John Lilburne's journal on "Breaking the Habit of Unquestioning Obedience" and the effect of 11 September 2001.


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2204 Sun 16 Sep 2001

I have skipped a few chapters in "Crimes of Obedience" (by Kelman and Hamilton) and today started reading Chapter 13 "On Breaking the Habit of Unquestioning Obedience".

... The reach of authority in coordinating human action has been extended by the development of modern bureaucracies and nation states. Concomitantly, crimes committed in the name of authority have become larger in scale and more horrific in their outcome. ...

The airline hijackings and kamikaze attacks of 11 September come to mind. Through the day: at the cathedral, Alistair Cooke's "Letter from Americia", watching "Fight Club" last night, and visiting Miranda tonight. Its a big issue that effects everything else.

Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 16 September 2001.