011: First-Person Plural Pronouns…and YOU

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Picture: Most of the people you know (Foreground)

Critical Thinking Question:
First imagine you live in a neighborhood controlled by a violent gang...
What if you started using first-person plural pronouns when discussing the gang and their activities, even though you were not in the gang, you didn't know anyone in the gang, and no one in the gang knew or cared about you? Would this linguistic programming eventually lead to sympathy for the gang's activities? Or resistance to the idea that what they were doing was wrong?

Topic:
How does training in conformity scale up to collectivism in society?
Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss conformity and collectivism
(Part 1 of 2)

I also talk about Ayn Rand's novelette, "Anthem" (1938)

(NOTE: I have to apologize for a few snaps, crackles and pops; I was experimenting with a different call-recording process)

Bumper Music:
"Consequence of Sounds" Regina Spektor
www.myspace.com/reginaspektor

Look Closer:
Complete Liberty: The Demise of the State and the Rise of Voluntary America by Wes Bertrand
http://completeliberty.com/contents.php

The Psychology of Liberty by Wes Bertrand
http://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Liberty-Wes-Bertrand/dp/0738837407

Complete Liberty Podcast
http://completeliberty.libsyn.com/

How Quiet Helps at School(1953)

Anthem, A Novel by Ayn Rand (With a Preface and Notes by Richard Lawrence)
http://www.noblesoul.com/orc/texts/anthem/complete.html

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