudicial force that determines public policy. Today more than ever US politics discourages diversity and alternative thinking as the two-party political system (Republican and Democrat) merge as one.
Groups who are excluded for having independent viewpoints are seen as a threat to progress due to a government that bases national security on control and domination. We can't be fighting for inclusion into a society who has this type of mindset based solely on our how our ability to contribute to the economy should be recognized.We can't just demand our place at the table without that table changing. Public policy is still based on scarcity even though we have little or no control over our resources going to fund what gets disguised as "an exercise in diplomacy" rather than our own empowerment. As public policy is being based on the deception of our limited resources, most methods of inclusion must be suspected for how they unfairly exclude another marginalized group.
There's nothing wrong with fighting for small changes that aid individual groups but too often political limitations encourage one group to only see how they can attain their rights by sacrificing the rights of someone else. That's why it's so important to not lose sight of the big picture.
People with the most limited resources make an increasing majority of people who live in the United States. The mismanagement of these resources is unfairly blamed on these individuals rather than the government that continually decreases their options.
This of course includes how the majority of autistic people have not been diagnosed and are completely ignored when policies are designed that supposedly have autistics best interest in mind. The further that any political representation of autistic people compromises this majority by limiting the unique expressions of the broadest diversity of people the more their efforts will be used to stigmatize and isolate all autistic people.
In the same way that disability is natural, neurodiversity occurs naturally. Modern medicine and the psych industry may have identified some autistic people and there may be a way of using that identification for less-than-honorable purposes but diversity ultimately calls for aid rather than modification.
When people see things within the perspective of encouraging the acceptance of differences by winning against one particular type of oppression, they are often getting involved in just another type of oppression. When people orient their thinking to battle mode (which includes compromising to win the battles) they will eventually not be able to differentiate between friend or foe.They won't be accepting of diversity of thought within the group they claim is on "their side" so that with no new original ideas and the stagnation that occurs as a result they lose sight of what they really believe, and they are forced to compromise in ways that prevents any kind of progress.