Use of fear to control behaviour in Covid crisis ‘totalitarian’ – scientists
From today’s Telegraph newspaper (UK) (excerpts only – link below). This is equally applicable to many Western former liberal democracies. Shame on them all.
Members of Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour express regret about ‘unethical’ methods
ByGordon Rayner, ASSOCIATE EDITOR14 May 2021 • 9:00pm
Scientists on a committee that encouraged the use of fear to control people’s behaviour during the Covid pandemic have admitted its work was “unethical” and “totalitarian”. Members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B) expressed regret about the tactics in a new book about the role of psychology in the Government’s Covid-19 response.
SPI-B warned in March last year that ministers needed to increase “the perceived level of personal threat” from Covid-19 because “a substantial number of people still do not feel sufficiently personally threatened”.
Gavin Morgan, a psychologist on the team, said: “Clearly, using fear as a means of control is not ethical. Using fear smacks of totalitarianism. It’s not an ethical stance for any modern government.”
Mr Morgan spoke to author Laura Dodsworth, who has spent a year investigating the Government’s tactics for her book A State of Fear, published on Monday.
SPI-B is one of the sub-committees that advises the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), led by Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser.
One SPI-B scientist told Ms Dodsworth: “In March  the Government was very worried about compliance and they thought people wouldn’t want to be locked down. There were discussions about fear being needed to encourage compliance, and decisions were made about how to ramp up the fear. The way we have used fear is dystopian. The use of fear has definitely been ethically questionable. It’s been like a weird experiment. Ultimately, it backfired because people became too scared.”
Another SPI-B member said: “You could call psychology ‘mind control’. That’s what we do… clearly we try and go about it in a positive way, but it has been used nefariously in the past.”
One warned that “people use the pandemic to grab power and drive through things that wouldn’t happen otherwise… We have to be very careful about the authoritarianism that is creeping in”.
Another said: “Without a vaccine, psychology is your main weapon… Psychology has had a really good epidemic, actually.”
Another member of SPI-B said they were “stunned by the weaponisation of behavioural psychology” during the pandemic, and that “psychologists didn’t seem to notice when it stopped being altruistic and became manipulative. They have too much power and it intoxicates them”.
Good find Canuck!
Documented proof of what any critical observer can readily see. Still just the tip of the Iceberg on how the masses are being ‘handled’ for Pandemic management and just about everything else as well!
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… The recipe is simple. Take a naturally occurring phenomenon, say a seasonal virus, and exaggerate its threat far beyond every imagining—despite exhaustive evidence to the contrary. Suppress, silence, ostracize, and demonize every individual who dares present facts that expose the false mono-narrative.
Whip up a witches’ brew of anger, envy, and, most importantly, fear, escalating emotions to a boil so as to short-circuit our faculties of reason and logic.
Isolate us from one another, supplant real-world interactions with virtual feuds, label nonconformists as a threat to the group, and pump the public with a disinformation campaign designed to confuse and atomize. In essence, foster a cultlike mentality that shuts down thought to guarantee assent.
Two excellent articles. Thank you Canuck21 and wcj. Try as they might, those who seek the Truth will not be controlled. I suspect many millions realize or will in time, what a load we’re being fed. Individuals with like mind and resilience can affect change. Oligarchs too, can fall.
Edit to add two quotes by Edward Bernays:
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
― Edward Bernays, Propaganda
“Truth is mighty and must prevail, and if any body of men believe that they have discovered a valuable truth, it is not merely their privilege but their duty to disseminate that truth. If they realize, as they quickly must, that this spreading of truth can be done upon a large scale and effectively only by organized effort, they will make use of the press and the platform as the best means to give it wide circulation. Propaganda becomes vicious and reprehensive only when its authors consciously and deliberately disseminate what they know to be lies, or when they aim at effects which they know to be prejudicial to the common good.”
― Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda
“Without a vaccine, psychology is your main weapon.”
This sentence would be the title of my book review. It prompts the question: ‘weapon to be used against covid, or against the people in the bottom 99%?’ Let’s recap:
–man-made virus; world expert (Baric) conspicuously silent
–govt orders that small and medium sized businesses be shut down, resulting in a massive wealth transfer
–constant lies re: pcr testing, transmission, masking, etc
–case-demic, deaths exaggerated, deliberate fear campaign, CIA style psy-op
–life-saving treatment denied to the public, repeatedly
–experimental “vaccines” have killed thousands (that we know of); never mind, full speed ahead, start giving them to children
–what’s in the “vaccines” that made it necessary to sacrifice millions of lives, to coerce us into getting them?
–only sociopaths kick people when they’re down, and plot how to exploit their fellow citizens, in secret (Davos, WEF, trans-humanism)
The UK fear strategy in action… seems plausible. Setting a time frame of next winter for full vax passport implementation. “Fear” tactics & milestone goals illustrate what has been done thus far and what is planned.
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A Whitehall source directly linked to the Covid Response has said that the UK Government have already structured a detailed plan designed to neutralise each stage of lockdown easing, including the compliance of media outlets to help spread fear.
The Whitehall source has said that he has been “increasingly concerned” with how the Government are behaving, and that their “relationship with the truth” is now not even on nodding terms. The latest plan will involve a series of ‘crisis’ around drug supply; mutant strains; and third waves, specifically choreographed to condition the public for further lockdowns and vaccine passports. …
Speaks clearly to the issue of totalitarianism and how we are being frog marched toward it.
MarkM that is the best, most impactful video I have seen yet that I perceive has a chance in hell of being received by wider audiences. Thank you for sharing!!
I intend to send it far and wide! And include links to the PCR testing fraud, class action lawsuits, fear campaign, and the most relevant links to the mRNA dangers. And I don’t give a flying f*** who I offend!! We have to wake people up! Now!!!!
I hope the rest of the tribe will consider doing the same. Every day that goes by where we are not pushing back hard is another day we slide into the totalitarian nightmare.