Virtual Reality, Hate Speech and One 'Shocking' Experiment

We've all experienced Facebook hate or read the comments section on an article online, but have you heard of the Milgram experiment? Glenn shared his theory on how the two are connected and what this means for our society on The Glenn Beck Program Wednesday.

Glenn explained what the Milgram experiment was, for those who might be unaware.

"It happened at Yale," Glenn said. "It came from a guy who was Jewish who was trying to understand, how did you get the Nazi guards to do those things in Germany? And he expected to find that Germans would be different than Americans."

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The experiment consisted of two parties who agreed to have one ask questions to the other, administering electric shocks for each question answered incorrectly. What the participant doesn't realize is that the one receiving the shocks is actually an actor and the shocks aren't real.

"They don't know what the experiment is about. They just know they have to administer the shocks. So every time you get one wrong, you have to give more juice to the person," Glenn explained. "And it's marked at a certain point, these are fatal shocks."

The experiment showed people administering the shocks would keep on going when told to by an authority figure with a lab coat and clipboard.

"By the time he gets close to fatal, you hear him in the other room. 'Oh, yeah. Hey, I want out. This is getting too much.' And the guy will look back to the guy in the white coat. And he says, 'look, he's in trouble. I don't feel comfortable with this anymore,'" Glenn said.

The authority figure tells them to keep pushing because they agreed to it and can't stop. After a little back and forth the person begrudgingly continues. As soon as they start giving the fatal dosage of electricity, you actually heard the guy in the other room going begging to stop and asking for help. And then he didn't say anything.

Here's the kicker:

"Everyone did it, except for two people," Glenn said.

Dr. Milgram was destroyed by the medical community because nobody wanted to hear this "shocking" study. But what they found was, if you don't see the person and you have somebody in authority saying, "It's okay. Just keep doing it," you'll administer lethal shocks.

Fascinating and slightly disturbing, but where does Facebook come in?

"We are living the Milgram experiment"
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"I contend, if you read Facebook, you read anything, you read any comment section right now, we are living the Milgram experiment. We are living in a time when people will say, 'It's okay. It's okay. You can do that,'" Glenn said.

He went on to describe how the approval to behave this way is coming from the top down, emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

"Barack Obama was the first to say, 'and you're walking around with your little teabags.' That was the beginning of the Milgram experiment. Somebody in authority was saying, 'It's okay to bash them,'" Glenn said. "Now, Hillary Clinton is doing the same thing. 'It's okay to bash them.' Donald Trump, 'Get 'em.'"

So there are people in authority telling us it's okay to do, and we're not seeing the people because we're living in a virtual reality. We're having conversations with people we can't see. So there's no real ramification. And society is giving us an okay to do it.

"And what's happening? The good people are either starting to bash back and become part of it, or they're retreating and saying, 'I can't read that anymore. I just --- turn it off,'" Glenn said. "And so it's going to become just this bastion of hatred. And it's a river of slime."

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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