I got an email last night from a guy who has been ridiculing me for about ten years.
He said he is quitting his job and moving to the outback on a mountain ridge. He also asked how did I know about all these things in advance. I told him to read the blog and he'd know how I knew about these things. People who cannot learn or reason do not really believe anyone else can either. This is why they always figure you must be a prophet or have some supernatural insight in order to know which way the wind is blowing. Think about that and it explains a lot about true human nature.
Humans trust their own minds far less than the opinions of others. They actually believe it is proof of some pathology to think independently of the herd. They won't necessarily come out and say these things in the open. It is their real conviction at a deep level, however.
Since humans trust the opinions of others and the apparent consensus, imagine how powerful you could be if you could buy up media and manufacture that consensus. That's all it takes to program them like robots to do what you want and think what you tell them to.