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PROOF that the belief in authority/government is FATAL to society

I could go on and on discussing the philosophical reasons as to why a belief in authority or government is incredibly detrimental and harmful to society, but I won't. Instead, I'll provide you with a psychological experiment revealed in the 1960's that literally proves how obedience to authority is in fact, deadly.





The Miligram experiment brief summary followed by in depth explanation:

>One learner (actor), one volunteer, one authority figure
>Authority figure and volunteer in separate room from the actor
>Authority figure instructs the volunteer to ask the learner in the other room a question
>If the learner gets a question wrong, the volunteer is prompted to electrically shock the learner
>For each question the learner gets wrong, the voltage increases, to eventually fatal capacity
>65 percent of the volunteers went on to kill some one
>Experiment proves that normal people obeying "authority" will in fact kill people


The Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures was a series of social psychology experiments conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, which measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience.

Milgram developed an intimidating shock generator, with shock levels starting at 30 volts and increasing in 15-volt increments all the way up to 450 volts. The many switches were labeled with terms including "slight shock," "moderate shock" and "danger: severe shock." The final two switches were labeled simply with an ominous "XXX."

Each participant took the role of a "teacher" who would then deliver a shock to the "student" every time an incorrect answer was produced. While the participant believed that he was delivering real shocks to the student, the student was actually a confederate in the experiment and an actor who was simply pretending to be shocked.

As the experiment progressed, the participant would hear the learner plead to be released or even complain about a heart condition. Once the 300-volt level had been reached, the learner banged on the wall and demanded to be released. Beyond this point, the learner became completely silent and refused to answer any more questions. The experimenter then instructed the participant to treat this silence as an incorrect response and deliver a further shock.

The results - 65% of the participants in Milgram’s study delivered the maximum shocks.
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