After podcaster Joe Rogan’s wildly popular interview with Dr. Robert Malone aired on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” fact checkers jumped into the fray to try to disprove assertions made by Malone.
One of those cited authoritative in the AP “fact check” tweeted in favor of cajoling the public into following COVID-19 restrictions, and now claims that the collective group think around COVID-19, termed by Malone as “mass formation psychosis,” isn’t real.
New York University assistant professor of psychology and neural science Jay Van Bavel, who “co-authored a book on group identities,” has made claims that the only way to fight COVID-19 is for everyone to change their behavior until such time as a vaccine came along. And how to get everyone to change? “We have to think through the lens of behavioral science,” Van Bavel wrote. “What can we do to nudge and encourage and cajole and motivate people to do the right thing?”
Van Bavel also used a quote from notorious Nazi general Joseph Goebbels to point out that propaganda is most insidious when the “manipulated” public believes they are “acting on their own free will.”
Van Bavel seems to believe that he is not guilty of either spreading or believing propaganda, manipulating people or being manipulated.