United States of Fear: How America Fell For An Irrational and Dangerous COVID Narrative

By Neenah Payne

As America begins to return to normal after three years of hysteria over what the CDC stats showed in 2020 was a flu that threatened few people, it’s important to ask questions now to understand how and why much of America went insane so we can avoid that kind of dangerous over-reaction in the future.

Who was most subject to the hysteria — and why? What were the consequences of the lockdowns, school closures, social distancing, masks, testing, hand sanitizers, COVID shot mandates, vaccine passports, and massive censorship in the corporate media and Big Tech for our freedoms, children, education, health, economy, and science?  Why aren’t these questions being broadly asked now?

Why didn’t America adopt Sweden’s approach when the World Health Organization pointed out in 2021 that it was the best model to follow? Why did America choose “warp speed”, rushed, poorly-tested, expensive gene-altering shots rather than proven, effective, inexpensive treatments like HCQ, ivermectin, vitamin D, vitamin C, and budesonide which were adopted around the world?

The Psychology of Totalitarianism

Mattias Desmet, author The Psychology of Totalitarianism, says the world is going through a “Mass Formation” (psychosis). Desmet is a psychologist, statistician, and professor at Ghent University in Belgium. His book helps explain why so many people accepted the COVID narrative without question.

In the video below, Prof. Desmet says the challenge now is to find the solution to the psychological crisis of alienation that led so many people to accept the totalitarian COVID policies. He points out that in addressing that malaise, we can come out of COVID better off than we were before.

In Mattias Desmet about Mass Formation and modern society, Tucker Carlson explained that Dr. Robert Malone, creator of the mRNA technology used in the COVID shots, introduced Prof. Desmet’s theory of “Mass Formation” during his interview with Joe Rogan in December 2021. The search for more information reportedly “broke the internet”! Mike Adams, the “Health Ranger”, said Joe Rogan’s interview with Dr. Malone was, without question, one of the most important interviews of 2021.

Desmet explained that groupthink gives people a sense of belonging which resolves their existential loneliness, the root cause of psychosis. He believes the West got off track during the Enlightenment when science became based solely on the physical and ignored spiritual reality.

Professor Desmet explained that the reaction to COVID policies fell in a Bell Curve with about 2-20% of people adopting the official narrative without question. The majority (60-80%) went along with the narrative out of fear of COVID, the government, family members, friends, neighbors, employers, and/or co-workers even if they didn’t believe all of it. About 2-20% totally rejected every aspect of the narrative — often at the expense of losing their job, friends, etc.


The United States of Fear

Dr. Mark McDonald is the author of the November 2021 book United States of Fear: How America Fell Victim to a Mass Delusional Psychosis. The book is a very healing review of how America descended, step by step into madness. Dr. McDonald explains that liberals were more willing to surrender their freedoms than conservatives — and women (especially younger women) than men. He points out that young Hispanic women followed by young White women were the most vulnerable to fear porn.

My own experience in New York is that only about 2% of people (regardless of background) were immune to the fear. Both Professor Desmet and Dr. McDonald believe the problem was not tyrannical bureaucrats, but that so many people gave into irrational fears which led them to accept dangerous policies without question.


America’s Frontline Doctors Inform and Heal America!

Dr. McDonald was one of America’s Frontline Doctors who held their first press conference outside the US Supreme Court on July 27, 2021. Their main message was that Americans did not need fear COVID-19 because the FDA-approved drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) had proven to be an effective treatment. Read the transcript of their press conference.

America’s Frontline Doctors held the first day of the two-day summit on July 27 and it was aired by Breitbart. The second day of the summit was scheduled for 8:30AM-1PM on July 28, but was not broadcast.

Frontline Doctors on Censorship: We’re Coming After You Big Tech – We Will Not Be Silenced! says:

Less than 24 hours after the Frontline Doctors first press conference in Washington D.C. was censored and removed from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, and after having their own website knocked offline in an attempt to silence them, the doctors were back in front of the steps of the Supreme Court building today (Tuesday, July 28, 2020) for their second press conference, at great risk to their lives, their families, and their jobs, as they remained determined to bring the truth directly to the American people that a cure for COVID exists, and that the public does not need to cower in fear anymore.

