The Wave.

/The Wave.

So apparently in 1976, high school History teacher Ron Jones was teaching a class on the Second World War when one of the students asked how the German population could possibly have been swept along, seemingly oblivious, in the rising tide of fascism. Jones didn’t have an answer that satisfied him and so, the next day, he decided to start covertly implementing a practical demonstration of just how easy it is to succumb to authoritarianism.

And that, in a nutshell, is how one teacher semi-accidentally started a fascist youth movement in a California high school.

I’d never heard this story before, although apparently it’s well-known enough to have had a novel, several films and a documentary made about it. I’m sure the fact that they’ve all enjoyed a resurgence in popularity lately is totally a coincidence…

2018-03-19T15:48:13+00:004th September, 2018|Tags: culture, history|