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Intimidation

Do you really have a mind of your own?

Published: April 6, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 14

(14) SusanE, April 29, 2010 1:55 AM

Then and Now its a difference in Integrity

When I was young I followed my crowd around because we did things together. We did nothing bad but I wasn't tested. I told a lie once because someone asked me to. I have never forgotten it. It was a nonsense lie. I wish I'd had the integrity to say no then. Stupid stupid. Today I can say I would stand up and say to everyone involved in the experiment, that this isn't right and they should stop, and I would leave the experiment. - - - - - -The human condition is savage when reinforced by a group of savages. The massacre at Mei Lei during the Viet Nam war is one case in which the US troops were ordered to kill civilian women and children, and they did. They threw them in a pit and shot them. Are these men savages? Are they much different from the Nazis you mention? Should they have disobeyed the orders? Mens human condition is savage when killing.

(13) TMay, April 13, 2010 3:44 AM

science shows

If the repeated experiment shows that the majority of humans will abuse power when given it, why would we hand over our liberty to bureaucrats? Haven't people experienced the petty bureaucrat ruling his little roost abusively? Haven't people experienced that monopolies don't treat people as well as companies that have to face competition? Do you want your health care decisions decided by some faceless bureaucrat in Washington DC?

(12) Pleasant, April 11, 2010 11:13 PM

Well, I can honestly say I would be in the 18% that refused.

I have been in such situations. What usually happens is you get fired or made into one of the victims. But the most enlightening revealation to myself of who I am came in a political science class where we divided the class into two teams. One was supposed to be the USSR (it was still around then) and the other was the USA. I was on the USA team and I was chosen to be the 'ambassador'. During 'negotiations' the ruskies tried to get me to allow 100,000 americans to be nuked in exchange for the disarmament of half of their missiles. I was SUPPOSED to make them wait for me to go back to my team and talk it over. I didn't I instinctively and spontaneously said, "NO!" And I was genuinely outraged and disgusted. What did my group do? They 'fired' me. But I am a b*t** when it comes to being told to conform to revolting things, so I did not change after that. I have been a manager and refused to play cruel games with people's hours and such and got canned. I have stood up to anti-semitism and been canned. Yeah, I know who I am.

(11) Anonymous, April 11, 2010 4:11 PM

I heard about that, too

I know someone from that school...it was a really badly kept secret and just one more instance of people just going along with some sickos and treating someone like she's nothing just like everyone else instead of thinking for themselves, standing up for what's right, no matter how much entertainment they'd lose in the process or even if they'd have to admit they too knew about it, watched it, and made a mistake. It's really disturbing (and it doesn't make lawyers' reputations any better). I was just thinking about his recently, and in the same day heard someone talk about it and read your comment. I'm so glad justice will prevail.

(10) tk, April 11, 2010 4:06 PM

law school/hidden cameras

Was that in Florida? (isn't it sad that I know of that case and yet can't be sure that's the one you mean because it might have happened elsewhere, too?) I's such an awful thing because they were convinced that they had her so confused and ashamed that she'd never have the emotional or mental capacity to find out the truth or stand up to them and thought at most she'd take it to mediation. Serves them right.

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