The Gaslighting of the Masses

For students of official propaganda, mind control, emotional coercion, and other insidious manipulation techniques, the rollout of the New Normal has been a bonanza. Never before have we been able to observe the application and effects of these powerful technologies in real-time on such a massive scale.

In a little over two and a half years, our collective “reality” has been radically revised. Our societies have been radically restructured. Millions (probably billions) of people have been systematically conditioned to believe a variety of patently ridiculous assertions, assertions based on absolutely nothing, repeatedly disproved by widely available evidence, but which have nevertheless attained the status of facts. An entire fictitious history has been written based on those baseless and ridiculous assertions. It will not be unwritten easily or quickly.

I am not going to waste your time debunking those assertions. They have been repeatedly, exhaustively debunked. You know what they are and you either believe them or you don’t. Either way, reviewing and debunking them again isn’t going to change a thing.

Instead, I want to focus on one particularly effective mind-control technology, one that has done a lot of heavy lifting throughout the implementation of the New Normal and is doing a lot of heavy-lifting currently. I want to do that because many people mistakenly believe that mind-control is either (a) a “conspiracy theory” or (b) something that can only be achieved with drugs, microwaves, surgery, torture, or some other invasive physical means. Of course, there is a vast and well-documented history of the use of such invasive physical technologies (see, e.g., the history of the CIA’s infamous MKULTRA program), but in many instances mind-control can be achieved through much less elaborate techniques.

One of the most basic and effective techniques that cults, totalitarian systems, and individuals with fascistic personalities use to disorient and control people’s minds is “gaslighting.” You’re probably familiar with the term. If not, here are a few definitions:

“the manipulation of another person into doubting their perceptions, experiences, or understanding of events.” American Psychological Association

“an insidious form of manipulation and psychological control. Victims of gaslighting are deliberately and systematically fed false information that leads them to question what they know to be true, often about themselves. They may end up doubting their memory, their perception, and even their sanity.” Psychology Today

“a form of psychological manipulation in which the abuser attempts to sow self-doubt and confusion in their victim’s mind. Typically, gaslighters are seeking to gain power and control over the other person, by distorting reality and forcing them to question their own judgment and intuition.” Newport Institute

The main goal of gaslighting is to confuse, coerce, and emotionally manipulate your victim into abandoning their own perception of reality and accepting whatever new “reality” you impose on them. Ultimately, you want to completely destroy their ability to trust their own perception, emotions, reasoning, and memory of historical events, and render them utterly dependent on you to tell them what is real and what “really” happened, and so on, and how they should be feeling about it.

Anyone who has ever experienced gaslighting in the context of an abusive relationship, or a cult, or a totalitarian system, or who has worked in a battered women’s shelter, can tell you how powerful and destructive it is. In the most extreme cases, the victims of gaslighting are entirely stripped of their sense of self and surrender their individual autonomy completely. Among the best-known and most dramatic examples are the Patty Hearst case, Jim Jones’ People’s Temple, the Manson family, and various other cults, but, the truth is, gaslighting happens every day, out of the spotlight of the media, in countless personal and professional relationships.

Since the Spring of 2020, we have been subjected to official gaslighting on an unprecedented scale. In a sense, the “Apocalyptic Pandemic” PSYOP has been one big extended gaslighting campaign (comprising countless individual instances of gaslighting) inflicted on the masses throughout the world. The events of this past week were just another example.

Basically, what happened was, a Pfizer executive confirmed to the European Parliament last Monday that Pfizer did not know whether its Covid “vaccine” prevented transmission of the virus before it was promoted as doing exactly that and forced on the masses in December of 2020. People saw the video of the executive admitting this, or heard about it, and got upset. They tweeted and Facebooked and posted videos of Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, Bill Gates, the Director of the CDC, official propagandists like Rachel Maddow, and various other “experts” and “authorities” blatantly lying to the public, promising people that getting “vaccinated” would “prevent transmission,” “protect other people from infection,” “stop the virus in its tracks,” and so on, which totally baseless assertions (i.e., lies) were the justification for the systematic segregation and persecution of “the Unvaccinated,” and the fomenting of mass fanatical hatred of anyone challenging the official “vaccine” narrative, and the official New Normal ideology, which hatred persists to this very day.

The New Normal propaganda apparatus (i.e., the corporate media, health “experts,” et al.) responded to the story predictably. They ignored it, hoping it would just go away. When it didn’t, they rolled out the “fact-checkers” (i.e., gaslighters).

