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Truth to Power
international | eu | opinion/analysis Tuesday December 30, 2008 14:18 by Niall starsailor1982 at gmail dot com
The relentless drive to agglomerate control within a revamped European Union has lost none of its force, despite being pronounced clinically dead by the Irish people on June 12th in a referendum it's government could not avoid hosting. Dead set on simply ignoring the will of the people as demonstrated clearly in resounding No votes in France, Holland and Ireland, the Eurocracy continues to scheme hell-bent on manipulating its desired outcome.
To understand the Machiavellian machinations behind the EU Project we must examine the psychological roots of the rapacious centralisation of power. Watching Europe’s political class squirm after Ireland’s No vote, I couldn’t help but feel that some of them know something we don’t: there is an agenda that must be met. Ireland could not be threatened into sealing the nEU Deal, yet it’s business as usual for the fanatical Eurocrats who are adamant nothing will get in their way.
“We decide something, put it out there, then wait for some time to see if something happens. If there is no big shouting and no rebellions, because most do not understand at all what was decided, then we continue - step by step - until there is no more resistance.”
Breathtaking, is it not? And Machiavellian. And immoral. And impetuously childish. How can such callous disregard for others be expressed by those elected to represent the will of the people? Europe, of all places, surely no longer tolerates such anti-democratic mendacity!
But what if it were possible to understand the bizarre behaviour of those who at once stupefy and betray us? Can the laws of nature shed any light on why persons we entrust with ever greater spheres of social control reach ever more depressing depths of hypocrisy and irresponsibility?
The world has only one problem - Psychopaths
Ponerology* is a branch of science drawing on psychology, biology and the social sciences. Born in the very setting which it studies, Political Ponerology, A Science of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes was penned by a brilliant psychologist called Andrej Lobaczewski. Stealthily networking with colleagues in Poland and other Nazi and Soviet occupied countries during and after the Second World War, their research bore tremendously valuable fruit that both re-conceptualises and reinforces our understanding of the ‘causal factors and processes of the genesis of moral and psycho-biological evil.’
The ponerogenesis of macrosocial phenomena – large scale evil – which constitutes the most important object of this book, appears to be subject to the same laws of nature that operate within human questions on an individual or small-group level. The role of persons with various psychological defects and anomalies of a clinically low level appears to be a perennial characteristic of such a phenomena.
*n. division of theology dealing with evil; theological doctrine of wickedness or evil; from the Greek: poneros meaning ‘evil’
These pioneers discovered a blind spot in our perception of the world, which only lent itself to study when historical circumstances transformed their countries from democracies to totalitarian systems, and the underlying pathological factors that produced Rule by Terror were unmasked.
Political Ponerology examines the nature of evil - a condition traditionally considered a theological matter - in light of modern medical knowledge of disease and psychopathy. It proceeds to map out the ‘pathodynamics of psychopathology’ - how the pathological influence of psychopaths infects conscience throughout society, transforming individuals’ behaviour and rendering best intentions into their corrupted opposites. Presenting a panorama of the psychological reality, Ponerology’s scientific acumen guides the reader through the previously uncharted dark underbelly of our world.
Lobaczewski & co found that a small but statistically constant 6% of the population comprise various types of deviant personalities. A percentage of these are genetic psychopaths. Yes, you read that correctly. People are born without conscience. Though the least numerous of persons with psychological disorders, their role in ‘ponerogenesis’, the infection and spread of evil, is exceptionally great. These are true psychopaths; biological machines incapable of empathy.
“It seems that conscience and feelings are related to the abstract concepts of ‘future’ and ‘others.’ It is ‘spatio-temporal.’ We can feel fear, sympathy, empathy, sadness, and so on because we can IMAGINE, in an abstract way, the future based on our own experiences in the past. We can ‘predict’ how others will react because we are able to ‘see ourselves’ in them, even though they are ‘out there’. In other words, we can not only identify with others spatially, so to speak - but also temporally - in time. The psychopath does not seem to have this capacity.”
It follows that they do not understand what is meant by a ‘fact’. Where we rely on facts to interpret reality, adjusting its parameters accordingly with each new fact, reality for psychopaths is whatever they declare it to be. This was wonderfully demonstrated by a member of the Bush administration in an interview with journalist Ron Suskind:
In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.
