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January 23, 2023 | 2023: Fourth Turning Meets Mass Formation Psychosis (PART 2)

James Quinn has held financial positions with a retailer, homebuilder and university in his 30 year career. Those positions included treasurer, controller, and head of strategic planning. He earned a BS in accounting from Drexel University and an MBA from Villanova University. He is a certified public accountant and a certified cash manager.

In Part 1 of this article, I laid out the mass formation psychosis theory postulated by Mattias Desmet in his book The Psychology of Totalitarianism and how totalitarian minded politicians and bureaucrats manipulated the masses by creating the covid crisis. Now I will focus on how this will impact the Fourth Turning we are currently trying to survive.


Decades of social indoctrination and degraded ability to think critically has left most people hopelessly unable to resist the vitriolic opinions of those under the spell of coronavirus mass formation. Even though they didn’t necessarily believe the covid narrative, especially when it became clear only the very old (especially when tyrant governors inserted infected patients into nursing homes) and the very obese actually died with covid, these people still went along. Even the CDC admitted only 6% of deaths were attributable to covid alone.

Based upon research like the Milgram Experiment, we know average people will obey authority without question, even when know their actions are causing pain. The conformity research done by Solomon Asch explains why a huge percentage of the global population just conformed to what appeared to be a majority opinion. Asch’s experiment had 8 test subjects, but 7 of them worked for Asch. They asked them which line was the same length as Exhibit 1. The 7 Asch employees answered C. Only 25% of the case subjects consistently answered A. They were cowed into giving a patently absurd answer due to peer pressure and lack of faith in their own judgement.

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When you have 30% of the population as true believers of the covidian religion, with their savior Fauci, prophets Walensky, Birx, Gottlieb, Biden, the pope, a slew of Big Pharma paid priests for hire, Hollywood elites, low IQ athletes, and a highly compensated mass media campaign of fear and loathing, the 40% in the middle really had no chance to not be pulled into the vortex of pandemia. From the outset they were inundated with data like Neal Ferguson’s Imperial College model of death. Putting up a scary chart, even though it was based on absurd assumptions, is considered fact by the lazy, non-thinking masses.

Shutting down the world was based on this worthless fraudulent model. Add some fake videos of dead people piling up in the streets in China, with media talking heads declaring hospitals being overrun (even though nurses had time to do coordinated dance routines on Tik Tok), and graphics on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox showing cases rising (based on a faulty PCR test set too high), and Fauci knowingly lying about the effectiveness of masks and the ineffectiveness of ivermectin and hydroxychloquine, and you’ve got panic.

Cases were not sicknesses. Covid deaths were deaths from something else, while testing positive for covid. The average age of “covid” deaths was 83. The overall survival rate was 99.7%. If you were under 70 it was 99.9%. If you were under 40 it was 99.999%. It was nothing more than the annual flu, with a multi-billion-dollar marketing budget, paid for by the same taxpayers who were locked down and out of work.

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Anyone with the gall to dispute the narrative with factual data, sound reasoning, and pointing out the cure was worse than the disease, became an enemy of the state and subject to intolerant attacks, cancellation from society, and censorship on par with the worst totalitarian regimes in history. The physicians’ principle of Do No Harm was discarded for the almighty buck. The measures taken to “defeat” a relatively benign virus wreaked havoc upon the world economically, socially, and psychologically.

The damage they caused and the unintended consequences they unleashed will have a profound negative impact on the world forever. The animosity, mistrust, fear, and suffering created by those running this shitshow will fuel the coming chaos, havoc and war which always arrives during the waning years of a Fourth Turning. The 30% still firmly under the sway of their mass formation psychosis will never hold Fauci, Biden and the myriad of covid cronies responsible for their crimes against humanity. As Desmet explains, everything can be rationalized by the covidian cult.

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“Another consequence, that is very typical for totalitarian states, is that people become radically intolerant for dissonant voices. Because if someone tells another story, if someone claims that the official story is wrong, then this person threatens to wake the people up and they will get angry because they’re confronted with the initial anxiety and the initial psychological discontent. So, they direct all that aggression at these dissonant voices, at the other voices. And at the same time, they are radically tolerant for their leaders, for the people who pronounce the mainstream narrative. These people can actually cheat and lie and manipulate and do everything they want, but they will always be forgiven by the crowd because the crowd seems to think that they do it for their own sake. That’s also part of the mechanism of mass formation.” Mattias Desmet – The Psychology of Totalitarianism

Being wrong means nothing to those who have latched onto a narrative that gives their lives meaning. This is what explains how seemingly intelligent people could believe an utterly absurd narrative, built upon falsified data, inaccurate statistics, and irrational hype. Subjective conclusions pronounced by those who benefited from those conclusions are not objective facts. The last two years have been a far greater psychological calamity than biological catastrophe. The mental illness which has infected the masses has opened the Pandora’s box of totalitarianism and a surveillance state never envisioned by Orwell in his worst dreams.

