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Political Ponerology

August 14, 2010

Science on the nature of evil adjusted for political puroposes.

“People in positions of power that systematically perpetuate evil behave as if they were a different human species.”

“Ponerology and “successful” psychopathology (i.e. not the “violent serial killer” type, but the Stalin, Pol Pot, Cheney, Rockefeller, Kissinger, Bill Clinton, or Donald Rumsfeld type) clinically explain how “pathocracies” – the system of government created by a small pathological minority that takes control over a society of non-psychopaths – are generated and dominated by those that possess an inborn error (psychopathy) prevalent in 4-6% of the population, which is physiologically unable to feel normal human empathy. They are emotionless, selfish, cold and calculating, and devoid of any moral or ethical standards, yet they are intelligent, charming, driven, focused, and therefore tend to achieve the highest positions of power by concealing their true nature under a “mask of sanity.” This concept applies to all existing hierarchical power structures.”

“…Relatedly, the Milgram Experiment ties in nicely with this concept. If you are unfamiliar with this experiment, in 1961, on the heels of certain Nazi war crimes trials, a psychologist named Stanley Milgram conducted this experiment across a range of 40 individuals to test their response to authoritative pressure. They were directed by the experimenter to deliver what they believed to be real electric shocks to another participant (actually an actor). The results shocked everyone. Only 1.2% of individuals were predicted to administer the highest voltage (450 volts); 26 of the 40 participants (65%) – some with clearly conflicted consciences – delivered this lethal electric shock. The only duress placed on the subjects was verbal cueing from a man in a white lab coat! You can imagine the disastrous results derived from the combination of conscience-lacking psychopaths as the authorities in executive power circles and the masses of people obeying such “authority” blindly in such large proportions”