Y’know, the Nazis had Pieces of Flare

In fairness to capitalist social patterns (for which I have no love), the ability to commit atrocities whilst externalizing responsibility seems to be a common psychological trait of people in general (see: Milgram’s electrocution experiments). Admittedly, the experiments were happening within an economic context, and it’s notoriously difficult to distinguish between socialization and ‘human nature’ (whatever that is), so his results could merely be evidence against the dominant social pattern.

However, people’s willingness to inflict pain at the request of any authority figure, rather than just the avatars of the capitalist or national-socialist state implies a more basic susceptibility to hierarchy than what can be explained by any post-Enlightenment era ideologies.¬† More likely, obedience is a fundamental part of all primate dominance dynamics, of which¬† our various political/economic systems are only variations.

2 comments to Y’know, the Nazis had Pieces of Flare

  • katerlio

    unfortunately prolly true – given both our closest primate-type relatives heed their superiors… the bargaining chips are different, but if you’re higher in the hierarchy you don’t need no stinkin’ bargaining chips.

    but the capitalism still doesn’t help!

  • No it doesn’t. Nor does my overblown rhetoric — wow, I had no idea I let myself go so much in this post.

    But yeah…our social system desperately needs some evolution.

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