During the 1960s, Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of obedience experiments called the Milgram experiments, which led to some shocking results. These results offer a compelling and disturbing look at the power of authority and obedience.
Milgram developed an intimidating shock generator, with shock levels starting at 15 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 three switches were labeled simply with an ominous “XXX.”
Participants were instructed to perform acts conflicting with their personal conscience.
Each participant took the role of a “teacher” who would then progressively deliver a higher voltage shock to the “student” whenever an incorrect answer was given to a test. While the participant believed that he was delivering real shocks to the student, the “student” was an actor that was simply pretending to be shocked.
Of the 40 participants in the study, 26 delivered the maximum shocks, while 14 stopped before reaching the highest levels. Many of the subjects became extremely agitated, distraught, and angry at the experimenter, but they continued to follow orders all the way to the end.
See below a video the describes the experiment.
In 2009, researchers conducted a study designed to replicate Milgram’s experiment. In an article published in the APS Observer, psychologist Jerry Burger of Santa Clara University and author of the study described how relevant Milgram’s study is today. The results of the new experiment revealed that participants obeyed at roughly the same rate that they did when Milgram conducted his original study more than 40 years before.
When thinking about the results of these shocking experiments, thoughts turn to whether these same Milgram experiment principles are at play in the Covid “pandemic.”
The response to Covid has resulted in a flood of restrictions and mandates on our behaviors and activities. Many well-intentioned people support and act on these edicts by arguing that:
- The government and its supporting actors (the medical community and approved science and media) have the authority and standing to make these edicts.
- Their edicts must be the correct measures, even with opposition and resistance to them by some.
- We, as the participants, now have the authority to force these edicts on others.
This has led to headlines that show just how far people will go to “turn up the voltage” on unsuspecting populations. Here are just a few.
- Police arrest 135 anti-lockdown protesters, at least 430 fined over demonstrations – see here.
- Police break up 583 parties, make 516 arrests, shut down nine brothels during weekend lockdown – see here.
- Man gets FIVE YEARS behind bars for breach of Covid quarantine and spreading the virus – see here.
- A man got into an argument with a store cashier about wearing a mask, then allegedly shot and killed her – see here.
- New Mexico deputies – Man, killed following a fight over a mask – see here.
- Florida doctor refuses to treat unvaccinated patients- see here.
- More “Covid Suicides” than Covid deaths in kids – see here.
- Lockdowns could kill more people than Covid – see here.
The lack of focus by many health authorities on Covid remedies in favor of vaccines yet fully understood could present an even more frightening picture – pushing the voltage to the “XXX” level.
Behaviors towards authority come from constant reinforcement by the voice of authority because most people actually need permission to do the right thing. Unfortunately, the majority of us will follow, as these studies show. This is why it is imperative that other voices of authority can appear to counter with a different reality.
The tyranny of a single voice of authority can be dangerous. If one finds that everyone agrees with you, perhaps you have entered the “XXX” danger zone.