IN years past, complaints following the festive period usually involved an expanding waistline or slightly bruised liver. This being the modern world, of course, we have other things on our mind.
On December 31, American commentator Joe Rogan released a podcast with Dr Robert Malone. In the mainstream media you will learn that this doctor is a crank, a weirdo, an antivaxxer. Less frequently you will be reminded that he is one of the inventors of mRNA vaccine technology, making him one of the most qualified people in the world to pass comment on the issue.
Rogan’s interview with Dr Malone is three hours long and constitutes essential listening. Valid questions about the efficacy of rushed-out vaccines, their potential ‘rare’ or long-term side effects and the abandonment of medical ethics are all raised. For anyone whose critical functions have remained intact over the last two years, it is alarming stuff.
The interview has already been listened to millions of times. In the United States alone, Joe Rogan’s ratings consistently trounce anything that the mainstream media can produce. As such, he represents a grave threat to the narrative peddled relentlessly by Big Government, Big Pharma and Big Media. It is for this reason – sorry, for encouraging ‘vaccine hesitancy’ – that the interview has already been pulled off YouTube, and Dr Malone’s Twitter account shut down even before the interview’s release.
Perhaps the crucial moment in the chat is the discussion of Covid-19’s mental aspects. I do not mean the brain fog that comes with the virus and sometimes with the vaccine. Instead, it has long been abundantly clear that Covid-19 is predominantly a virus of the mind. The excessive reaction to its spread by governments, elements of the healthcare profession and the hysteria-inclined has revealed a deep spiritual sickness at the core of modern society.
Dr Malone gives this phenomenon a name: Mass Formation Psychosis. He did not coin the term, but must now be credited with transmitting it into the mainstream, at least under its current guise. The ‘madness of crowds’, after all, is nothing new.
Malone describes and contextualises the phenomenon in the following way:
‘Basically, [there was a] European intellectual inquiry into what the heck happened in Germany in the ’20s and ’30s – very intelligent, highly educated population – and they went barking mad. The answer is mass formation psychosis. When you have a society that has been decoupled from each other and has free-floating anxiety, and a sense that things don’t make sense, we can’t understand it, and then their attention gets focused by a leader or a series of events on one small point (just like hypnosis), they literally become hypnotised and can be led anywhere. And one of the aspects of that phenomenon, is that people that they identify as their leaders, the ones that typically that come in and say “You have this pain and I can solve it for you. I, and I alone, can fix this problem for you” – they will follow that person through hell. It doesn’t matter whether they lie to them or whatever. The data are irrelevant and furthermore anyone who questions that narrative is to be immediately attacked. They are the other. This is central to mass formation psychosis and this is what has happened.’
There is much truth in this. As the pandemic begins to fade, with almost all signs now pointing to Covid-19 becoming little more of an annoyance than the common cold, the believers in the Cult of Covid only double down. Instead of welcoming the decreased lethality as a way out of the viral purgatory into which we have been plunged, they scream for more ‘boosters’ and more restrictions.
The developer of the notion of Mass Formation Psychosis, Dr Mattias Desmet, gives four conditions that must be met in order to render a society vulnerable to it. As you read through them, it becomes obvious how we fell so easily into its grasp.
Firstly: weak social bonds. Years of hysteria about Trump and Brexit have guaranteed that, pitting society’s constituent elements against itself. Secondly: a lack of meaning or purpose in life. This is surely the defining feature of modern, apathetic, Western societies. Thirdly: free-floating anxiety. Isolated and encouraged to fear everything around, the West has run itself into a deep psychological hysteria. Fourthly: significant levels of frustration and aggression. The riots, the toppling of statues, or just the average venom-filled political exchange, are demonstration enough of such a fact.
Good and bad can be taken away from all of this. The bad, naturally, is that elements of society are now so wholly invested in this fight that reality, logic and reason will scarcely be enough to get them to climb down willingly. What’s more, once Covid has passed, there is no reason why another hysteria will not fill its void: eco-panic waits patiently in the wings.
The good – although, admittedly, the current situation does not lend itself to positive thinking – is that the die-hards of the Covid Orthodoxy are not insurmountable. As the world keeps spinning and the mass of those who have, until now, gone along with the narrative begin to realise that the daily infringements of our lives cannot be realistically justified, the tide will turn.
I believe we are already seeing the beginning of that shift, thanks in no small part to the likes of Joe Rogan. The fear I have is that those with a vested interest in perpetuating a constant state of emergency will no sooner let Covid pass then they will foist another era of fear on to a society forever more vulnerable to their machinations.