Recently I presented by theory that what drives social conformity--including compliance with patently unreasonable mandates against normal human behavior--is the rootedness of human nature as social, and especially as rooted in the most basic of human institutions: the family, NOT the individual. From that I extrapolated to the natural human tendency to comply with the wishes or demands of authority (father/mother) figures, and to attempt to 'get along with' sibling figures--authorities at lower public levels as well as friends and neighbors. The point being that it takes an unusual degree of independence to actually resist the tendency to conform.
In support of that I presented some videos on related topics, which focused largely on totalitarian regimes of the past, especially from the 20th century. While I'm certainly not about to say that such regimes will not arise again, that isn't the model of social control that our power elite is following. The techniques are similar in that they play on the same tendencies of human nature, but these current techniques are less overtly coercive. They rely on fostering a desire to conform and to persuade others to do so, as well.
Dr. Gary Sidley, a psychologist in the UK, has two articles that examine all this in the specific context of the Covid Regime. The first article is a response to the failure of his professional association, the British Psychological Society, to condemn what Sidley sees as unethical use of psychological techniques used to 'nudge' the subject population into compliance with irrational mandates:
Sidley begins by providing examples of irrational, hysterical, or even overtly aggressive behavior, on the part of otherwise normal people. From there he moves to the 'nudges'--conscious manipulation of the population by the government utilizing psychological techniques--that have induced such behavior:
My contention is simply that these techniques rely on the basic tendencies of human nature, rooted and expressed in our family life. In the much more detailed article to which Sidley links this becomes more clear, as he notes the tendency to obey and rely upon 'authority' (parent) figures and to 'get along' with sibling figures--to fit into the national, societal 'family.' Dissenters are not to be reasoned with but are regarded as misfits--traitors or outlaws as regards the 'family.'
Here is the link to that article, which appeared in October, 2020:
"MEAN" is actually an acronym that describes the primary psychological techniques in question: MESSENGER, EGO, AFFECT and NORMS.
It's an interesting article, but I'll excerpt just those portions that bear upon the MEAN acronym. Under the "Messenger" heading we see the appeal to authority figures, but by his use of the term 'admiration', as well, we also see the use of celebrities of various sorts in addition to authorities--whether governmental, scientific, or whatever.
And there's much more.
And here's a video that ends up getting into similar territory, as well as offering brilliant context for the recent 'authorization'. Consider, while you watch, whether the MEAN techniques just might apply to personnel behavior at the FDA--or most other government agencies. Now the governments goal is that we should all be MEANies: