The Milgram and Asch Experiments
I wrote some months ago about stupidity and how this very factor was responsible for the behaviour of many people during the covid hysteria. How could some people behave in such a way that a sizeable minority could only look upon with disbelief?
Whilst stupidity is certainly a major factor in covid behaviour, it is surely only part of the explanation. The question is why did the majority of people go along with the narrative whilst a sizeable minority recognised straight away or early on, that the whole thing was fiction on an international scale and was co-ordinated by those whose motivations were not in the interests of humanity.
If you are reading this then you are most likely:
* Not stupid.
* A free and independent spirit.
* Possessing a moral code that is your own and not influenced by crowd behaviour.
Since the end of the Second World War, civilised countries have long been puzzled as to how the German populace could have gone along with Nazi atrocities. Of course all of them didn’t and the deaths by execution of the beautiful, young founders of the ‘White Rose’ are testament to this.
But how did the vast majority either participate enthusiastically at one extreme or turn a blind eye at the other? These are questions concerning human psychology at its most basic; how do we recognise right from wrong? how do we respond to the leadership (good or bad) that we are subjected to when we live in society? And perhaps the biggest question of all; how do we as individuals react when we know in our hearts that our government is acting against the interests of its people? Do we go along and keep our heads down, or do we resist in our own way?
Covid was a testing ground for how we as individuals would discover what makes us tick. Watching TV documentaries, war films and reading books about our heroes makes us want to be heroic. This is how we would like to see ourselves. So how is that we can be so manipulated whereby the vast majority, who surely want to be the best of ourselves, submit to base instincts and cowardice when put to the test?
Two famous experiments were conducted in America some years ago: The Milgram and Asche projects and they were to prove groundbreaking in their findings.
Dr Stanley Milgram in 1963 conducted an experiment where volunteers were required to test a man strapped to a chair with electrodes attached to his wrists. The volunteer was told that the experiment was being undertaken to test human tolerance to pain. The man had been required to memorise a text, and if repeated correctly, the volunteer would do nothing. If however, the man made errors the volunteer had to flick a switch that administered an electric shock to the man in the chair. These shocks got progressively worse as the mistakes increased.
In truth the shocks were non-existent and the man was acting when he yelled out in pain. But the volunteers did not know this and fully 65% of them carried on blindly obeying their instructions, going on to administer shocks that would have killed the man if the electricity was real. How could this be? How could the overwhelming majority inflict pain in spite of the man’s cries?
Unfortunately, this experiment proved a very disturbing human characteristic that was best summed up by Brian Masters in his autobiography ‘Getting Personal’; that the Milgram experiment demonstrated beyond question that timid, kindly decent souls could become monsters if given the chance.
The Asch Conformity Experiment was of a different kind, but it too was to prove something that is very revealing and indeed worrying about the human psyche. Three people were shown four lines and asked which was the longest. Again, unknown to one of the volunteers the other two were experimenters. The longest of the lines was always obvious and the true answer never in doubt even to those with poor eyesight and limited intelligence. After a couple of rounds where they all chose the correct answer, two of the experimenters began to choose a line that was clearly shorter than the longest. At first the volunteer would protest and point out the truth, but with sustained opposition by the two experimenters he quickly began to fall in line and contradict the facts.
These two experiments prove conclusively that many people, though not all it’s reassuring to say, can be led both into acting cruelly and into disbelieving the evidence of their own eyes.
Is it any surprise then that when a government wish to manipulate their population for whatever ends it is done in the knowledge that the majority will go along with it? These past four years have been one big, long experiment where the population has been subjected to the Milgram and Asche tests writ large. The lockdowns, mask wearing, social distancing and experimental jabbing have seen the cruelty of the majority inflicting pain and distress on their fellow human beings who would not conform. We have witnessed that to be a part of the herd is an emotion that is common to the majority in spite of their real world experiences.
This is however an essay intended to congratulate you, dear readers. Yes, you are the minority, but if you have not been taken in by the evil machinations of recent years and you have stood firm throughout, you can conclusively state that not only are you not stupid, but you are part of the 35% of the volunteers who would not follow through on the Milgram experiment when you saw pain being inflicted. Neither would you have given in to conform that the shortest line was the longest just because the majority were telling you so. I feel proud to be among your number and coming up to Christmas with the tide turning in our favour, I have no hesitation in saying that here lies true, freedom-loving humanity with generous hearts and the moral courage to remain true to ourselves.
Vaxi Taxi – Mad Mix – Release Date 15th Dec 2023 – also uploaded to Rumble:
Mad Mix finally gives up on the Jabberwockys who are on their seventh Jab!
Out of frustration he buys a Hearse and uses it as a Taxi to ferry them (free of charge) to get their ‘fix’, and unfortunately sometimes back from their ‘fix”. (Peace Officer Davey/YT)