Thursday, October 13, 2005

Acquiescence and Conformity

This is an extraordinary article by Scott L. Fields, apparently his first appearance on This is very possibly the best thing Lew has published in a long time, including Murray N. Rothbard's older things. Read and absorb--and don't say it can't happen here.

Acquiescence and Conformity
by Scott L. Fields
October 13, 2005

In 1967, a middle school history teacher found himself being asked the following kinds of questions by his students in regards to the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime during World War II.

How could the German populace claim ignorance of the slaughter of the Jewish people?

How could the townspeople, railroad conductors, teachers, doctors, etc., claim they knew nothing about concentration camps and human carnage?

How can people who were neighbors and maybe even friends of the Jewish citizens say they weren't there when it happened?

His answer was to try a social experiment with his students, unbeknownst to either the students or their parents. I remember it well, since it was the basis for an after-school TV movie that aired in the 70's. The teacher was Ron Jones. His experiment became known as "The Wave."

Read the rest of this alarming article here.

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