Most of us are probably aware of the Milgram Experiments, which were conducted in the early 1960’s to test the compliance of ordinary Americans. They revealed just how docile the average person really was, and how Americans would be willing to do horrible things if an authority figure (with no real authority) ordered them to. That mindless submission is still alive and well today, and perhaps stronger than ever.
In the Milgram Experiment, the person giving the orders was often dressed like a doctor or a scientist, so at least there was an implicit sense that this person had some authority, and could be trusted. But it turns out that you don’t need to pretend to be anyone to get Americans to do your bidding. All you have to do is speak with an authoritative voice, and like a dog, they’ll roll over.
Mark Dice recently demonstrated this fact when he took to the streets of San Diego, dressed in his street clothes and armed with nothing but a clipboard and pen. He managed to convince complete strangers to give up all of their private information, including their name, address, and date of birth. Most did not hesitate until he asked for their social security number. They did this, even though he wouldn’t tell them who he was or what this was for. Behold, the sheepish compliance of the average American on full display:
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