The spell of Covid. As with Nazi Germany, intelligent people go barking mad.
‘Mass Formation – brief summary
• Totalitarianism is characterized by processes of large scale mass formation.
• Four conditions are needed for large scale mass formation:
1. A large amount of people must feel alone and isolated.
2. Their lives must feel pointless and meaningless.
3. There must be high levels of free floating anxiety, and
4. There must be high levels of free-floating frustration and aggression.
*If under these conditions a narrative is distributed through the mass media which indicates an object of anxiety and provides a strategy to deal with this object of anxiety, then all the free floating anxiety might be associated to this object and a huge willingness might be observed to participate in the strategy to deal with the object of anxiety.
• At the same time, the field of attention gets narrower until it only contains the part of reality that is indicated by the narrative and people lose their capacity to take into account the other aspects of reality (what makes them often utterly irrational).
Robert Malone's discussion on Joe Rogan broke Google's algorithm as people listening subsequently searched Mass Formation.
It too, broke record for the JRE podcast most views. In excess of 50 million.