The Other Virus: Learned Helplessness

Compliance leading to our downfall.

What is a culture of compliance, and ever-shifting rules, doing to us?

MAY 17, 2021|12:01 AM

PETER VAN BUREN

Why would any American allow the government to deny him a final goodbye to the person who raised him? Why would anyone allow grandma to die untouched in a hospital room without fighting back? In the post-vaccination era, why don’t people remove their masks? Learned helplessness, employed as a control tool.

Learned helplessness is well documented. It takes place when an individual believes he continuously faces a negative, uncontrollable situation and stops trying to improve his circumstances, even when he has the ability to do so. Discovering the loss of control elicits a passive reaction to a harmful situation. Psychologists call this a maladaptive response, characterized by avoidance of challenges and the collapse of problem-solving when obstacles arise. You give up trying to fight back

An example may help: You must keep up with ever-changing mask and other hygiene theater rules, many of which make no sense (mask in the gym, but not the pool; mask when going to the restaurant toilet but not at your table; NYC hotels are closed while Vegas casinos are open; Disney California closed while Disney Florida was open) and comply.

You could push back, but you have been made afraid at a core level (forget about yourself rascal, you’re going to kill grandma if you don’t do what we say) and so you just give in. Once upon a time we were told a vaccine would end it all, yet the restrictions remain largely in place. You’re left believing nothing will fix this. Helpless to resist, you comply, “out of an abundance of caution.”

American psychologists Martin Seligman and Steven Maier created the term “learned helplessness” in 1967. They were studying animal behavior by delivering electric shocks to dogs (it was a simpler time). Dogs who learned they couldn’t escape the shock simply stopped trying, even after the scientists removed a barrier and the dog could have jumped away.

Learned helplessness has three main features: a passive response to trauma, disbelief that trauma can be controlled, and stress.

Example: You are being stalked by a killer disease which often has no outward symptoms. There is nothing you can do but hide inside and buy things from Amazon. The government failed to stop the virus initially, failed to warn you, failed to supply ventilators and PPE gear, and failed to produce a vaccine quickly enough. You may die. You may kill your family members along the way. You have lost your job by government decree and are forced to survive on unemployment and the odd stimulus check—manufactured dependence. It is all very real: WebMD saw a 251 percent increase in searches for anxiety this April.

Americans, with their cult-like devotion to victimhood, are primed for learned helplessness. Your problems are because you’re a POC, or fat, or on some spectrum. You are not responsible, can’t fix something so systemic, and best do what you are told.

The way out is to allow people to make decisions and choices on their own. This therapy is used with victims of learned helplessness such as hostages. During their confinement all the important decisions of their life, and most of the minor ones, were made by their captors. Upon release, many hostages fear things as simple as a meal choice and need to be coaxed out of helplessness one micro-choice at a time.

Example: You cannot choose where to stand, so follow the marks on the floor. Ignore the research saying three feet apart is as useful or useless as six feet apart. Don’t think about why the rules are the same inside a narrow hallway and outsidein the fresh air but don’t apply at all on airplanes.

Kin to learned helplessness are enforcers. Suddenly your waitress transitions from someone serving you into someone ordering you to wear a mask, sit alone, eat outside, etc. Flight attendants morph from delivering drinks to holding the power to have security haul you to jail for unmasking when not actively eating. Companies once run by entrepreneurs are today controlled by the harassment-stalking undead from HR. We’ve become a republic of hall monitors. And there it is. The wrong people are in charge.

One of the better examples of learned helplessness is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a great book made into an impressive movie starring a lean Jack Nicholson. Nurse Ratched cows a group of mentally ill men into complete learned helplessness, encouraging them to rat each other out for small offenses, and to follow her every order no matter how absurd. The kicker comes near the end when we learn all of the men (except Nicholson) are free to leave the hospital at any time. They just…can’t.

It is amazing how fast people stepped into the Nurse Ratched role. Within moments of COVID’s arrival in the national conscience, officials like California’s Gavin Newsom, and New York’s Andrew Cuomo and Bill De Blasio raced to assume fat emergency powers. They spent not one moment assessing the impact of their decisions to lock down against the effects of the lock down. They ignored information questioning the value of lock down. 

They turned topsy-turvy the idea that in a free society the burden of proof is on those who would restrict freedom and not on those who resist such restrictions.

They were aided in manufacturing learned helplessness by the most sophisticated propaganda operation ever created. Already engorged with the coin of three years of fake news, the legacy media saw the value of a new crisis in working toward their two real goals: making as much money as possible garnering clicks, and defeating Donald Trump. Previous shows—Russiagate, with a hat tip to 9/11 when Americans demanded fewer freedoms to feel safer—illustrated the way. On a 24/7 basis Americans were injected with the message: You are helpless and Donald “COVID” Trump will kill you; your only hope is to comply fully with the people at CNN who are administering the electric shocks.

