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The psychologists are good – but we’re on to their clever mind games.
By Adam Edwards
FOR every inept government epidemiologist, modeller and chief scientist, there has been at least one group of “experts” worthy of the title: the psychologists.
Without them, the past three years wouldn’t have been possible.
Groups like Britain’s Government-appointed “Nudge Unit” were so successful in their psychological terror campaign that the lockdown was not only followed far-more stringently than ever predicted, but Boris Johnson’s Government actually had to fight the terrified public at every attempt to lift restrictions.
He famously joked of Britain’s once-libertarian citizenry that it was easier to take their freedoms away than to give them back.
While Britain’s Behavioural Insight Team may have set the bar high, the unit – whose tactics were condemned as “grossly unethical” by other psychologists – was by no means unique.
Across the world, behaviour experts used techniques honed by everyone from Sigmund Freud to Joseph Goebbels, to terrify, embarrass and cajole the public into following their authoritarian diktats.
This Orwellian control was most evident with the roll-out of the so-called “vaccines”. Even before they were created, the powers that be managed to successfully change the medical definition of a once-trusted intervention in order to convince the public to embrace what is, at best, a non-sterilising “therapeutic”.
Other chicanery was used to whip up the public clamour for the jab, including classic marketing tricks like saying a vaccine “may never be found” (just weeks before it was); that it would be unavailable to many (before conveniently being made available to those concerned cohorts); to theatrical stories about it needing to be stored at sub-zero temperatures (again, more clever marketing).
Of course, the psychologists’ simplest trick was creating a Goebbelsian “in group” of good citizens and a dangerous “out group” of disease-spreaders. Most sceptics quickly rolled up their sleeves when faced with such crude othering and public ostracism.
But just as the psychologists so deftly helped build up the Covid narrative, they’ve been incredibly adept at dismantling it, too.
We saw this first with the lab-leak theory, which has gone from being a “conspiracy theory” that would get you banned from social media, to quietly acknowledged fact. We saw it too with the PCR and lateral flow tests, once the “gold standard” that could contain and end the pandemic.
We saw it also with lockdowns and travel bans; with cloth masks, then surgical masks and now N95s.
Each infallible, expert-sanctioned intervention has been quietly ditched; their short-comings once again permissible conversation topics, but their failure never overtly or publicly proclaimed.
This is where the likes of the Nudge Unit and the self-declared truth enforcers at the BBC-led Trusted News Initiative have really proven their value to governments.
Between them they’ve perfected the skill of slowly dripping what should be headline-grabbing, embarrassing news, so most people don’t even realise when the thing they ostracised their friends and family members over turned out to be a lie all along.
Even more shrewdly, when the authorities and media are faced with narrative-shattering facts they cannot drip feed, they just stop reporting them altogether.
We saw this in Britain when the embarrassing vaxxed versus unvaxxed comparisons stopped being released. This same trick is set to be repeated in New South Wales, Australia, after it was revealed that not one of the nearly-1,800 people hospitalised with a positive test in the latest set of monthly figures were “unvaccinated”.
By safely demolishing the narrative in this way, the psychologists have saved governments and the media from ever having to answer for past lies – be that at the dispatch box or at the business end of a pitchfork.
The official “vaccine” fairy-tale has been under controlled demolition for a long time. It started more than 18 months ago, when the “vaccine” went from stopping you catching and spreading the virus, to just keeping you out of hospital.
Its rumoured side effects have also been subtly upgraded from non-existent, to “extremely rare” or “mostly mild” to “not as bad as getting Covid”.
In fact, the realm of permissible speech has shifted so far and so stealthily, that we’ve gone from social media companies banning any negative mention of the jab just a few months ago, to the mainstream media dripping mentions of “vaccine” injuries into their programming.
Netflix, for example, which has a jab mandate in place for all its productions, allowed two passing references to “vaccine” injuries in its woke, new comedy series Alpha Males.
These may not have been inserted at a government’s request but, like cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, who “accidentally” got air-time on the BBC, it proves how normalising the drip-drip effect can be. Few viewers will have reacted to those narrative slips, like they did the “get the jab or you’ll kill granny” pronouncements of yore.
In Britain, the latest drip is that healthy under-50s will soon no longer be able to get a jab at all.
Yet again, this major policy shift by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which effectively sets Government jab rules, mustered little more than a collective shoulder shrug from the media, who reported on it – but with no great vigour.
Of course, the announcement is not really going to effect anyone: very few healthy under-50s are getting the jabs any more. But given those same British adults faced being sacked from health care jobs a year ago, the announcement is extremely noteworthy and would, in decades past, have resulted in a major public debate, if not government collapse.
Like the initial roll-out, there’s a good chance this quiet withdrawal will be extended to other age groups, until it mysteriously disappears altogether.
After all, who remembers AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson?
The masses certainly don’t. The experts have seen to that.