The Dust for Thought series examines whether there are scientific explanations for the behavior of the majority of citizens under the current regime. Are there experiments that show how willing people are to let go of their own norms and values and to embrace a totalitarian regime?
Part 1 dealt with it Milgram experiment. To what extent are people loyal to what they perceive as authority? And are they willing to act against their norms and values by causing harm to fellow human beings by order of authority? The result; 80% are more loyal to authority than to their own moral compass.
In Part 2 it came Stanford experiment by Philip Zimbardo that dealt with the influence of the situation on people's behavior. Would someone put in a position of power abuse this power and cause harm to fellow humans? Again, the answer is the vast majority.
In this third part we see how easy it is to seduce people into fascism; The Third Wave.
In 1967, history teacher Ron Jones had become frustrated with the misunderstanding of his students at Cubberly High School, Palo Alto, California. They failed to understand why the German population could so blindly follow and support the Nazi regime. To get through to them, he decided to take an alternative approach. That unintentionally grew into a social experiment that we can learn a lot from today.
Ron Jones was young (25), attractive, had a positive and energetic appearance, was innovative and the students thought he was cool. He was a member of the Students for Democratic Society movement and a supporter of the Black Panther movement that stood up for the civil rights of black Americans. In short, a charismatic teacher and a democrat.
The students were in their senior year of High School. They all came from the social middle class or higher. It was before the time of hippies and flower power. Traditional values and role models were therefore firmly rooted in their families. There were about 30 students in the class.
The Experiment - The Third Wave
The experiment has some similarities with the Stanford experiment but has become a lot less known. The name was not chosen to make a link to Hitler's Third Reich. It is a wave surfing term that is popular in that area. The third wave in a 'set' is usually the most powerful.
DAY 1 - Jones started by telling his students that democracy emphasizes the individual and that, Jones said, is a huge drawback. The aim of the new movement The Third Wave was therefore to eradicate democracy.
He started with simple things; sit upright in the school desk with hands on the table and feet next to each other, get up to ask or answer a question in three words, starting with 'mr. Jones'. He urged the students to stand up when he entered and greet him together, "Good morning, Mr. Jones." He reinforced his own role by acting as an authoritarian leader. As a result, his lessons were a lot more efficient.
DAY 2 - Jones was surprised by the students' entrance by a joint class greeting: "Good morning, Mr. Jones." Jones managed to transform the class into a tight-knit group (no longer individuals) with a tremendous sense of discipline and community. The class came up with a common motto: 'Strength through discipline. Strength through unity '. Jones taught his students a greeting that was somewhat like the Hitler greeting. He ordered the class to greet each other every time they met. They all obeyed this order. Non-imitations also included penalties; you were banished to the library and put out of the movement. As a reward for participation, you received a good grade for the course. When you declined a fail.
DAY 3 - The experiment was already taking on a life of its own. More slogans appeared: 'Strength through action. Strength through pride '. Membership was an option, but everyone joined without hesitation. Other students from the school also wanted to join. Mind you, these were students who were not in Jones' history class but attended his class anyway. The class grew from 30 to 43. Jones instructed the students on how to recruit new members and teach them the mores. At the end of day 3, the movement counted more than 200 members! Everyone received a membership card. Everyone was given a special assignment such as designing a logo or banner for the movement. Another assignment was to work on a shadowy project to 'expel democracy'. The exclusion of non-members in the classroom was also part of it. A well-built apprentice acted as Jones's bodyguard. Jones pointed out to the students that The Third Wave was not a school project. On the contrary, it was an all-encompassing concept and so the rules applied outside of school and even at home. Jones was also surprised when members reported to their classmates or friends when they were found not following the rules.
Day 4 - More and more students became more and more involved in the movement; their discipline and group loyalty was extraordinary. At the same time, an action group was formed in response to The Third Wave. That led to mutual fights. Other teachers complained that their students skipped school in order to be with Ron Jones's class. Parents got worried. One of them, a former prisoner of war in Germany, smashed the room to bits. Taking this into account, Jones decided to abort the experiment. He lost control of the experiment and found himself getting carried away in it too. Jones stated that The Third Wave was part of a national movement. The following day, Friday, The Third Wave's presidential candidate would give a televised press conference and announce that he was running for the White House. He ordered the students to attend a large gathering to witness this.
Day 5 - On Friday afternoon, more than 200 participants gathered in the main auditorium of the school. They gave the prescribed greeting and shouted the slogans together. There was a TV ready, but only noise was visible on the tube. After a few minutes, a student mustered enough courage to ask if it had all been fake. Jones said they participated in an experiment to sow and germinate the seeds of fascism. They had all willingly developed a sense of superiority, just like the German citizens in the days of Nazi Germany. The students were scolded for not recognizing what was going on while they were actually studying fascism. He concluded with a film about the Nazi regime.
