The Road to Pathocracy

The Road to Pathocracy

This article was published in American Thinker (americanthinker.com) on August 2, 2014.

There are three primary mental disorders. Insanity (psychosis) is a thinking disorder and has been recognized since ancient times; insanity rarely causes a problem for anyone but the afflicted person and immediate family and associates. Insane school shootings are mercifully infrequent. Mood disorders (depression, bi-polar) were only clinically described in the late 19th century by Dr. Henry Maudsley, and again, mood disorders rarely cause a problem for anyone but those who suffer from the affliction and immediate family and associates.

The last of the major mental disorders, psychopathy, was clinically described only in 1941 by Dr. Hervey Cleckley. Psychopathy is complex and counterintuitive, and understanding has been very slow, even though some psychologists credit (debit?) psychopaths with starting WWII and with creating the 2008 worldwide financial meltdown, in addition to the many serial murder cases that attract wide attention. The Western understanding of psychopathic mental disorders is only now beginning to attract serious attention by the general public and that would seem to be entirely appropriate given the high associated costs of psychopathic behaviors.

Largely unrecognized is that there was an active but clandestine psychopathy study group operating behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. The apparent last survivor of this group died in 2007, and it is an amazing story.

Dr. Andrew Łobaczewski was a Polish psychologist in the mental health field during the Cold War, working particularly with psychopathy. Dr. Łobaczewski was in the last class of psychology students before the Soviets imposed Pavlovian concepts on psychological studies within Poland. Dr. Łobaczewski labored under very trying circumstances, facing ideological resistance, censorship, official repression, and prison. A group of like-minded mental health workers behind the Iron Curtin produced a body of knowledge similar to and in some cases more comprehensive than that of Western psychologists, particularly the works of Dr. Hervey Cleckley in the USA as updated by Dr. Robert Hare in Canada. Dr. Łobaczewski’s group found it necessary to maintain anonymity, and some members of the group were unknown to others while keeping up a correspondence through a chain of personal contacts. At least one member of the group died under mysterious circumstances.

Dr. Łobaczewski’s group embraced Dr. Cleckley’s concept of destructive psychopathy and produced additional original research, historical references, and descriptive terms based on the Greek term poneros, meaning evil. Dr. Łobaczewski’s book is titled Political Ponerology. In his book, Dr. Łobaczewski used the term pathocracy to describe sick totalitarian societies.

In a series of hair-raising conflicts and escapes, the basic draft for Dr. Łobaczewski’s book was thrown into a furnace immediately before a Stalinist secret police raid, the manuscript was rewritten and turned over to the Vatican where it disappeared, and was again rewritten and turned over to Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter’s National Security Advisor, where it again disappeared. It was finally published from Dr. Łobaczewski’s notes in 2006, just before the good Doctor’s death in 2007.

This may sound like the plot line from an Indiana Jones movie, except for Dr. Łobaczewski’s unquestioned scholarship and insight. The convergence and harmony of Dr. Cleckley’s ideas with Dr. Łobaczewski’s ideas reflect close agreement within a very complex subject area. Political Ponerology was translated and endorsed by recognized linguistic and psychological authorities.

The publishing of Dr. Łobaczewski’s manuscript added the final drama to this long saga. After all his struggles and facing age and illness, Dr. Łobaczewski appears to have been desperate to find a publisher for his life’s work, and the book was published by Red Pill Press, a small Canadian publisher of esoterica, conspiracy theories, and space alien literature. The editor of Political Ponerology, Laura Knight-Jadczyk, is quite an interesting case. She is due considerable credit for bringing Political Ponerology to publication, but other of her endeavors includes research into lizard creatures, UFOs, and alien encounters. Her editorship of the Political Ponerology manuscript, as reflected in the forward and in footnotes, indicates a very negative and conspiratorial view of the George Bush Administration, but ignores LBJ, a real psychopathic-type, controlling president of the USA. In Knight-Jadczyk’s current writings, Bush and Obama are the bad guys and Putin is the good guy. Go figure. But Knight-Jadczyk’s idiosyncrasies do not refute the excellence of Dr. Łobaczewski’s book.

The novel elements in Dr. Łobaczewski’s description of psychopathic systems as compared to the Western descriptions are as follows (terms and concepts in italic are common to both the systems of Dr. Łobaczewski and of Dr. Cleckley):

1) Dr. Łobaczewski posited that societies alternate between “happy times” and “unhappy times,” over periods of decades. A more apt description in Western terms might be “undisciplined times” and “disciplined times.” In happy, undisciplined times, life is prosperous and good, moral and intellectual values erode, and there are growing public displays of licentiousness and excess with an accompanying loss of civic virtue.

In the USA, an example of happy, undisciplined times was most obvious during the Roaring Twenties, which was followed by the Great Depression and WWII.

2) Hysteria is characteristic of times when the existing happy period is collapsing. In this context, hysterical times are noted for both somatic and psychological illnesses and moral laxity. Dr. Łobaczewski emphasized and gave examples of familial mental disorders disrupting and creating maldevelopments of personalities of family relatives exposed to one person’s mental disorders. Mental disorders among the political leadership distort perceptions, attitudes, and actions among citizens. Hysterical times may generate moral and intellectual sloppiness, illogical political arguments, pathological dishonesty, social conflict, and economic disruption. Latent social divisions arise and are encouraged as a means of political control.

A profound period of hysteria was during the time leading up to WWI during which Lenin came to power in Russia. A second period of hysteria led to massive economic and moral collapse during the years of the Weimar Republic, from which came Hitler’s rise in Germany. Lenin and Hitler had the characteristics of psychopaths. Following the moral excesses of the Clinton years, Obama now exhibits the characteristics of a clinical psychopath. With its Constitutional values and history, the USA is not fertile ground for a psychopathic state, but Dr. Łobaczewski tells us that another episode of pathocracy is quite possible and may perhaps be inevitable. Obama is quite capable of creating massive damage to the Constitution and to the economy before we return to more disciplined times. Pathological dishonesty is a marker for psychopathy in Dr. Hare’s system, and we have seen an abundance of pathological dishonesty recently, particularly in regards to Obamacare.

3) Reduced discipline and the erosion of moral values during periods of hysteria allow the proliferation of alternate moral and social viewpoints, including personality disorders. Dr. Łobaczewski’s system identified several mental disorders closely related to psychopathy, including terms denoting psychopath enablers and psychopath foot-soldiers. Dr. Łobaczewski’s system was also very rigorous in identifying and distinguishing hereditary neurological defects as opposed to neurological injury, either or both of which may result in neurological conditions related to psychopathy; nurture and nature individually and collectively may contribute to the development of a psychopathic personality and related mental disorders.

4) Though psychopathy is quite superficial, it is the only mental disorder that attracts, or generates, large numbers of followers who have limited psychological stability and moral values. Only the more gullible members of society, including psychopath enablers, succumb to the attractions of the psychopath. Most members of society retain a “common-sense” — Dr. Łobaczewski’s description — attitude during times of social and economic disruption, and common sense eventually returns and prevails after much damage has been done.

In the USA, psychopath enablers include Leftist journalists, Leftist professors, and Leftist community disorganizers. Intelligence — IQ — offers little or no immunity from psychopathic influences during hysterical times.

In the USA, the shift to hysterical times can be dated quite precisely to the period of the 1960s. Prior to this time, there were Democratic Party stalwarts who were staunchly anti-Leftist such as Hubert Humphrey and Scoop Jackson. These have been replaced by the likes of Harry Reed and Nancy Pelosi. The last of the old-style Democrats was Joseph Lieberman, and he had to change his party affiliation to Independent in order to retain his senate seat during his final election.

5) When psychopaths capture positions of power the result is totalitarianism, also known as pathocracy. At that point, the government operates against the interests of its own people except for favoring certain groups.

We are currently witnessing deliberate polarizations of American citizens, illegal actions, and massive and needless acquisition of debt. This is quite typical of psychopathic systems, and very similar things happened in the Soviet Union as it overextended and collapsed.

6) It must be noted that all pathocratic developments and cycles take place over decades and may not be obvious to the casual observer. During hysterical times, young people in particular may form opinions and make ideological commitments that are quite lacking in moral and intellectual rigor.

7) Pathocrats (psychopaths) always fail, creating massive social and economic costs for everyone else. Eventually, discipline is restored by the need to deal with psychopathic incompetence and corruption, moral and intellectual rigor returns, and the cycle begins again. Marxist and Islamic psychopaths have created a recurring profitable corruption, and their systems become self-perpetuating.

8) Dr. Łobaczewski theorized on ways to minimize pathocracy.

Dr. Łobaczewski’s book included a remarkable section titled Spellbinders that described unique individuals with various moral and psychological pathologies that can and do attract vulnerable followers. The Spellbinder places his followers on a “higher moral plane” than other citizens and these followers may be “showered” with “attention and property.” In a healthy society, Spellbinders are ignored or refuted or laughed out of town. In a hysterical society, Spellbinders may become dictator of Russia, Fuehrer of Germany, or President of the USA. The role of Spellbinder is a constant fixture within pathocracies, but the chosen vulnerable followers depend on the quite variable ideology of the particular Spellbinder (class for Marxism, nationality for Fascism, ethnic and Leftist in America currently). The consistency of this pattern, always resulting in a destructive conclusion, is reminiscent of Transactional Analysis games. Note that being in the chosen group of the Spellbinder’s followers conveys short-term advantage, but tends to long-term damage and destruction of the entire system.

The concepts of psychopathy and pathocracy explain much about the world’s troubles: why some people and nations cooperate productively and build while other people and nations want control and are willing to destroy in pursuit of their aims. As the world’s worst mental disorder, psychopathy has no hope of prevailing, but the destruction itself presents an attraction to sick minds. It should be obvious after thousands of years that psychopaths always fail and psychopaths and psychopath enablers have an agenda they do not share with their vulnerable followers and which they may themselves be unaware.

There is one significant criticism of Dr. Łobaczewski’s book, not related to his psychological understanding. Dr. Łobaczewski was thoroughly, if unwillingly, indoctrinated behind the Iron Curtain and takes the position that a government as “envisioned” by Karl Marx would result in the “working peoples (sic) leftist ideology” driving such a government. This government would be “stern” but humanistic and beneficial. The problem is that no significant “working peoples leftist ideology” has ever existed. No Marxist revolution was ever driven by workers, leftist or otherwise. Marxist or neo-Marxist revolutions are driven by lawyers (Lenin, Castro), bank robbers (Stalin), warlords (Mao, Kim Jong-Il), or an inexperienced community disorganizer whose milieu was Chicago, one of the most corrupt of the Democratic party controlled urban disasters. Marxist revolutionaries may seize and exploit the dissatisfaction of workers, but workers ensnared within a Marxist revolution do not want in, they want out.

Karl Marx had the characteristics of a clinical psychopath; no wonder that all Marxist revolutions fail. Marxist totalitarians (Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao) adopt Marxist ideology, not because it produces beneficial results, but because it gives them control. The pathological need for control is the driving force behind psychopathic personalities, including Obama.

There is growing awareness that the United States of America is becoming disrupted and unsettled. Few people recognize the psychological factors involved, but there are increasing searches for answers. Psychopathy and pathocracy provide descriptions of our current woes and the possibility of a way out of our problems.

Ebola and the Suicidal Militant Islamists

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on numerous talk shows on 05 October 2014, and assured national audiences that American medicine is prepared to deal with the ebola threat. With all due respect for the good doctor, his area of expertise is medicine, and it is not psychopathic killers.

There have surely been at least hundreds of suicide bombers from the ranks of militant Islamists, all dedicated to a false but deadly vision. In addition was the matter of the events of 09/11. It surely must have occurred to these killers that they could expose a very large number of Americans to ebola by infecting themselves, flying to the USA and Europe, and dispersing themselves in areas of personnel high traffic. Or even by getting close to travelers destined for the militant Islamist’s targeted area. This is not rocket science, this is the way cunning and manipulative psychopaths think. Fauci glibly talks of containing the virus, but he does not have a clue how to contain thousands of actual and suspected cases occurring in quick succession. Even if we did succeed in containing such a pandemic, the effort would be massively disruptive.

