It couldn't happen here, you say?...
March 22, 2003 8:28 AM Subscribe
As one, the students shouted, "Strength through discipline!"
- "The Third Wave", A Dangerous Experiment
. More disturbing even than the "Milgram Experiment": "When Ron Jones started teaching at Cubberley High School in the fall of 1968, it was considered the most innovative of Palo Alto's high schools. ....His methods were experimental and his goal was to bring social studies to life.....Jones turned his class into an efficient youth organization, which he called the Third Wave. Some students were informers, and some were told they couldn't go certain places on campus. He insisted on rigid posture and that questions be answered formally and quickly....."It was strange how quickly the students took to a uniform code of behavior. I began to wonder just how far they cold be pushed," Jones wrote....But soon the experiment began spinning out of control.... five days into the experiment, Jones announced, "We can bring (the nation) a new sense of order, community, pride, and action. Everything rests on you and your willingness to take a stand." As one, the students shouted, "Strength through discipline!" ".
Ron Jones wrote about it in No substitute for Madness
, which is out of print in English but required reading in German public schools. As Umberto Eco notes in "Eternal Fascism"
, this is a timeless tale of human nature.
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