|What are the conditions in any society that will cause a people to willingly sacrifice their freedoms? Mattias Desmet has studied and lectured extensively on this phenomenon. He is a professor of clinical psychology at Ghent University has and holds a masters degree in statistics. After noticing some anomalies in the statistical analyses conducted during the pandemic, he became concerned by the consensus narrative. He joined me today to discuss his expertise in a phenomenon called ‘mass formation’, a type of collective hypnosis essential for the rise of totalitarian regimes. He provides the step by step formula for this collective psychosis to take hold and how this relates to our current situation. He cautions against the dangers of our current societal landscape and offers solutions both individually and collectively to prevent the willing sacrifice of our freedoms.
1:22- Statistics not adding up
3:30- Psychological Dynamics
9:50- Mass formation
17:45- Something very specific can happen under these conditions
25:10- 19th century mass formation
37:27- Asch experiment
41:35- Dangers of our current landscape
47:42- You need mass media for mass formation
53:53- A Third Way
58:49- Mechanism of totalitarianism
1:05:10- The importance of parallel structures
1:19:13- Consequences of speaking out?
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