Militant Islamists claim to welcome death and their actions support their beliefs. It is not that we aren’t capable of dealing with this, it is that we are so locked into conventional thinking that we do not recognize psychopaths for their cunning and destructive capabilities. The World Trade Center was bombed the second time before it finally came down, and we learned nothing from the first bombing. Now we have hundreds of lessons from suicidal fanatics; will we learn anything this time?

Fifteen Things You Probably Do not Know about Psychopaths

This article was published in American Thinker (americanthinker.com) on June 27, 2014.

Have you ever worked for someone who you seriously thought might be crazy? About half of all workers have such an experience within a lifetime. The other half misses out on one of life’s most perplexing and educational opportunities.

The subject is psychopathy. Knowledge and understanding of psychopathy is now advancing, and at an accelerating rate, after a decades-long period of no growth and slow growth. Good thing! Psychopathy is the very worst mental disorder; psychopathy and related conditions have cost millions of lives lost and trillions of dollars wasted, though it is still very poorly understood by most people. I am now speaking not as a medical or psychological professional, but as a professional project engineering manager who has been faced with numerous severe personnel and management problems not addressed in engineering or business school.

Psychopathy is without a doubt the most destructive, the most deadly, and the least comprehensible of mental disorders. So, to promote understanding of psychopathy, the following points are offered:

1. Briefly – A psychopath is a person with a very nasty personality who builds a more attractive and very fake personality to cover his frauds, transgressions, and, sometimes, murders. A representative sample of people psychologically assessed as psychopaths includes Casey Anthony, who allegedly killed her daughter; John Wayne Gacy, who murdered and sodomized thirty-three young men and who was executed; and Jeff Skilling, who was CEO of Enron when it was destroyed in the largest corporate fraud case in history, and who is now in prison. Andrew Lobaczewski was a psychologist in Poland during the Cold War who identified Stalin as a psychopath.

2. Rational – Psychopaths are quite rational. Psychopaths’ minds work no better and no worse than yours, except that psychopaths have a big void where most people have a conscience and moral values. In a family setting, a psychopath typically abuses the spouse and children and is respected and is even well thought of by outsiders. In a working environment, psychopaths choose their victims from lower-ranking individuals and take care to act properly around higher-ranking individuals. In national and international relations, psychopaths create and exploit divisions based on ethnic, religious, national, or class differences.

On first being exposed to a psychopath, a person may be quite favorably impressed. Odd things then begin to happen. Subordinates soon observe incomprehensible behaviors, including pathological dishonesty, and begin to think that the psychopath is “crazy” – or, more technically, he is psychotic. But a psychopath is not psychotic. Psychopathy is a personality disorder, and psychopaths at their worst may start wars or create worldwide financial disasters. Psychopaths are substantially or totally devoid of human feelings: no sympathy, no empathy, no guilt, no remorse, no conscience, and no sense of humor.

Psychopaths are quite predatory. Not only are psychopaths without human feelings, but they are, deep down, contemptuous of all with whom they deal: superiors, subordinates, supporters, opponents, associates, and family alike. Psychopaths genuinely think that they are better and smarter than everyone else, an impression that psychopath enablers fully endorse (think Chris Matthews or the German General Staff during WWII).

3. Mental Disorders – The primary indicators for psychopathy are anti-social personality disorder and malignant narcissism personality disorder, plus tendencies toward criminal behaviors and an inability to establish mature sexual relationships. These mental disorders are recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), though the DSM and the criteria for these mental disorders have been through many revisions as knowledge develops and fashions change.

4. Measurement – Formal measurement of psychopathy is performed by a trained professional using Dr. Robert Hare’s Psychopathy Check List – Revised (PCL-R), consisting of twenty-one items such as pathological dishonesty, parasitic lifestyle, and irresponsibility. Not all of the items are required to assess a psychopathic condition. Neurological exams may be used to confirm damage or defect in the brain. Electroencephalograms (EEGs), functional Magnetic Resonant Imaging (fMRI), and Computerized Axial Tomography scans (CAT scans) are highly effective in confirming neurological abnormalities; Dr. Hare has done much original research in this area to confirm diagnoses of psychopathy. On a macro scale, psychopaths are inefficient, incompetent, and corrupt, much like the Soviet Union. Psychopathy is thought to be incurable at this time.

5. Control – Psychopaths want to control you – physically, emotionally, sexually, financially, and politically. Psychopaths want to control your soft drinks, your ability to defend yourself, your health care, and your life.

6. Occurrence – Psychopaths are thought to be about one percent of the population. Dr. Hare has noted that the occurrence of corporate psychopaths ranges up to four percent of corporate executives; psychopaths with the proper schooling and qualifications are attracted to positions of wealth and power, and they manipulate themselves into positions of responsibility and authority.

7. Masks – There are few overt characteristics to distinguish a psychopath from the general population, within which the psychopath can easily blend. Dr. Cleckley’s 1941 book, which first described clinical psychopathy, was entitled The Mask of Sanity. The “mask” to which Dr. Cleckley referred takes different forms. Ted Bundy wore fake bandages and fake arm and leg casts to attract sympathetic young women, whom he subsequently murdered. Corporate psychopaths typically collect and ostentatiously display degrees, certifications, and awards as proof of their abilities while committing their often subtle frauds. Jeff Skilling at Enron in particular had a rock-solid resume, including an MBA from Harvard and a partnership in McKinsey and Company, a premier business consultancy company. Skilling is now in prison for the greatest case of corporate fraud in history, with thousands of careers disrupted and billions of dollars of corporate value lost.

8. Causes – Neurological defect or injury is often associated with psychopathy, though some cases have no known causative factors. Cases have been reported of identical twins, one psychopathic, the other not. Stalin, Hitler, and Saddam Hussein exhibited traits common to psychopaths, and each had been subject to abusive or neglectful parenting, possibly resulting in psychological damage. There is another possible factor relating to an outsider status. Napoleon was not French, but Corsican. Lenin was not Russian, but Kalmyk and Turkic. Stalin was not Russian, but Georgian. And Hitler was not German, but Austrian.

9. Flavors – By far, most psychopaths operate on a family and community level, destroying family relationships, committing crimes and misdemeanors, and rotating in and out of mental hospitals, jails, and prisons, and then back into the community. But many psychopaths tend to come in other distinct flavors depending on their personalities. Serial-murder psychopaths and corporate psychopaths were previously mentioned. Other flavors include military, religious, financial, and political psychopaths. Dr. Clive Boddy made a convincing argument that the 2008 financial meltdown was the product of financial and political psychopaths.

The rarest of psychopathic types is the intellectual psychopath. Karl Marx, Saul Alinsky, and Cloward-Piven come to mind. Both Marx and Alinsky displayed psychopathic traits and inspired other psychopaths to infiltrate and sometimes forcibly seize governments, followed by characteristic psychopathic inefficiency, incompetence, and corruption in the administration of the state.

10. Psychopath Enablers and Supporters – Family and local psychopath enablers are well-identified and can be researched on the internet. Political psychopath enablers were institutionalized by Antonio Gramsci in his concept of “Corporate Communism,” wherein Marxists were to infiltrate and take over cultural institutions: academia, media, legal, courts, and political parties.

11. Creativity – Creative psychopaths are often audacious and leave people surprised and off balance, as when Hitler invaded the Sudetenland or when Putin invaded Crimea. Corporate psychopaths are often credited with being creative even as their organizations suffer massive personnel turnover and financial loss.

12. Tough Reputation – Beyond the items on Dr. Hare’s PCL-R, psychopaths cultivate a reputation for toughness, but that does not mean that they get good results. In reality, they are just very nasty personalities who abuse subordinates and may commit crimes. Rahm Emanuel (now failing as mayor of Chicago) and Rod Blagojevich (now in prison) fall in this category.

13. Recognizing Psychopathy – Many psychologists have different interpretations of conditions similar to psychopathy. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are virtually the only institutions that unequivocally accept and utilize Dr. Hare’s findings on psychopathy in solving crimes and profiling criminals and criminal psychopaths. The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) specifically recognizes the “bully boss” but ignores the “psychopathic boss.” By whatever label, the two designations are indistinguishable for personnel turnover, financial losses, and criminal behaviors.

14. Failure – In practical terms, psychopaths always fail, and psychopathic failure creates misery for families, communities, and nations. Political psychopaths and their systems fail in the manner that the Soviet Union failed, leaving massive social and economic costs for their supporters and for their opponents. This is exactly what one might expect from the world’s most severe mental disorder. Long-running psychopathic systems such as militant Islam and Marxism typically endure periods of success alternating with failure, during which massive social and economic losses are endured by everyone, supporters and opponents alike.

15. Ending Psychopathic Expression – Dr. Hare and associates are increasingly capable of identifying a psychopath at an early age. Many conditions are medically or legally sanctioned (eyeglasses may be required for a driver’s license), and psychopathy should be in this category, with psychopaths limited in their opportunities to control others. The Tyee had a novel but quite workable approach to corporate psychopathy: require all corporate executives to have performance insurance, with denial of insurance to those who cannot pass a psychopathy screening exam. Internationally, the best strategy appears to be to contain psychopathic states and let them die of their own corruption, as the Soviet Union did.

Psychopathy is a common and extremely destructive mental disorder that afflicts not only the psychopath, but whole communities, nations, and the world. We now have the tools to identify and mitigate psychopathy, if we can develop the will to do so.

Psychopath Games

Psychopath Games

The world is now subject to more peacetime social, national, economic, and financial tensions than at any time since the run-up to WWII. Current belligerent gamesmanship has a close parallel to the situations in Asia and in Europe eighty years ago. In the 1930s it was Hitler moving illegally into the Sudetenland and into Austria on the pretext of protecting German speaking nationals while at the same time Japan was invading Manchuria and China. Now it is Russians moving into the Crimea and possibly into the Eastern Ukraine to protect Russian speaking nationals and China is making a naked grab for control of the territory of other states around the South China Sea.

Of the many varying factors in the current gamesmanship, there is a remarkable continuity of characters and actions with distinct similarities to the events of the past. There is always a leader who employs pathological dishonesty to score propaganda points and justify his actions. This leader assumes a superior attitude, and his followers agree with the leader’s self-assessment. The leader presents a fake but appealing public persona and a very nasty private and lawless persona which he tries to hide from those whom he needs to favorably impress. The leader has a claque of enablers, including his propaganda elements, overt and covert operatives, and other supporters. The leader’s nasty private persona is displayed to those who must be intimidated or to enablers who look with favorability on such nasty displays. There is always one or more artificial manufactured crises in need of solving. There are always real crises that are ignored and are compounded by being ignored. There are always national, ethnic, social, religious, or class divisions to be manipulated and exacerbated. These divisions create gullible and fanatical supporters who are exploited for the leader’s benefit, and also create designated opponents who are exploited for the leader’s benefit. The leader’s operational mode includes audacity, and audacity is often successful because it comes as such a surprise to more conventional thinkers who follow the rule of law.

Russia agreed to international rules in the Crimea and violated those rules. China agreed to international rules in the South China Sea and is now moving to occupy territories of other nations in violation of those rules. Both China and Russia are members of the United Nations Security Council, and both act in violation of the UN Charter, CHAPTER VII: ACTION WITH RESPECT TO THREATS TO THE PEACE, BREACHES OF THE PEACE, AND ACTS OF AGGRESSION.

It is not just in international relations that the rules of the game are being flouted. Obama promised many things in regard to Obamacare and now you can’t keep your doctor, or your plan, or your money. Militant Islam encourages dishonesty to achieve Islamic goals of world domination. Each of these actions is an example of pathological dishonesty. Intimidation and audacity are rampant among these pathological liars.

The real crises in the USA are the increasing loss of freedoms, the national debt, and growing corruption; the artificial manufactured crises are Obamacare and global warming or climate change or whatever they call it next. The real crises in Russia are lack of freedom, demographic failure, corruption, lack of infrastructure, and over-reliance on extractive industries; the artificial manufactured crisis is Crimea and before that, Georgia.

