People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why?

Lajos Tihanyi, Autoritratto con berretto (1910)
Lajos Tihanyi, Autoritratto con berretto (1910)

di Christopher Kavanagh (Aeon)

In the autumn of 1900, Oscar Booz, a 17-year-old student at West Point military academy, was hazed by fellow cadets. Tabasco sauce was forced down his throat on three different occasions, and he was coerced into boxing a much larger student who savagely beat him. After the fight, he became ill, moved home and died.

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