The Associated Press, Reuters, PolitiFact, and other official gaslighting outfits immediately published lengthy official “fact-checks” that would make a sophist blush. Read them and you will see what I mean. They are perfect examples of official gaslighting, crafted to distract you from the point and suck you into an argument over meaningless details and definitions. They sound exactly like Holocaust deniers pathetically asserting that there is no written proof that Hitler ordered the Final Solution … which, there isn’t, but it doesn’t fucking matter. Of course Hitler ordered the Final Solution, and of course they lied about the “vaccines.”

The Internet is swimming with evidence of their lies … tweets, videos, articles, and so on.

Which is what makes gaslighting so frustrating for people who believe they are engaged in an actual good-faith argument over facts and the truth. But that’s not how totalitarianism works. The New Normals, when they repeat whatever the authorities have instructed them to repeat today (e.g., “trust the Science,” “safe and effective,” “no one ever claimed they would prevent transmission”), could not care less whether it is actually true, or even if it makes the slightest sense.

These gaslighting “fact-checks” are not meant to convince them that anything is true or false. And they are certainly not meant to convince us. They are official scripts, talking points, and thought-terminating clichés for the New Normals to repeat, like cultists chanting mantras at you to shut off their minds and block out anything that contradicts or threatens the “reality” of the cult.

You can present them with the actual facts, and they will smile knowingly, and deny them to your face, and condescendingly mock you for not “seeing the truth.”

But here’s the tricky thing about gaslighting.

In order to effectively gaslight someone, you have be in a position of authority or wield some other form of power over them. They have to need something vital from you (i.e., sustenance, safety, financial security, community, career advancement, or just love). You can’t walk up to some random stranger on the street and start gaslighting them. They will laugh in your face.

The reason the New Normal authorities have been able to gaslight the masses so effectively is that most of the masses do need something from them … a job, food, shelter, money, security, status, their friends, a relationship, or whatever it is they’re not willing to risk by challenging those in power and their lies. Gaslighters, cultists, and power freaks, generally, know this. It is what they depend on, your unwillingness to live without whatever it is. They zero in on it and threaten you with the loss of it (sometimes consciously, sometimes just intuitively).

Gaslighting won’t work if you are willing to give up whatever the gaslighter is threatening to take from you (or stop giving you, as the case may be), but you have to be willing to actually lose it, because you will be punished for defending yourself, for not surrendering your autonomy and integrity, and conforming to the “reality” of the cult, or the abusive relationship, or the totalitarian system.

I have described the New Normal (i.e., our new “reality”) as pathologized-totalitarianism, and as a “a cult writ large, on a societal scale.” I used the “Covidian Cult” analogy because every totalitarian system essentially operates like a cult, the main difference being that, in totalitarian systems, the balance of power between the cult and the normal (i.e., dominant) society is completely inverted. The cult becomes the dominant (i.e., “normal”) society, and non-cult-members become its “deviants.”

We do not want to see ourselves as “deviants” (because we haven’t changed, the society has), and our instinct is to reject the label, but that is exactly what we are … deviants. People who deviate from the norm, a new norm, which we reject, and oppose, but which, despite that, is nonetheless the norm, and thus we are going to be regarded and dealt with like deviants.

I am such a deviant. I have a feeling you are too. Under the circumstances, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. On the contrary, we need to accept it, and embrace it. Above all, we need to get clear about it, about where we stand in this new “reality.”

We are heading toward New Normal Winter No. 3. They are already cranking up the official propaganda, jacking up the fabricated “cases,” talking about reintroducing mask-mandates, fomenting mass hatred of “the Unvaccinated,” and so on. People’s gas bills and doubling and tripling. The global-capitalist ruling classes are openly embracing neo-Nazis. There is talk of “limited” nuclear war. Fanaticism, fear, and hatred abound. The gaslighting of the masses is not abating. It is increasing. The suppression of dissent is intensifying. The demonization of non-conformity is intensifying. Lines are being drawn in the sand. You see it and feel it just like I do.

Get clear on what’s essential to you. Get clear about what you’re willing to lose. Stay deviant. Stay frosty. This isn’t over.

