|Portion of Facebook header of the
Canadian Freedom Convoy 2022
Most of us know about the Stanley Milgram Experiment (SME) #5 wherein 65% of subjects were obedient to an authority figure when instructed to administer mortal harm to another person. It was a shocking finding to even the experimenters — that 65% of normal Americans would obey to the maximum level of harm.1 But not as many know of the 18 variations of the SME, and particularly variation #17. In that variation, two confederates of the authority figure staged disobedience in the presence of the test subject at different levels of “shock” administration. The effect? the obedience rate (to the end of the study) of the test subjects dropped to 10%.2
I propose that what we are witnessing with the Canadian Truckers’ Freedom Convoy is the 2022 (transparent) version of SME #17. For two years, peoples of the world have been maneuvered into a state of social and affirmation isolation as complicit media has hourly bombarded us with the SME equivalent of
1. “Please continue.”
2. “The experiment requires that you continue.”
3. “It is absolutely essential that you continue.”
4. “You have no other choice; you must go on.”3
|Original art | Herbert Johnson | 1912
Repurposed by SMS | 2022
Source info below footnotes*
The unrelenting propaganda, divisive language, and seeming majority approval of fear-mongering authority have kept people in a state of self- and other-harm until the Canadian convoy organizers stepped forward to denounce that harm “in a dramatic fashion” of massive trucks rolling across the breadth of Canada; and lo and behold, the spell of isolation was broken as millions worldwide joined in a massive unified display of social support for each other, for freedom, and for accountability.
Yes, oppressed peoples of the world — of every nation, kindred, tongue, people, and belief — we are not alone in our love of freedom, of truth, and of our neighbor. We are united in our rejection of tyranny. But just as in SME #17, a “fringe” minority are prepared to endure and inflict self- and other-harm until the end. But the act of even just one, standing up in their courage and integrity, is powerful in inspiring the same in others. And the actions of a unified many can now help defeat the powers of oppression and domination.
1. Several of many SME resources:
• The Milgram Shock Experiment | By Saul McLeod | updated 2017 | https://www.simplypsychology.org/milgram.html
• Explanations for Obedience -Variations of Milgram (1963) | https://www.tutor2u.net/psychology/reference/explanations-for-obedience-variations-of-milgram-1963
• More shocking results: New research replicates Milgram’s findings | March 2009 | K.I. Mills | https://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/03/milgram
• Conducting the Milgram experiment in Poland, psychologists show people still obey | March 14, 2017 | https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170314081558.htm
• The Milgram Experiment: How Far Will You Go to Obey an Order?
Understand the infamous study and its conclusions about human nature | By Elizabeth Hopper | Updated on December 17, 2019 | https://www.thoughtco.com/milgram-experiment-4176401
2. “In Experiment 17, three “teachers” were used, one real participant and two confederates. Teacher 1 read the word pairs, Teacher 2 announced whether the answer was right, and Teacher 3 (the real participant) administered the shock. After hearing the learner’s protests following the 150-volt shock, Teacher 1 dramatically refused to participate and moved to the other side of the room. The test continued until Teacher 2 also refused to continue in a dramatic fashion at the 210-volt level. At this point, the experimenter told the real participant to continue the study by himself. Milgram found that 7.5% of the participants refused to go on as soon as Teacher 1 quit, 30% refused to continue immediately after the second teacher quit, and only 10% continued to the end of the study” (p. 3, bold emphasis added).
Replicating Milgram Would People Still Obey Today? | Jerry M. Burger | Santa Clara University | January 2009 | https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/amp-64-1-1.pdf
3. Milgram’s Experiments and the Perils of Obedience | By Kendra Cherry | Updated on May 12, 2021 | https://www.verywellmind.com/the-milgram-obedience-experiment-2795243