The Other Virus: Learned Helplessness

The American Conservative

Peter Van Buren

What is a culture of compliance, and ever-shifting rules, doing to us?

Why would any American allow the government to deny him a final goodbye to the person who raised him? Why would anyone allow grandma to die untouched in a hospital room without fighting back? In the post-vaccination era, why don’t people remove their masks? Learned helplessness, employed as a control tool.

Learned helplessness is well documented. It takes place when an individual believes he continuously faces a negative, uncontrollable situation and stops trying to improve his circumstances, even when he has the ability to do so. Discovering the loss of control elicits a passive reaction to a harmful situation. Psychologists call this a maladaptive response, characterized by avoidance of challenges and the collapse of problem-solving when obstacles arise. You give up trying to fight back.

An example may help: You must keep up with ever-changing mask and other hygiene theater rules, many of which make no sense (mask in the gym, but not the pool; mask when going to the restaurant toilet but not at your table; NYC hotels are closed while Vegas casinos are open; Disney California closed while Disney Florida was open) and comply.…

Get ready for your mandatory ‘Morality and Compliance Pill’

Sovereign Man

Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.

Teachers call Child Services when kids miss online class

Teachers are serving as the state’s newest surveillance into your home. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families issued a fact sheet for teachers outlining when they should call DCF– the agency which can take your children and put them in foster care. Did a kid miss an online class? Call in child services, because that could be evidence of neglect. Teachers are also encouraged to pry into the home life of students on camera. “Who is home today to help you with learning?” “I’m having a hard time hearing you due to background noise/I’m hearing some other noises in the background, what else is happening at your house today?” “I saw a person walk by your screen, who is home with you today?” One mother has already had a DCF visit for leaving her 7-year-old boy with his teenage brother while she worked. They used to call that babysitting. Now, apparently, it’s neglect.…