Controlling others is easy…frighten them and then offer a solution to ease their fears. It’s known as dependency. Dangle carrots just in front and like the donkey, we can be led.
If some do not follow, then create divide and more fear. Fear of the psychological kind is the most powerful because it can not be dealt with as it relates to a fantasy future event concocted by the creator of the fear.
It’s easy to escape though, just be present and be disconnected from where all fear lives, the mind and its thoughts.
Stay conscious, enjoy this moment now and disconnect from our mind and the collective mind. All things pass.