EDITORIAL: Has everyone gone insane? Check your mass formation

November 5, 2021

Barbara With

Below is an interview with Dr. Mattias Desmet, a Belgian professor of clinical psychology at Ghent University who holds a masters degree in statistics. Please listen.


After noticing some anomalies in the statistical analyses being conducted during the early pandemic, Desmet became concerned by the consensus narrative he was reading in the mainstream. In this interview, he suggests that a phenomenon of large-scale mass formation has risen from four psychological conditions that currently exist that are closing off human thinking.

Desmet postulates that people don’t necessarily act from an evil intent, but more a psychological process to survive these conditions that is 95% subconscious.

The four conditions that allow mass formation to emerge are:

1 Lack of social bond

According to a national survey in the American Sociological Review, 25% of people said they don’t have a single close friend. 75 million adults aged 18 to 27 comprising the millennials and Generation Z were lonelier than any other US demographic. It’s a psychological social media paradox: people are interacting together online with their avatars, but they aren’t their true selves. They don’t create the intimacy or vulnerability that comes from shared experience, thereby suffering from a crisis of lack of community.

2 People experience life as meaningless or senseless

In David Graeber’s book, Bullshit Jobs, when he asked whether people think their job is meaningful, 50% answered “not at all.” A Gallup poll from 2012 done with people in 142 countries revealed that 63% of respondents admitted to being so disengaged at work that they were sleepwalking through their day, putting time but not passion into their work.

3 Free-floating anxiety

Anxiety is generally connected to a tangible mental image, like being chased by a lion. But if people feel socially isolated and that their life has no meaning, their anxiety isn’t connected to a mental representation. This free-floating anxiety is creating a deep psychological discontent. In Belgium alone, 300 million doses of anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and sleeping pills are used each year in a population of 11 million. A study from the World Health Organization says that one in five people—over 300 million—actually have anxiety disorders. They not only have anxiety, but qualify as having disorders.

4 Free-floating frustration and aggression

People feel frustrated and aggressive without really knowing the cause of their annoyance and anger.

Mob Psychology

When these four conditions are fulfilled, if a narrative is distributed through the mass media identifying an Object of the anxiety and providing a strategy to deal with that Object, mass formation can thrive. All the free-floating anxiety and anger, now turning into panic, becomes attached to the Object. Sudden connection through this heroic struggle together against the Object creates a new solidarity, a social bond that has been lacking, which in turn, creates meaning. People then feel that they can control their psychological discontent by participating in the strategy, even if it’s utterly absurd.

Participation in the strategy has nothing to do with facts; it’s to preserve this new social bond created by fighting together to defeat the Object of their collective anxiety.

By obeying the strategy, people can go from a very negative, isolated state to the polar opposite—a state of maximum connectedness. That creates a kind of mental intoxication that makes people willing to go along with anything, even if it is utterly wrong and illogical, or if they stand to lose everything that is important to them personally. They parrot the corporate narrative and adopt the same authoritarian, shaming language they hear from their leaders.

This is the summation of hypnosis. With hypnosis, attention is focused on a small part of reality narrated by the hypnotist. Just like hypnosis, people absorbed in mass formation are not aware of what’s happening outside the small focus of attention that the corporate media narrative provides.

Liberal Subsumption

If you’ve read any of my work, you know I believe corporations control both parties. I refer to it as “corporate fascism” and urge people on both sides to stop fighting as if your party is the “good” one and the other is the “bad” one. They are both in on it. Today the Democrats happen to be at the helm of authoritarianism, driving us into totalitarianism, and my well-meaning, left-leaning friends are urging them on.

In 2015, mainstream media began creating a culture ripe for liberal mass formation. Corporate press began blasting the narrative that Donald Trump was the Object of their free-floating anxiety. He was given $4.96 billion in free airtime in the year leading up to the election. The strategy was to ignore the Democrat’s own election fraud, manufacture a story about Russian election interference, and move towards the suppression of the Object through censorship and calumny. They would not even speak his name; he became “45.”

I started breaking through my own hypnosis in 2016, after five years of investigating the Scott Walker regime and how terrible the press was during the corporate takeover of Wisconsin in 2011. Back then, in my world, Democrats were the good guys and Republicans were the bad guys. Along came the Democratic primary, and I started investigating Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Sanders’ record aligned with the party platform, which included clean water and campaign finance reform. Her record on water was not just atrocious, but deadly. Her Hillary Victory Fund proved to be money laundering. She was taking millions in dark money. But none of the Clinton Democrats wanted to hear it. Her supporters shamed anyone who disagreed or tried to hold her accountable.

Nevada State Patrol guarding the pro-Hillary team at the 2016 Nevada Caucus.

It became clear to progressive Democrats that they had to leave the party in order not to support corporate fascism.

It was only through questioning my own party that I was finally able to free myself from the illusion that Democrats were the good guys. I saw how they are all in on it. It’s a big party and we ain’t in it.

When Trump became president, Trump Derangement Syndrome descended like a brain fog on all my well-meaning democratic friends. Now every bad thing that ever happened to this country started with Trump. Dem fanatics vehemently blamed anyone who dared not vote for Clinton for her loss. A plethora of Russiangate propaganda proliferated and the conversation about abandoning the people and the platform could not be had. Anyone challenging them were “Putin puppets.”

As my friends proclaimed Trump a “dictator,” I tried to get them to see the bigger picture: both parties are in on it! But they couldn’t acknowledge that Obama did many of the same things for which they condemned Trump. I argued with an old friend who would not believe that Obama stacked his cabinet with Wall Street. Even an oped written by Elizabeth Warren wouldn’t convince her to look deeper. She just stopped speaking to me.

Others called me a “deplorable” when I expected them to hold their party accountable. Nothing would open their minds to even discuss it. They cheered when Trump got thrown off Twitter, as if free speech was suddenly something we should give up to help them feel safer from themselves.

Smells like mass formation.


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2 Comments on “EDITORIAL: Has everyone gone insane? Check your mass formation”

  1. David Groh November 8, 2021 at 9:23 am #

    Did I miss it or does this not have a plan to attack the “both parties are to blame” thinking? It the answer is to vote 3rd party forget it, I am not throwing away my vote for years in hopes of another party coming along that will not just become a third entity to blame.
    I say we give greater power to the Democratic party and push them to do what is right and see how it works out. The Democratic party pushes for issues that favor the common person and they will listen to the voters. We can work with them. We can make Democrats understand that we will elect them when they do what we want.

    • Barbara With November 8, 2021 at 10:36 am #

      David, I am not making any suggestions on what you do politically. I am asking people to stop marching lock step as if the Dems are always the “good guys.” I support your right to do whatever you feel called to do in terms of politics. But you know and I know that holding them accountable has been impossible. How, I ask, do we “hold them accountable?”

      What I am asking is, in the health crisis we are now facing, concerning our civil and human rights, that liberals see how their party is leading the charge for proposing mandates that will do incredible damage to society, people and rights. As a Dem, if you want to accomplish what you are suggesting above, then it is your duty to stand up and challenge their deviation from their claimed support of civil rights. Do not support mandates and don’t speak about people who decide not to get the jab in any way other than having respect for their right to choose. Support their right to choose in the same way you support abortion right.

      If you can’t understand why people are up in arms about this liberal policy (that we were lied about by Biden BTW), deviate from your sources and find out why people object instead of just buying the liberal media line that everyone who is not vaccinated is a Trumpster.

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