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They Live Amongst Us: Anatomy of a Cult [Covidians]
Off-Guardian ^ | Nov. 24, 2021 | Dustin Broadbery

Posted on 11/25/2021 8:06:38 AM PST by ReaganGeneration2

Despite a preponderance of the evidence proving COVID to be a non-event for most of us, over 1 million people have fallen foul to vaccine injury. This should be enough to stop most people in their tracks. It hasn’t.

Many emerge from near death experience even more pontifical than before, denouncing the rest of us for not joining in this mortal game of Russian Roulette. Fuelling their self-righteous indignation of us, is other people’s self-righteous indignation of them. It is a perpetual loop of blame and shame.

There can be no avoiding these people. A sort of Provisional Mask Army. The ones acting in good conscience lost to the morally virtuous super spreaders of hyperbole.

They will believe whatever they hear and do whatever they’re told. They have been groomed by something far more powerful than the truth, called ‘the science,’ and they will follow ‘it’ right off the edge of a cliff.

But that’s only half the story. If you’re unfortunate enough to die within two weeks of taking the jab, despite your best effort, the CDC might record your death as ‘unvaccinated,’ the commentariat might report that you “died suddenly and following a short illness,” and family members might take comfort in the fact that “things could have been worse,”


This unholy mess works because a new ideology has swept across the moral fabric. Unless you’re taking an experimental medical intervention fraught with danger, you’re dancing on the graves of all those who have died.

Ridding people with guilt takes away their power, and blind obedience to authority does the rest, as Milgram discovered in his landmark experiment.

But the fact that humanity is in an abusive relationship with its governments, is only one part of the problem. There’s a long history of cults infiltrating polite society. The cult of personality of Lenin and later Stalin once captured an entire nation. But never in history has the entire world fallen to a cult.

Where the New Normal departs from other cult archetypes is in the instruments of mass communication, in the hands of a few fanatics, that have infiltrated the commons, and created an apotheosis around COVID-19, glorifying it to the divine proportions of Christianity. It has long been understood that if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes consensus.

Also of great importance to these evangelists are the decades of behavioural studies by the most distinguished experts in the field of social psychology.

Not everyone in the Asch Experiment conformed, but the reasons why many found solidarity with the group are well understood by the behavioural scientists, on the payroll of HM government, nudging the British people towards existential ruin.

And much of what is happening today in the rank and file of the New Normal, has the lessons of the Third Reich written all over it. If you’re still oblivious to the fact that you’re being indoctrinated into a cult, it’s probably because you’ve already been indoctrinated.


Cults are established on the back of major events, typically apocalyptic in nature. These biblical, extra-terrestrial, or, indeed, viral prophecies speak to an impending disaster and redemption. A tinderbox setting forces people together under the protection of communitarianism, and encourages the more zealous members to denounce, ridicule and intimidate anyone not acting in accordance with the group.

Deindividuation, as it is known, turns these harmless groups into psychological crowds, and very often results in a mob mentality.

Our need to take refuge in the herd is, after all, hardcoded into our DNA, just as fear of social exclusion and a desire to cooperate are inherited evolutionary traits. Explaining why COVID began with social isolation. And why, after capitulating to every conceivable demand, we continue to be held to ransom, with the threat of further social isolation.

Despite the obvious abuse of power, people remain beholden to their captors, through some bizarre emotional bond, strengthened every time they are released, albeit temporarily, from their captivity.


You can identify cults by their organisational structure. People are assigned a role, as in Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment and many go beyond the call of duty. The problem isn’t so much that ‘we are all in this together’ It’s that we simply are not, it’s the cult nobility lording over the rest of us.

In this heightened state of emergency, however, people will not only accept more authority from those who are beyond the rules, they will emulate the prevailing authoritarian order, rather than become a victim of it. As Hannah Arendt discovered in her landmark thesis, ordinary people in search of purpose and direction, who are dutifully just following orders, have the potential to commit the most atrocious acts of evil.

