Emeritus Professor Thomas S. Harrington – The Worldwide Milgram Experiment

Thomas Harrington, Senior Scholar at the Brownstone Institute, is an essayist and Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies at Trinity College in Hartford (USA) where he taught for 24 years. He joins Discernable to discuss what appears to be a worldwide repeat of the infamous Milgram experiment where ordinary people are pushed to commit extraordinary atrocities by authority figures.

As an expert in the formation of identity, culture and language he often sheds light on the rhetorical ‘framing’ techniques used to influence broad populations. An example of is the rise of modern ‘Nudge Units’ within governments known by various names such as ‘Behavioural Insights Unit’ et al. The Professor believes that once a suitably convincing ‘frame’ is established, a subject can be made to accept any proposition contained within that frame even if that proposition is antithetical to the frame itself.

This demonstrates the immense power and danger of ‘framing’ techniques employed by politicians and corporations throughout the globe to achieve their desired end. Thomas shows how this was successfully deployed to recruit a pliant population of ‘police citizens’ or ‘karens’ who zealously enforce the policies and propaganda of governments beyond what is legally stipulated and into the realm of cultural norms.

In this discussion we also looked at identity making vs decision making, the religious impulse of humans and what can replace it in a secular age, the reliability of rationalism and science and parallel societal structures.

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  1. As an early internet user I looked on in horror as things like Facebook and Twitter grew and the quality of the dialogue became apparent. At first I was shocked but have gradually come to accept that this is simply what the average person has going on in their heads. Truly I was the fool, thinking that people were better.

  2. That was a most brilliant interview! Thanks Matt and Prof Harrington.

    I had made a comment previously when you said you were sick of all the covid crap and I said they’re not done with is yet. This talk and others you have done speaks exactly to that. Covid is just the excuse for what’s transpiring in the world. Thank you again for shining a light on these very dark and troublesome times.

  3. Matt that was a brilliant interview with Thomas! Thank you for this intelligent discussion. And like you, I've been most disturbed by ppl close to us and highly educated not only falling for the bs but shaming us….For the most part I've forgiven them, I just feel sad they haven't realised that the emperor is naked.
    I liked that the professor spoke of courage, which originated from Latin and old French, meaning heart.
    Heart is missing from the elite and the scientific materialism going back to big pharma and genetic modification dating to late 1800s. And also gain of function which translated is biological warfare on humanity.
    I have intense views with the intention of provoking the ethical discussion.
    Thank you ❤❤

  4. History doesn't repeat, but it sure rhymes. The COVID era was disconcerting on many levels. However, the current issues that are popping up on the horizon, particularly in regards to farming and food production are more troubling by orders of magnitude. The happenings in the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, New Zealand (taxing cow farts), Canada (fertilizer restrictions), and coming to Australia too are going to make the The Four Pests Campaign of Mao look like a picnic. If you collapse world food production, billions will starve and the entire world will plunge into war and chaos.

    If you see farmers protesting anywhere… take notice and support them, unless you like being hungry.

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