In an exclusive interview with CNSNews.com, Stella Morabito, author and senior contributor to The Federalist, discussed her new book, The Weaponization of Loneliness: How Tyrants Stoke Our Fear of Isolation to Silence, Divide, and Conquer.
Morabito, a long-time intelligence analyst who earned her Master’s degree in Russian and Soviet history, expounded on the tyrannical tendencies and actions she witnessed in the U.S. during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. She also talked about what the regular American citizen can do to stand up to such dangerous realities.
While discussing the idea of neighbor turning against neighbor in totalitarian societies and similar practices in the U.S. during the COVID pandemic, Morabito noted,
“I certainly hope it isn’t permanent and I don’t think it is but absolutely Covid, [and] all those mandates really fast-tracked our isolation and also cultivated hostility. If you take something, call it a pandemic, say it’s very dangerous, and we could all die if we don’t adhere to these mandates, [it cultivates hostility]. And, of course, it doesn’t take long before we realize that the virus is almost 100% recoverable if you don’t have other serious health problems.”
“But especially when the vaccines or so-called injections came out, there was a concerted effort on the part of, well, the president of the United States as well as [Anthony] Fauci and CDC, and the World Health Organization, and all of these forces along with Big Tech and the propaganda media, and late night so-called comedy to insist that if you weren’t getting injected, you were endangering the lives of others.”
“If you weren’t keeping your face covered up, you were endangering the lives of others. It was absolutely a way to cultivate hostility to the point that friendships were ruined, families would turn away members from Thanksgiving dinner, grandparents couldn’t see the grandchildren, or if one spouse didn’t get the injection the children could be taken away.”
“I mean these were all the kinds of threats that were used to try to socially engineer us into compliance and conformity…. It’s not just that it [Covid-19] magnified it all but it also exposed a lot of these propaganda ploys to the point that my hope is that it’s – [the turning against one’s neighbor] -- not permanent because it exposed so much of the ugly underbelly of the social control behind so much of it.”
Morabito explained in her book how strong one can find the conformity impulse. When asked when people should listen to this impulse and when they should keep it in check, she observed,
“Everybody has a different threshold for the kind of risks that they can take. And those who are more able to take the risk, those who have strong family ties and loyalty, friendship, and community, who have the kind of bonds that they can fall back on are less vulnerable. They’re still vulnerable but they’re less vulnerable than others who have lived in brokenness….”
“Everybody needs to judge for themselves,” she said. “I mean, obviously, if a slight little thing is going to lose you your job [… or] a huge amount that you can’t bear, only you know what you are able to bear. But I think that it is up to those of us who can afford taking the risk to kind of lead the way and help others become emboldened to speak out.”
“It’s going to have a trickle-down effect and a ripple out effect,” she added. “You can’t judge for everyone. Ideally everyone would speak out. If everyone would speak out then tyranny can’t get a foothold in an environment like that.”
The conversation went on for about half an hour and several similarities were observed between former totalitarian states and the tendencies in the U.S. right now. Morabito noted that it does not take a great number of people to effect change, just like the communists who took over governments long ago, or those trying to take over now. “You don’t need a huge majority to turn things around,” she said. “You just need a brave minority.”
Moreover, there is good news for those not ready to make their feelings public: “You don’t necessarily have to speak out publicly about these things. In one-on-one conversations with the people who implicitly trust you and there’s a bond of trust but who may not know what you believe -- that can make a huge difference in emboldening them or at least making them not feel alone.”
The Weaponization of Loneliness: How Tyrants Stoke Our Fear of Isolation to Silence, Divide, and Conquer is a book worth reading for those interested in understanding propaganda and manipulation techniques but also interested in practical solutions, which Morabito includes in her work.
After all, if one wishes to keep freedom, you must first understand what it is and what threats it faces. Only then can you know how to maintain it and when to defend it.