Truth is useless to propagandists, actually a threat. 

Look at what turned out to be false (in addition to Russiagate): We never ran out of ventilators or PPE or nurses or ICU beds or morgues. Masks are not needed outdoors. We did in fact develop a vaccine, several for that matter, in less than a year. Almost everyone who died was elderly or had serious comorbidities (a distinct class) but we salivated over “new case numbers” as the primary metric anyway because they went up so much faster. When people questioned the real-world view against the media portrayal, they were told about “asymptomatic COVID” or shunned as hoaxers. Everyone makes mistakes. But just as with Russiagate, all the media mistakes swung one way.

It worked. Condo boards boarded up their gyms. Restaurants forced diners to eat outside in the rain. Entire industries, such as tourism and hospitality, disappeared overnight. New groups were shoved into poverty and unemployment. Children were denied education, criminals released from jails. People were told not to hug their loved ones or celebrate birthdays or attend church. We were told to fear our neighbors as potential carriers.

Every time dissenting information popped up—Florida opening its beaches for Spring Break, for example—the media rushed in to declare everyone was going to die. Texas was declared dead, South Dakota was declared dead, and Americans believed it all even when reports of survivors started drifting out of Disney World.

Americans are not comfortable accepting that their lives being manipulated at this level, the way for example many Russians assume it to be so. We tend to dismiss such things as conspiracy theories and make an Oliver Stone joke. 

But ask yourself how many of the temporary security and surveillance measures enacted after 9/11 are still controlling our lives almost 20 years later. Is the terror threat still so real the FBI needs to monitor our social media in bulk? Was it ever?

Nothing here is to say vaccines don’t work, or are themselves dangerous. That’s another debate. 

This is about the politics of mass control. Add up the “doesn’t really make sense but we do it anyway” COVID rules and try to make sense of them. Why would otherwise smart leaders implement such rules, for example in New York’s case, purposely impoverishing a city or seeking to defund the police in the midst of triple digit rises in crime? Every time your answer is, “it just doesn’t make sense,” consider a scenario beyond coincidence where it would make sense, however out there that might be. It might be the most important thing you can do.

Then look out the window. Remember “15 days to flatten the curve?” With no voting or debate, a system based on a medical procedure capable of controlling our travel, which businesses we can visit, which hotels we can stay in, what jobswe can hold, what education we can access, at which point it is no more “voluntary” than breathing, was put into place. We no longer need to ask what is going to happen. 

Remember the real question is always why.

Peter Van Buren is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi PeopleHooper’s War: A Novel of WWII Japan, and Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the 99 Perc

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Reiner Fuellmich Clarifies Nuremberg Misunderstandings

Trials not underway… yet.

I’d like to address an incredibly important topic that has grown into a life of its own – in my belief, because of the severity of the events going on around us, and the hope that these egregious crimes that are being committed will see justice. The goal for those of us who are awake to these heinous agendas is that the criminals responsible for perpetrating these terrible crimes against humanity will be held accountable for their actions.

Now to say that these criminals deserve to be hanged, the death penalty, etc., I won’t delve into or give my opinion. This post is to try and clarify why the issue of the Nuremberg Code, and in the same vein, talk of a second Nuremberg Trial, has been such a huge talking point lately.

It is a notion I have mentioned on this site, not in order to spread false information, but because of the trajectory that these events seemed to be heading. And/or what many people have spoken about in regards to how essential this matter is, and why there are so many people referencing this topic as if it is already happening.

When we take into account some of the various quotes we’ve heard from multiple doctors/scientists, etc., like Michael Yeadon, Reiner Fuellmich, Vernon Coleman… for example, it may lead those, especially those of us who are eager to see something like this happen, to jump the gun and hear what we really want to hear, instead of what is actually happening.

Source: odysee | @PlanetLockdown | Michael Yeadon | Full Interview | Planet Lockdown

Michael Yeadon @53:35: “So, you will notice, if you ask some friends who have been vaccinated, ask them, were they informed, in writing, that these are experimental medicines that have not yet been approved? If you weren’t, you were administered an experimental agent without your consent.

That is contrary to the Nuremberg code. Code put in place after World War II, recognizing the foul, human experiments performed by Nazi doctors. The Nazi doctors, by the way, were pretty much all hanged. For their crimes, against humanity. And I’m sorry to say, that NHS doctors who are administering these agents to people who are not at risk from the virus, and they’re not telling them that they’re experimental, are also breaching the Nuremberg code and I believe they’re doing it knowingly. And I think there should be a Nuremberg 2. And I think those physicians should be tried on those charges and appropriate sentences handed down. So if you’re one of those physicians, I hope to be around to see you in the court.”