Dr. Simone Gold said:

We are finally coming forward, at great personal and professional costs to ourselves. We’re tired of seeing patients die in front of us, and we’re even more upset to see the spider web of fear that is enveloping the American public. When there’s a treatment, there’s a cure. People have been afraid to say that. But what else do you call it if you give somebody the medication early, and it aborts the disease process? We’re coming after you Big Tech. We’re coming after you. We won’t be silenced. The First Amendment is first for a reason. There’s thousands of us.

America’s Frontline Doctors site said:

American life has fallen casualty to a massive disinformation campaign. We can speculate on how this has happened, and why it has continued, but the purpose of the inaugural White Coat Summit is to empower Americans to stop living in fear. If Americans continue to let so-called experts and media personalities make their decisions, the great American experiment of a Constitutional Republic with Representative Democracy, will cease.

Freedom From Fear

Freedom from Fear: A 12 Step Guide to Personal and National Recovery by Dr. McDonald was published on Amazon on August 15, 2022.

Amazon Description

On the heels of Dr. Mark McDonald’s bestselling book United States of Fear: How America Fell Victim to a Mass Delusional Psychosis, the acclaimed author and psychiatrist follows up with a practical, personal, twelve-step recovery program to defeat fear addiction worldwide.

The pandemic of fear continues to grip our world long past the clinical effects of COVID-19. Many people cannot let go of the fear fueling the Mass Delusional Psychosis which has plagued millions since early 2020. In his latest book, Freedom from Fear, Dr. Mark McDonald applies his well-honed psychiatric acuity to the undiagnosed epidemic of fear addiction. Just like a drug, fear becomes an unhealthy mental and emotional dependency that must be broken.

In Freedom from Fear, Dr. McDonald presents the essential twelve-step guide to personal and worldwide recovery. His precepts include simple but practical steps like “Face the Mirror,” “Don’t be a Sheep,” “Choose Reality,” “Reject Narcissism,” “Think for Yourself,” “Embrace Adulthood,” “Pay Attention,” and “Embrace Fearless Leadership” .

Bold and straightforward, Dr. McDonald once again draws on his experience as a psychiatrist and physician to diagnose this worldwide affliction. In this companion book to United States of Fear, he prescribes the consummate treatment plan for eradicating this Mass Delusional Psychosis once and for all.

Florida’s Surgeon General Calms Fears

A soft-spoken scholar, Dr. Joseph Ladapo is a member of America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) whose video on July 27, 2020 in front of the US Supreme Court  went viral (the most viral in history) until Big Tech blocked it. They came to tell America not to fear COVID because HCQ is a proven inexpensive treatment that has worked for hundreds of thousands of American COVID patients.

GOV. DESANTIS APPOINTS DR. LADAPO AS FLA. SURGEON GENERAL Dr. Ladapo was also appointed to the faculty at the University of Florida. Dr. Ladapo, who was born in Nigeria, was a health policy researcher and physician at the University of California-Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and also has a Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Ladapo is a signatory to the Great Barrington Declaration.

In his first speech as the Surgeon General of Florida, Dr. Ladapo’s opening statement was, “We’re done with fear”. Of course, it’s fear that drove national COVID policy since March 2020.


Dr. Ladapo is the author of Transcend Fear: A Blueprint for Mindful Leadership in Public Health which was published on Amazon on August 23, 2022.

Amazon Description

A fascinating look into the life of a state surgeon general and how his public health decisions provide a blueprint for fearless leadership and better national health policy.

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo shares the inspiring story of how he came to be who he is. After experiencing abuse as a child, Dr. Ladapo was incapable of connecting emotionally with other people. He was dissociated from virtually everything in his life and numbly powered through college, medical school, and residency to become a doctor and university professor. It wasn’t until he fell in love with his wife that he was forced to come face-to-face with the enormous emotional and spiritual disruption caused by his deeply buried trauma. Just before the pandemic, Dr. Ladapo worked with a former Navy Seal who used a mix of ancient disciplines and modern techniques to help free him from this trauma—and subsequently, his fear.

When the pandemic hit Los Angeles, Dr. Ladapo found himself well-equipped to observe the panic and fear that overtook the hospital where he was working—and the country—without becoming part of it. From this state of emotional clarity, he recognized that it was too late to take any public health measures that would significantly change the deadliness of the pandemic, and that it was more important to face the challenge squarely and focus on building capacity to treat patients without destroying society in the process. His message that panic, fear, and politics were fueling harmful decisions—like disavowing the possibility that hydroxychloroquine could effectively treat COVID-19—made him the target of fierce criticism.

