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Why people willingly give up their freedoms

A very interesting perspective on where we are now by Mattias Desmet. Well worth the time.

22 comments to Why people willingly give up their freedoms

  • bogbeagle

    there’s a guy on Youtube … Bjorn Bull-Hansen, a Norwegian … who is a practising hypnotherapist. He’s been saying, for some months, that there is hypnosis afoot.

    Below is a link to one of his channels.


  • George Atkisson

    Safetyism. Just keep me safe and healthy with no unpleasant thoughts, and you can take away everything else.

  • GregWA

    And a near complete absence of knowledge of history, how we got to a Bill of Rights in the USA and why. Not taught in the US anymore.

    And now we have 50+ % of the US population with no clue on anything: civics, science, religion, art, etc. They have no clue about the dangers of concentrated power; how dangerous it is to individual liberty. They swallow marketing hook, line and sinker whether it’s political marketing or someone pushing slave-made sneakers from China. They think about their farts more than these things.

    Exhibit A for this assertion is the election of Brandon. If, as I believe, he actually lost, it was not by as large a margin as it should have been. With an electorate paying even a little attention and not cobbled by their poor education, he should have lost 80-20.

    But a world where Dems would not even consider a Biden/Harris ticket, and the public would ridicule them, is a world that is gone forever and we will now all suffer from a tyranny of this inept, ignorant, compliant electorate.

  • CaptDMO

    Because protection from the imaginary farmer no one has ever seen is more important than any windfall apples.
    T’was ever thus.
    Sam Adams had something to say about such choices about 250 years ago.

  • Paul Marks

    Overall this is a HOPEFULL film.

    The argument here is that most people are not brainwashed zombies – that a majority of people are either not hypnotised at all, or are only partly influenced, confused and conforming out of fear or habit (the “middle group”).

    Some people truly are beyond reason (utterly brainwashed) – I remember listening to a lady who was fully vaccinated (three vaccinations in her case) who had been given Covid by an equally fully vaccinated member of her family, and yet was filled with hatred for the unvaccinated, she rated about what she would like to do to the unvaccinated, like one of those women who are supposed to have knitted whilst watching people having their heads cut off during the French Revolution. It is pointless talking to someone like that (the media and the bureaucracy have corrupted them – filled them with irrational hatred)- but the film is arguing that a majority of people are NOT like that.

    After all, to all outward appearances, I conform.

    For example, when entering a council or committee meeting I wear the mask, when I sit down I take the mask off, when I stand up again I put the mask back on – thus obeying the rules. So do most people – they behave in exactly the same way that I do.

    Some people truly think this is rational behaviour – I call them the “BBC and Sky News watchers” – people who actually believe the insane ravings broadcast by the BBC, Sky News and-so-on (on this and all the other subjects – for example they scream about “Global Warming”, and how “deniers” should be exterminated, as they freeze to death).

    But this film is arguing (and I think correctly) that most people in the room are NOT like that – that most people know the “health” edicts (officially from Prime Minister Johnson – but, of course, he himself is only obeying orders) are utterly insane.

    Covid does not know when I am sitting down and when I am standing up – just as Covid does not know when I am eating and when I am not eating – the edicts are ritual humiliation, they have NOTHING to do with health.

    Just as with “lockdowns” – the supermarkets remained open, and the staff and customers were unmasked for months. So there was no justification at all for closing other shops (and schools and placed of employment) or for later requiring the medically useless masks.

    It was all ritual humiliation – nothing to do with health at all. Some people really do believe in the international “governance” stuff (masks, vaccine passports, and so on) – but most people either disbelieve it or only partly believe it, they “go with the flow” – they are the “middle group”.

    It is possible to win this – to defeat the forces of international “governance” (Agenda 2030, “Sustainable Development”, the Social Credit “Environmental and Social Governance” banking and financial system).

    For example, in the United States some States have not gone along with all this (lockdowns and so on) – and they are not piled up with dead bodies (any more than the various nations around the world that did NOT lockdown have high death rates).

