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  • The Andy Griffith Show: Authoritarianism

    In this clip we have the deputy do a comedic sketch of protecting the Andy by forcibly enlisting two other people who do not want to be part of this action. While it is filtered with comedy, there is the inescapable thought of an organized authority that tells its workers what to do as and subordinates them in a militeristic fashion of nondisobedience. We can take it to the real world context of who and how authority handles protests (riots) as well as the hyper militarization of police in events like: Zoot Suit Riots, Occupy Movement, BLM protests, and the Inserection

  • A King in New York: We Must Combat Power

    King Shahdov is introduced to Rupert, a young boy who is an editor of the school magazine. Rupert goes off on a rant about political power and freedom. He claims that politics antagonize the people and that passports and monopolies place restrictions on individuals. He advocates for democratic values.

  • Citizen Kane: Campaign Promises

    Mr. Kane delivers a speech upon winning the election for governor. Charged with strong rhetoric against the evil domination of Boss Jim Gettys, he speaks of his dedication to champion the underprivileged, the underpaid, and the underfed.

  • Experimenter: He Asked You to Stop

    Social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducts a series of radical experiments that test the willingness of individuals to obey authority. When the inflictor is interviewed as to why he continued to send electric shocks after each incorrect answer even when he was begged to stop, the inflictor implies that it wasn't that serious because it was the subject that made the request. This clip illustrates the conflict between personal conscience and obedience to authority.

  • 8 Simple Rules: Taking Control of the Class

    C.J. Barnes has to substitute for a class. Initially, he is fearful and tries to relate to the students. However, he quickly loses control of the class. When the principal tells him to come up with something of his own that will help him regain authority in the classroom, he does it and manages the classroom on his own.