Please look at this diagram (above) and tell me which of the lines on the right side, A, B, or C, is the same length as the line on the left.
That isn’t too hard, is it? A is obviously shorter and B is obviously longer. The answer is C.
This diagram was part of an experiment run back in 1951 by a psychologist named Solomon Asch. And as you might expect, when people were asked to identify the same-length line in a neutral setting, more than 99% did it correctly.
But then, Asch had the study participants surrounded by actors who maintained that either A or B was the same length and that C was not. In other words, the participants were intimidated into conforming to what they knew was wrong.
With such intimidation, 75% of the participants said (at least some of the time) that C was not the same length as the line on the left.
In other words, three quarters of these normal people could be made to act very stupidly. No force was involved and no threats were involved, just the intimidation that comes from conformity pressures… the fear of standing alone.
It turns out then that stupidity can be manufactured and that it can be manufactured very efficiently. 75% is a serious supermajority.
Is This Being Done to Us? Of course it is.
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