Some nations still have laws against criticizing leadership. Have any nations ever tried criminalizing PRAISE of leadership? Make it a day-fine offense; one day’s income extracted for every 24-hour period in which someone was proven to have spoken in praise of the leadership.
People would still do it, and they’d be known to be putting their money where their mouth was when they did, especially if they’re rich and famous. It would reduce the rarity of political allegiance signalling while increasing the potency of the signal. Political climber types would blare on social media and then turn themselves in, spending 1-3 days of income per year (or more) for the notoriety of having paid fines to speak praise of leaders they favor.
Meanwhile, it would shut up obsequious or false people, and require political news outlets to report in a more balanced and/or critical way. They could praise only people out of power, while having to report neutrally or negatively on leadership. Might increase talent intake and thought-novelty while reducing false loyalism.
Oh, and it would increase the political influence of unemployed people while reducing their opposition to the establishment by making them the only special permitted speakers of political praise!