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On Killing - Section 8, Killing in America: What Are We Doing to Our Children? : Chapter 2, Desensitization and Pavlov's Dog at The Movies Summary & Analysis

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The author shares conditioning techniques used by the military. Back in 1975, at least some of those developing conditioning training programs were including raping and pillaging. A US Naval commander used the forced watching of increasingly gruesome movies to desensitize soldiers and potential soldiers. Grossman says that the US Government denies these claims. Grossman refers to a degenerative model of authority. The first are "law and order good guy" types. The next level down will commit some vigilante acts. An example of this is when vigilantes retaliate against or capture or otherwise control a known criminal, even when the police were restricted from doing so. These are the worst version...

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