The lockdowns and vaccines have caused more death than they prevented. Suicides, overdose deaths, deaths due to preventative healthcare not accessed, deaths by ventilators and Remdesivir, deaths due to not allowing doctors to prescribe ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, and now sudden deaths from the Pfizer and Moderna jabs are all verifiable and factual, but no empathy from the covidian cult is forthcoming for these victims. As Desmet points out, once the mass formation began it encouraged various factions to keep it going for their own self-interest. The cult never wants it to end.

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“But this is also being constructed by politicians who are under pressure from public opinion and feel compelled to act decisively, by leaders who have lost control of society and are now able to regain control because of the virus, by experts who have to hide their ignorance and choose the flight ahead, by academics who see an opportunity to assert themselves, by the inherent tendency in man for hysteria and drama, by pharmaceutical companies that sense a golden opportunity, by media that thrive on sensational stories, through testimonials of unique cases in which the course of the disease was exceptionally difficult.” Mattias Desmet

So here we are in early 2023, with the mass formation psychosis still thoroughly intact, authoritarian measures still in place, anger building among all three factions, as the 30% dissenters have been proven right without being given credit, the hypnotized 30% who were wrong want more restrictions and punishments, and the go along to get along 40% are slowly realizing they were duped and experiencing massive regret. We face a multi-pronged situation which is likely to result in a tragedy of untold proportions over the next few years.

Having a major segment of your population proud of their willful ignorance and believing their opinions based on emotions and what they are told by mass media, is as valid as someone who basis their judgement on critical well researched thought and factual data, sets the stage for tragic denouement to this Fourth Turning. The superficiality of the citizenry, celebration of deviancy, financial illiteracy, unserious culture, technology obsession, and devastating level of governmental, academic, media and corporate corruption, are a perfect recipe for the fall of the American empire.

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The mass formation needs an object of fear to keep its intensity at a hypnotic level. First it was masks and lockdowns. Next it was the vaccines and destroying the lives of anti-vaxxers. Next it was Putin and Russia as the evil antagonist. Then it was climate change and banning gas stoves. Everything these people believe is based on absurdities and purposeful ignorance of facts. The societal woes which allowed this to blossom have not dissipated and until our culture undergoes a wrenching reset forced upon it by an inevitable financial collapse and likely global conflict, our chances to survive as a nation are slim.

This is what must happen during a Fourth Turning. The existing social order is swept away and replaced by something better or worse. We will either continue down this path towards global totalitarianism, where you own nothing, are under government surveillance 24/7, ask permission to travel more than 15 minutes from your home, accept your regular booster shots, and are tagged like cattle through social credit scores tied to your use of their central bank digital currencies, or the minority of resisters and critical thinkers recapture control and steer this ship back towards liberty, freedom, sustainable local communities, and lives which regain meaning and purpose.

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Where I disagree with Desmet is regarding his opinion the leaders (Fauci, Gates, Soros, Schwab, Biden) being followed during this mass formation psychosis event were also under a self-hypnosis driven by their ideological beliefs. He doesn’t give much credence to the “conspiracy theorists” who believe this was an engineered event to promote the Great Reset and introduce authoritarian measures upon the masses. As one of those “conspiracy theorists” I no longer believe in coincidences.

Fauci stated in early 2017 Trump would face a deadly pandemic during his term, when we hadn’t experienced a real pandemic in decades. Fauci illegally funded the gain of function research at the Wuhan bio-weapon lab. Gates, Soros, and Fauci ran the Event 201 pandemic simulation in October 2019, a few months before covid. Pfizer and Moderna already had their gene therapies (which had failed miserably in previous trials) waiting for the green light from those running the show. The Build Back Better campaign was orchestrated across the world in every western country. I could go on, but it is plainly evident this plandemic was not organic but coordinated by the global elite.

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Our best hope is for the vocal 10%, who refused the jabs, have defied the overlords at every turn, and understand the dystopian path we are being herded towards, can slowly but surely convince their fellow 20% of unjabbed and the middle 40% on the fence to join them in a mass resistance to the Great Reset/New World Order being jammed down our throats by the Davos elite, shadowy billionaire globalists/satanists, the captured pliant corporate media, bought off Soros installed politicians and bureaucrats, and thousands of feckless apparatchiks around the globe, saying anything they are told for a buck.

Unless we can break this mass formation psychosis, this Fourth Turning will surely end in our enslavement to a totalitarian global state and the horrific consequences for humanity if we let it happen. Desmet’s advice for humanity reminds me of Andy Dufresne’s quote from the movie Shawshank Redemption, “It comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.”

