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How did we get into such a state of fear?


MASS Formation Psychosis, a concept most prominently formulated in the last year by Dr Robert Malone in his appearance on the Joe Rogan Show and by Mattias Desmet, a clinical psychology professor at the University of Ghent in his recent book The Psychology of Totalitarianism, is an attempt at explaining how populations are manipulated into such a state of fear that they are prepared to accept, indeed demand, anything which could save them from that perceived threat, even when those measures may be more harmful to them.

Speak out against such measures, question them, warn what might be further down the line if those measures are introduced or simply refuse to participate in the theatre of it all and you’ll be regarded as being as bad as the threat itself, or even a collaborator with the enemy.

The depressing saga of the whole Covid narrative, when people almost bayed to be locked up, restricted from going or doing anything away from the confines of their own homes, fearing the approach of anyone walking towards them in a street, successfully pleading for those measures to be brought back over and over again, then queueing up for vaccines that are now accepted as neither stopping the contracting of Covid or spreading it (remember the spectacle of people lining up in vast queues around shopping centres last December for their ‘booster’) and vocally supporting ‘vaccine passports’, is merely the most obvious example of where mass formation psychosis leads. There are plenty of others.

First step forward, Net Zero and the energy supply crisis. Populations triggered by alarmist coverage of ‘climate change’ issues have meekly accepted or openly approved of measures such as closing coalmines and coal-fired power stations and restrictions on gas and oil exploration. Only now are people finally waking up to where this has inevitably led with soaring gas, electric, petrol and diesel prices and the serious threat of power cuts and fuel shortages this winter. Yet to point this out is to bring the predictable and infantile charge of being a ‘climate denier’.

Politicians have found a convenient excuse: the war in Ukraine. Isn’t this war, though, just another example of mass formation psychosis? Despite the fact that both Ukraine and Russia are key sources of food, fuel and minerals for our economies, the escalation of this conflict has been largely cheered on throughout the West. Politicians and the media again sing from the same hymn sheet.

It’s natural and understandable to want to support the invaded underdog and to give it the equipment to fight back, but to do so without also calling for a ceasefire, troop withdrawals and meaningful negotiations to settle the conflict? No, we seem to prefer perpetual conflict, indeed its escalation, with some very shady, unexplained acts of sabotage such as the destruction of the Nordstream pipelines and part of the Kerch Bridge, and even calls for regime change, the very policy we seem to have learnt so little from in Iraq, Libya, Syria and elsewhere. To point this out, however, will get you branded a ‘Putin apologist’.

Let’s turn to British political issues. If we accept the media narrative, and it certainly suits the interests of the recently installed Sunak/Hunt regime if we do, the current economic instability and pending punitive tax increases are all due to the failings of the short-lived Truss administration. Nothing to do with the debts and quantitative easing measures during the two years of profligacy under Chancellor Sunak, when the lockdowns were funded and economic activity was largely shut down, or the many years of naive energy policies while pandering to the zero carbon green agenda, which Truss was apparently prepared to address. Truss seems to have gone into hiding; no one will discuss the broader picture and the madness of how we got here, and how those who presided over it, such as Sunak, or openly advocated even more severe measures, such as Hunt, have come to be at the helm, both without the troublesome little difficulty of coming first in an election, internal or generally. If you raise that, though, you are a contrarian or worse, a conspiracy theorist.

This is a government that is understandably very unpopular, having in its previous manifestation presided over self-inflicted economic and social harm arising from the lockdowns, which is about to increase already historically high levels of taxation to eye-watering new levels, while refusing to secure our borders or push back against extremist wokery that is probably supported by not much more than 10 per cent of the population (though rampantly supported by the chattering classes).

And the answer to that is? Why, to elect Starmer’s Labour, a party which constantly called for earlier, longer and harsher lockdowns, which opposed the ending of every lockdown as they deemed it too soon, which is ideologically committed to even higher government spending and further tax increases, which openly embraces the most absurd and extreme aspects of wokery and wants a ‘kinder, fairer’ asylum system, seemingly oblivious (or perhaps wilfully blind) to the fact that making asylum easier and quicker would just be a magnet for a further exponential leap in the numbers who wish to enter the UK.

As I said, mass formation psychosis is everywhere, and you don’t need to look far to see it.

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Patrick Clarke
Patrick Clarke
Patrick Clarke was briefly active in politics during the 1970's before leaving to 'get a life'. You can read more articles from Patrick Clarke in his Substack column.

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