When a person is in a position of authority, people these days tend to believe that person is infallible—however, Lord Acton knew differently. He wrote in 1887: “All power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”
So what’s the difference between people in 1887 and now? Does power still corrupt? My answer (backed up by a couple famous studies and my own life experience) is a resounding YES!! For example: cops, or judges, or journalists, or really anyone “worshipped” as one in an authority position, when these people have had a taste of power, they do whatever they want—lie, cheat, steal, close their eyes to crime for the right $, you imagine it, they do it! And if anyone dares to speak out and say, “Wait, that cop directly lied to that witness in the interrogation room over 40 times and we have it on video” or “that judge is taking bribes in order to save people from prison time” or “that reporter has no facts, she is just looking to be a cog in the ‘righteous justice’ wheel and perhaps get a few minutes of fame for reporting falsehoods”, that person is labeled an anarchist or a conspiracy theorist or a cop-hater. Your ad hominem attacks won’t work here. I have science and evidence on my side.
Have you heard of the Millgram Experiment? How about the Stanford Prison Study? If you know about them, you understand what I mean. Arbitrarily chosen “authority” figures embraced their roles so fully and so quickly (minutes for the Millgram, and about a day for the Stanford) that they didn’t hesitate to give what they thought were lethal electric shocks to other arbitrarily chosen participants….How much more corruption if you know you have money, power, and/or a lifelong career behind your authority??
A quote from Dr. Zimbardo, who was in charge of the Stanford study, from a video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_LKzEqlPto)
“There were a few guards who hated to see the prisoners suffer, they never did anything which would be demeaning of the prisoners. The interesting thing is none of the good guards ever intervened in the behavior of the guards who gradually became more and more sadistic over time." Keep in mind that "over time" in this quote is referring to 4 DAYS!!! Back to Dr. Zimbardo: "We like to think there is this core of human nature that good people can’t do bad things and that good people will dominate over a bad situation, in fact, one way to look at the Stanford Prison Study is that we put good people in an evil place, and we saw who won. Well, the sad message is, in this case, the evil place won over the good people.”
I believe the “evil place” wins over far more “authority” figures than we would care to admit. I believe that the “good guards” go along to get along, instead of stirring things up-- out of well-founded fear in most cases!!
I have taken a break, but I am back to do my part in exposing the hidden things of darkness to the most powerful disinfectant, the light! Follow me to POLITICAL CORRUPTION, JUDICIAL MISCONDUCT, OUTRIGHT LIES IN THE LOCAL MEDIA, PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT, AND COPS SO BAD YOU CAN SMELL THEM FROM A MILE AWAY!!!
More to come.