The parallels of today
Many elements that Jones used in The Third Wave were also used by the Nazis and yes, now also by the totalitarian regime of the State of DDR Netherlands.
Ron Jones introduced slogans that evoke a sense of togetherness. Now the regime is bombarding the population with slogans: Together We Help Covid Out of The World, Not For Yourself But For The Other, Stop Covid, well, you know it.
The regime uses war rhetoric; defeat the enemy together, fight against covid, we are at war, all together through it or all together perish. The 'shock troops' (the concern) in the front lines of the battle. Our boys and girls give everything. We see soldiers marching into hospitals complete with veils.
On the internet and in MSM, young and attractive people are emerging who are fighting at the front lines with full commitment or who enthusiastically and cheerfully conform to the new code of conduct.
Logos and mottoes appear that encourage citizens to be docile and obedient. Just as at Jones's school where posters were hung with the symbol and mottos of the movement. And yes, just as the Nazis did.
Just like Jones did, the regime is introducing new codes of conduct; keep five feet away, give the behind the elbows greeting, stay at home, wear a diaper, avoid crowded places, etc., and so on. All who adhere to it are recognizable as members of the group. Those who do not are therefore outside the group and are candidates to be betrayed by the authorities. Neighbors betray their neighbors, care workers betray their clients to the management, young people gathering together are betrayed and arrested as criminals. Discord arises; We the Believers against the inferior dissent represented by organizations like Virus Truth, World Doctors Alliance, Jensen, CSTV, etc., etc .. All exactly like Jones' students who betrayed their classmates and the protest group that arose against The Third Wave. And indeed, just like in Nazi Germany and under the fascists in Italy at the time.
The regime formulates a common goal to which everything is subordinated; personal relationships, to the cheers of the masses of forced closure of industries for 'the good of the general', how you should do your job, how you should behave at home, who can and cannot be in your social bubble how much. Jones did the same; the new code of conduct applied not only at school but also outside and even at home. There, too, relationships between students came under pressure.
In short, the similarities between Jones experiment and the strategy of the current regime cannot be missed or denied in any way.
In just five days, Ron Jones succeeded in convincing a large proportion of the students of Cubberly High School of the added value of The Third Wave. His resources were limited but the result was both spectacular and shocking in equal measure.
The Third Wave, an exercise in fascism, was later labeled unethical. It will, but it is also, just like the experiments of Milgram en Zimbardo a hugely valuable lesson and at the same time a warning in capital letters to all of us. What they have in common is the staggering ease with which people can be directed, their willingness to let go of their own norms and values and to cause harm to others.
In the past few months, the citizens of the State of DDR Nederlanden have been primed to embrace a totalitarian, fascist regime. The formula has been used successfully countless times; by Nazis under Hitler, fascists under Mussolini, by Mao Zedong, Stalin and more of those fine people.
The Dutch regime currently bears all the characteristics of a totalitarian dictatorship. In a totalitarian system, the whole of society is subordinated to one state idea. Politics permeates society into the smallest nooks and crannies. The direction propagated by the regime is the only way to achieve a better future. Alternatives are rejected, contested, ridiculed. All aspects of social life are attuned to the state idea; politics, culture, religion, media propaganda, censorship, social manners, health care, education and of course the economy. All have been deeply penetrated and poisoned by the regime. Damage or suffering is not damage or suffering but merely a sacrifice to be made cheerfully for a new, bright future.
In addition, there are other characteristics such as the sidelining of parliament and the manipulation of the judiciary, the corruption and favoritism within the regime and the self-enrichment of those who serve the regime.
Finally, rewarding and punishing; those who give enthusiastic support get the nice jobs or are put forward as a shining example. The obedient ones are left alone, receive financial support. Those who do not behave or do not want to be vaccinated are outcasts, socially rejected, and excluded from certain activities by the regime.
Everything, literally everything, currently meets the criteria of a full-fledged totalitarian dictatorship.
All we are missing is a mandatory Covid textbook such as the Chinese Red Book, death squads, overt raids and internment camps. But what is not can still come of course. After all, there is nothing that the State of DDR Nederlanden deems beneath its dignity to achieve its goals.
Je maintendrai, that is the coat of arms of the State of DDR Netherlands. I will maintain. Indeed. And regardless of the costs. That is also a characteristic of the dictatorship.
I wish you wisdom,