This week's program about torture, with a reference to the Stanley Milgram experiment that had subjects believing they were torturing people with high-voltage electric shocks, included the actual audio clip of one subject refusing to go along, even though he was repeatedly and strongly pressured to continue administering the shocks. Somehow that audio clip, the man's steadfast refusal to submit to "authority" and do something he felt and knew was wrong, is relevant to today's political environment. I think there is something afoot that would tend to diminish one person's ability to care about another person's suffering, and it is a bad turn of events. Parallel to that, I see religious iconography, it looks to me as though there is a mob, manipulated by the richest and most self-serving, demanding the political crucifixion of Barack Obama, out of sheer meanness.
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