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“Don’t let freedom – especially the right to speak freely – be subordinated to the fear of any virus. Generations and generations have fought and given their lives to realize a certain freedom. Show that you are worthy of that freedom. If you want a life worth living, you have to be able to accept a certain amount of risk. Don’t give up everything for a sense of security that may eventually turn out to be false.”-  Mattias Desmet

The core elements of this Fourth Turning (debt, civic decay, global disorder) are still driving this crisis, as they juxtapose and feed on each other, creating the environment and atmosphere for the coming storm, in which the hundreds of millions still entrapped in this mass formation are perfect fodder for those seeking to capitalize on their inability to comprehend facts and reality. This is how the totalitarians hope to succeed in creating a centralized global techno-gulag, where they control 8 billion people (while culling billions to make their prison more manageable), and are arrogantly sure their “science” based pronouncements from on high will be implemented flawlessly, leading to a utopian world – for them.

It is this hubris that will lead to their downfall. Everything they do and propose makes the world a worse place. Their ludicrous ideas, assumptions, postulations, and beliefs cannot and will not succeed, either through utter failure when implemented or by armed resistance from those unwilling to bend the knee.

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I find a distinct relationship between mass formation, totalitarianism, and Fourth Turnings. Evidence of mass formation and support for totalitarians among populations during the Civil War Fourth Turning and Depression/World War II Fourth Turning is obvious to me. A major percentage of the Northern population was convinced their abolition of slavery cause was just, and therefore allowed Lincoln to ignore Constitutional civil liberties and ultimately override state’s rights, while consolidating more power at the Federal level.

A majority elected FDR four times, supported his socialist New Deal programs, and patriotically died on his behalf in a war he helped provoke. Simultaneously, the German people became enthralled and mesmerized by the rhetoric of Hitler and his promise to undo the treachery inflicted upon the German people at Versailles. Stalin convinced a major percentage of Russians to kill and imprison tens of millions of their fellow citizens, and then fought Germans to the death on Stalin’s behalf.

It appears 2023 could be a tipping point year in this Fourth Turning, much like the 15th year of the last Fourth Turning (1943-1944) when the tide turned during WWII with the Battle of Stalingrad and Normandy Invasion. Biden’s corrupt administration appears to be imploding. Inflation, rising interest rates, a $31 trillion national debt, $200 trillion of unpayable obligations, a USD that has lost 97% of its purchasing power, out of control surveillance state agencies running amok, broken education system, rampant worship and promotion of deviancy, ghetto crime rampaging in every major urban city, transferring $120 billion to the Ukraine (actually US arms dealers) to instigate WWIII, provoking China over Taiwan, and allowing unelected officials at non-governmental organizations (WEF, WHO, UN, NATO, World Bank) to impose their rules, regulations and mandates on our lives, has set the table for the disintegration of our financial, political, social, and cultural institutions. The downward spiral, decades in the making, is irreversible at this point.

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Will all of these lit fuses ignite their powder kegs simultaneously in 2023? Probably not, but a few will explode, producing unintended consequences and start a process of falling dominoes and chaos for the average human on this earth. Having already ruined the livelihoods of tens of millions across the globe, destroying thousands of small businesses, igniting inflation not seen in forty years, causing food shortages, and making our lives far worse, the sudden deaths of children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends from their mandated gene altering, spike protein inducing therapy should be the last straw and provoke a violent response from the awakening masses.

After the collapse of our warped, dehumanizing, immoral, irresponsible, greed based system, building back better is not going to mean what the Davos elite think it means. All the trappings of modernity will fall away and we will be left with the task of daily survival, based upon our hard work, strong supportive families, like minded neighbors, intelligence, wisdom, local community collaboration, and the promise of a more meaningful and useful life. Building personal relationships with people you trust, preparing for crisis now, growing food or befriending farmers, improving your health, making sure you are armed and trained in using those arms, and readying yourself for when courage, honesty, fortitude, and guile will be required to insure a better future for your children and their children, is essential.

I’m just an average guy, like most people reading this article, trying to understand what is happening, why it is happening, and what will happen next. We are three-quarters through this Fourth Turning Crisis, with the nastiest, bloodiest episode lying ahead. I’m more prepared than most, not as prepared as many, and wondering whether it will even matter if the madmen and psychopaths controlling the levers in this world decide to destroy it. All I can do at this point is to proudly count myself among the 10% vocal resisters to those attempting to destroy our society and hope my efforts and the efforts of others make a small contribution towards breaking this mass formation psychosis. Here’s to an uneventful 2023, but I’m not counting on it. Good luck and Godspeed. Our choices will matter.

“The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and effort – in other words, a total war. Every Fourth Turning has registered an upward ratchet in the technology of destruction, and in mankind’s willingness to use it.” – Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning

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January 23rd, 2023

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