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"Yes, we would all have made good Germans"
The story of the teacher who turned his students Fascist for a week. You'll see our last three years all over this story.
There’s a must-read — and must-see — story about a high school teacher who taught a one-week project course about the human proclivity for collective hysteria, totalitarianism and fascism. Excerpt down below, and full link below it. (h/t Andrew Koenig)
And there’s also a movie about it. I watched it last night, and it’s great (with a bit of “Hollywood” added).
Schoolteacher Ron Jones's personal account of his experiment which created a proto-fascist movement amongst his high school pupils in Palo Alto, California, which in 2008 was subject of the award-winning film The Wave.
“Through the experience of the past week we have all tasted what it was like to live and act in Nazi Germany. We learned what it felt like to create a disciplined social environment. To build a special society. Pledge allegiance to that society. Replace reason with rules. Yes, we would all have made good Germans. We would have put on the uniform. Turned our head as friends and neighbors were cursed and then persecuted. Pulled the locks shut. Worked in the "defense" plants. Burned ideas. Yes, we know in a small way what it feels like to find a hero. To grab quick solution. Feel strong and in control of destiny. We know the fear of being left out. The pleasure of doing something right and being rewarded. To be number one. To be right. Taken to an extreme we have seen and perhaps felt what these actions will lead to. we each have witnessed something over the past week. We have seen that fascism is not just something those other people did. No. it's right here.”