What COVID Really Taught Us

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by Capitalist Exploits
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2023 - 10:25

It was something we already knew from the Milgram experiment…

65% of us would seriously harm/kill someone if we were ordered to by an authority figure. Are you one of them?

One of the most famous studies in psychology was carried out by Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University. He conducted an experiment focusing on the conflict between obedience to authority and personal conscience.

Milgram (1963) examined justifications for acts of genocide offered by those accused at the World War II, Nuremberg War Criminal trials. Their defence often was based on “obedience”—that they were just following orders from their superiors. The procedure was that the participant was paired with another person and they drew lots to find out who would be the ‘learner’ and who would be the ‘teacher.’ The draw was fixed so that the participant was always the teacher, and the learner was one of Milgram’s confederates (pretending to be a real participant).

The “learner” (Mr. Wallace) was strapped to a chair with electrodes in a separate room. After he has learned a list of word pairs given him to learn, the “teacher” tests him by naming a word and asking the learner to recall its partner/pair from a list of four possible choices. The teacher is told to administer an electric shock every time the learner makes a mistake, increasing the level of shock each time. There were 30 switches on the shock generator marked from 15 volts (slight shock) to 450 (danger – severe shock).

Results: Sixty-five percent (two-thirds) of participants (i.e., teachers) continued to the highest level of 450 volts. All the participants continued to 300 volts.

Conclusion: Ordinary people are likely to follow orders given by an authority figure, even to the extent of killing an innocent human being. Obedience to authority is ingrained in us all from the way we are brought up.

Why point this out?

Because this tool of psychological manipulation and propaganda is being used daily. Certainly, this phenomenon is behind why the way unvaccinated people were treated so poorly during the COVID plandemic.

It is important to understand and see where it has more and less relevance. If we take the three horses of the apocalypse:

  1. Climate change
  2. COVID
  3. Ukraine

These give us a decent barometer with which to work.

The second one (COVID) is now easy enough as we’ve plenty of data on it. Most everywhere fell for it, but here is a map showing vaccination rates. A pretty good barometer for who believed and who called BS.

It is no surprise that countries and societies which in more recent times have experienced totalitarian regimes, genocides, pogroms and generally abundant evidence that “trusting authorities” blindly is a bad idea fared far better than those who have no such recent experience to “colour their judgement.”

Oh, one other thing not mentioned is that in the Milgram experiment they found that 18 variations of the test showed that it didn’t take much to reduce compliance to 10% instead of 67%. In particular, seeing someone else resist authority, which is why they need censorship and repression of dissenting voices.

Now you know!

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Chris MacIntosh
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