Do you keep your opinions to yourself because you are afraid people will reject you? Do you sign on to a cause just because everyone around you acts like it’s the right thing to do?
Welcome to The Weaponization of Loneliness. Tyrants of all stripes want to tell you what to believe and how to live your life. They get away with it by using the most potent weapon at their disposal: your fear of ostracism.
The Weaponization of Loneliness offers the first deep dive into how power elites weaponize the fear of loneliness to enforce social conformity and wage war on the private sphere of life.
This book explains how dictators—from the French Revolution to today’s globalists—aim to atomize us in order to control us. We fall for it because our need to connect with others and our fear of social rejection are so hardwired that they trigger our conformity impulse. We need to understand how the merchants of loneliness—power elites in Big Tech, Big Media, Big Government, academia, Hollywood, and the corporate world— exploit our terror of social isolation. Their divide-and-conquer tactics include identity politics, political correctness, and mob agitation. Their media monopoly spawns the propaganda essential to demonization campaigns and the subversion of our institutions. It all adds up to a machinery of loneliness.
The Weaponization of Loneliness also offers a message of hope. We can resist this psychological warfare if we have strong bonds in our families, faith communities, and friendships. We must also talk openly and often about the deadly costs of abject conformity and compliance.
Our friend Stella Morabito has published numerous articles on the social fallout of propaganda, mob psychology, and the cult mindset at The Federalist, where she has been a senior contributor since 2014. She has written on those themes for various other publications, including the Washington Examiner, American Greatness, Public Discourse, Townhall, and the Human Life Review. Stella served for a decade as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency where she focused on methods of communist media, propaganda, and disinformation. She has a master’s degree in Russian and Soviet history from the University of Southern California. Use this link to order The Weaponization of Loneliness from Amazon.
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The Weaponization of Loneliness: How Tyrants Stoke Our Fear of Isolation to Silence, Divide, and Conquer