The Power of Fear – Centre for Research on Globalization
Herman Goering reportedly said:
“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.”
“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”
Orwell understood the power of mass deception.
“Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind,” he once said.
In his book The Prince, Machievelli said
“(s)ince love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.”
“(F)ear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never fails.”
Machiavelli believed that leaders must be deceptive and cunning to maintain control, that ends justify the means.
He argued that leaders unable to force their will on subjects can never be successful.
He inverted the Golden Rule, saying
“do evil unto others as they would do evil unto you.”
He also believed that rulers should distance themselves from state-sponsored criminality – shifting blame for their wrongdoing onto others.
Influenced by Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes in his book Leviathan favored authoritarian leadership for control because the “danger of violent death, and the life of man (is) solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”
The power of mind-manipulating propaganda has entire populations believing that COVID-19 may infect and harm almost everyone.