DURING the second world war a new term of abuse entered the English language. To call someone “a little Hitler” meant he was a menial functionary who employed what power he had in order to annoy and frustrate others for his own gratification.
Dr Fast’s experiment randomly assigned each of 213 participants to one of four situations that manipulated their status and power.
.. participants who were low in status but high in power—the classic “little Hitler” combination—chose an average of 1.12 deeply demeaning tasks for their partners to engage in. That was a highly statistically significant distinction....e é por isto que segundo os socialistas, a minha vida será mais bem gerida por políticos e burocratas de carreira, com pleno poder para corrigir o que entenderem em mim, na economia, ou na sociedade.
.. many quite ordinary people will succumb to bad behaviour if the circumstances are right.