The only part where I tend to disagree is when he postulates that mass formation is not ego driven. It certainly is ego driven on both sides. Virtue signalling, and following orders, I maintain, is definitely ego driven. "I am good, I am virtuous, I follow orders (and make sure everyone else follows suit)" are all ego statements.

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Fascinating article, Larry; like Stephanie I'm in Canada too, but I've watched the descent into "unsanity" here for many years so am I believe less saddened than worried about the behaviour of the until recently rational. (As it's October, I think the zombie is a better analogy than the dementing). I wonder if you'd be interested in appearing on my public affairs program to discuss this, Grundvilk, and other matters of the moment? I can be reached at: lex at highspeedplus dot com. Here's my show site link if you're interested...




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All correct. However, I think a simpler way of looking at this phenomenon is to consider narcissism as the conditions for mass formation and totalitarianism closely mirror what happens to a target caught in a relationship with a narcissist.

1. Social isolation - narcissists seek to cut their targets from other people & supports

2. A lack of sensemaking in individual lives - the changing rules of the narcissist defy sense

3. Abundant presence of free-floating anxiety - "walking on eggshells" is the term used by victims of narcissists who seek to avoid triggering an abusive outburst

4. Similar (consequent) abundance of free-floating psychological discontent - in an attempt to cope with the situation, those suffering psychological abuse from narcissists work overtime trying to justify away the confusing scenarios in which they find themselves. Rumination and confusion are the order of the day.

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Totally agree with Desmet on the dangers of the dangers of the collective unconscious( hive mind) in the grip of fear. https://notpublicaddress.wordpress.com/2021/10/20/fear-is-the-thing-in-the-age-of-information-addiction/

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This is worth adding:


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