    “We have to obey or we are all DEAD!” – can be answered with “just down the road they have not done any of this – and they are O.K.”.

    This is why Mr William “Bill” Gates, and other such, are so obsessed with everyone (everyone in the entire world) following the “narrative” – because they know if anywhere is left free, the whole thing (the whole dream of Corporate State “Stakeholder Capitalism” World “Governance”) may well collapse.

    “None of us are safe till all of us are safe” makes no sense at all from a medical point of view (it is down there on all fours with “racism is a public-health-emergency – so go out and loot, burn, kill!” the message of Progressive “health” authorities in the United States) – but it is not really about medicine or health, it is about POLITICS.

    It is a POLITICAL slogan – tied to the international totalitarian, collectivist, “governance” agenda.

    Of course if “saving lives” was the aim – then most people who have died from Covid would have been saved by a combination of long standing medications.

    But the international establishment did NOT save the lives of these people – indeed it did everything it could to make it more difficult to get Early Treatment for Covid 19, it actively smeared Early Treatment (“fishbowl cleaner”, “horse dewormer” – “treatments can KILL you”) and passed endless regulations to make it incredibly difficult to get Early Treatment.

    Not a “conspiracy theory” – it has just happened over the best part of the last two years, even today warnings appear on Facebook posts about Early Treatment (and all the rest of the harassment – on Social Media, the Mainstream Media, and from the medical authorities in many countries).

    Mass killing (or, if you want to split hairs, mass allowing-to-die) to push a political, international “governance”, agenda.

  • Paul Marks

    The film is not perfect – for example rather than there being lots of “attacks on Mosques” after 9/11 there are more (not less – more) mosques in the United States and Britain than there were before. There was no effort to remove followers of Islam from Western lands – on the contrary, such Western leaders as Prime Minister Blair and Chancellor Merkel invited more to come – and their invitation was acted upon.

    Far from Muslims being demonised by the education system, the media and the authorities – “Islamophobes” (i.e. people critical of the Koran and the Hadiths) were demonised, and punished. This is not a general position on religion – it is fine in Western lands to attack Christianity, but it is not fine to attack Islam (criticism of Muhammed, his doctrines and his personal behaviour, is punished in most Western countries – in one way or another). So the film is not accurate on this particular point.

    But nothing is perfect.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    The video is good. And it’s an important video.

    Like the hundreds of video interviews with doctors and scientists all around the world who dissent from the mainstream hysteria, this video will be viewed by the people who are least likely to benefit from doing so.

    The people who really need to watch this are too busy shaming “anti-vaxxers” on Twitter and scheduling their ninth booster shot.

  • Deep Lurker

    My working theory is that people don’t see themselves as giving up their freedoms, but rather as taking away the freedoms of those other, nasty people. “First they came for the worst of ‘those’ people, and I applauded, because ‘those people’ totally deserved it.”


    The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior ‘righteous indignation’ — this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.

    – Aldous Huxley

    And it doesn’t have to be a genuinely good cause, it can just as easily be a cause that fraudulently claims to be good.

  • Bruce

    “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin –

  • Bruce

    Furthermore, as Mark Twain put it in 1866:

    “No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session”.

    Those were the “good old days” BEFORE the triumph of the unelected administrative STATE.

  • bobby b

    After hitting five airports in four days, I now firmly believe that the bulk of America’s Karens fly frequently.

    Slip your mask down to sip a drink, and five middle-aged women are right there glaring at you.

    Get out of the planes and airports, and you see nary a mask.

    I think our self-appointed nannies must all come from the upper-middle class – frequent fliers on commercial airlines. You don’t see that concentration anywhere else. Maybe they think they have more to lose?

  • Paul Marks

    bobby b – at least these “Karens” did not explain how they wanted to torture you to death (at least I hope they did not).

    Deep Lurker – some people are like that, SOME people.

    I think the point of the film is that MOST people are NOT like that.

    They are more like “of course I do not want to gas you, but if I started to disobey orders I would be shot or sent to the Russian front – and you would get gassed anyway”.