The recent Russian attack on the Ukraine is just such an audacious action, catching the whole world off guard. Such leaders often are capable of moving enablers and supporters to massive effort and fanaticism in support of a cause, and the support continues well past any possible positive outcome. Invading Russia was a dubious undertaking by Germany and after Stalingrad it was national suicide, but the fanaticism persisted. These leaders’ little dramas always end in failure, and all supporters and all opponents suffer great social and economic costs as a result of the leaders’ failures.

Similar scenarios played out in Stalin’s Soviet Union, in Hitler’s Germany, in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, in Putin’s Russia, and in the current situation in Obama’s United States of America. The various supporting players can be identified by function and often by name within each scenario. It is like watching many re-makes of the same movie with different actors and different stage settings each time. It might have been interesting at one time if it had not resulted in so much death and destruction.

Some years ago, Games People Play was a very popular book by Dr. Eric Berne, and the book described a number of recurring psychological games, ranging from relatively benign to savagely criminal. Dr. Berne’s system was known as Transactional Analysis (TA) and was a superb tool for descriptive purposes, but was weak for analytical purposes. Transactional Analysis remains a prominent tool in Great Britain and Australia, but is now less known in the USA where it was dismissed as “pop psychology.” This is unfortunate, because of the insights that Transactional Analysis offers in our current situation. By the standards of TA and by tabulation of costs, the games we have been playing during WWII and continuing to the present are the most destructive games in history, killing tens of millions of people and destroying and wasting trillions of dollars of value. Transactional Analysis games follow repetitive and predictable patterns and repetitive and predictable failures. Even family and local TA games contain similar characters and similar scenarios, with reduced numbers of participants.

The popularity of Transactional Analysis peaked in the 1970s, and psychological understanding has made major strides since then. The “leaders” described above are now known as psychopaths. Psychopaths come in many flavors: serial murder psychopaths (John Wayne Gacy), corporate psychopaths (Jeff Skilling at Enron), financial psychopaths (Bernie Madoff), and political psychopaths (the leaders described above). Natural disasters produce relatively few casualties compared to the psychopaths of WWII. Even the victims of insane school shooters and theater shooters, horrific as they are, are negligible compared to the millions killed by the psychopathic Stalin, Hitler, and Mao.

School shooters are usually found to have a thinking disorder and are therefore identified as psychotic or insane. Psychopaths have a personality disorder and are rational, but with an extremely deficient value system. Psychotics and psychopaths are often confused with one another, but psychopaths are orders of magnitude more destructive and deadly than are psychotics. Psychopaths are further subject to co-morbidities: kleptomania, substance abuse, sexual insufficiency and predation, etc., and these co-morbidities often play a role in their psychopathic behaviors.

Psychopaths overall constitute about one percent of the population and are strongly represented within prison populations, though not all convicted criminals are psychopathic. Organizational psychopaths tend to be of higher intelligence and abilities, and gravitate to positions of power and wealth. Organizational psychopaths tend to avoid overt criminal actions and prosecution for the most part, but are no less bullying and destructive.

Remarkably, the solution to the psychopath problem is quite simple. There are relatively few psychopaths and they are quite randomly distributed, but professional psychologists led by Dr. Robert Hare are becoming quite adept at identifying psychopaths. The psychopathic condition is thought to be substantially incurable at this time.

All children show psychopathic behaviors when very young, but most are successfully socialized to avoid long-term psychopathic tendencies. Foreign and domestic leaders should be screened early for psychopathic tendencies before they are allowed any degree of responsibility. Budding psychopaths approaching adulthood can be identified with current psychological tools. The alternative to stopping psychopaths early is more waste, more corruption, and more deaths over the millennia.

Persons displaying psychopathic tendencies may now be identified, surveilled, and monitored with existing tools similar to the ways that sexual predators are identified and tracked. The major problem in ending the bad effects of psychopathy is recognition and acknowledgement of the nature of the problem. Dr. Hervey Cleckley made the initial clinical description of psychopathy in 1941 to almost no immediate effect, and we have slowly gained knowledge and experience with psychopathic phenomena over the years. Psychopathy is complex and counterintuitive and has therefore been slow to register, but we now have the tools to solve the problem if we have the will to do so.

NYT: Was Marx Right?

NYT: Was Marx Right?

Karl Marx is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s great thinkers: philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist, and a founder of scientific socialism. Strange, is it not, that not a single one of the dozens of nations that have been established on Marxist principles has enjoyed success, and most have suffered crushing, abject failure? Does the Emperor have no clothes? Yes, he does not. Old Karl is as nekkid as a jaybird.

The New York Times has published a balanced debate on the subject, “Was Marx Right?” A balanced debate is a major step forward for the mainstream media but the debaters on both sides of the question continue to ignore the most salient feature of Marx and Marxism. Marx and his ideas have always generated furious debate. Some people accept what Marx had to say and some do not, and the dividing line is psychological more than rational. Karl Marx had many of the characteristics of a clinical psychopath, and professional psychologists do not credit what a psychopath says, but only the effects that the psychopath produces. It is the psychological element that attracts Marx’s followers. Psychopaths are pathological liars and are big on self-aggrandizement and manipulation, among other unattractive features. Many sympathetic followers tend to fall under the spell of a psychopath, and these are known as enablers. Marx was a victim of the world’s worst mental disorder, and the world has been victim of Marxism for over 100 years. That is the definitive reason that Marxist schemes, without exception, always fail to greater or lesser degree.

Marx will never receive a psychopathic evaluation which requires extensive personal interviews and medical and legal document reviews; Marx predates the clinical description of psychopathy by Dr. Hervey Cleckley in 1941. We can only rely on the historical record to analyze Marx’s personality. Marx’s behaviors were prominent for anti-social and narcissistic personality disorder indicators, the primary evidence for psychopathy. Imagine that; a founder and leading proponent of socialism was anti-social. But contradictory words and actions are typical of psychopaths. Marx eloquently expressed love for his wife and children, but four of the children died of starvation-induce illness because Marx had more important things to do than to provide for them, and two grown daughters committed suicide. Additionally, Marx had an illegitimate son with the household maid.

Psychopathy is measured using Dr. Robert Hare’s Psychopathy Check List Revised (PCL-R). Psychopathic behaviors range from obnoxious to criminal to genocidal depending on the individual psychopath’s abilities and inclinations. Psychopathy is a personality disorder, but it is sometimes confused with thinking disorders (psychoses) or mood disorders (depression, bi-polar). Psychopathy takes many forms, most prominently family and community psychopaths, serial murderers, and organizational psychopaths.

It must be noted that professional psychologists do not fully agree on all details in the study of psychopathy. The field is so dynamic that there have been major new insights and redefinitions within the last few years. A consensus among professionals is developing and recent changes have taken the form of refinements rather than radical changes. Dr. Hare’s work is the most widely accepted model for the psychopathic personality and it is used extensively by the FBI for solving crimes and profiling criminal behaviors. The July 2012 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin was dedicated to the subject of psychopathy and the introduction was written by Dr. Hare. Public awareness and opinion on the subject has not kept up with recent developments in psychology and the public tends to think of psychopathy in terms of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Don Corleone in The Godfather, sociopathy, insanity, and eccentric personal opinion, none of which are very accurate.

Psychopathy is complex and counter-intuitive, and there is growing awareness of psychopathy as the worst of mental disorders. Hitler exhibited both extreme anti-social and extreme (malignant) narcissistic behaviors, as did Stalin and the Japanese militarists; consequently the biggest, most destructive war in history was driven by leaders who exhibited psychopathic-type tendencies. Dr. Clive Boddy has made a credible argument that the worldwide 2008 financial meltdown was driven by financial psychopaths. The largest corporate failure in history was Enron, and Jeff Skilling, the CEO of Enron, was identified as a corporate psychopath by Dr. Hare. John Wayne Gacy murdered about thirty-three young men and was formally assessed as a serial-murder psychopath. Psychopathy includes a wide range of diverse behaviors.

There were a number of serial murderer cases in the 1970s (Corll, Manson, Bundy, Gacy) and there have been similar cases throughout history, including Gilles de Rais and H.H. Holmes. Corporate psychopathy (Sunbeam Corporation, WorldCom, Enron) appears to be a more recent phenomenon reflecting the increase in size, complexity, and technology of recent organizational developments. Psychopaths are quick to grasp new opportunities, and do so before professional psychologists can react, much less anticipate. Psychologists are becoming more experienced and more capable in dealing rapidly with psychopathy developments and it is now the general public that is behind the learning curve — way behind. Psychopathy comes in many different manifestations, contributing to the confusion surrounding the subject. Who would have guessed that serial murderer John Wayne Gacy and the Boards of Directors of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with their $10 billion accounting fraud were subject to the same mental disorder?

Power over others is the driving force in the psychopathic personality, whether it is control of the size of sodas, or control of guns, or control of national healthcare, or control of the Crimea. Psychopaths have a pathological need for control regardless of constitutions, laws, or treaties and psychopaths are skillful at manipulating the system to make themselves appear to be what they are not. Psychopaths’ primary need is for physical, emotional, thought, sexual, military, religious, and/or political control depending on the psychopathic individual’s screwed-up personality. For a psychopath, everyone is an object to be manipulated and used, and both the psychopath’s supporters and his opponents are subject to being thrown under the bus or shot in the back of the head when the psychopath finds it expedient (Ernst Rohm, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright). The psychopath’s supporters and enablers fully embrace the psychopath, blissfully unaware that the psychopath’s mental disorders may well lead them to destruction. See German General Staff, 1945. Psychopaths always fail. What else would you expect of the world’s most destructive mental disorder?

Of the many cases and many different manifestations of psychopathy, Karl Marx appears to be almost unique as an intellectual psychopath striving to control the thoughts of others. The only comparable intellectual psychopath that comes to mind is Saul Alinsky, mentor to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The growing crises in the USA under Obama are a direct reflection of psychopathic inefficiency, incompetence, and corruption, just like Enron and just like the Soviet Union during the years before it failed.

The attraction of Marxism is the quasi-intellectual patina it gives to elitist psychopaths and to their enablers and supporters as they pursue their goals of personal power and aggrandizement. This may include, and most particularly does include, Gramscian politicians, professors, and journalists who are attracted to power and influence with no thought for the appalling ramifications of what they are creating. Dr. Cleckley pointed-out many years ago that psychopaths build an appealing, even charismatic, mask to cover their dishonest and larcenous personalities.

Psychopaths are thought to be about one percent of the population, but organizational psychopaths are attracted to positions of power and authority, precisely where they can do the most damage. But this statement is tautological; doing the most damage is a primary purpose and intent of psychopaths. Dr. Hare cites a study showing that about 3-4% of corporate leaders are psychopathic. Family and community psychopaths are by far the most common type, but organizational psychopaths do the most damage: wars, economic disasters, military disaster, etc. Captain Bligh of The Mutiny on the Bounty and Captain Queeg of The Caine Mutiny both had the characteristics of psychopaths. Their psychopathic behaviors are what make their stories so remarkable and intriguing. The historical Captain Bligh was a principal in three separate mutinies at a time when the penalty for mutiny in the British Navy was an automatic death sentence. Captain Queeg was only semi-fictional. The US Navy ship Zane, DMS-14, was the ship on which Herman Wouk served and that became the model for the fictional USNS Caine, DMS-18.

Karl Marx was a hack philosopher, hack economist, hack sociologist, hack historian, and hack journalist. His sole attraction was for fellow psychopaths who also wanted to control people.

The United States of America and the Constitution were predicated on the equality of all men and in a long purification process this equality has been formally extended to all citizens. But we now have a self-selected body of “the best and the brightest” and “elitists” who have undertaken to recreate a savage psychopathic world controlled by — their psychopathic selves.

Benjamin Franklin said that we were given “A Republic, if you can keep it.” It is now crunch time for the American Republic.

A Plague of Demons

This article was published in American Thinker (americanthinker.com) on October 12, 2013.

