WRC 1013/1023 Freshman Composition: Exploring Critical Issues
Introduction: Obedience to Authority
History contains many examples of what happens when people neglect to speak out against corrupt authority, which has led to atrocities such as the Holocaust. There are also examples, such as the American Revolution, where people disobeyed government authority and achieved something good.
Sources in this section look at how people have responded to authority in various instances, such as the rise of Nazism, the Stanford Prison Experiment, and the Occupy movement. When and how should we speak out?