CJ Hopkins
October 16, 2022
Photo: BBC History Revealed

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14 thoughts on “The Gaslighting of the Masses

  1. To my mind the worst thing about this situation is what it reveals about most human beings. Even today, with almost universal basic education and adequate nutrition so that people are not actually too weak or sick to think straight, the majority can always be taken in by lies. Otherwise, why would political parties spend so much money on election campaigns?

    In 1914 John Alexander Smith, Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University, told his new class of undergraduates:

    “Gentlemen, you are now about to embark on a course of studies which will occupy you for two years. Together, they form a noble adventure. But I would like to remind you of an important point. Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education”.

    Why, over a century later, are so few people in “the West” unable (or unwilling) to detect when a man or woman is talking rot? Why do they not consider their own knowledge of the truth one of their most precious assets?

    Incidentally, I suspect that one characteristic that many of us sceptics share is introversion. Extraverts need, to some extent, the support and approval of others. I, for one, do not feel such a need. Instead, I agree with Robert A. Heinlein, one of whose fictional characters (Lazarus Long) says: “If ‘everybody knows’ such-and-such, then it ain’t so, by at least ten thousand to one”.


    1. “…the majority can always be taken in by lies. Otherwise, why would political parties spend so much money on election campaigns?”

      I forgot to add, “… and advertising”.


    2. I caught something similar in a book about the raise of fascism in Germany.
      “Why did well educated people in Germany eagerly jumped on the Nazi train”? Simple, they were afraid of losing positions and losing money. Money can make almost anyone forgetting or explaining away anything.
      But as you say its depressing to hear and see well educated people going demoralised and humiliating themselves to tyrants, and chocking to see how many of this group lack a little backbone.


  2. Wouldn’t it be time to shift the main focus of blog posts on to the “Ukraine”-Russia war?

    This blog, I believe, is about all things (and deceptions) GloboCap, not about COVID and the vaccines only.


  3. Let me see… An Unhinged and dangerous right-wing website is complaining about gaslighting?

    My god, you can’t make this s*** up!


      1. Presumably the Off-Guardian where this piece was also published. The OG is not right wing and publishes a lot of interesting material but many of the commentators are anti-semites or indeed unhinged conspiracy fantasists. Some of the authors are also too paranoid for their own good, i.e. they see “controlled opposition” everywhere.

        An example: Noam Chomsky may not share my view on the JFK assassination or 9/11 or COVID. That does not make him “controlled opposition”. He has done more than you or I or almost anyone, except perhaps for his friend Peter Dale Scott, to alert the public to the self-serving lies of Western imperialism and the accompanying media propaganda.


  4. Thank you CJ. Ive really appreciated your perspectives. I am so over the f..g stupid game. The Big Bastards just dont get it. Still playing ego, power, control, live forever. They havent understood we are The Ultimate Conscious Energy in dense physical shit! Beam me up Scotty. Except that I Love beautiful Planet Earth and wish they would piss off and go to their fake Dome on Mars. Then I could live in the quiet of trees, birds, water, rain, sun, beauty. Hopefully lift myself where my food is energy. Tho not sure what I might do in a forever blissful Life!


  5. Gaslighting as a new term is such bollocks. A rational argument is all we ever need. Stop confusing, confounding and misdirecting with what is actually complete nonsense. Also, your fake events Manson, Patty Hearst, Jim Jones and homosexual Hitler are still fake.
    Check out the papers of Mile’s Mathis if you want to know the truth.

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  6. Thank you Mr. Hopkins, from a fellow Berliner. I first thought that although you were getting everything right about Trump and Russiagate, you were wrong about COVID. But you were right from the beginning.

    This might be of interest to you: William Sargant was the model for Pynchon’s Pointsman in “Gravity’s Rainbow”, a novel that I bet you are familiar with, and had a role in the Frank Olson affair. Generally speaking, he was one of the scientists who participated in MKULTRA. In his 1957 book “The Battle for the Mind: The Mechanics of Indoctrination, Brainwashing and Thought Control”, Sargant wrote:

    “(…) various types of belief be implanted in many people, after brain function has been sufficiently disturbed by accidentally or deliberately induced fear, anger or excitement. Of the results caused by such disturbances, the most common one is temporarily impaired judgment and heightened suggestibility. Its various group manifestations are sometimes classed under the heading of ‘herd instinct’, and appear most spectacularly in wartime, during severe epidemics, and in all similar periods of common danger, which increase anxiety and so individual and mass suggestibility.”