A Plague of Demons

Is your boss crazy? Probably not, but if you seriously think that he might be crazy, he is very likely a psychopath. Psychopathy and psychosis are often confused with one another but are radically different. Psychotics are irrational, with a thinking disorder. Psychopaths are quite rational but have a personality disorder, able to make themselves appear quite attractive when they want something, such as getting out of jail or being promoted to the head of a large corporation. At other times, psychopaths may want to intimidate or control someone, and then they make themselves appear enraged or irrational, so that a person who does not understand the game may well believe the psychopath is crazy. (This is the voice of experience talking.) Psychopaths do not allow upper management to see them when they are acting crazy, so upper management is clueless about why there are so many problems in the psychopath’s organization. “Crazy” is a popular term and we will not be using it again herein.

Psychopathy is a recent concept and is quite complex. Psychological analysis of psychopathy has been a constant effort for the last seventy years. Psychologists are just now getting a firm handle on all the nuances, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that psychopathy is the most destructive of all mental disorders, having caused more death and destruction than all other mental disorders combined and more death and destruction than the very worst natural disasters we have experienced. Psychotic episodes such as recent mass shootings, horrific as they are, pale beside the mass slaughter of innocents in wars, in totalitarian concentration camps and gas chambers, and in terrorist activities, all driven by psychopathic-type personalities.

The first clinical description of psychopathy was contained in Dr. Hervey Cleckley’s 1941 book, The Mask of Sanity. Dr. Cleckley’s practice dealt primarily with drunks and bums who were in and out of mental hospitals and jails. Among Dr. Cleckley’s observations:

1. Psychopaths are rational, but with value systems that are extraordinarily out of whack: no sympathy, no empathy, no guilt, no remorse, no conscience, and no sense of humor. Psychopaths are quite irresponsible.

2. Psychopaths create a mask for themselves that appears to be reasonable, even admirable, and is used by the psychopath to conceal irresponsible and sometimes criminal behaviors.

3. Psychopaths primarily are noted for two functional disorders, anti-social personality disorder (in the extreme, criminal) and narcissism (selfish). Dr. Cleckley reported a number of psychopathic behaviors within these disorders, including irresponsible, parasitic, dishonest, callous, manipulative, and superficial charm (charisma). Psychopaths are subject to co-morbidities such as substance abuse and kleptomania.

4. Some psychopaths suffered terrible abuse during childhood (Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy). Some psychopaths were overindulged as children, with presumed inadequate emotional growth. Some psychopaths exhibit neurological damage or defect. And some psychopaths show no causative factors associated with their psychopathy. Dr. Robert Hare reported identical twins, one of whom was psychopathic, the other, not.

5. Dr. Cleckley noted that psychopaths have a high level of interest in therapy sessions, not to make themselves well, but to learn how more normal people think and act, the better to exploit their victims. To illustrate, Charles Manson took a Dale Carnegie course in prison and made friends with convicted pimps in order to learn how to manipulate people, particularly women.

6. Psychopaths have a profound need for control of others; physical, emotional, sexual, financial, and/or political control is imperative for a psychopath, likely driven by his own indifference to others’ feelings and a sense of inadequacy within himself. A psychopath’s need for control of others justifies to himself any dishonesty or manipulation of others.

7. Based on his own limited observations, Dr. Cleckley speculated that there could well be criminal and professional psychopaths.

As Dr. Cleckley anticipated, there was a wave of serial-murder psychopathic incidents in the 1970s — Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and others. Ted Bundy used fake arm and leg casts and bandages to ensnare women whom he then killed. These fake casts and bandages served as a part of Bundy’s “mask,” as Dr. Cleckley described the term. John Wayne Gacy wore a clown suit for the same purpose, and used it to entice and kill thirty-three young men and boys. It was not until 1993 that psychologists were able to adequately describe criminal and severely anti-social psychopaths, as described in Dr. Robert Hare’s book, Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths among Us. Dr. Hare, extending Dr. Cleckley’s observations, devised the Psychopathy Check List — Revised (PCL-R) that has become the premier tool for assessing psychopathy. The PCL-R consists of twenty-one items, mostly anti-social or narcissistic in nature. Only a qualified professional can assess psychopathy, but the list is quite fascinating, particularly when compared to the behaviors of some of our current politicians.

Following after the criminal psychopaths of the 1970s, another wave of corporate psychopaths struck in the 1990s, including “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap at Sunbeam Corporation, Bernie Ebbers of WorldCom, and Jeff Skilling at Enron. Each of these psychopaths damaged thousands of careers and destroyed billions of dollars of corporate value. By 2006, Dr. Hare and Dr. Paul Babiak had analyzed the corporate psychopaths and described their findings in their book, Snakes in Suits.

Following the worldwide financial meltdown in 2008, Dr. Clive Boddy published a book presenting a statistical analysis of the items on Dr. Hare’s Psychopathy Check List — Revised, and validated Dr. Hare’s findings; leaders who practice certain anti-social and narcissistic behaviors get disastrous results, concealed for a period of time by their charismatic masks and by their credentials. For corporate executive psychopaths, their qualifications (Dunlap was a West Point graduate, Skilling was a Harvard graduate) and their charismatic personalities serve as their psychopathic masks as they commit massive fraud. Dr. Boddy made a strong argument that the 2008 financial meltdown was the product of political and financial psychopathic fraud. Dr. Boddy’s findings and arguments were contained in his 2011 book, Corporate Psychopaths: Organisational Destroyers.

The astute observer will note from the above timelines that it takes less and less time for professionals to track and analyze psychopathic developments. Psychopathic behavior is counterintuitive and has been extraordinarily difficult to analyze, but psychologists have now become adept at identifying the deviant behaviors and patterns of psychopaths. But citizens remain largely unaware of these psychological developments, and citizens pay the extreme social and financial costs of psychopathy.

There are several other observations which are useful in dealing with psychopaths. Psychopaths come in different flavors. The majority of psychopaths are active within local families, jobs, and communities. The most severely psychopathic individuals often fit into certain narrow categories — domains — including serial murderers, organizational and financial fraudsters, corporate abusers, and political deceivers. About one percent of the general population is considered to be psychopathic, but Dr. Hare has cited a four percent figure for corporate psychopaths who tend to be very ambitious and who manipulate their way into higher positions.

In a working environment, psychopaths appear to be two-faced due to their masks, typically treating superiors with obsequious respect and treating subordinates with bullying abusiveness. Subordinates really do think that the psychopath may be insane because of his destructive, intemperate, and sometimes threatening behaviors. Psychopaths are contemptuous toward everyone in equal measure, superiors, subordinates, supporters, and opponents. The psychopath’s mask is usually sufficiently impressive that superiors are seldom aware that they are being played, but subordinates see all of the psychopath’s behaviors and are well aware of the discrepancies. Attempted conversations between the superiors and the subordinates of a psychopath get nowhere, as each has radically different experiences and views of the psychopath. The most capable subordinates leave, creating huge costs for the organization.

Being two-faced, the psychopath has an astonishingly different effect on different people, depending on which face an observer chances to see. In seminars on psychopathy, people who are confused and doubtful after encounters with an abusive psychopath may become emotional to the point of tears, relieved to discover that their bad experiences have been shared by other people and that there is a coherent explanation for the psychopath’s behaviors. Other people who have never experienced a psychopath’s wrath absolutely do not understand what the fuss is all about. Senior leaders typically have seen a psychopath only when his mask is in place, and are at a loss to account for the personnel turnover and financial losses generated by their charismatic psychopath.

Psychopaths typically display abnormal neurological function: brainwaves (electroencephalography — EEG), brain blood flow (functional Magnetic Resonance Imagery — fMRI), and radiological tracing (Positive Emission Tomography — PET scans). Abnormal neurological readouts may indicate brain damage or defect. Psychopaths often have sufficiently abnormal neurological markers to raise a red flag, a possible way of detecting political and corporate psychopaths before any massive damage occurs.

Psychopathic leaders create corrupt and psychopathic societies. To control their societies, psychopaths favor unarmed citizens and mass organizations administered by mass corrupt bureaucracies. Marxist collectivism and Islamic tribal societies are well-suited to the purposes of psychopathic leaders.

Psychopathic leaders, lacking human feelings themselves, manipulate their followers’ emotions and their conflicting interests to solidify their own positions. Class, religion, and ethnic differences are exploited for the psychopath’s benefit. Followers are quite expendable when it suits the psychopath’s needs (Consider the fate of Ernst Rohm in Nazi Germany and Reverend Jeremiah Wright more recently).

Every psychopathic system in history has failed after great cost to both supporters and opponents of the psychopath. Psychopaths seemingly push until they get caught. The hypothesis is that psychopaths may want to be caught. There may be a few serial murderers who grew old before they were caught, but psychopathic systems ultimately fail.

A psychopath may be compared to a single person playing a board game by himself, with the psychopath as self-designated loser of the game. Supporters, opponents, superiors, subordinates, useful idiots, dupes (such as suicide bombers), bureaucracies, tribes, and collectives are pieces to be manipulated by the organizational psychopath. Dubious and illicit causes (lebensraum, Marxist Utopia, Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, global warming, green energy, “the transformation of America”) serve to reinforce the psychopath’s position with his gullible followers. The failures of Hitler in 1945 and of the Soviet Union in 1991 are the most prominent examples that follow this pattern.

Rapid technological and communication advances create new opportunities for psychopaths, as Dr. Hare warned that this would happen in his 1993 book. We are building toward a social and economic crescendo, not unlike that seen in the Weimar Republic in the 1930s.

Descriptions of psychopathic behaviors attract little attention in comparison to the damage psychopaths do in families, in the workplace, in corporate collapses, in financial catastrophes, and in wars. Psychopaths are sufficiently rare that they are treated as oddities, particularly by people who have never worked for one or who have never been married to one. Psychopathy is a difficult subject, and even professional psychologists have only recently built a relatively complete understanding of the subject. Valid discussions of psychopathy attract insufficient attention, and the media will hide examples of our politicians’ psychopathic characteristics, such as dishonesty, grandiosity, and manipulation. In psychological terms, denial is a defense mechanism. As long as we continue to deny psychopathic behaviors among our politicians and our corporate leaders, we will continue to pay the horrific social and financial costs.

(A more complete treatment of the subject of psychopathy is available here.)

James G. Long has been an army captain, a professional engineer, an author, and a blogger, with a lifelong interest in organizational management problems. mandynamerica.com/blo

The Psychopathic Great Game

The Psychopathic Great Game

August 17, 2013 – 4:16 am
Updated September 16, 2013

The world goes through repeated human crises on all scales of size and severity and in all fields of endeavor, followed by a period of relative stability, only to repeat the exercise in a different location or in a different context with a different cast of characters. Suppose now that these crises are driven by individuals of certain authoritarian dispositions: Napoleon, Lenin, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, Jeff Skilling, Bernie Madoff, and the Boards of Directors of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2008, to name a diverse sampling. Now further suppose that there is a distinct psychological pattern that encompasses all these characters and behaviors. This pattern is identified by psychologists as psychopathy.

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James G. Long had the dubious distinction of having worked for four managers early in his career who displayed psychopathic-type behaviors as confirmed by a professional psychologist.

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He then finished his working career in petrochemical project management at Enron, the largest psychopathic corporate failure in history, for which failure he takes no credit. As a result of these experiences, he has actively pursued the study of psychopathy from an engineering and organizational standpoint for many years.

All public figures herein identified as psychopathic are found in the public record and are described as psychopathic, sociopathic, or psychotic, and display behaviors similar to behaviors of confirmed psychopaths. The serial murderers and many of the corporate psychopaths described herein were identified by psychologists as psychopaths in testimony in courts of law.
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Psychopathy has recently developed as a field within psychology, and there has been much technical and psychological progress in the last few decades. Public awareness of what it is that the psychologists are learning typically trails by decades. Professional psychologists rigidly define and measure certain traits which define psychopathy, though the actual behaviors are quite diverse. Professional psychologists insist on a formal assessment of psychopathy which includes personal interviews of the subject and his family, friends, and associates and an extensive record review of the subject and his history, including medical and legal history. Assessing psychopathy is primarily the measuring of anti-social and narcissistic traits in the context of the psychopath’s life.

