The Perils of Obedience by Stanley Milgram
I came across this article a while ago, then forgot about it. Now, rediscovered, I thought I’d share it with you.
It really is a primer on how politics work. Separate responsibility from action and people will kill for you.
Although I wonder if it’s contingent on our current circumstances, or if indeed it’s a flaw of human nature. All you can do is judge for yourself:
Obedience is as basic an element in the structure of social life as one can point to. Some system of authority is a requirement of all communal living, and it is only the person dwelling in isolation who is not forced to respond, with defiance or submission, to the commands of others. For many people, obedience is a deeply ingrained behavior tendency, indeed a potent impulse overriding training in ethics, sympathy, and moral conduct.