Analysis of Mind Control Techniques
This link goes to a useful discussion about how propaganda works to short circuit critical thinking. Reiner Fuellmich of the Coronavirus Investigative Committee is the interviewer. I don’t see the name of the other person right now in this condensed version. I’m still having a hard time understanding how so many people could so quickly abandon logic during a crisis, but this discussion offers a reasonable explanation.
I recall Adam Curtis had a mesmerizing series called The Trap back in 2007
The episodes on HyperNormalisation, the Lonely Robot & Game Theory are great if you have the time.
Seems like the same conditions that precede someone joining a cult.