By Enrique Tessieri
This true movie below took place in 1967 Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California. The experiment shows how easy it was to convert the class of high school students to become far-right followers that supported the Nazi régime in Germany during 1933-45. What would happen to our country if we embraced the ideology of associations like Suomen Sisu, Suomalaisuuden Liitto or allowed the worldview of far-right politicians like Jussi Halla-aho, James Hirvisaari to be taught at our schools?
The answer to that question is the movie The Wave.
Below is a trailer of the newer version of the original movie.
There are already a number of Cubberley High Schools in Finland that are not classroom experiments. Check out Hommaforum and Scripta, where they call their absolute leader, Halla-aho, “The Champion.”
Our ability to deny the atrocities of present and past generations is a quality that permits us to commit the same outlandish crimes again.
The teacher, Ron Jones, who carried out the experiment told the students at the end of the movie: “You thought you were so special better than everyone else outside this room. You traded your personal freedom for the luxury of feeling superior. You accepted the group’s will over your own convictions no matter who you hurt. You just thought you were going along for the ride and could walk away at any moment. But where were you heading? How far would you have gone?”
He continues: “But if the (Wave) experiment is successful, we’d learn that we are all responsible for our actions and you must question what you do rather than blindly follow a leader. And for the rest of your lives you will never allow a group’s will to usurp your individual rights. (The Wave) is a lesson we’ll share for the rest of our lives.”
Special thanks go to Hans Zwaga for bringing this movie to my attention.