Throughout COVID, these unpaid, unsolicited officers in the rank and file have spread the communicable indoctrination far wider than any bureaucrat. We are full to the rafters of morally superior COVID-vigilantes, condemning anyone for the mere suggestion that the earth, might in fact, orbit the sun.

The resulting groupthink – if you’re not with us you’re against us – not only isolates new initiatives from outside influence, it removes their right to think and act for themselves and admonishes anyone brave enough to question the All Powerful Redeemer.

In the end, people’s desire to reach unanimous agreement with the group, overrides their motivation for rational, intuitive decision making.


The habitual lies, backpedalling and science that buckles under the lightest of scrutiny, is no arbitrary event. People understand they’re being duped, but refuse to act on crucial information. Instead, they acclimate to the golden age of false narratives.

Encouraging people to act counterintuitively will, eventually cause them to abandon personal agency altogether, because that violent buffer to critical thinking, called consensus, holds the opposite to be true, to that which is before our very eyes.

In one breath, Boris Johnson implores us to get vaccinated because of the risk versus the reward. In the next, he admits ‘the vaccine doesn’t protect against catching or passing on COVID.’ Meanwhile, his co-conspirator holds Christmas to ransom if people refuse a third shot, and proceeds to threaten those who had previously been the only at-risk group, which this entire debacle was supposed to be about protecting.

When the lips move, brace for lies, any collision with real world events is entirely accidental.


Cults are illusive by nature. An outlier sailing under the false colours of a normal state of affairs. This is achieved by compounding cult rituals into the everyday humdrum, and converting old cultural touchstones into new ideological frontiers, until one is no longer distinguishable from the other.

There are numerous tell-tale signs you may have accidentally joined a cult, from elbow bumps to muzzles, hand sanitizer to the 2-meter rule.

There is a long history of people’s superstitions being manipulated into performing irrational acts, if they can be demoralised to the point of despair. Under such circumstances people have been known to, commit ritualistic mass suicide, disembowel themselves and even murder their own children.

Things are not so different today. People hold themselves prisoner inside their own homes. They risk the lives of their own children to protect those already on their deathbed. They do this for a disease which has had zero impact on overall mortality in 2021.

Some have been infantilised by their government, others reassured by Big Bird and there are those who have sold their soul at the house of ill repute.

To say that it’s a mad, mad world, doesn’t do it justice.


Against this frenzy of health persecution complex, other bizarre ideologies chip away at the social fabric. Membership to society hinges on your range of pronouns. The new cultural etiquette is wokeism. Your affinity with those who have swapped their sexual identity determines your social cachet, while your desire to find for the nearest bucket, paints a target on your back.

Otherworldly social theories decouple mothers from giving birth, sexualise children, and encourage toddlers to trade their gender. At the root of all of this is a flagrant attack on humanity, on nature, on carbon-based lifeforms.

You only need to observe the Cult of Personality being visited upon future generations by the lionising of Greta, to catch of glimpse of how climate change will evolve into the New Age Church.

The end game to all of this is the spiritual requisition of the human soul and a day of reckoning for humanity mark 1.0.

But as the circus catches fire there are those watching from the sidelines who are simply not having it. The vestiges of rationality left behind, call them deniers or refuseniks, have formed a cult of their own. A cult of scepticism and non-compliance.

By some accounts, these people are at a greater risk of a long and healthy life, and woe betide, the mob is agitated. They are calls for immediate sanctions. Following twenty months of denouncements, public enmity is reaching fever pitch. If the barbaric treatment of another dehumanised social group, pre-Auschwitz, is anything to go by, it could be just a matter of time before the deniers are forced into internment camps, or worse, lined up against firing squads.

On the other hand, the cult has revealed its more sinister aspects, thousands of legitimate voices from science and medicine are pushing back in opposition, and even the double vaccinated are waking up to the fact that their freedoms are in jeopardy every six months.

As a wise man once said, “first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win.”

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anthonyfauci; brainwashed; covid19; covidstooges; culture; hysteria; nazigermany; obamacare; society; vaccinemandates; vaxcult; vaxxers

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1 posted on 11/25/2021 8:06:38 AM PST by ReaganGeneration2
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To: ReaganGeneration2

Do you belong to the Branch COVIDians? Holed up in a compound?

