From soccer riots to halloween vandalism…Ferguson to France–there are too many terrible examples of rioting and mass violence to count! But as good historians (and intellectuals) we don’t simply say, “oh man, that was an intense riot!” and dismiss or even acknowledge it. No, we analyze and ask the question, WHY?!
WHY DO NORMAL PEOPLE TURN EVIL IN GROUPS?
To investigate this, we’ll first learn a bit about social psychology from one of the most famous psychologists in the world, Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University: