Obedience Part II – A Layman’s Perspective

Written by James Goad

The level to which we are overly obedient to authority, as well as suggestible, has been subject to formal and informal experimentation. I will take two examples that are reasonably well known.

The first example is the Milgram Experiment; a study into the obedience of authority figures by Stanley Milgram and team at Yale University in the early 1960s. The timing of the experiment was influenced by the then-ongoing Adolf Eichmann trial in Jerusalem. The war criminal had used the “I was only obeying orders” defence all-too common at the post-war trials of offenders from the National Socialist regime. Observing the trial defence led Milgram to pursue the experiment based on the question: “Could it be that Eichmann and his million accomplices in the Holocaust were just following orders? Could we call them all accomplices?”.

The test subjects delivered what they believed to be electric shocks to another test subject behind a wall (played by an actor taking part in the experiment; a fact unbeknown to the real test subject) at the wrong answer to a question posed to them. This was all at the prompting of an authority figure in a white coat. Despite all subjects questioning the nature of the experiment, and most appearing uncomfortable with it to varying degrees, the test subjects obeyed instruction to complete the ‘test’ from the authority figure. This was despite the screams and other signs of distress from the actor behind the wall at the ever-higher doses of ‘electric shock’ being issued to them by the subject. Stanley Milgram summarised thus in “The Perils of Obedience”Harper’s Magazine in 1974:

‘The legal and philosophic aspects of obedience are of enormous importance, but they say very little about how most people behave in concrete situations. I set up a simple experiment at Yale University to test how much pain an ordinary citizen would inflict on another person simply because he was ordered to by an experimental scientist. Stark authority was pitted against the subjects’ [participants’] strongest moral imperatives against hurting others, and, with the subjects’ [participants’] ears ringing with the screams of the victims, authority won more often than not. The extreme willingness of adults to go to almost any lengths on the command of an authority constitutes the chief finding of the study and the fact most urgently demanding explanation. Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority’.

The use of authority figures has been regularly used by state and media propagandists doing the bidding of the global state. White-coated lab ‘scientists’ and uniformed policeman are amongst those figures utilised to convey messaging, especially after some state-derived false flag terror incident, such as the July 7 London Tube bombings.

The more informal experiment in psychological manipulation was carried out by Derren Brown in Netflix’s The Push, whereby (spoiler alert) the majority of test subjects ended up pushing a man off high scaffolding at the culmination of an evening of psychological manipulation. The events were all carefully staged, of course. No one was actually hurt. The end goal was reached incrementally, with the test subjects influenced at every turn from simple little deceits from swapping real sausage rolls for veggie ones, to hiding a body and ultimately to murder. One step at a time.

The parallels to where we are today with the state COVID hoax is obvious, and depressing. The British public have been led down a path of compliance. From early years miseducation through to relentless propagandistic messaging, most are still unaware as to the extent to which their very thoughts are not really their own.

Presently us anti-jab, anti-lockdown campaigners are cast as the undesirables. We in the United Kingdom have it easy – for now. We should surely anticipate the next stage of state coercion based on the next fear-factor. They’ll take it up all the way to eleven with mindless state actors moving us to the next stage of the programme. We will soon be at the stage of what is being instituted in Canada and Australia, which are seemingly on the brink of interning the unvaccinated.

Be afraid; be very afraid.

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