Here’s a perspective on the mob mentality out there: frame it as “mass delusional psychosis”. Looking at it this way can help the compassion quotient, which I think is so necessary in really being able to talk about what’s going on with a broader set of people.
The power of disproportionate fear is immense and choking. It puts us into fight-flight-flee-freeze. This is what we’re dealing with – in the repressed compliant, and in ourselves when the fear of losing our freedom becomes overwhelming.