    Very few National Socialist guards actually said that – but Soviet guards did (or rather similar things). The black humour of the Soviet camps was well known – for example “we had gas chambers before the Germans – but our gas chambers LEAKED, so we had to go to other methods” or the famous “you today – me tomorrow” which was the (unofficial) motto of the Soviet death camps.

  • Paul Marks

    Of course now the establishment ARE talking about Early Treatment – a pill that may be “available before Christmas”.

    The cynicism, “this is really different – nothing like the Early Treatment we smeared and de facto semi banned for almost two years”, is extreme.

    God damn the establishment – damn them to Hell.

  • Bruce

    How is everybody’s “Little List” coming along?

  • APL

    Paul Marks: “Of course now the establishment ARE talking about Early Treatment – a pill that may be “available before Christmas”.”

    1. It has the same objection as the anti COVID-19 vaccine, no longitudinal testing of it’s efficacy, nor undesirable side effects. If it’s just a re-engineered ivermectin with a patent attached, why would I take that in preference to Ivermectin which has had several billion very effective doses prescribed over 30 or so years?

    2. Why? COVID-19 as a contageous condition is no threat to a very large fraction of the population.
    2b. If you believe the authorities, 60% – 70% of the population have already been vaccinated.

    3. A good number of those who chose not to be vaccinated, even those who chose to be vaccinated, may already have ( have had ) immunity by virtue of the similarity of the COVID viruses.

    So, … we’re good. Abolish the restrictions, tomorrow.

  • It isn’t even safetyism, really. It’s the illusion of safety. People are terrified of the common cold beyond all capacity for reason, even as they line up for another shot of this morning’s newest batch of experimental gene therapy mystery juice from the Military-Industrial Complex. The untested experimental gene therapies people are miscalling “vaccines”–they are no such thing–are obviously, just going by the statistics MINITRU has published, at best empirically absolutely worthless against the COVID19 virus (if it even exists), and very likely much more dangerous than the supposed virus itself.

    These people are incapable of self-reflection or rational thought, but that has been very obvious for years. They contradict themselves continuously. “Violence never solves anything” and then five minutes later “Punch a Nazi!” “Nazi” in Newspeak means “anyone suspected of disagreeing with them,” of course. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday “gender is a social construct,” Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday it’s “some babies are born with the wrong gender brain.” “Race is a social construct” but “Huh-wite people are responsible for all evil in the world and deserve total, complete, merciless extermination.” They won’t hear of quarantining people with 100% lethal AIDS, or 80% lethal Ebola, or closing the border to two million Third World invaders a year who carry deadly Chagas Disease and deadlier poly-drug-resistant tuberculosis, but they sure do love using the common cold as a pretext for putting all of Western Civilization on house arrest forever, because, they assure us, “public health” is what motivates them.

    How many of them are merely brainwashed sheep too lazy to think and how many of them are genuinely evil and insane is left as an exercise for the alert reader.

  • Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    Benjamin Franklin is a dead white male. So there!

  • lucklucky

    Austria. Proposal to jail people that talk against vaccines. 1 year, and they will be forced to pay the expenses.


  • lucklucky

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  • Paul Marks


    And the establishment are still saying that it is “disgusting” to compare what is happening to the rise of Fascism (the Corporate State – “Stakeholder Capitalism” as the Fascist Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum would put it) and National Socialism.

    First censorship – now imprisonment for dissent.

    Of course, the aim of the “Build Back Better” “Great Reset” is to make dissent economically impossible – as dissenters would find themselves shut out of the Credit Money system (unemployed, homeless, and starving). “Environmental and Social Governance” (ESG) scores for banks and other corporations – like the Chinese Social Credit system that the international establishment so admire.

  • Shlomo Maistre

    FWIW, Eddie Bravo been saying again and again and again for years: “most of the people are hypnotized”.

    I always thought he was silly for saying that.

    Not anymore.

    For example: 1:29:27 – 1:29:36


    “People are hypnotized. That’s what’s going on. There’s mass hypnosis going on. Massive amounts.”

    And this particular example is from back in 2018. But he has been saying it for years before that too.