No psychopathic assessment of Hitler was ever made. Not only would Hitler and his associates have refused to participate, but the first clinical description of psychopathy was completed after WWII began. By the same token, Dr. Robert Hare, the leading expert on psychopathy, refused to give an opinion on the psychopathic state of Saddam Hussein. Psychologically, Dr. Hare was correct in this refusal, but this leaves a gaping hole in the historical record. It is certain that psychopaths existed before current psychologists got around to defining the subject. We can absolutely state that Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Gilles de Rais, Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin. and Idi Amin were anti-social and narcissistic, but to what degrees? All totalitarian dictators and some of the participants in recent financial and political crises are assumed to be proto-psychopaths, and will be discussed in this context for the historical clarity that such discussion affords, based on the available evidence. This viewpoint is subject to debate and distortion.

Psychopathy is about control. Individual psychopaths often fit into certain narrow categories — domains — including serial murderers, organizational and financial fraudsters, corporate abusers, political deceivers, etc. Some psychopaths are defined, not so much within a specific domain, but by a general irresponsible and disruptive behavior. Political psychopaths are historically the most destructive type. Very recently, financial psychopaths have collaborated with political psychopaths to create massive economic damage. Each psychopath is to a large extent unique due to his own unique psychological make-up and due to who and what it is that he wishes to control. Despite this wide diversity in behavior, psychopaths do have common characteristics that consistently lead to unanticipated and destructive outcomes. Psychopaths expend great amounts of effort to appear normal and even exemplary in order to further their criminal purposes. This has been seen many times, and still it comes as a surprise each time.

One would not expect Bernie Madoff to be suddenly exposed as a serial murderer because Madoff’s domain was financial fraud, not serial murder. But if a political psychopath amasses sufficient power, he may well become an overt mass murderer like Adolph Hitler and not a covert serial murderer like John Wayne Gacy. If all psychopaths were similar they would be quickly recognized, just as those subject to psychoses were recognized in pre-history. Whatever mental disorders psychopaths may have, they do not lack in originality.

The various monochrome revolutions of recent years are revolts against political psychopathy. This includes the current Syrian, Turkish, and Egyptian revolts, but some of these revolts now pit psychopath against psychopath. This is not an unusual occurrence; witness the on-again, off-again love affair between Hitler and Stalin, two psychopaths each trying to use the other.

The current expressions of psychopathy rival the psychopathic financial and political turmoil of the 1930s. The current agitation, in numerous locations worldwide, is very similar to Europe and Germany near the time of Krystallnacht, and we are now seeing similar officially-condoned ethnic threats in the USA. Only in a psychopathic state could whites be blamed when a brown man shoots a black man in self-defense. The far more common black-on-black crime barely generates any notice at all. Various constituencies profit from the psychopathy of class, religious, or ethnic strife; it was always thus.

The thesis herein is that professional psychologists have very recently developed the tools to recognize a psychopath, but voters and citizens are as yet insufficiently aware of this admittedly complex subject. Some do not care, and some may support and even encourage psychopathic actions, just as most of the German people and the German Army General Staff supported Hitler, until they learned, too late, to regret it. Organizational psychopaths and their supporters invariably achieve a long or short period of common purpose, depending on the psychopath’s internal needs. Psychopaths regularly waste lives and treasure in pursuit of their own selfish goals, and do not care who among supporters or opponents is hurt in the process. When a psychopath’s supporters are thrown under the bus or shot in the back of the head, it causes much astonishment for the supporters, but it is business as usual for a psychopath. Psychopaths have no loyalty to anyone, and care only about how to manipulate one individual or group against another to the psychopath’s own perverse advantage.

There has been much speculation on Obama’s background, qualifications, and mental status. Obama has contributed to the speculation by concealing and distorting his record. The mental status of the person occupying the most powerful political office in the world would seem to be of primary importance, above all other factors. This is an examination of those factors.

The Great Game — Context

The Great Game was nominally a contest between the psychopathic Russian Empire in the North and the psychopathic British Empire in India, fought out for roughly the whole of the Nineteenth Century and centered in Afghanistan and surrounding states and statelets. This remains a troublesome area to this date. The Soviet Union substantially exhausted itself in Afghanistan in the 1980s, thereby contributing to the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Unfortunately, Russia has reconstituted itself as a destructive psychopathic state rather than a destructive Marxist psychopathic state, which is no great improvement, but does guarantee continued corruption and inefficiency in Russia. The USA has spent substantial blood and treasure in pacifying Iraq and Afghanistan in the first and second decades of the Twenty-First Century, a prolonged work in progress with no assured outcome except further strife and expense.

The troubles and the human costs in Afghanistan during the last two centuries were encapsulated early in Kipling’s haunting poem:

When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.

From “THE YOUNG BRITISH SOLDIER”
by Rudyard Kipling

The occasion of this poem was the disastrous British retreat on foot and horseback from Kabul in the frigid winter of 1842 involving some 16,000 British and Indian troops, family members with wives and children, support personnel, and camp followers. Exactly one British military person, the singular Assistant Surgeon William Brydon, survived the trek and the ambushes, though a few native sepoy (sepahi) stragglers evaded and eventually returned to Indian territory. The human and financial costs in Afghanistan continue to this day. Indeed, Afghanistan has always been a psychopathic society at least from the time of Alexander, so nothing has changed in this regard for many centuries.

Psychopathic Societies

Psychopathic societies, with certain cultural variations, are universally marked by controlling leadership, by corruption, by intolerance, and by routine and sometimes ritual child abuse, such as female sexual mutilation. All dictatorships are believed to be psychopathic, and often make great effort to appear otherwise.

Clinical Psychopathy

Over two hundred years ago, French psychologist Philippe Pinel identified a condition he identified as “insane without delirium.” In modern terminology, this might be rendered as “insane without overt indications of psychosis.” Dr. Hervey Cleckley’s book, The Mask of Sanity, 1941, was the first clinical description of psychopathy, and was based primarily on Dr. Cleckley’s own observations of drunks and bums in rural Georgia.

Dr. Cleckley’s “mask” explicitly referred to a fabricated and attractive persona wherein the appearance of sanity was artfully constructed to cover a personality disorder which has variable unattractive manifestations. In the extreme, psychopaths do appear to be insane. Psychopaths are quite rational in their actions, but are given to extreme insane-like behaviors to create fear and to manipulate their victims. Higher ranking victims are also manipulated, but more often with reasonable, sometimes creative, behavior and by fawning flattery. Psychopathy is multi-dimensional and multi-variant, which has made the definition and understanding of psychopathy very difficult. Psychopaths follow an extreme self-centered and uncaring value system compared to most people. Thus Dr. Pinel and then Dr. Cleckley, later and in somewhat more detail, have described the same condition.

Dr. Cleckley, based on his own limited observations, speculated that there may well be criminal psychopaths, organizational psychopaths, and professional psychopaths. Sure enough, in the 1970s a series of serial-murder psychopaths caught the public’s attention: Charles Manson, Dean Corll, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and others. What caught the publics’ attention was the spectacular nature of the serial murderers’ crimes, not the psychological details.

Twenty years later, the 1990s saw the rise to prominence of the corporate psychopaths, facilitated by the rapid advances in technology and communications. “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap at Sunbeam Corporation, Bernie Ebbers at WorldCom, and Jeff Skilling at Enron were each identified as psychopaths by professional psychologists, each destroyed billions of dollars of value, and each disrupted thousands of lives and careers. There were many similar but lesser-known cases near this time.

More recently, Australian Dr. Clive Boddy analyzed and documented the damages psychopaths do within organizations, and made a convincing argument that financial and political psychopaths drove the 2008 worldwide financial collapse. Dr. Boddy’s book is Corporate Psychopaths: Organisational Destroyers, 2011. Few have commented, as yet, on the psychopathic nature of the Libor scandal, though $700 trillion in derivatives are involved, just as the world financial situation becomes more unstable.

Alienation

In some form or another, psychopaths often are alienated during their growth process, and they frequently appear to suffer neurological impairment, which may or may not be related in some as yet undefined way to their alienation. Psychopaths create a false and charismatic persona to compensate for their own perceived inadequacies, they attempt to control others for their own selfish benefit, and they pretend to feelings that they are actually incapable of holding, for the purpose of manipulating their victims. Psychopaths are both parasitic and predatory.

Early in Dr. Cleckley’s investigation of clinical psychopathy, he observed that psychopaths show an intense interest in therapy sessions, not for the purpose of becoming well, but in order to become more competent and more functional as psychopaths. Therapy teaches psychopaths how more normal people act, and from there how to exploit “weaknesses,” such as a normal person’s trusting nature. In prison, Charles Manson took a Dale Carnegie course and befriended convicted pimps in order to learn how to control people, particularly women.

Psychopaths may well expect to ultimately fail as a result of traumatic and alienating events in their earliest childhood. Hitler blamed his failures on the German people, a typical scenario. Psychopathic failure invariably produces massive social and financial costs for both supporters and opponents of the psychopath in proportion to the scale in which the particular psychopath operates, from Adolph Hitler to Jeff Skilling to Casey Anthony.

The “Good Enough” Society

Dr. Lyle Rossiter describes, in meticulous detail, the development of personality from infancy to adulthood. Dr. Rossiter’s book is The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness, which follows the personality developmental model as described in Dr. Erik Erikson’s book, Identity: Youth and Crisis. Dr. Rossiter posits a broad “good enough” model of parenting which covers a big majority of people, leaving them free to pursue their own private and community interests and talents while maintaining a responsible and productive life. Deviations from this “good enough” parenting may contribute to troubled lives. In the extreme, Dr. Rossiter’s model describes political madness as witnessed by the official corruption of Leftist political elites.

Mental Disorders

Three primary mental disorders (among many lesser disorders) are commonly recognized and are often confused with one another. Thinking disorders, also identified as psychoses, include paranoia and schizophrenia and were recognized in pre-history. Mood disorders were first clinically described in the late Nineteenth Century and include depression, mania, and bi-polar conditions. The primary personality disorder is psychopathy and it was first clinically described in 1941 by Dr. Cleckley, with constant revisions and updates as experience and knowledge increased. It is typical of psychopathy that co-morbidities may be present, including thinking disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, kleptomania, sexual deviation, etc. Thinking disorders and mood disorders by themselves are rarely harmful except to the person suffering the disorder. Wars, social calamities, and financial disasters are usually associated with psychopaths, or more rarely with just plain old ignorance and stupidity (dot.com bubble, 1996-1999).

Psychopathy Metrics

The most widely-used tool to determine psychopathy is Dr. Robert Hare’s Psychopathy Check List – Revised (PCL-R), based largely on Dr. Cleckley’s preliminary work from fifty years earlier. Since Dr. Cleckley’s first observations, research in the field of psychopathy has advanced rapidly. When Dr. Cleckley first described psychopathy, he lamented that the subject was so complex that he was “a voice crying in the wilderness.” Dr. Hare, continuing Dr. Cleckley’s work, has built a distinguished career and consults for the FBI, the RCMP, and various law-enforcement agencies on criminal and psychopathic matters. As yet the general population has not identified and embraced the clinical findings related to psychopathy, and the fraud and banditry continue in private and governmental affairs, at great cost to “good enough” taxpayers.

The current PCL-R consists of twenty-one items, primarily classed as anti-social behaviors (such as parasitism, irresponsibility, and delinquency) and narcissistic behaviors (such as dishonesty, manipulation, and callousness). Each of the twenty-one items is scored by a professional, with a score of 0, 1, or 2 assigned to each item. With a maximum total score of 42, a score of 30 or greater is generally considered to be psychopathic.

Most adults, with Dr. Rossiter’s “good enough” upbringing and with no neurological abnormalities, score low in the single digits on the PCL-R. Criminals generally score higher on anti-social behaviors and narcissists tend to score on the self-centered items. While about one percent of the population scores in the psychopathic range, psychopaths are ambitious and Dr. Hare now notes that perhaps four percent of high ranking individuals may be psychopathic. This may have very serious implications as organizations become larger and more powerful.

