Why Do We Obey?
If some random
guy ordered you to submit to his will or else most
of us would at least consider it assault. Many of us would try to
escape or defend ourselves. Very few would quietly submit.
And almost no one would submit willingly.
But when exactly
the same thing is done to us by a person wearing a uniform,
most of us not only submit and obey we do so without even
questioning the rightness of the thing.
and other totems of officialized authority confer
legitimacy upon the illegitimate. It is a startling thing. It reveals
that most people are incapable of grasping the concept of a moral
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