Skip to comments.The Psychology of Totalitarianism
Posted on 08/29/2022 1:29:45 PM PDT by Grandpa Drudge
In the first week of the crisis, March 2020, I published an opinion paper titled “The Fear of the Virus Is More Dangerous Than the Virus Itself.” I had analyzed the statistics and mathematical models on which the coronavirus narrative was based and immediately saw that they all dramatically overrated the dangerousness of the virus. A few months later, by the end of May 2020, this impression had been confirmed beyond the shadow of a doubt. There were no countries, including those that didn’t go into lockdown, in which the virus claimed the enormous number of casualties the models predicted it would. Sweden was perhaps the best example. According to the models, at least 60,000 people would die if the country didn’t go into lockdown. It didn’t, and only 6,000 people died.
As much as I (and others) tried to bring this to the attention of society, it didn’t have much effect. People continued to go along with the narrative. That was the moment when I decided to focus on something else, namely on the psychological processes that were at work in society and that could explain how people can become so radically blind and continued to buy into a narrative so utterly absurd. It took me a few months to realize that what was going on in society was a worldwide process of mass formation.
(Excerpt) Read more at mattiasdesmet.substack.com ...
In modern times, the explosive proliferation of mass surveillance technology led to new and previously unimaginable means for the manipulation of the masses. And emerging technological advances promise a completely new set of manipulation techniques, where the mind is materially manipulated through technological devices inserted in the human body and brain. At least that’s the plan. It’s not clear yet to what extent the mind will cooperate.
Totalitarianism is not a historical coincidence. It is the logical consequence of mechanistic thinking and the delusional belief in the omnipotence of human rationality. As such, totalitarianism is a defining feature of the Enlightenment tradition. Several authors have postulated this, but it hasn’t yet been subjected to a psychological analysis. I decided to try to fill this gap, which is why wrote The Psychology of Totalitarianism. It analyzes the psychology of totalitarianism and situates it within the broader context of the social phenomena of which it forms a part.
It has been said that liberals are systematists.
They think with the right system, and the requirement to abide by the system, they can give everybody the best experience overall.
“The Fear of the Virus Is More Dangerous Than the Virus Itself.”
Then, is the fear of any danger more dangerous than the danger itself?
Nonsense! Of course not! I suggest you read the article.
Bureaucracies behave quite similarly to mobs in that they take on a collective mind of their own (no brain or organized command and control mechanism required). Once bureaucracies take on a life of their own (i.e., achieve momentum and equilibrium), they seem to develop clear prime directives: remove all threats to themselves and gather power (sounds a lot like "eat and grow").
A natural objective or end result of such an organization is, as you can see, a totalitarian regime with it in charge.
Any individuals inside such a bureaucracy that are near a de facto power center can see where the organization is headed and, as a result of human nature, try to elbow their way to the top or front of such juggernaut.
Sometimes it actually works out for a while.
That would be a complete violation of FR tradition.
I always knew the world had people who want to tell everyone else what to do. I didn’t realize just how many there are, though.
This reminds me of those times when men who are in danger freeze up, thereby increasing the danger significantly.
I notice this in something as simple as learning to navigate deep sand on an adventure motorcycle. If you fear the sand too much, you lose your balance and go down. Coming back to your point, the fear of the sand was a greater danger than the sand itself.
This may be off-topic from what the article intended, so apologies to the OP.
Mothers-in-law, angry ex-wives, and gutless men.;-) They must make up a majority now.
From headlines, sometimes, are maxims born.
Or from FDR speeches.
(I haven't found English versions of this yet)
Better read is “The Psychology of Mass Fascism” by Wilhelm Reich, 1933.
And I currently "fear" our current bureaucracy and mass media are far too successful in influencing the direction of our future.
Great article. Very inciteful. Never see so much bullshit and lies from previously somewhat respectable institutions like the CDD, NIH, WHO....... I wonder is this is somehow connected with wokism.
“my PhD on the dramatically poor quality of academic research which taught me that we can never take “science” for granted; my master degree in statistics which allowed me to see through statistical deception and illusions; my knowledge of mass psychology”
” I had analyzed the statistics and mathematical models on which the coronavirus narrative was based and immediately saw that they all dramatically overrated the dangerousness of the virus. A few months later, by the end of May 2020, this impression had been confirmed beyond the shadow of a doubt. There were no countries, including those that didn’t go into lockdown, in which the virus claimed the enormous number of casualties the models predicted it would. Sweden was perhaps the best example. According to the models, at least 60,000 people would die if the country didn’t go into lockdown. It didn’t, and only 6,000 people died.”
#1. No humility toward God. Vs. Real prayer and fasting. Free will love.
#2. No humility toward God’s Word.
#3. A tiny seed of deceit.
Lucifer. 1/3. Eve. Adam. Cain. Angel-gods-women-. Ham. Sarah. Joseph tunic. 40 years Korah. Giant-grasshoppers. Delilah Sampson. Saul. David-giant. David Bathsheba. Kings. Solomon. Nebagadezzar. Herod
Judas. Saul-Paul. War. Wars. antichrists. Antichrist.
It’s a combination of fear, fake response (give the impression they are being pro active and not laundering billions of tax payer money..and as a bonus destroying the American way of life).
And finally,the idea of “shared misery” is a powerful tool.
We’re all in this together!
..but not really.
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