Psychopathy Determinates

Many psychopaths display alienation, but the alienation takes different forms. The single most common characteristic of psychopaths is a dysfunctional childhood, often including physical or sexual abuse. Abuse is itself alienating. Examples of psychopaths who were abused in childhood include Stalin, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Robert Maudsley aka Hannibal the Cannibal (the real-life model for Hannibal Lecter), and John Wayne Gacy. Alienation is often associated with national or religious values (or lack thereof, or change thereof) and personal identity; Napoleon was not French but Corsican, Lenin was not Russian but Kalmyk and Turkic, Stalin was not Russian but Georgian and Stalin once studied for the priesthood, Hitler was not German but Austrian, Bashar al-Assad is Alawite in a Sunni nation, and Obama is of mixed parentage, American and Kenyan, with exposure to Indonesian Muslim influences and to radical Marxist influences on both sides of his family.

At the opposite extreme from the abused child, psychopathy may be the result of a child being “spoiled rotten,” perhaps accompanied by emotional deprivation. By spoiling a child, a privileged psychopath may be created — born in first place. Examples include Vladimir Lenin, Ted Kennedy, Jeff Skilling, Bernie Madoff, and various corporate psychopaths.

There are psychopaths for whom there are no known associated factors that contribute to their psychopathic state — no known abuse, alienation, or neurological conditions can be identified.

Neurological Correlates of Psychopathy

Dr. Hare and others have done extensive studies of neurology and of neurological testing in association with their studies of psychopathy. One notable finding was that psychopaths commonly exhibit a tight little saw-tooth pattern typical of infants in electroencephalogram (EEG) readouts. Not only that, but parents of psychopaths may exhibit this same immature pattern, even though the parents themselves show no signs of psychopathy. Dr. Hare, working with two graduate students, once prepared a comparative report based on the EEG readouts of psychopaths and non-psychopaths. The paper was rejected because the experienced psychologists who edited the paper questioned the patterns, even though the patterns were legitimate data from psychopathic subjects.

Psychopaths also tend to abnormal patterns in radiological tracing using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans and in brain blood flow measurements using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans. The consensus now is that neurological damage or neurological abnormality plus social factors may contribute to psychopathy. An open question now is: “Can child abuse create neurological damage and abnormal neurological readouts?”

Psychopathic Characteristic Alerts

Psychopaths are constantly on the lookout for people they can exploit and control, and have an excellent nose for doubt, fear, weakness, and loneliness.

Charisma is instant grounds for suspicion of psychopathic behavior. Psychopaths can change from obsequious behavior toward senior personnel to abusive behavior toward subordinate personnel, and vice-versa, in a moment. Unexplained and untypically high rates of personnel turnover are likely the result of an organizational psychopath. A statement such as “I am a tough son-of-a-bitch” is at once bullying, disrespectful toward the parents who abused him, and dishonest; psychopaths invariable get poor results, not tough results.

Psychopathic Priorities

The psychopath’s first priority is to control other people — physically, emotionally, sexually, financially, politically, or some combination, depending on the psychopath’s experiential domain. This is in radical contrast with Dr. Rossiter’s “good enough” citizen, who relies on co-operation and negotiation to achieve goals. An organizational psychopath who is the product of an abusive upbringing may be just repeating the abuse he suffered in childhood with his subordinates as victims, and he may be seeking revenge on his parental figures or on the world. Privileged psychopaths are typically “spoiled rotten” and their childhood experiences tell them that they can do no wrong. When they do wrong, they can often talk or buy their way out of trouble.

Psychopathic Behavior

Psychopaths are quite rational, it is their value system that varies from the norm. Psychopaths may (or may not) demonstrate superior intelligence. Psychopaths have a near total lack of affect — no empathy, no sympathy, no guilt, no remorse, no conscience, and no sense of humor.

Karl Marx, a psychopath, exhibited much love and consideration for his wife and children but, in contradiction, kept them in abject poverty. Several of Marx’s children died of starvation-induced illness during childhood and his daughter Laura died of suicide in 1911. Much of Marx’s limited income was from loans or direct gifts from friends and supporters, and from eagerly awaited inheritances. Marx was known to complain when an elderly relatives’ death came too slowly. No one takes Marx seriously at this late date, but psychopaths and their supporters, quite oblivious to Marx’s psychopathy, adopt Marxism as an element in the mask they construct to cover their fraudulent behaviors. The thesis here is that Marx’s economic constructs have never worked in practice and have no validity; they are nothing more than pseudo-intellectual elements in the psychopathic mask, designed to increase the power and influence of Marxist psychopaths. Workers are victims and designated losers in every Marxist system. Young Blacks are Obama’s strongest supporters and chief victims.

Psychopaths’ supporters enthusiastically follow their leader. Islam and Marxism are the only two major philosophical (?) systems that make sacraments of dishonesty, of destruction, and of death, and both are, at least among their most ardent followers, psychopathic in nature.

A psychopath’s behavior is commonly learned in childhood abuse. Daddy (or mommy) treated him (more rarely her) badly but the child was required, not only to endure, but to learn how to minimize the punishment that was inflicted. Abused children learn to be sensitive to nuances and learn to be manipulative and flattering. Abused children also learn that big people can beat up little people. Callousness and poor behavioral controls are two items in Dr. Hare’s PCL-R, and these characteristics manifest as bullying behavior when a psychopath deals with subordinates. Flattering, even obsequious, behavior is normal when psychopaths deal with superiors. Consequently, superiors and subordinates of a psychopath have profoundly different perceptions of the psychopath. This split perception is almost universal. Only occasionally will a psychopath make a sufficiently bad mistake that he loses his organizational support.

Keep in mind that some solid families with educated and successful children have one child that is psychopathic. There is no good explanation for this, and the parents are fearful and traumatized, and concerned that they did something wrong.

The Psychopath’s Mask

To control other people, psychopaths create a false persona to disguise their real intent, as described in Dr. Cleckley’s book, The Mask of Sanity. The mask may be physical; John Wayne Gacy wore a clown costume to attract boys and young men in order to violate and kill them, and Ted Bundy used fake bandages and fake arm and leg casts to attract young women whom were then murdered. Organizational psychopaths often accumulate degrees, awards, honors, and certificates to enhance others’ perceptions of the psychopath’s own mediocre performance and criminal behaviors, with the objective of committing fraud and deception.

Professionals and people in positions of authority are almost never allowed to see a psychopath without his mask in place, and consequently superiors have no comprehension of what it is like to work under a psychopath. Straight politicians, professors, professionals, and executives are almost totally clueless about the nature of psychopathy, because they live in a more orderly world and see the extreme negative effects that psychopaths have on workers’ health and well-being only in the abstract. Psychopaths invariable put on their masks when dealing with those that might have the power to negatively impact them. If this appears improbable, recall Napoleon’s and Hitler’s effects on their enablers. Psychopaths, such as Hitler in his mask, are quite impressive to straight, well-meaning authorities until after the damage is done. These authorities see only the fake and charismatic mask, and are deceived, or self-deceived.

For example, it is highly improbable that a Harvard graduate, or anyone in an obvious position of authority, would ever see a psychopath without his mask in place. Psychopaths are very much in tune with nuances, and anyone with educational or hierarchical trappings will be treated with the utmost respect and deference. It is far more likely that a Harvard graduate would be discovered to be a privileged psychopath, such as Jeff Skilling.

The Two Faces of the Organizational Psychopath

Dr. Cleckley described the psychopath’s mask as an attractive cover for a very unattractive personality, but he did not dwell on the other side of the mask which is much more obvious in an organizational setting. In non-organizational settings, such as the ones in which Dr. Cleckley spent most of his career, a psychopath can be described as erratic and irresponsible, but acting in a sincere and attractive manner when he wants something such as gaining release from jail. In an organizational setting, psychopathic crime is common but jail is not, Rod Blagojevich and Bernie Madoff being rare exceptions. An organizational psychopath typically has a charismatic mask to impress people that need to be impressed, and a vicious, tough-guy personality for others, not unlike the way an abusive parent treats a child.

A psychopath is often described as two-faced. This is a major sticking point when a subordinate tries to explain his perceptions to the organization’s upper management. Never having seen the negative side of the psychopath’s personality, upper management knows that something is wrong because of the personnel turnover and high costs. But the smooth-talking psychopath does not appear to be the problem, creating a conundrum for upper management. Psychopaths who do get into trouble within their organizations are commonly transferred but are rarely fired, and continue their psychopathic depredations in a new context. Rahm Emanuel and Jon Corzine are primary examples.

Promoting Psychopathy

Antonio Gramsci was an Italian Socialist after WWI who moved to the Soviet Union and became an associate of Joseph Stalin. Gramsci recognized the limits and disadvantages of mass murder, and proposed a “Cultural Communism” in which cultural institutions were to be infiltrated and captured for the greater glory of Marxism. Targeted institutions included political parties, academia, the media, churches, lawyers and legal associations, and labor associations. Of all the troubles in America, the institutions that Gramsci targeted now have the biggest problems, from Newsweek and WaPo to unemployed college graduates to corrupt and declining labor unions.

Marxism was ostensibly for the benefit of the workers, but no Marxist Revolution has ever been led by workers. When given a choice, workers usually reject Marxism, and labor unions are often led by radical and sometimes criminal organizers posing as champions of labor. Marxist revolutions are typically led by lawyers (Lenin, Castro) or warlords (Mao, Kim). The people who promote the “dictatorship of the proletariat” are not proletariats and would not know a spanner from a double jack. The very people who promote psychopathic goals are often non-laboring types whose production cannot be measured except by money, such as the Boards of Directors of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who perpetrated the $10 billion accounting fraud on the American taxpayer.

Confusion and Denial

Drs. Cleckley, Hare, Boddy, and Rossiter have presented a coherent and internally consistent explanation for psychopathic phenomena that, on the surface, make no sense. That does not mean that everyone agrees with the good doctors. Journalists in particular present material as fact, when it is, at best, incomplete and at worst, utter nonsense. The obsequious treatment of Obama by some journalists did not protect them from governmental snooping, much to their astonishment. They will be even more astonished when they are thrown under the bus, but they probably will not be shot in the back of the head.

Some psychologists are not much better. There are honest disagreements and wild flights of imagination. Psychopaths have neither wisdom nor virtue, contrary to what at least one professional psychologist has said.

The “bible” of psychologists, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), has been through five editions and many revised printings since its inception after WWII. The DSM was first presented reflecting historical and wartime medical understanding. The new DSM Fifth Edition has been criticized for trivializing mental disorders; is preference for one parent over the other really a mental disorder (“parental alienation disorder”)? The DSM committees also exhibit a strong preference for disorders for which there is available pharmacological relief, at a price.

Psychopaths generate professional conflicts, as well. A leading professional human resources (HR) association favors the term “bully boss” and in effect denies the possibility that bullying is a mental disorder, while acknowledging that their bully boss generates huge personnel turnover and costs. Bullying behavior is but one aspect of psychopathy.

An article, (“Tough Boss or Workplace Bully?,” June 1, 2009, Teresa A. Daniel, SHRM Journal), differentiates between a tough, productive, efficient manager and a bully boss who presides over an inefficient and wasteful organization. This article ignores the possibility that the bully boss has a severe personality disorder. The article cites studies that indicate that perhaps half of all workers may work for a bully boss during their lifetimes, and estimates the losses from bully bosses in the billions of dollars. Callousness and poor behavioral controls are signature psychopathic characteristics of the bully boss and of the psychopath, and a deeper investigation of the bully boss will reveal a psychopath. There is no functional difference between HR’s bully boss and psychologists’ psychopathic boss, but bully bosses usually are kept in position for long periods because uninformed upper management retains executives who have serious personality disorders. The psychopath’s serious mental disorder typically includes a faked charisma that is useful to prolong his tenure.

Another article, (“Even a Viper Boss Can Change for the Better,” Bill Leonard, August 1, 2012, SHRM Journal), cites the works of both Dr. Hare and Dr. Boddy and then makes the bold statement: “Bailey, whose clients include 500 companies, says he has never encountered any executive he would classify as a psychopath.” This is a statement of the psychopath’s successful efforts to conceal his true nature behind a mask, and, even more, a statement of the general cluelessness of senior executives who are supposed to prevent fraud and inefficiency in their areas of responsibility. Contrast this with the corporate psychopaths described by Dr. Hare in his book, Snakes in Suits (co-authored by Dr. Paul Babiak). No high-ranking person is likely to see a psychopath without his mask, and ignorance of psychopathy is widespread in upper levels of management. For the record, professional psychologists report that psychopaths almost never show improvement, and may become worse as a result of what they learn in therapy. After middle-age, psychopathic behavior tends to taper off.

