The Wave

what is the ironic here? please help me..

“Ben realized that they could act on their own without him if they wanted. That thought could have been frightening, but Ben was confident that he had control as their leader. The experiment was simply becoming much more interesting.”

What is ironic about this statement? How do you know that Ben is already losing control?

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The whole experiment was about control. Ben had the students believe his rhetoric just as many Germans believed Hitler. Unlike Hitler, Ben was loosing control. His idea was taking on a life of its own. The irony is in that his controling idea was becoming out of his control.