Reiner Fuellmich: “There cannot be any doubt, whatsoever, at least not for me, after having interviewed so many experts from all different fields of science. Um… doctors, virologists, epidemiologists, economists, lawyers, psychologists, psychiatrists – There cannot be any doubt whatsoever that what has been happening here for a year now, is, and I – when I first said this, some people kind of rolled their eyes and said, “Hey, nobody’s going to ever agree with you”, but this is the worst – these are the worst crimes against humanity EVER, ever committed.

@3:49: “ – we have the evidence. I’m – this is, I know there’s some people out there who may not quite work with actual evidence. Well, it’s different with us. Because we have been speaking to all of these scientists and other people. Over a hundred in the meantime. It’s happening globally, but in the end, it may very well turn out that we’re going to have to have a special court because, maybe, there’s a lot pointing in that direction, maybe the national courts will not really be able to deal with this. Because this is such a – this is on such a magnitude, it’s so, it’s so big that it is very possible that we’re gonna eventually need to have something like Nuremberg 2.

Dr. Vernon Coleman @6:07: “Now, let me tell you something else, and this should strike terror into every doctor, nurse or boy scout currently involved in giving, or promoting, these vaccines. The Nuremberg Code on medical experimentation, written in 1947, for reasons which I hope I don’t have to explain, even to David Lammy, stated that explicit voluntary consent from patients is required for human experimentation. That means that patients MUST be told they’re taking part in a trial and they must be warned of all the possible adverse events. That’s what informed consent means.

How many doctors and nurses jabbing people with this stuff are telling patients that it’s a trial? How many are giving people the information they need to make a valued judgement? I would guess, somewhere close to none. So legally, all those people giving vaccinations are war criminals. I’ll repeat that. Legally, all those people giving vaccinations are war criminals. War criminals never think they’re war criminals, of course. In the end of WW2, the Nazi’s mostly claimed that they were doing important work just obeying orders. Doing what they were told. None of that cuts the mustard, as they say, just doing what you’re told, doesn’t stop you being a war criminal.”

Source: lbry.tv | Truth For Freedom | World Doctors Alliance calls for Covid Nuremberg Trials

Dr. Mikael Nordfors @4:04: “My name is Mikael Nordfors. I’m a medical doctor, author, musician and political reformist from Sweden, and I have started an organization called People’s Court, and our aim is to support everyone standing up against tyranny, and a medical tyranny now we’re getting all over the world so that people don’t have to be afraid, we’ll help them to get new work, get some money, support, collect money to support all the people standing up.

And we will arrange a new Nuremberg Trial, hopefully a Nuremberg to litigate against all the criminals behind this hoax.”

With so many doctors/scientists discussing the covid scam, and referencing the Nuremberg Codes/Trials, the topic inevitably grew into a huge amalgamation of an event that is widely spread as currently being underway, or at least, should be.

Many websites, my own included, have mentioned the Nuremberg Trials and the team that Reiner Fuellmich is leading, and to clarify any misunderstandings, Reiner Fuellmich himself has addressed this information, in order to straighten the facts. While yes, he himself has mentioned that eventually a Nuremberg 2 should be the goal, it has not been confirmed to have a tribunal as of yet, and he is not the one leading this specific task at this time. He is, however, working on a Corona Committee, and exposing the factions regarding this narrative and the falsehoods that have been perpetrated on the public.

Source: odysee | Awakening The People | The Trueman Show interviews Reiner Fuellmich

Jorn Luka @1:00:09: “We see a lot of news articles, well, not on the mainstream media, obviously, but in the more alternative media is they’re all writing about what you’re doing, and they’re all writing also about like, they call it themselves a Nuremberg… trial?

I think it’s good to talk about that for a bit as well because the thing is, the messages that I get from a lot of people is they see you as like, ‘Yeah, Reiner Fuellmich will save us’, and I think – to some extent, your work is super good and I think it awakens a lot of people and hopefully even in a justice system you will accomplish a lot of good stuff. But, as you told me before the interview, like, not like a thing like a Nuremberg trial, for example. And it’s just a bit, um, hope for the alternative media to write it down like that, right?”

Reiner Fuellmich: “Yeah, but there are a lot of false stories out there. Um, for example, the story about me and a thousand other attorneys filing and already having begun our work on a Nuremberg 2.0 trial, that’s false. I mean, I have been telling, this is my opinion, that eventually we may very well end up in a situation in which we will have to have an international corona court. Sort of like Nuremberg 2.0. But we haven’t even come close to that yet.

We’re going to need – first of all, we’re going to need a place where this can happen. Where are you going to have this? It’s probably going to have to be some extraterritorial place. Some kingdom. Some obscure kingdom. We don’t know. We need judges, as well.