Psychopath Enablers

Historically, there have been many tens of millions of enablers for the relatively few political psychopaths that have achieved the world stage. The enablers may range from the sympathetic to the true believer, but they are usually not psychopathic themselves. Ernst Rohm, high among Hitler’s closest friends and supporters, had many psychopathic traits, but he died following The Night of the Long Knives on Hitler’s orders. Rohm was a thug and street fighter, and he was thrown under the bus to appease the German military who sought a more cultured and refined appearance for their own thuggish ambitions. Enablers not only accept the psychopath’s fake persona, but may become fanatical in their support of the psychopath and their belief systems which the psychopath encourages and exploits.

Psychopaths are adept at exploiting or creating crises in order to manipulate enablers for the achievement of their own selfish goals. One is reminded of Rahm Emanuel’s famous psychopathic dictum, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” What Emanuel, a privileged psychopath, could do is to follow the law, but he has a long history of violating the laws he is sworn to uphold. Emanuel is also a noted bully and a central figure in the Freddie Mac scandals and fraud, after he was kicked out of the White House for his obnoxious behavior in the failed Hillarycare effort. Now Emanuel is mayor of Chicago. Poor Chicago, the next Detroit.

In spite of the psychopath’s charismatic persona, in the final analysis he has no regard for anyone but himself. After WWII, Germans lamented that they could have believed and followed that silly little Austrian Corporal, Hitler. The racist Reverend Jeremiah Wright was thrown under the bus when it was politically convenient to be rid of this turbulent priest. Lenin, the self-proclaimed champion of the down-trodden, shot and starved about five million Ukrainian peasant kulaks because they fit Lenin’s eccentric profile of the exploitive capitalist class. Soviet agriculture did not recover for over seventy years after the Marxist Revolution in Russia, and only after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Reverend Wright may count himself lucky that he did not join the fate of the kulaks or of the thirty million starved and executed Chinese peasants under Mao.

Pathological Altruism

A very recent article (“Concepts and implications of altruism bias and pathological altruism,” Barbara A. Oakley, April 9, 2013, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) describes the sometimes negative results that follow nominally positive altruistic efforts. In sequence, the pathological altruism article discusses teen pregnancy, housing, foreign aid to Africa, and the national debt, and demonstrates that each “altruistic” effort has made matters worse, or much worse, depending.

Not listed in the Oakley article is the War on Poverty. LBJ’s War on Poverty took an average of $220 billion each year from the productive economy for thirty years ($6.6 trillion total) at the end of which the total national debt was just under $6.0 trillion. The War on Poverty, which paid money to poor women and children only if males abandoned their families, substantially destroyed Black family life in the USA. Before 1965, over 80% of poor children lived in a family unit with two parents; after 1995, only one-third of poor children lived with two parents.

Dysfunctional families appear to contribute to psychopathy, and the War on Poverty certainly created homeless young men who went into crime and drugs. The prison population started increasing sharply exactly fifteen years after the government started paying out money when no male was present in a household. President Clinton cancelled the War on Poverty because of massive corruption and ineffectiveness, and in response to the complaints of state governors who were left with related expenses that their states could not afford. At the same time, the housing bubble was growing out of hand and resulted in an even greater financial catastrophe. Now major cities are going bankrupt and the financial status of the Republic continues to deteriorate. The national debt has gone from essentially zero to $17 trillion in just thirty years.

There is a long standing political element behind the very recent identification of “pathological altruism.” Marxist psychopaths describe people who support pathological altruism or other Marxist programs as “useful idiots” but non-Marxists are more apt to call them “useless idiots.” Pathological altruists at one time referred to themselves as “the best and the brightest,” but that became a bad joke as they were, in fact, the worst and the dimmest; the so-called best and the brightest consistently make matters worse and expect someone (taxpayers) to rescue them, as in Detroit. Pathological altruists are certainly not elite though psychopath enablers aspire to elitist status through their close association with the psychopath. It never occurs to the psychopath’s enablers how much damage is being done until after disaster overtakes.

Psychopaths and Enablers

Dr. Cleckley described psychopaths as without affect which means, among other things, without empathy and altruism. But Ms. Oakley describes the psychopath’s enablers as misguided empathetic altruists. Psychopaths themselves have zero empathy or altruism but use the pathological altruism of their enablers to accomplish their own selfish, destructive goals, to everyone’s disadvantage.

Psychopaths typically jump to the head of the parade for any controversial program (climate, green energy) they can adapt for their own selfish purposes. From a position of power and trust granted to them by their enablers, psychopaths bask in wealth and influence and carbon emissions, even as the chosen goal becomes more expensive and less achievable.

Stress and the Psychopath

Psychopaths are quick to exploit stressful situations when large masses of people are in a state of anxiety, such as the Weimar Republic in the 1930s. If there is no stressful situation one can be arranged, such as our own current national debt.

Psychopathy and the Law

Over the years, professional psychologists have established an increasingly coherent and complete view of psychopathy until now they can offer professional opinions that are well received in courts of law. This represents much progress since Dr. Cleckley compared himself to a “voice crying in the wilderness.” Dr. Hare has written articles on the psychopathic nature of the multi-billion dollar Enron debacle, and he has written extensively on major legal proceedings involving psychopathy. The “FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin,” July 2012, was dedicated to “Psychopathy” and the introduction was written by Dr. Hare.

The Literature of Psychopathy

When encountered, psychopaths are singular, memorable, and rare, but statistically there may be some 1.3 million psychopaths in the work force. Of these psychopaths, some unknown percentage qualifies as organizational psychopaths ambitiously pursuing higher ranking positions.

There are relatively few good treatments of the psychopathic condition in literature. One of the most prominent is The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk, a distinguished semi-fictional WWII story. A derivative stage play and movie, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial starring Humphrey Bogart, followed the original book. In the court-martial play and movie, the part played by Humphrey Bogart as Captain Queeg had Captain Queeg identified as paranoid, but this was just a few years after Dr. Cleckley had defined clinical psychopathy, and psychopathy was little known in those years. Queeg displayed unmistakable psychopathic characteristics. It was not until the 1970s and the serial murder cases (Manson, Corll, Bundy, Gacy, and others) that psychopathy was widely noted, and at that time the awareness of psychopathy was primarily limited to the sensational aspects of the serial murderers, not to the fine points of the psychology of the psychopath.

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris was both a book and movie. The Hannibal Lecter character was inspired by the life of Robert Maudsley (aka Hannibal the Cannibal) who remains in solitary confinement in Great Britain to this day. There were a number of sensational books and movies in the same genre about this time.

Captain Bligh of the Mutiny on the Bounty had all the characteristics of a psychopath. Captain Bligh is noted for his role in three mutinies at a time when mutiny in the British navy and in the British Empire was almost automatically punished by death. Captain Bligh’s superb navigation of a small overloaded ship’s boat for thousands of miles is the stuff of legend, but his personal characteristics are the stuff of a psychopath.

G.K. Chesterton wrote a series of short stories under the title, The Poet and the Lunatics. The first of these tales was entitled “The Fantastic Friends” and includes a character by name of James Hurrel. Though the overall title was The Poet and the Lunatics and many of the stories featured psychotic persons, Hurrel was no lunatic (psychotic), but he had all the characteristics of a rational psychopath. Chesterton was extremely observant and, before Dr. Cleckley had defined the term, Chesterton produced a reliable description of a fictional psychopathic character, surely based on a real live psychopath.

Psychopathy and the Citizen

After thousands of years of social and political development with advances, retreats, and slow progress, the first state closely based on a non-psychopathic philosophy of government was founded on the North American continent in 1776. In spite of some psychopathic remnants, primarily slavery and the treatment of Native Americans, the philosophy was republican and this republican philosophy led to the spectacular success and progress of the new state. Well over one hundred nation states worldwide have modeled themselves on the United States of America Republic within the last century.

“Good enough” republican forms of government tend to emphasize individual development and individual autonomy growing from a matrix of family values. In the American Republic, the original function of the government was to keep out of the way of the citizens, except within narrowly defined areas (defense, foreign relations, and national and international commerce, for examples). Psychopathic states, including Marxist states, tend to cultivate tribal or group control where the child is the possession of the tribe or the state, a position the USA is now replicating with disastrous results for everyone except the psychopathic leadership.

This is best illustrated in schooling. Non-psychopathic schooling promotes inquiry and initiative. Psychopathic schooling, such as Islamic madrassas, promotes rote memorization. Current American psychopathic schooling promotes self-esteem without estimable accomplishment, a devastating distortion of values. A criticism of current education in the USA is that we spend more and more money to achieve worse and worse results. This is a deliberate effort by callous and un-altruistic psychopaths such as the terrorist Bill Ayers, who leads pathological altruists and the children toward scholastic disaster. School control is not a function of the federal government under the Constitution. It would be better to return control of schools to states and local communities and encourage those models that perform best.

Wilson and FDR re-introduced an elitist element into the republican ethos and the republican ideal has been steadily eroded for nearly a century. There are myriad recent violation of Constitutional principles and the law: “Fast and Furious,” Solyndra, Government Motors, gun control, and sanctuary cities, as examples. The American Republic is becoming increasingly corrupt and psychopathic. After about 1960, psychopathic behaviors in our government became prominent and institutionalized. The psychopathic Soviet Union died of operational inefficiency and institutional corruption, a model we might best avoid. Without the rule of law and without the social cohesion most capably provided by families, we will become no better than any psychopathic state.

One of the anti-social items on Dr. Hare’s PCL-R is “irresponsibility,” and irresponsibility is becoming a way of life (and fetal death) in the United States of America, as it was in the Soviet Union on a grand scale. Social Security and Medicare will separately and independently bankrupt America within the foreseeable future, and to these we have added the housing bubble, ACA, and the prolonged Great Recession aggravated by the academic bubble. We are concurrently racking up huge debts, destroying our ability to repay those debts, and encouraging an irresponsible citizenry following an increasingly psychopathic and irresponsible leadership.

Psychopaths’ enablers persist in their delusion of elitism and do not believe that they are wrong, even as the situation approaches collapse. Similar past examples include the collapse of Germany and Japan at the end of WWII, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the collapse of Enron, the collapse of Detroit, the incipient collapse of the so-called MSM, and the threatened collapse of the American educational system.

There is now no law that prohibits a psychopath from being elected to office, nor a psychotic person, for that matter. But psychotics are obviously disturbed, while psychopaths are rational and appeal to certain gullible persons with whom they can bond, if only temporarily. Dr. Hare once questioned the possibility of requiring psychological validation of political candidates, an excellent but problematic idea that has gone nowhere. As a minimum, candidates for political office might be required to make full disclosure of their personal history, scholastic records, and associates. Conviction for any crime should end any political career and end any position of trust and responsibility. The “free press” failed miserably in their duties to the Republic when the current administration sought public office. Domestically, the worst products of psychopathy now threaten: bureaucratic overload and ineptitude, disrespect for law, social disintegration, and financial bankruptcy. This is exactly the situation that prevailed in the Soviet Union in 1991. We have done this to ourselves, and we will correct it ourselves or we will face a very bleak future.

Psychopathy and the World

Internationally, psychopaths have played a major destructive role in world history. Individual psychopaths come and go, but Islamic psychopathy has been active for 1500 years, and Marxist psychopaths have been active since the Industrial Revolution. The German and Japanese psychopathic systems were stopped cold in 1945, at great cost, and this is the first time in world history this has happened. But then this was the biggest opportunity in history to observe aggressive psychopathic actions on such a scale. Japan and Germany are now model, responsible democracies.

In the great scheme of things, it appears that psychopaths build psychopathic systems using whatever divisive issue or issues that are available. It is quite immaterial what the issues are, psychopathy is about the psychopath, and issues, supporters, and opponents are but pieces on the game board of psychopathy. Psychopaths enlist whatever followers, pathological altruists, adventurers, disaffected elements, or dupes that can be conned into action to play his game. The corruption and destruction builds until the situation becomes sufficiently alarming. Then the psychopaths collapse, are eliminated, or are repressed, and the cycle begins anew or eventually revives, as in the case of Islamist or Marxist terrorists. We seem to have a choice; terminate terroristic psychopathic behavior, or let it fester for years or centuries. The human and financial costs of psychopathy are huge and are borne by everyone, and the only persons who gain are the psychopaths, whose only gain is temporary self-aggrandizement and permanent infamy, both of which are undoubtedly attractive to a psychopath.

