Students commonly assume that, even if Milgram’s famous experiment sheds important light on the power of situation today, were his experiment precisely reproduced today, it would not generate comparable results. To oversimplify the argument behind that claim: The power of white lab coats just ain’t what it used to be. Of course, that assertion has been difficult to challenge given that the option of replicating the Milgram experiment has been presumptively unavailable — indeed, it has been the paradigmatic example of why psychology experiments must be reviewed by institutional review boards (“IRBs”).
Who would even attempt to challenge that presumption? The answer: Jerry Burger, a psychology professor at Santa Clara University. With some slight modifications, Burger managed to obtain permission to replicate Milgram’s experiment — and the results may surprise you.
Below (or at this link) you can watch a video containing the ABC Primetime News story…
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Blacklisting, whereby people are denied work because of their political beliefs or affiliations, is illegal and allegedly no longer practised. But in our current surveillance society, a host of other intrusive practices have replaced it. Private companies may be vetting us for work, for example. And spy agencies, the police, and government departments may be gathering and sharing data – all without our knowledge.
This article is a follow-up to a previous article on blacklisting by the Economic League and the Consulting Association. It will explore historical cases of state/private collusion in the blacklisting industry, as well as more recent developments in the surveillance society.
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“Neoliberal democracy. Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless.
In sum, neoliberalism is the immediate and foremost enemy of genuine participatory democracy, not just in the United States but across the planet, and will be for the foreseeable future.”
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I finally found time and space to write about this quotation by Professor Noam Chomsky. I was supposed to have done this sooner but three things happened and they’ve prevented me from complying with the scheduled pipeline of posts:
- I was waiting (in vain) for any type of reaction from any type of person about this quotation. I wanted to know whether they could relate to it, whether reading it made them stop to think about their lifestyle, or whether they thought…
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That’s the claim of the nation’s former Interior Minister, who says that the bureau dispatched a slew of agents to the Island nation, only to be met with a stern Nordic rebuke.
From the London Daily Mail:
Ögmundur Jonasson, who currently serves as a member of the Icelandic Parliament, said US authorities told him in June 2011 that hackers were trying to destroy software systems in the country.
The authorities said there was an ‘imminent attack’ on Iceland’s government databases and that the FBI would send agents to investigate.
Jonasson said he was immediately skeptical of the FBI’s intentions.
‘I was suspicious,’ he told Katoikos. ‘Well aware that a helping hand might easily become a manipulating hand!’
Jonasson said it was only when a ‘planeload’ of FBI agents arrived in August that he realized the true reason for their visit.
The former minister claims the FBI was seeking Iceland’s…
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WHAT ANARCHISTS HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR YEARS, AND WHAT LIBERALS NEED TO START HEARING
On Wednesday, December 7th at Texas A & M University, as FBI agents monitored hundreds of protesters from the tops of roofs, heavily armed riot police clashed with demonstrators bent on disrupting and shutting down an event organized by Preston Wiginton, a 51 year old former student of the campus and long time white supremacist.
The event featured a talk by Richard Spencer, a leading ideologue within the growing “Alt-Right,” which attempts to re-brand fascist, Neo-Nazi, and white nationalist ideas for the millennial generation in order to create an all-white fascist “ethno-state.”
The clashes that erupted on the campus are just the latest in a string of growing confrontations between autonomous revolutionaries and the racist far-Right which is acting as an auxiliary force of the Trump regime while…
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In a speech to students at DePauw University in Indiana (December 2016), David Cameron apparently said that western leaders must take steps to help those who feel left behind by globalisation and address the “movement of unhappiness” about the state of the world. He called for a leaders to change course, ‘So you will see a greater emphasis on trying to help those who are left behind,’ through, ‘a higher minimum wage and tax cuts for low-income workers as measures aimed at helping address such concerns’.
Just as a reminder, the minimum wage is a wage below that which people actually need to live on. The minimum wage drives poverty, over half the people in poverty in the UK are working. No cut in income tax will change the lot of the dispossessed other than, perhaps, marginally slowing their descent into penury, poor health and a shorter life span.
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By Nathaniel Mauka, Staff Writer, Waking Times
There are many neurological disorders which may lead to psychopathy and pedophilia, but a vile set of characteristics which acts as the underlying psychology of a predator is known as the Dark Triad. It is as combination of personality traits, that if developed when one is young enough, often predisposes them to develop the kind of behaviors all too often seen in people in positions of power in our society today.
Traits of the Dark Triad
The Dark Triad is the foundation of a host of undesirable behaviors including aggressiveness, sexual opportunism, and uncontrolled impulsivity, psychopathy and predatory behavior in general.
The three traits are:
Narcissism – A narcissist is clinically, and deeply rooted, with an internalized sense of self. This person truly believes they are superior to everybody else simply because they are who they are and they exist. What they experience is…
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