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When an individual enters the regressed mental space [of “learned helpness], the stature of all those presented to him as authority figures—no matter their actual level of competence or coherence—rises dramatically. 

Why? was the title of a post by Nick K, my co-blogger here at NM, as he grappled with the “reasoning” behind the vaccine and mask mandates here in NZ and similar approaches taken in most corners of the globe.

I have two possible answers to that question, they’re rather disturbing, they’re connected, and I’ll deal with the second in a follow-up post.

This article from The Brownstone Institute in the USA is a bit of an intellectual wank:

When we write as humanists, we select from the inventory of verbal metaphors we have acquired in the course of our lives to tell a story that we believe will enlighten and will capture the attention of our readers. In providing them with this carefully arranged series of “charged” anecdotes we trust that we are, in some way, facilitating ….

Blah, blah, blah. Yuck.

But it does contain two nuggets as it compares the culture, the use and control of language and thinking surrounding the 9/11 attacks and the C-19 pandemic:

Once this “mini-course” in fear-tinged mental disjunction was offered to the public and accepted by it with little visible pushback in the first weeks and months of the crisis, Fauci, Birx and Redfield, along with their chosen spokespeople at the CDC and in the media, were in effect, “off to the races.”

With the basic template we rely on to make reasoned risk assessments about our lives effectively shattered, millions lapsed into the mental state that has always been the programmatic end goal of those, like Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, who design torture programs for the US government: “Learned helplessness.” 

When an individual enters this regressed mental space, the stature of all those presented to him as authority figures—no matter their actual level of competence or coherence—rises dramatically. 

Indeed, considerable research suggests that a lack of coherence or predictability in such authority figures only enhances the now psychically helpless person or group of persons’ estimation of the “authority figure’s” irreplaceability and excellence. This suggests that there may have been more than a little “method” in the apparent “madness” of Fauci’s notorious flip-flops on key policy issues. 

For a certain part of the population, perhaps bereft of rituals and practices designed to help them transcend the crude, cruel and ambiguity-generating rhythms of our now largely transactional culture, the surrendering the self to authority can take on an almost religious allure. 

They give an example of a conversation that is…

“… quite representative of dozens I have had in real life during the last 22 months, maintained often with “well-educated” people who, in no small percentage, can rightfully place MAs and PhDs after their names on resumes”.

Person A: I am really scared about Covid. 
Person B: Do you know what the chances of dying for someone your age who happens to catch Covid? 
Person A: No.
Person B: Well, according to the latest CDC statistics your chances of survival if you get it are 99.987%. 
Person A: But I know of the cousin of a friend who was my age and healthy and who died. I also read a news report about a healthy young person dying in New York the other day. 
Person B: Yes, the reports you speak of may be true. But they point to very particular instances that might not be representative of general trends, and thus are not really helpful in helping you determine your actual risk. The only useful way to do that is by looking at broadly-constituted statistics. 
Person A: I knew it. I just knew it. You really are one of those conspiracy-loving Covid deniers who is happy to just let lots of people die. 

That’s also quite representative of conversations I’ve had over the last two years, including with commentators on this blog.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 15, 2022 at 4:00 pm

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  1. Exactly your psychiatric condition wrt the vaccine. You can’t see it though, as it’s too dark that far down the rabbit hole.

    Judge Holden

    January 15, 2022 at 6:20 pm

  2. The other conversation I have had, which is common is that the stats show many, many people have died.

    Yes, they have. However, the numbers seem to include “anyone who died who tested positive”, and many people die every day. A ridiculous number. So when you look at the stats by age, and recognise that if you throw in some co-morbidities, then the numbers change. However, that angle of conversation is actively suppressed by the MSM.

    The reporting of anyone dying “with covid, instead of because of it, guarantees the numbers will be significantly higher. You can see it is flawed the moment we see a death by gunshot is included in those numbers. “But that is an outlier”. Probably more likely it is an obvious illustration that all the 80+ year olds may have just died from the annual flu, a heart attack, poor medical treatment and old age in general.

    Then there is the issue of false-positives from the flawed PCR testing, and the even worse, RATs.

    Then there is a question of the vaccine safety (I think we are beginning to wake up to the phrase “effective” requires a fair degree of artistic license).

    The safety should be debated and examined a lot more closely. Are there safer options for children? Well, natural immunity may be the safer approach.

    I would like to see every death within 14 days of a vaccine reported as a potential death by vaccine. Clearly, you’d have many people critiquing those numbers and ready to explain that correlation is not causation. Others would want that timeframe to be at least a month, and not be happy. My point is somewhat different. We have been told to accept that ANY death with covid detected, means we must record it as COVID and then the ensuing fear from those stats supports draconian policies that pay no heed to mental, social, financial and quality of life costs. We are supposed to panic and react in blindness. Clearly, if the same approach was played out with deaths following vaccine, you would generate fear of the needle and have to spend all your media hours explaining a lot more details about the safety…which would be a start.

    Anyway, I’ll leave the other points to another day. Right now, I am off to learn how to speak Australian Aboriginal. It’s going to look great on my CV should I ever decide to work in WA.

    ZenTiger

    January 15, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    • It’s almost as if the excess death statistics, which track very closely to recorded Covid deaths in most reliable jurisdictions, have just passed you by. No wonder you’re flummoxed.

      Judge Holden

      January 15, 2022 at 8:24 pm

      • @ZenTiger
        I wouldn’t bother responding if I were you. His entire commentary history demonstrates a “liberal arts” background at best, with math dumped at the age of 14 as soon as he could. Despite the implication (and with Sludgy it’s always implication) he actually doesn’t understand statistics and is only here to do one sentence, shit-post trolling. There will be no argument, in the sense of a series of connected paragraphs with supporting links that demonstrates he understands math and is prepared to argue. What you will see is what we’ve seen for years at NM: off-the-cuff assertions followed by some childish taunt (“flummoxed” will be his new and exciting word)

        Stlll, I figure it’s worth the Christmas holidays to show why his comments are regularly dumped into the trash.

        Tom Hunter

        January 15, 2022 at 11:41 pm

  3. Zen’s last paragraph refers to this video:

    Lucia Maria

    January 15, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    • I’m reminded of Planned Parenthood promoters in the Black areas of America’s inner cities.

      I suppose it’s no satisfaction to think that fifty years from now, Mark McGowan will be reviled as a promoter of Eugenics or some other variation of colonial theory, complete with the spirit of the Patronal White Man.

      Tom Hunter

      January 15, 2022 at 11:34 pm


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