While they promote certain ideologies vigorously, psychopaths themselves feel no attachment to the words they utter. Instead they calculate appropriate emotional responses for each situation, enabling them to manipulate one against another, each ‘side’ in any given conflict providing requisite cover for their hidden strategy. Thus shielded by a Mask of Sanity, the vast majority of them are successful, insofar as their true nature is not realised until it’s too late.
Dr Robert Hare, renowned authority on psychopathology, isn’t mincing his words when he labels this different type of human an “intra-species predator.” His book Without Conscience cites case studies where psychopaths absorbed all attempts to ‘cure’ them by engaging in psychotherapy to learn new and better ways of manipulating. He once submitted a paper to a scientific journal that included EEGs from several groups of adult men performing a language task. The editor of the journal returned the paper saying, “Those EEGs couldn’t have come from real people.” In a sense, they didn’t. They were the EEGs of psychopaths.
“More and more data are leading to the conclusion that psychopathy has a biological basis, and has many features of a disease.”
People unconsciously presume the universality of conscience, leaving them exposed to a predator that can exploit them in myriad ways by appealing to their conscience. Through their trademark pity ploy, psychopaths induct people to subvert the one distinguishing factor – conscience – against themselves! We are imprisoned in a web of guilt, shame and fear that is ultimately of our own making. Psychopaths need rarely resort to violence to get what they want in one-on-one interactions; the most successful ones keep their murderous impulses in check until they reach the halls of power where opportunities arise for committing mass murder by proxy.
Naturally this can be difficult for some to acknowledge. We so desperately cling to a belief in the inherent goodness of everyone, leaving us blind to what is. But there exists a fundamental schism between our world and theirs that cannot be abridged. Martha Stout, in her seminal book The Sociopath Next Door, concludes that the “Presence or absence of conscience is a deep human division, arguably more significant than intelligence, race, or even gender.”
For a long time I would not believe it: they cannot be cured. They do not see themselves as diseased. Rather, we are the disease, the cure for which is full-spectrum warfare levelled not against phantom enemies, but against us.
All it takes is a handful
In the macrosocial phenomenon we shall later call ‘pathocracy’, a certain hereditary anomaly isolated as ‘essential psychopathy’* is catalytically and causatively essential for the genesis and survival of large scale social evil.
Recognising their own, psychopaths rapidly ascend the social scale and cluster around the governing levers of society, from where their malevolent influence upon whole societies metastasises. ‘Negative selection’ ensues whereby they actively groom and position more psychopaths and others amenable to their ends until a critical number of persons with pathological disorders is reached and a Pathocracy is born.
Pathocracy survives thanks to the feeling of being threatened by the society of normal people, as well as by other countries wherein various forms of the system of normal man persist. For the rulers, staying on top is therefore the classic problem of “to be or not to be.” Thus the biological, psychological, moral and economic destruction of the majority of normal people becomes, for the pathocrats, a ‘biological’ necessity.
Ultimately they are terrified of humanity. In their relentless drive to conquer this terror, they must subsume that which they cannot have by annihilating humanity, whose mere existence reminds them of their deficit daily.
They dream of a future in which they can revel according to their true nature without fear of persecution from ‘those other people’. Government, media, corporations, education, intelligence agencies, ideologies, religions, political movements – nothing is immune to their influence and all are harnessed to their goal of world domination, unconsciously or otherwise. The only antidote is knowledge of the disease and its pathodynamics.
It seems Mother Nature opted for species variety when in lieu of conscience, or rather, developmental-potential-towards-conscience, she endowed some with talents for preying on others’ weaknesses. The collective traumatic experience of co-existence with our natural predator has finally brought our awareness to the brink of realising that we are not all human. Once awareness of the predator in our midst becomes widespread, the game is over. The psychopaths in power know this. Their shock tactics grow bolder in their urgency to complete their agenda.
None but ourselves can free our minds
With no conscience to impede their hate-fuelled trajectory, the onus is on us to disentangle ourselves from the web by taking responsibility for our own actions. By choosing to believe their lies which promise relief from the pain, we repeatedly surrender our responsibility and give our power away. Thusly we play our part in the genesis of evil. If we are to reclaim this power, we must recognise the predators for what they are, for both self and others.
For now, history is on our side. Each time pathocracy coalesces, it only has one place to go: down. Wishful thinking, the Achilles heel of the Global Pathocracy, suggests it will meet a similar fate. What remains to be seen is how long we will dance with the devil until we remember that our suffering ends when we turn to face the truth.