Monthly Archives: June 2013

Security and Police Uniforms Should Come With Warning Labels

Warning: putting on this uniform may cause you to lose all sensibilities and experience a false justification to exercise power and authority over others

Remember the Stanford Prison Experiment that psychology professor Philip Zimbardo ended up having to shut down early because the “prison guards” in the experiment became excessively brutal towards the “inmates”?

If you haven’t read up on it, you really should. It’s a fascinating study on how, even under controlled conditions, perfectly normal people will turn against those who were previously viewed as equals simply because someone told them, “You are better than those people.” History has seen similar examples repeated many times over.

And here’s the latest example. Only this time Continue reading