Coronavirus Psychotherapist: Lockdown Zealots Are Behaving Like Cult Members
Psychotherapist Dr Hugh Willbourn has joined the numbers of medical professionals and researchers pushing back against the fake science that has dominated government thinking for so long and led directly to lockdowns being ordered as the only way of avoiding astronomical (but totally fictitious,) numbers of COVID — 19 induced deaths. Dr. Willbourne says lockdown zealots are displaying all the classic signs of cult members by intensifying their beliefs despite having been proven wrong and the “evidence” provided by their mathematical models completely debunked.
In an article which can be read online, Willbourn cites the work of respected social psychologist Leon Festinger, who analyzed the behaviour of a 1950s UFO cult the members of which believed that a flying saucer would rescue them from the coming nuclear apocalypse.
After the catastrophic earthquakes and floods they predicted would hit the United States never arrived and their beliefs were totally disproved, “the cult members would become not less but more convinced of their beliefs,” Festinger noted.
The Festinger study identified five conditions that must be met in order for the cult members to become more intense in their beliefs in spite of the cognitive dissonance involved.
1. There must be absolute conviction
2. There must be commitment to this conviction in the face of contrary evidence
3. The conviction must be amenable to unequivocal disconfirmation
4. Such unequivocal disconfirmation must occur
5. Social support (from fellow cultists,) must be available subsequent to the disconfirmation.
“Festinger’s five conditions and the behaviour of the cult believers correspond closely to the situation with Brexit, Climate Change and Covid-19: a prophecy is made, believers invest themselves, their time, money and prestige in it, the prophecy fails and the believers become more fervent,” writes Willbourn..
We have certainly seen this with Brexit, the UK’s departure from the European Union despite a massive propaganda campaign from those who wished the UK to remain part of the Union and eventually become a financially and politically integrated province of a Federal European Superstate demonstrates an unwillingness to accept that a majority of voters chose to support leaving the EU. There was even a well funded and supported bid to have the courts change electoral law by ruling that all the people entitled to vote who did not do so should be counted as votes for the Remain campaign as they had not voted against remaining part of the EU.
After the result of the refrerendum unexpectedly went against them these “Remainers” waged another propaganda campaign, this time aimed at overturning the public vote by spreading fear and panic. They warned us the economy would collapse overnight (in fact it grew slightly faster than the EU economy at a time when the global economy was slowing down. They warned that unemployment would rise to unprecedented levels, in fact it fell. They took the government to court over many issues (sic), won some Phyrric victories but could not change the national mood. They tried to tell us Britain, insignificant little Britain, was too small to survive outside the mighty European Union and were laughed at at it was pointed out that the UK has the fifth largest economy on the planet and a population of 60+ million. And still, even though we have formally left the EU and are in the process of squabbling with Brussels over who gets to keep the pets, they rave about reversing the process.
We have seen the same effect with climate change; we were told snow would be a thing of the past by the turn of the century but in recent years in Europe and North America many places have seen record snowfalls; we were told the polar ice caps would disappear, they’re still there; we were told that low lying nations would become uninhabitable because of rising sea levels — but those nations have experienced population growth and no loss of land area. And still the Warmageddonist army try to turn the volume of their alarmist screeching up even though it is already on eleven and has been for years.
The doctor notes how terrifying predictions of how many people COVID-19 would kill have fallen massively short and the models that produced these numbers have been thoroughly debunked. Despite warnings that coronavirus would kill 500,000 in the UK alone, the disease has only claimed 318,000 worldwide. And the lockdown fascists try to claim that the UK lockdown succeeded in reducing the number of deaths from 500,000 to 40,000, thus proving only that they are incapable of separating fact from fantasy and notional death from real deaths.
Willbourn then goes on to put the scale of the COVID — 19 threat this figure into perspective by reminding us the number of people who have died of, or with, Covid-19 in about four and half months is the same as the number who die in five days from cardiovascular disease.”
It is also worth remembering that the numbers of “COVID — related deaths” is less than the numbers who have died of tuberculosis or seasonal ‘flu in the corresponding period.
In spite of all this and the incontrovertible evidence “experts” are still trying to ramp up the fear and panic, warning of mass death if lockdown is lifted too early and a second wave of infections takes place. The discredited Prof. Neil Ferguson, now exposed as a cunt — struck, communist conman whose mathematical model of the virus which led him to predict the fabled 500,000 deaths was discovered to have been full of errors and false assumptions and based on amateurish coding written by people who had never been computing professionals. Ferguson’s downfall was sealed when it was discovered he had been breaching the non — essential travel and social distancing rules he had recommended in order to meet his pretty, young, married lover for rumpy pumpy sessions.
In reality, professionally conducted research has suggested the lockdowns had a minimal impact on infection numbers, and Sweden’s per capita death toll is lower than the UK’s and numerous other countries despite the Scandinavian country having imposed no hard lockdown and been widely crticized by fear and panic merchants for having not done so.
“Don’t expect an apology from our Government, or any other Government, any time soon,” Willbourn concluded. “The Festinger effect is far, far more prevalent than a clear-sighted view of reality and the tragedy is all the greater.”
“Is this starting to sound familiar?” asks journalist Toby Young. “As Willbourn points out, the sequence that Festinger wrote about more than 50 years ago is eerily reminiscent of what’s happening today: an apocalyptic prophecy was delivered from on high (“the science”), those who believed it radically altered their behaviour, the prophecy turned out not to be true, but instead of abandoning their doom-mongering the believers have become even more fervent, attacking anyone who points out the gap between fantasy and reality as dangerous heretics (“fake news”, “misinformation”, “conspiracy theories”, etc.) and demanding the lockdown restrictions be extended “to prevent a second wave of infections..”
“The difference, of course, is that Festinger’s UFO cult had a few dozen members, whereas the Covid cult seems to have infected half the world with its madness. If Festinger’s concluions are right, the bad news is we won’t be able to persuade people to stop social distancing even if we prove that the danger posed by COVID-19 has been dramatically overstated. On the contrary, people’s opposition to returning to normal will intensify rather than diminish as the evidence mounts they were wrong.”
I have written many times in the past of the Church Of Sciencology Cult, a far more numerous quasi religion than the followers of L Ron Hubbard’s similarly named and no less loony but real cult of followers. It is not yet clear whether the COVID — 19 cult is a breakway movement of Sciencology or a particularly fanatical sub — cult, like the climate change loonies who become more fanatical in their conviction that the world is about to be engulfed by an inferno of burning Carbon Dioxide with each failed prediction! Yest for all their zealous devotion to The Science, actual, factual science is not a strength of such people.