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Milgram Experiment, DOT Compliance to Authority without Regard to Safety

In the same period of time Morgantown's PRT has delivered 110 million injury-free passenger-miles, more than 1.7 million Americans have been road-killed. 

Despite the deaths and clear understanding that safer transportation networks are practical, DOTs have consistently forced obedience to the Federal highway monopoly in direct violation of the Constitution's "post Roads" restriction. 

To correct the real life Milgram Experiement of DOT tolerance for road-kills, sovereign immunity should be removed from agencies and individual administrators. 

The Milgram Experiment

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Although a team of psychiatrists predicted that only about one-tenth of 1 percent of the participants in the Milgram obedience research would fully obey the experimenter's commands and administer the highest shock level on the generator, to Milgram's astonishment, 65 percent of the participants (26 out of 40) fully obeyed the experimenter's commands completely, despite the convincing cries of agony from the learner. In addition, all participants who reached 450 volts obeyed the experimenter's command to continue by using the 450-volt switch until the experiment ended. Furthermore, all subjects obeyed up until 300 volts (Franzoi 299).

Shock Levels at Which Milgram's Participants Disobeyed (n=40) Compared to Predicted Disobedience by Psychiatrists

Voltage Predicted Defectors % Actual Defectors % Defectors
75 15 0 0
135 44 0 0
150 68 0 0
210 86 0 0
300 96 12.5 5
315 96 22.5 4
330 97 27.5 2
345 99 30 1
360-435 99 35 2
450 99.9 35 0

 

Source: Data from S. Milgram, Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View, Harper and Row, Publishers, Inc. 1974; and S. Milgram, The Individual in a Social World: Essays and Experiments, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1992. (as cited in Franzoi 299).

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