The researchers set up a mock prison in the basement of Standford University’s psychology building, and then selected 24 undergraduate students to play the roles of both prisoners and guards. The participants were selected from a larger group of 70 volunteers because they had no criminal background, lacked psychological issues and had no major medical conditions. The volunteers agreed to participate for a one- to two-week period in exchange for $15 a day.
While the Stanford Prison Experiment was originally slated to last 14 days, it had to be stopped after just six days due to what was happening to the student participants. The guards became abusive and the prisoners began to show signs of extreme stress and anxiety.
While the prisoners and guards were allowed to interact in any way they wanted, the interactions were generally hostile or even dehumanizing. The guards began to behave in ways that were aggressive and abusive toward the prisoners, while the prisoners became passive and depressed. Five of the prisoners began to experience such severe negative emotions, including crying and acute anxiety, that they had to be released from the study early.
In 1971, police uniforms looked like this.
40 yrs later, as citizens have pushed back against abusive police, the police have become much more abusive, and much more intimidating.
The more America is moved towards a police state, the more aggressive, and deadly the police will become, just like the Stanford Experiment showed. And the more citizens will break down psychologically and do things they wouldn’t normally due, because no one likes to be pushed into a corner..
The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city-Ron Paul
It’s time that the citizens wake up to this intentional psychological agenda by the people we call “authorities”, and reign in their “authority”, and remind them that they serve us. Cops need to take a look at themselves, and seriously question why they wanted to become cops in the first place, and ask themselves if they have become abusive bullies, just like in the Stanford experiment.
I don’t know, maybe we should make the cops wear white, and take away their fancy, expensive black unmarked cars, and take away their armored vehicles, because if we let this go any further, we too will become like the prisoners in the Stanford Experiment, ya know what I mean?
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