    This sounds strictly analytical, as these texts are carefuly designed to do, but it is also a manual.

    The book is available here:

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  7. I hope my Factory Floor fellow travelers will enjoy this lovely blog entry, where the court ordered MANDATED deposing of Dr. Fraudci (courtesy of the Missouri/ Louisiana lawsuit) is outlined in great detail. The Judge has not been impressed by Tony Da Fixer’s facile sidestep of his / the court’s legitimate requests for him to respond to the plaintiffs in a form that subjects him to actual jeopardy of Perjury.


  8. They call Christ “The Prince Of Peace,”

    Yet all the popes through out history have been going on crusades, religious wars, blessing all criminal wars, destroying villages, murdering people, fighting continuously, burning people alive; burning living women for the simple reason that somebody suspected that the woman was a witch – a wise woman, a threat to the unholy church.

    Thousands of people have been killed by these people who represent “The Prince Of Peace.”

    And what peace have they brought to the world?

    Christianity is still the foundational support for the whole western power structure.

    You can see that the two world wars have been fought in the Christian section of the world; and the third world war will also be fought in the Christian section of the world.

    These soul-less criminals are representatives not of peace but of death.

    The time is right, for the collapse of these retarded political and religious illusions, to end all these great lies, before humanity comes to an end.

    Only a great spiritual revival can remove all these pseudo rulers from their counterfeit thrones of absolute power that creates global enslavement to prevent a global suicide,

    If individuals don’t start taking the responsibility, if they don’t desert all their so-called great political and religious leaders and their churches and their propaganda and holy books, the world is not going to survive very long.

    All the religions have been destructive to your religiousness.

    They have been destructive to your search for truth.

    They have been teaching you to believe, not to enquire.

    They have been giving you ready-made formulas of hearsay narratives passed down from ignorance and imagination so you need not bother about any individual enquiry.

    What about all the so-called great political beliefs of Marxism now destroying the last remnants of western democracy?

    People think that the western world is a democracy, which is utterly false.

    People still believe America is an exceptional democracy, which is a sick joke, just look at the tragic plight of Jullian Assange!

    And people think that in America there is freedom of expression, freedom of individuality, that what the constitution of America says is not only written in the constitution but is lived by the country, and that the government exists for the people, by the people, of the people.

    Nothing can be farther away from truth.

    America is the most hypocritical society today in the world, and the most dangerous terrorist state for the survival of humanity.

    With Russia winning the US led NATO proxy war in Ukraine, this will take away all the hegemonic power that America has accumulated by creating fear in all the countries of the world who really oppose the US tyranny.

    If that fear disappears, the power of America will disappear with it.

    The collapse will be catastrophic and painful!

    To relax the American governments murderous global lust for power and need to control everyone is one of the most difficult things in the history of the world.

    Vladimir Putin’s insight is that now America will be defeated in a different way.

    Just by bringing freedom from the US to the enslaved peoples and countries of the whole world, Russia will force the mask off America to reveal the ugly truth, the criminal and insane game that it projects from their non-existent democracy.

    For Russia, in this new kind of war, who is more free?

    Who is more independent?

    Who respects the individual?

    Who respects individuals’ differences, their freedom of expression, their freedom of creativity?

    Now this is the real war!

    And Russia can be victorious.

    For the first time a totally new kind of war has come into existence, and Russia must be given the credit of seeing it.

    And they are not missing the opportunity, every moment they are moving towards an open multi-polar and conflict-free world.

    Unless politics becomes less and less powerful, enslavement, war crimes, exploitation, eugenics, violence, tyranny and nuclear war cannot be avoided.

    It is a natural outcome of the political game.

    Unless politics loses importance, and it can lose importance,

    Humanity is going to die.

    The only way out of the political authoritarian trap is to make people more and more free, economically, politically, spiritually.

    Decentralize power.

    Spread the power to people, more and more.

    Slowly, slowly all work has to be withdrawn from centralized political structures.

    Only leave the essentials, and the essentials are not very many.

    There is only one hope for the world, if politics becomes less powerful.

    Then the world can live at peace, otherwise it is impossible.

    There is no need of politicians.

    There is no need for their political games in the world.

    Every individual should stand on their own merit to represent their own people.

    And people can then choose directly.

    Why should there be any political party controlled by oligarchs?

    There is no reason.

    The people should end all political parties.

