Challenging the COVID narrative covers topics ranging from COVID risk assessments, pandemic response, trust in institutions, the use of fear, human rights infringements and the response of the church to the crisis.
“Fear has, as we know, been the key driver underpinning the relentless Covid-19 response and on the Pandemic Podcast we’ve already taken several deep dives into its devastating — and continuing — impact.
Laura Dodsworth, whose new book A State of Fear paints a chilling picture of the strategies and tactics deliberately used to engineer compliance with the raft of draconian measures flowing from Boris Johnson’s first lockdown announcement in March last year. We will be exploring the roles of the multitude of advisors and the Behavioural Insights Team, also known as ‘the nudge unit’.”
In a way not done before, Nick Hudson pulls everything together from changing World Health Organisation recommendations to masks making no difference; from suppression measures shifting the disease burden on to the vulnerable, through to unnecessary vaccine programmes. By following the data and official communications from global organisations, he unravels what transpired to lead us into deleterious lockdowns, which continue to have enormous negative impacts across the world.
Fear is the most powerful of emotions and, as emotions are stronger than thoughts, fear can overpower the clearest of minds. We shouldn’t feel bad about being frightened. From an evolutionary perspective, it is key to our survival, it protects us from danger. And that is precisely what makes fear one of the most powerful tools in behavioural psychology.
Britain has been a world leader in behavioural insights since David Cameron set up the “nudge unit”. We now export behavioural psychology to governments and corporations around the world. The Government has used behavioural psychology to influence behaviour and encourage compliance during the Covid-19 epidemic. But has the nudge become a shove?
The Telegraph: Use of fear to control behaviour in Covid crisis was ‘totalitarian’, admit scientists
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”.
Taking our power back discusses the global response to the COVID pandemic, with Nick Hudson. Nick emphasies the importance of real scientific investigation. They discuss the harmful impacts of lockdown. Nick compares COVID responses to pandemic policies that were previously in place, without a holistic cost-benefit assessment. Peoplé’s ability to assess their own risk, has been taken away.
Nick Hudson on the South African government’s avoidance of data in decision-making throughout the pandemic – Reliable data; an essential component of effective policy formation.
To beat COVID hysteria, we must ridicule and laugh.
Ridicule the response.
Laugh at the lunacy.
Reject the fear porn.
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