MPs launch investigation after psychologists criticise totalitarian tactics of ‘deploying fear, shame and scapegoating’ during pandemic.
SAGE Psychologists wrote, “Manipulating our most primitive instincts to change behaviour is taken from the textbook of tyrants.”
UK mainstream newspaper, The Telegraph: Grossly unethical G0vernment ‘Nudge Unit’ accused of scaring the public over Cov!d.
Tactics of ‘deploying fear, shame and scapegoating’ during pandemi¢ labelled an ‘ethically dubious practice’
A group of psychologists have written to P@rliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, warning that a team of civi| servants dedicated to “nudging” public behaviour during the pandemi¢ were unaccountable and unethical.
The letter’s 40 professional signatories – led by Dr Gary Sidley, a retired clinical psychologist – said they opposed the use of dramatic adverts, which included slogans such as: “If you go out you can spread it, people will die.”
They also condemned the use of “images of the acutely unwell in intensive care units” on billboard and television adverts, as well as the “macabre mono focus on showing the number of Cov¦d-|9 deaths, without mention of mortality from other causes, or the fact that, under normal circumstances, around 1,600 people die each day in the UK”.
Above article 28th January 2022.
UK: SAGE scientists admit to fear and control tactics.
“SAGE-SPI-B scientists on a committee that encouraged the use of fear to control people’s behaviour during the Covid pandemic have admitted its work was “unethical” and “totalitarian.”
“There were discussions about fear being needed to encourage compliance, and decisions were made about how to ramp up the fear. The way we have used fear is dystopian.”
Another SAGE member said: “You could call psychology ‘mind control’… one SAGE member warned that ‘people use the pandemic to grab power and drive through things that wouldn’t happen otherwise…
We have to be very careful about the authoritarianism that is creeping in’.”
“Another member of SAGE said they were ‘stunned by the weaponisation of behavioural psychology’ during the pandemic… ‘psychologists didn’t seem to notice when it stopped being altruistic and became manipulative. They have too much power and it intoxicates them’.”
“As SAGE SPI-B knows very well, fear is our most powerful emotion. It is rooted deep within the inner reaches of our minds. When we’re afraid, we do dangerous and irrational things. Manipulating our most primitive instincts to change behaviour is taken from the textbook of tyrants.”
“Over the past year, we have seen the biggest Campaign of Fear the world has ever seen.
And it has been at its worst in the UK, where SAGE and the Government took a conscious decision to use fear to ensure compliance. We now face an unprecedented mental health crisis…”
Article from May 2021.
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