4.6 – OBEDIENCE to Tyrants due to Majority Doing It (3 of 10)

April 6th, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.

Civil disobedience… is not our problem. OUR PROBLEM IS CIVIL OBEDIENCE

Tyrant:- A ruler who is exercising absolute power by violating rule of law.
Fascist: A ruler who is abusing the human rights of oppositions and perceived enemies.

Majority Doing It or group mentality implies a fear-based reaction to peer pressure which makes individuals act in order to avoid feeling “left behind” from the group.

The causes of Civil Obedience to Tyrants through conformity and group mentality among individuals is due to:
1. The desire to be correct,
2. The desire to be socially accepted and to avoid rejection and conflict,
3. The need to accomplish group goals,
4. The necessity of establishing and maintaining a self-concept/social identity, and finally,
5. The alignment of oneself with similar individuals.

Some people behave in a certain way because they see that the majority of people are also behaving that way.
Peer and social pressure can be a powerful influence on behavior.
Even without a top-down organizer or any obvious rules, society just falls into place. Unfortunately, that “follow the herd” mentality isn’t always beneficial. If we’re not fully versed on a subject, we tend to follow the FASCIST who appears to know more than we do. We apply that sort of behavior to everyday life from picking political candidates to deciding what type of car to buy.

If the majority of the people start to behave differently, these people may start to behave differently as well.

We are responsible for our own bondage: Support him no longer!.
A refusal to cooperate is all that is needed to render a fascist regime powerless.

To view the Dynamics of Majority Doing It Mentality, WATCH THIS HUMOROUS VIDEO of ASCH Conformity Experiment: