Posted BY: Christopher Chantrill

The question that keeps us Benighted folks awake at night is whether the campaign against Donald Trump is run out of some secret office deep in the intelligence community, or whether it is a kind of Keystone Kops operation, a bunch of bureaucrats and swamp creatures that just can’t let go of their collective annoyance that Trump is a thing.

I tend towards the Keystone Kops interpretation, because the overall impression I get of the ongoing anti-Trump fireworks display is that the show is not very well planned, and the fireworks aren’t that good.

I got some help last week from a piece by Dr. Robert Malone. He’s the guy that got into trouble for challenging the official COVID line put out by our health administrative overlords. Malone refers us to the science on Groupthink: what it is and how it works, according to social psychologist Irving Janis.

Irving Janis developed the concept of groupthink to explain the disordered decision-making process that occurs in groups whose members work together over an extended period of time.

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Hmm. “Disordered.” I wonder what he means by that.

Here is what tends to happen in these groups:

The group develops an illusion of invulnerability that causes them to be excessively optimistic about the potential outcomes of their actions.

Group members believe in the inherent accuracy of the group’s beliefs or the inherent goodness of the group itself.

The group exerts pressure on people who disagree with the group’s decisions.

The group creates the illusion that everyone agrees with the group by censoring dissenting beliefs. Some members of the group take it upon themselves to become ‘mindguards’ and correct dissenting beliefs.

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