    Also end WEF, NATO, UN, WHO, EU, IMF, outlaw all these criminal US enterprises!

    Nations can exist, but only as utilitarian units, otherwise everybody is a member of the whole earth.

    Governments can exist, but only as functional units, and they should be ruled not by politicians but by people of merit.

    We have enough people of merit all around the world, there is no reason to be pessimistic.

    Perhaps at this moment we have more intelligence in the world than we ever had before.

    This is not the time to be pessimistic, this is the time to rejoice.

    In a democracy it is almost impossible for the poor to have the power for the simple reason that the rich people have enough money to fight elections, enough money even to buy the poor and their votes, enough money to buy the politicians.

    It is impossible in a democracy for the poor to have power, and without power there is no possibility of freedom and of changing the society.

    Hence, Karl Marx proposed the idea of a dictatorship of the proletariat.

    The Marxist philosophy behind the WEF’s failing so-called ‘Great Reset ‘

    In a democracy you cannot change the status quo, you cannot change the class-divided society into a classless society.

    The dictatorship of the proletariat is not an ordinary dictatorship.

    It is a dictatorship of the poor, the have-nots.

    ‘Remember. “You will own nothing and be happy.'”

    Marx was a pure economist, so he thought that once the society is equal through poverty it would become a shiny utopia.

    He forgot about those who will be in power for the interim period,

    ‘The WEF World Government’ who is going to take the power out of their hands!

    Because power corrupts and corrupts absolutely.

    The people who are in power are not going to leave the power so easily as Marx thought.

    “When the society becomes classless, the state will disappear,” but it is not so easy.

    Those who are in power are not going to leave their power.

    The globalist psychopaths will reign for decades with absolute power.


    Marx also thought that when two countries became communist, they would drop their boundaries and would dissolve into one.

    He was not at all aware of the politicians unconscious personal egos.

    That idea did not work.

    Karl Marx was not a practical man.

    He was a great thinker, a great dreamer, a great utopian, in short, he was a stargazer.

    Communism has come out of a thinker’s mind, a dreamer’s mind, and practical life is totally different from logic.

    In the beginning of the revolution, communism was programming people for atheism.

    Communism as propagated by Marx and Engels is atheist, and to be an atheist is to be again a believer.

    The only difference between the theist and the atheist is, the theist is a positive believer, he believes that God is.

    The atheist is also a believer, his belief is that God is not.

    All belief comes out of not knowing the truth.

    When there is an existential knowing of life itself, then there is no longer a need to believe.

    There is no god, there has never been, all definitions are inventions.

    The end result of believing, of having faith in a truth that you have not realized yourself.

    It is hearsay.

    Remember, when you know the truth there is no longer a need to believe.


    For the first time, humanity can be one, no divisions.

    What divides all the religions?

    Just small details, meaningless details, about their idea of god.

    But if there is no god, all those differences disappear

    All belief systems are purely creations of imagination.

    Accepting a personal god creates unnecessary problems which are insolvable.

    Any hypothesis which creates problems rather than solving them is useless.

    The world is in crisis, which drags us ever closer to the nuclear precipice.

    There remains no choice but to address the fundamental problems of our global dystopia.

    To discover the very roots of it’s unconscious nature.

    Yet until the people begin to realize that the solutions we seek can only be found beyond the intellectual mind.

    Global peace will remain a utopia!

    How many so called world leaders, artists, scientists, banksters, academics, politicians, clergy, celebrities, know themselves?

    Or are even aware that they do not know themselves?

    Knowing oneself is intelligence.

    Just be a little intelligent.

    The so-called world leaders are not!

    Therefore the world is not run intelligently.

    It is functioning in a very unintelligent way and is creating all kinds of miseries for everyone rather than helping them to be happier.

    It seems in this world everybody enjoys only one thing: creating misery for others.

    That’s why such a cloud of darkness surrounds the earth.

    Intelligence, awareness, consciousness, intuition, enlightenment is not difficult, not impossible.

    You don’t have to do anything to get it.

    It is your intrinsic nature, it is your very subjectivity.

    All that you have to do is for a moment relax totally, forget all doing, all efforts, so that you are no longer occupied anywhere.

    This unoccupied consciousness – no mind – suddenly becomes aware that, “I am it.”

    Life itself.

    This very moment.

    Enlightenment is your nature!

    It is just that you don’t know, you are unaware, you are unconscious, otherwise you are enlightened already.


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