Another story is that, Dolores – Professor Dolores Cahill of Dublin University, and Bobby Kennedy and I have filed a class action complaint in Canada. That’s not true. I do cooperate closely with my friend Bobby Kennedy, and I do cooperate with Dolores Cahill, and many others, but we haven’t filed any cases together. Uh, the class action that’s been filed is the one by Michael Swinwood, and he will file another one. The one that we spoke about. The children’s class action. There’s efforts underway of something similar happening in the United States. That’s true. But what’s been reported about my and my colleagues being able to walk over water, that’s not really true. We’re doing our best. We will – “

Jorn Luka: “Except you’re still doing great, great great work, though.”

Reiner Fuellmich:We will win, in the end. Because, there’s no other way. We have to win. And we’re the ones who are going to call the shots.

Those… one of the psychologists, one of the professors of psychology who we interviewed, he said that in order for a democracy to work, you need people with moral competence. Moral competence requires two things. One, the ability to ask questions, rather than to blindly follow orders; and the ability to discuss other opinions, rather than to kill the other person or call them a nazi or right-wing, simply because he has a different opinion. And he says that only 80% of the people have this moral competence. However, you can learn it. If you are taught what this is about.

Uh, but at this point, it’s only 20% of the people who have this moral competence, and that happens to be the group of people who are questioning the corona measures and who are working together, in a very effective way, I think, to stop all of this.

Now if you consider that only .000 something percent of the population is trying to cause very serious harm to the rest of the population, because they’re afraid of us. That is at the core of this. They’re afraid of us. They’re afraid that the, that we’re going to find out about them. If you take that into consideration, then the 20% on our side, is A LOT.

Now you’re going to ask, “What about the other 80%?” They don’t really play a role. Because they’re always going to follow the leader. They’re always going to follow orders. We’re the ones who are questioning things. We’re the ones who are ready and willing to discuss stuff with the other side – not the other side, but with the other 80%. And that’s why we’re the ones who are going to call the shots.”

Dr. Fuellmich has also made a telegram post regarding this issue, stating:

False reports have been circulating for months that the German Corona Investigative Committee or Dr. Reiner Fuellmich would initiate a Nuremberg 2.0 with the help of hundreds of lawyers and doctors.

It is appreciated that Reiner Fuellmich can clarify this topic. While I hope that the original misinformation did not come from a place of misdirection or malicious intent, but rather from a place of misunderstanding and/or optimistic misinterpretation, I cannot dismiss the possibility that this was initiated as a means of discrediting Fuellmich and their intents. Obviously I hope this is not the case, but as always, I recommend doing one’s own research and looking at multiple sources to seek out the truth of the matter. As it is, with Dr. Fuellmich speaking up and clarifying this widespread rumor, it has at least laid this speculation to rest. 

With so much proof and evidence, however, that this covid/vaccine agenda is indeed the largest crime against humanity ever perpetrated, it is no misunderstanding that many people are looking forward to a second Nuremberg Trial, and that those responsible will be brought to justice. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, dig deep into these vaccine agendas, and the ACTUAL GOALS of the government and the “wealthy philanthropists” that made these vaccines possible. As well as how a “surprise outbreak” was guaranteed to happen during Trump’s presidency to begin with. …I’m not sure how one can consider a surprise outbreak 3 years in advance if it is a SURPRISE, instead of planned, but what do I know. 😛

While some may try and defend Anthony Fauci by surmising that he undoubtedly meant that every 2-3 years or so a “surprise outbreak” ends up happening and surely he was just trying to “prepare” us all for the next one, I’d have to counter back by the following testimonies of Robert Willner and Kary Mullis, both of whom called Anthony Fauci out for the HIV/AIDS “pandemic” almost 30 years ago.

History is Repeating Itself: Fauci Was Accused of Genocide Almost 30 Years Ago

Yes, if the “surprise outbreak” was planned, it is because Fauci is engaged in yet another scheme to depopulate, and/or sterilize/experiment on the population and push these dangerous vaccines on to the public. And it goes even deeper and darker than this, ladies and gentleman. Anthony Fauci is just one of the players.

Crimes against humanity, indeed. And most certainly deserving of a worldwide tribunal to expose and arrest the individuals/organizations involved. Will anything come from these trials/tribunals? Well, I have faith, and in the words of Jorn Luka and Reiner Fuellmich:

Jorn Luka: “The truth will prevail, right?”

Reiner Fuellmich: “It always does. In the end, it always does.”

Fact checking is extremely important. I want to reiterate not to take everything at face value; no matter what you read, where you read it from, or who you hear it from. And to be clear, do not rely on “fact checking” websites to give you accurate information either. These are just as likely, (if not even more likely…), to feed false information and false debunking accounts to manipulate the reader. Please take everything into consideration before adhering to a certain narrative – and always keep your mind open to other possibilities.

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