What does Hitler have to do with Universities?

Too often have I heard exclamations of disbelief at the Holocaust and the Nazi regime in Germany. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard the question “Why did all the people go along with such pure evil?” in all its forms and nuances. How did one man – Hitler – manage to ‘control’ a nation to execute such horrors?

I’m not a historian or a psychologist, yet I find this question laughable. Why? Because I’ve encountered every aspect of regimes of control that turns normal people in monsters in the educational institutions around the world. Whether it be the psychology, the physical embarrasment, the mental battering, the taking advantage of emotions or the righteous indignation of the individuals who seems to take the authority figure position, it’s right there in the core of every educational system i’ve encountered. British-influenced high school, South African elementary school, American universities.

Take a look at the amount of articles and news stories on hazings, multiply that by 10, and you have a conservative view of the amount of actual pure discrimination against groups by those on a higher position on the social ladder. Why the factor of ten? This is a question in disguise – the real question is: Why are people who are discriminated against, quite happy to continue those values, even build them higher, if they are subjected to such treatment? This is one of the big mysteries i’m still wondering about, but a major part of the answer lies in the trick of promoting these people – the discriminatees – to the authority position, and somehow instilling in them the idea that they “earned” that position through their “hard work”, oblivious to the fact that the obstacles they faced were constructed by their peers and “superiors” specifically to create that response in them.

I still have loose ends and many unanswered questions around politics and execution of this form of discrimination – hazings, psychological hammering and fear induction – yet it is all too apparent that it lies rooted in our educational institutions. How can you expect a person trained to further political correctness to perform his job if he had to go through a process of discrimination to “earn” that position?

One Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    Not to mention the workplace or anywhere else there are social hierarchies that allow a few sadists to begin such cycles.