People succumbed to peer pressure because they didn't want to face the prospects of severe changes to their life styles. That was horrible coercion. It worked because the individuals preferred to 'blend in with the group' rather than stand up for themselves & their own integrity.
I gather that for you 'I was only obeying orders' is an acceptable excuse.
Mark A. Baker
Of course the individual is responsible - Co$ is blameless and follows the laws of the land. But the web of 'ideas' and the gradient of introduction in this case makes the 'not blending with the group' and the prospect of total disconnection from family and friends along with losing one's 'eternity' an unthinkable option. In many cases, walking away is hard, staying is easy - and the Co$ is designed that way, to misuse that to their advantage.
Ideas can be used as a weapon.