In Transcend Fear: A Blueprint for Mindful Leadership in Public Health, Dr. Ladapo describes his views on public health restrictions, early home treatment, and COVID-19 vaccines, along with how Florida officials made public health decisions that set it apart from other states—and nations. Based on this experience, Dr. Ladapo explains how states can make better public health decisions in the future, recommending that health officials obtain training in decision analysis and expand their consciousness of how fear can shape perspectives and create dangerous outcomes—particularly during a crisis.

Dr. Ladapo wrote the 8/3/20 Wall Street Op-Ed Fear and Loathing in Covid America which begins:

Public panic and media scorn are shutting down important debates about how to tackle the virus.

The fear surrounding Covid-19, combined with the media’s judgmental portrayal of new coronavirus cases as failures of political leadership and citizen morality, are backing policy makers into a corner and seeding social turmoil. Rising case numbers are the expected result of basic, powerful human desires to participate in life. Rather than acknowledge this, politicians are allowing fear to fuel poor policy decisions. A course correction will require empowering Americans to prevent illness and absolving ourselves from the prevailing narrative.

The profound shift in public-policy goals from March to the present is a powerful demonstration of the effects of public fear and a judgmental narrative from the press. In March, Americans understood that Mother Nature can sometimes be unforgiving in matters of life and death. There was broad public support for the prudent goals of preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed and buying scientists time to develop therapies.

But as those goals were accomplished, fear stoked by the press gave birth to the dogma that preventing Covid-19 cases isn’t an issue only of health but of morality—even if prevention comes at the cost of livelihoods and futures, or increases poverty and domestic violence, or sacrifices children’s educational and emotional well-being. Statewide shutdowns were extended, and states with case increases were deemed to have incompetent leaders and citizens who were behaving “selfishly” and “not following rules.”

The problem with public-health strategies born of fear and disdain is that they create unrealistic expectations and smother dissent. The country has shifted from a period of public unity and cooperation in March to one of blame and opprobrium. Approaches to managing the pandemic that fall outside mainstream thought are shut down. States become willing to make trade-offs that would have been unthinkable in saner times.

US Navy Officer: The Fight For Freedom Is Here Now

The video at the end of this article opens with Bill Sullivan (around 11 minutes) who was a commander of a Navy Reserve unit. When the COVID vaccine mandate came down in August 2021, he signaled his intention not to comply with an unlawful order — which he said was his duty. He was immediately fired under “Relief for Cause” which is the worst-case scenario for a Naval officer.

Sullivan explains:

The fight for freedom is here now. It’s being fought on school boards, in city councils, health boards, and in precincts across this country…A lot of people have been left behind by a lot of bad decisions, a lot of bad science, and a lot of bad policies…. People know something’s wrong. Yet, they are not being heard by their government — their elected officials, by the bureaucrats in the public health sector, nor by the medical industry — nor the media….There has been no review of what went right and what went wrong. It’s just full speed ahead to the next crisis.

Today, we are going to explore some of the reasons why that is occurring, some of the damage that has been done, and we’re going to do a little bit of healing in the form of getting it out there and telling our stories.” He points out that they will also discuss what actions to take now.

In the video, Todd Callender, Esq of 5 Small Stones begins his talk around 2:35:00. He explains that although all of the test animals to whom the mRNA shots were given died, the Department of Defense decided to mandate the experimental mRNA COVID shots for the entire military of 1.4 million people. In July 2021, the Secretary of Defense sought a waiver from informed consent rights.

On August 23, 2021, Callender filed a lawsuit against the Department of Defense representing the 207,000 members of the military who had had COVID and thus had natural immunity.

Callender refers to the 2013 Supreme Court case Molecular pathology vs. Myriad Genetics and points out that since the mRNA shots are patented, people who receive them are considered property of the  patent holders! He explained, however, that the Thirteenth Amendment prohibits ownership of other people — slavery.

The links below show that the ruling seems to have been reversed.

Video – NBA Hall of Famer (John Stockton) Speaks Out – Pandemic Harms Listening Session – “Featuring many who were harmed and many concerned about the harms of the COVID-19 pandemic response by public health.”

Bill Sullivan begins at 11 minutes

Todd Calender, Esq. at 2:35:00

Keynote speaker John Stockton at 1:18:00


Neenah Payne writes for Activist Post

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