2 posted on 11/25/2021 8:25:19 AM PST by BereanBrain
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To: ReaganGeneration2

Attach a copy of this article to your request for religious exemption.

3 posted on 11/25/2021 8:34:35 AM PST by P-Marlowe (I got the <ΙΧΘΥΣ>< variant. Catch it. John 3:16)
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To: ReaganGeneration2

Good post

4 posted on 11/25/2021 8:35:42 AM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: ReaganGeneration2

qwerty123 belongs to a particularly virulent, deranged strain of Branch Covidians.

Evidently he/she/it has been banned because I could not copy he/she/it.

That’s a shame.

5 posted on 11/25/2021 8:45:55 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy." ― Mao Zedong)
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To: ReaganGeneration2


6 posted on 11/25/2021 9:00:10 AM PST by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I haven’t seen GasDr or DugwayDuke in awhile either.

7 posted on 11/25/2021 9:01:32 AM PST by wjcsux (RIP Rush Limbaugh 12 Jan 1951- 17 Feb 2021. We really miss you. 😢)
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To: ReaganGeneration2
"Under such circumstances people have been known to, commit ritualistic mass suicide, disembowel themselves and even murder their own children. "

Appropriately called the Jim Jones Jab.

8 posted on 11/25/2021 9:37:00 AM PST by matthew fuller (Resist this coercion like it’s slavery. It is. Kevin Homer, MD)
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To: ReaganGeneration2

The anti-vaxxers are a cult.

9 posted on 11/25/2021 9:43:47 AM PST by DugwayDuke (Most pick the expert who says the things they agree with.)
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To: wjcsux

You spoke too soon...

10 posted on 11/25/2021 9:46:39 AM PST by Bikkuri ("Anyone who trusts this government hasn't been paying attention." <Hat tip to DJ Macwow>)
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To: DugwayDuke

I know you are but what am I!? 😂

11 posted on 11/25/2021 10:16:33 AM PST by BozoTexino (RIP GOP)
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To: ReaganGeneration2

Look, I agree with the author but there is no COVID “cult”. Cults are small groups that blindly follow their leader (e.g., Jim Jones). What we have is bureaucracies, not cults. People are socialized into bureaucracies to conform. Max Weber, the sociologist who invented the term bureaucracy described them as “iron cages”. 100 years ago Weber was worried that bureaucracies would turn into what they have today (deep state, big pharma, school districts, big corporations). The central facets of bureaucracies is they are self-perpetuating and impervious to reform, based on a secret that legitimates their power (CIA, CDC, etc.), and totalistic - meaning they want to control your politics and now your health and body. Sociologist Irving Goffman called them Total Institutions - prisons, monasteries, re-education camps, etc. have now morphed into capitalistic corporations that have control over your body, health and are now your doctor. Public school bureaucracies are now Total Institutions. COVID is “cult” like in that it is the marker of bureaucratic conformity.

As for the authors statement about personality cult, NAZIism may have been a personality “cult” but Hilter was fighting precisely the same unseen agents that hide behind Communism and manipulative Big Banks, both buying off the media, that America is now “plagued” with. Hitler hated the Communists and big banks.

The author mentions Hannah Arendt. Arendt was a self-described Holocaust survivor who fled to US, became a Critical Race Theorist (then called The Frankfurt School), and blamed the German and American working classes for NAZSism. But it was the German working class that was fighting Communism and big European banks. Arendt was against authoritarianism and twisted this to mean the independent working class that followed Hitler. Arendt was an intellectual who believed that only members of the Knowledge Class (or Knowledge Cult) knew enough to control a society. Arendt would be a member of the COVID cult.

12 posted on 11/25/2021 11:01:14 AM PST by WLusvardi
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To: BereanBrain

16,000 religious exemptions applied for in the US military, zero approved.

Religion is banned when it’s inconvenient for the state.

