Registered On: April 2, 2014
It’s not suprising that Brexiters can’t explain. Many are in nothing short of a hypnotic trance over leaving.
Susceptibility to suggestion is interesting. Some years ago I was at a birthday party and among the guests there was a magician. He was going round doing tricks to entertain small groups, and later on I asked him about his work. I wanted to know about hypnotism, and how magicians select members of the public to take part in their stage shows. ‘Was it completely random, or were they stooges?’ I asked.
He explained they were often neither, because the magician would screen people before a show, and from the way people responded in simple conversations, he could identify those who would be most receptive to hypnotism, especially those who would conform / go along with peer pressure, which apparently is a big part of the act.
Later on, I wondered about these ‘types’, and how they might be susceptible to persuasion of other kinds, from advertising, to politics, to religion, to beliefs about an abusive partner, for example, and particularly in cases where people continue to believe something is true, even when presented with a mountain of evidence to the contrary.
What we see with Brexiters is a bit like with many US Republicans. Both often seem in a similar hypnotic state, and unable to explain their actions. Confront the latter with hard evidence, e.g. that there was no election fraud in the US, and they change the subject or start shouting, like some religious folk when challenged about their beliefs.
Could it be that a common link exists between the two? Have both been persuaded, not by a single magician, but by a wave of peer pressure on social media, via thousands of fake accounts carrying fake stories with similar themes, about communism, immigration and so on, to create a powerful tide of belief, not so different to a Derren Brown spectacular?
C’mon you Brexiters, get back in the room and explain.