They come to be accepted by degrees, by precedent, by implication, by erosion, by default, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other - until the day when they are suddenly declared to be the country's official ideology.
~ Ayn Rand
It's not uncommon to hear "Why do women stay in abusive relationships?" or "Why don't they leave?"
The main reason "they stay" is they are too afraid to leave—they feel they have nowhere to go.
I must say I find it a little disconcerting to find similar feelings of learned helplessness being echoed (and/or willfully propagated) inside the political forums of news websites, on threads very much like this one:
It is a sad state of affairs for America, and indeed for democracy, when apparently, and by jatrig's own admission, above, Liberals in this country should feel that the only two options open to them is to either stay in the abusive relationship they perceive themselves to be in, or else end up "with a pimp."
The Wulfshead club is a well known watering hole for all the strange and unusual people in the world. And for those just passing through... No one's quite sure exactly where the club itself is located, and the very anonymous management likes to keep it that way, but there are authorized access points at locations all around the world, if you know where to look. And if your name's on the approved list. ~Simon Green, Daemons Are Forever