13 posted on 11/25/2021 11:13:51 AM PST by zipper (In their heart of hearts, all Democrats are communists)
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To: ReaganGeneration2

This day, I am thankful I live in Alaska. Many/most people here are very independant minded.
Myself, for example, came from a highly religious area. A lot of social pressure to go to church, and you better choose well. You and your kids better go to these certain schools. If you don’t you won’t be part of the “club” so to speak.
In Alaska, I have none of that pressure. I researched and thru the leading of the Spirit, returned to Church later on. My kids can go to any school they want, no pressure.
Thankful for Alaska!

14 posted on 11/25/2021 11:17:39 AM PST by vpintheak (Live free, or die!)
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To: DugwayDuke

Nope, the “let’s check relatives in the garage with a covid test before they can come into the house for thanksgiving” people are the CULT.

Let’s see what hallmarks of a cult do the Branch COVIDians have?

1) They separate themselves - Check (COVIDidans don’t want to be around non-vaxxed people)

2) Dress Differently for instant identification - Check - They wear masks even when driving alone in the car - virtue signaling they belong to the Cult of Covidian.

3) Look down on those outside of the cult

Hmmm....seems to me it’s a FEAR BASED CULT.

15 posted on 11/25/2021 11:39:58 AM PST by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain

BereanBrain wrote: “Hmmm....seems to me it’s a FEAR BASED CULT.”

The anti-vaxxers are a cult in fear of the vaccines.

16 posted on 11/25/2021 12:20:56 PM PST by DugwayDuke (Most pick the expert who says the things they agree with.)
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To: DugwayDuke

Really? So the folks who were SCARED into taking a experimental vaccine were not afraid? While the folks who stood strong and didn’t wilt under the fear propaganda are afraid?


Nope, just wise.... And what harm does it do to you if someone is NOT vaccinated? Huh? Well, IF the vaccine worked you would be protected.

Nope, you are just like the “good” germans who ratted out their neighbors.

17 posted on 11/25/2021 12:49:54 PM PST by BereanBrain
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To: BereanBrain

If you believe the vaccines were developed as a bio-weapon to reduce the worlds population, then you’re member of the anti-vaxxer cult.

If you believe big pharma developed the vaccines that poison and kill their customers as a means to increase their profits, then you’re member of the anti-vaxxer cult.

If you believe that you’re smarter than those who choose to be vaccinated, then you’re a member of the anti-vaxxer cult.

If you believe the vaccines are more deadly than the virus, then you’re a member of the anti-vaxxer cult.

If you believe that millions of health care workers are part of a conspiracy to hide the ‘truth’ about the pandemic and the vaccines, then you’re a member of the anti-vaxxer cult.

If you believe the vaccines are not effective because they do not provide 100% effective protection from the virus, then you’re a member of the anti-vaxxer cult.

The list goes on.

18 posted on 11/25/2021 1:20:14 PM PST by DugwayDuke (Most pick the expert who says the things they agree with.)
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To: DugwayDuke; BereanBrain

I left one out:

If you believe in QAnon, then you’re a member of the anti-vaxxer cult.

19 posted on 11/25/2021 1:23:51 PM PST by DugwayDuke (Most pick the expert who says the things they agree with.)
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To: DugwayDuke

You are projecting. I made no such claims as the myriad of claims you made.

I DO make the claim that I don’t like to buy an engine the first year it comes out, be a guinea pig for a new treatment or surgery, or participate in a “study”.

I have NOT have ill health effects in the 18+ months of the so-called pandemic, so WHY would i take a vaccination for something that does not affect, and had not affected me in the least? Why risk my health by being on the first wave? It makes NO LOGICAL SENSE.

IF we ARE in a pandemic, then why can we afford to fire 10-15% or more of the front line healthcare workers for not being vaccinated? That makes no logical sense either. I suppose you vilify them as well, the very people who put their lives on the line to save other’s butts. My wife is a RN. She won’t get the vaccine either, as she has seen too many issues with it.

Take your straw man fear based arguments elsewhere.

20 posted on 11/25/2021 5:06:13 PM PST by BereanBrain
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