When psychopathy is widely recognized for what it is, stopping it can be fairly simple. Psychopaths invariably begin as delinquents or scofflaws, and corrective action should be sure and swift, and should result in loss of freedoms. Bureaucracies create intricate regulations that are expensive to administer and that create confusion that can be exploited by larcenous psychopaths. Psychopaths should be limited in their access to jobs in banking or finance, for example.

The current great potential and great threat is technology. How big a threat are atomic weapons in the psychopathic hands of Iran and North Korea? What price will we be willing to pay to contain these and other threats? The answers to these questions will shape our future, and the future of the world.

Conflict: Dexter versus Sinister

Conflict: Dexter versus Sinister

The American Right and the American Left are in serious conflict. This conflict is philosophical, moral, and operational. This conflict has a psychopathic intensity, and is therefore potentially destructive to our citizens and to our economy. Each side professes itself to be correct and that the other side is utterly lacking in character and integrity.

Philosophically, the premise for the foundation of the United States of America was that individuals could conduct their own affairs better than any prince, potentate, or priest. To this end, the powers of the federal government were strictly limited by the Constitution. The American experiment has worked exceptionally well, producing the most powerful and most free large nation in history.

The liberal philosophy of Locke, Hume, and Jefferson was developed during the Enlightenment and gave God’s freedom to all people, along with the means to preserve that freedom, as the citizens went about their business. The rule of law was to assure a level working field as honest competition assured the most productive use of assets. This freedom was imperfect as slavery and other social problems remained as cultural artifacts, and slavery persisted so for nearly a century after the Founding. But the ideals of the Founders were established and made manifest during the ensuing years, a work still in progress. The philosophy of the political Right is the classical liberal position, and includes the various freedoms as recorded in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States of America, most particularly the right to keep and bear arms which is the sole final guarantor of our other freedoms. What the Left calls the “radical Right” follows the values of the Enlightenment as enshrined in the Constitution of the United States of America.

The occasion of the Industrial Revolution was a time of ferment, politically, economically, and philosophically. A new philosophy arose about 1850 centered on the person of Karl Marx. Marx’s new philosophy was intended to deal with a changing world and claimed to reject both traditional state power structures and the new industrial power structures of owners and the so-called (by Marx) “capitalists,” though the hallmark of the new industrial structure was more economic competition and less capitalist, as Marx perceived the term. Marx believed that capital was unearned and was stolen from the workers, ignoring the rare talent for invention, entrepreneurship, and organization that marks all material progress, most particularly realized within the American Republic. The “rare talent for invention, entrepreneurship, and organization” is notably lacking in all Leftist states. The Chinese hybrid requires stolen technology to further its aims. Recently in the USA we now routinely ignore the rule of law (“affordable housing,” Government Motors, Solyndra) and then complain that “capitalism,” Marx’s artificial construct, does not work.

Marxist philosophy was nominally by and for the workers, but historically workers have rejected Marxism and the Marxist revolution was seized by activists. There were fierce disagreements (Mensheviks-Bolsheviks, Stalin-Trotsky), among these activists that resulted in additional levels of conflict and unrest. The revolution became the plaything of radicals and became collectivist and absolutist in nature. Marx and the current Left in the USA talk much of “equality,” meaning that everyone is equally subject to the Left’s dictates. Marx’s concept of communism was that history required an evolutionary development from feudalism to industrial capitalism to socialism to communism. There is no evidence in support of this, and intervening events contradict Marx’s ideas. Russia was the last place north of the equator that Marx would have expected to become socialist because in 1918 Russia was feudal. Marxist revolutions were implemented, not by workers, but by lawyers (Lenin, Castro) and warlords (Mao, Kim, Pol Pot). These lawyers and warlords were much worse and much more deadly than the worst princes, potentates, priests, or “capitalists” that Marxism sought to replace.

Marxists, communists, and socialists could not win elections in the USA during the Great Depression, which would seem to be fertile grounds for a philosophy promoting the interests of workers, but Americans were not buying. Marxism has transformed and adapted to become the Left in America, retaining its collectivist and absolutist nature, limited by the American traditions of freedom and individuality. Marxism re-identified itself, stealing the honorable liberal label and the not-so-honorable progressive label in an attempt to disguise its origins. Where Jefferson was a classical liberal, the Progressives are faux liberals with their speech codes and gun control programs.

Every Marxist revolution in history has failed to some degree, usually catastrophically. This is quite inevitable for a philosophy with such shoddy roots and such misapplication in practice. It is a universal observation that Marxist states are operationally inefficient, institutionally corrupt, and terminally incompetent, besides being genocidal. Marxism is a dead-end into oblivion, just at the time that technology is becoming the driving force in development. The Left was quick to grasp that technology could be used to achieve totalitarian aims.

Morally, both Democrats and Republicans accuse the other of the most heinous perfidy. So, operationally, what is it that actually happens? Since the Left and the Right disagree on most points, it is axiomatic that one or the other must be wrong on any of these questions. It is typical of psychopaths that they are defined by pathological lying, among a number of other undesirable characteristics, according to Dr. Robert Hare, the leading world expert on psychopathy.

This is a transcript of “Meet the Press,” May 22, 2005, an interview with Dr. Howard Dean, Democratic Party candidate for president and, at the time, chairman of the Democratic National Committee:

“I will use whatever position I have in order to root out hypocrisy. I’m not going to be lectured as a Democrat — we’ve got some pretty strong moral values in my party, and maybe we ought to do a better job standing up and fighting for them. Our moral values, in contradiction to the Republicans’, is we don’t think kids ought to go to bed hungry at night. Our moral values say that people who work hard all their lives ought to be able to retire with dignity. Our moral values say that we ought to have a strong, free public education system so that we can level the playing field. Our moral values say that what’s going on in Indian country in this country right now in terms of health care and education is a disgrace, and for the president of the United States to cut back on health-care services all over America is wrong.”

These comments attracted much attention at the time, and were loudly acclaimed by the Left. Contrary to what the good doctor said, no one believes that children should go to bed hungry at night, but what Dr. Dean says is in direct contradiction of the Constitution, which was premised on each individual being sovereign over his own life. The Left attempts to make everyone dependent on the state. That leaves the state playing the role of George III, if not Vladimir Lenin. The Left’s plan for the USA is psychopathic, where a prince, potentate, priest, or commissar makes all decisions for you.

As the result of the Left’s massive intervention in the affairs of state, we have accumulated $17 trillion in debts during the last thirty years, and almost no one is satisfied with the state of the economy or of the nation: the American Republic is going bankrupt, Obamacare is an incipient disaster, the more money we pour into education the worse results we achieve, our foreign policy is subject to world-wide ridicule, and not a single one of Obama’s ambitious programs has worked as advertised. So, who is the pathological liar? Psychopaths will say anything to gain the power they crave, and worry about the results after they have destroyed your economy and your Republic, and your children will pay for it.

The Secret Conspirators

The Secret Conspirators

According to Politico, Nanny Reid’s staffers met with Nanny Bloomberg’s staffers recently. Nanny Bloomberg is spending $12 million of his own money to promote gun control. Imagine that, a Democrat spending his own money on a political issue. But I digress.

At any rate, Reid is worried because Bloomberg is producing anti-gun ads targeting Democratic Party senators who voted against gun control recently, upsetting and delaying Obama’s carefully laid plans to disarm the American people and leave them exposed to government tyranny. Government tyranny was the original reason for the Second Amendment, it was not about squirrel hunting. So, Reid wants Democratic senators to vote against their constituents in order to promote Obama’s gun control agenda, and Bloomberg takes a more pure and more destructive philosophical position.

What to make of this? There may be several irrational explanations for the Democrat’s self-destructive behavior, but there is only one rational explanation. Think back. Obama has proven himself to be the world’s greatest gun salesman. Obama deserves the Gun Salesman of the Year Award much more than he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize.

” Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!” – Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775.

Since Obama took office, so many guns and so much ammo has been sold that there are shortages. Now Bloomberg is spending millions of dollars of his own money that will surely increase Republicans’ control of congress.

My thesis is that prominent Democrats have a personality disorder and are psychopaths. The first priority of a psychopath is to take control of your life, for as long as he can convince you to play his game. When you are no longer willing to play his game, the game is over. A second corollary of psychopathy is that psychopaths always fail. Psychopaths always fail after causing as much social and financial damage as possible. There are many examples of psychopathic failure; Hitler, the Soviet Union, Saddam Hussein, Charles Manson, Enron’s Jeff Skilling, Bernie Madoff, the Boards of Directos of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Why do psychopaths always fail? Typically, a psychopath was an abused child or a child who grew up in a dysfunctional environment, but there are other complicating factors. An abused child who becomes a psychopath sees himself/herself as a loser and expects to fail. A psychopath will control the narrative for as long as possible, but when the narrative fails, his only option is to cause as much damage as possible. That is where Obama, Bloomberg, and Reid are at this time.

On a historical basis, we will probably not repeat WWII because of a bunch of nutso psychopaths. The corporate psychopathic battles of the 1990s were fought in corporate boardrooms and court rooms, not in Europe and the South Pacific. The Obama administration is disintegrating before our eyes. There is moderate hope that there will be no further catastrophes, other than the $17 trillion debt and the social problems with which the Democrats/Marxists have saddled us.

The Pope, the Psychopaths, and a Sense of Humor

The Pope, the Psychopaths, and a Sense of Humor

It is slowly beginning to dawn on the citizens of this great Republic that psychopathy is a real concept with real and quite negative effects. President Obama is often portrayed as exhibiting psychopathic traits such as grandiosity, lack of feeling, dishonesty, and parasitism, and that is only what his supporters say of him. For example, the Congressional Black Caucus threatened that Blacks would stay home in the 2012 elections (they didn’t) if Obama did not fulfill his promises concerning improvements in Black employment rates, but Obama was not listening and Black unemployment rates remain at record highs. But that is what psychopaths do. Psychopaths have no feelings for other people, but they are expert at manipulating their victims for their own benefit. Psychopaths have no empathy, no sympathy, no guilt, no remorse, no conscience, and no sense of humor. President Reagan had a great sense of humor, but President Obama does not. Only a trained psychologist can make an official determination of psychopathy, but the warning signs are recognizable and should be taken as a red flag.

Psychopathic behavior is characterized primarily by a “Socially Deviant Lifestyle” (Anti-Social Behavior) and “Aggressive Narcissism.” Psychologists maintain that one percent of the population is psychopathic, but that more intelligent and more cunning psychopaths gravitate toward positions of wealth and power for selfish purposes. Dr. Robert Hare, the originator of the Psychopathy Check List – Revised (PCL-R), puts the number of corporate psychopaths at four percent of corporate executives. Dr. Clive Boddy makes a convincing argument that the 2008 financial meltdown was driven by political and financial psychopaths. with the Boards of Directors of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with their $10 billion accounting fraud, as prime suspects.

I am a professional engineer, not a professional psychologist, and I am therefore not qualified to determine the psychopathic score for President Obama or for anyone else. On the other hand, many of the items on the PCL-R, such as dishonesty and parasitic lifestyle, are quite direct and leave little room for interpretation. I had the great good fortune to work for four psychopaths early in my career, as confirmed by a professional psychologist. When a person is a two-faced liar and has narcissistic and anti-social characteristics, you should be on the alert and take precautions to protect yourself.

Psychopaths are very careful to present a charismatic front to an audience, regardless of how dishonest and manipulative they are in their personal dealings or dealings with subordinates. There are many domains in which psychopaths operate: political (all dictators), financial (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Boards of Directors), corporate (Jeff Skilling, “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap), beneficent (Jim Jones, Jim and Tammy Fay Bakker), and serial-murder (Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy).

It is well to monitor closely those in positions of trust, as we have seen too many politicians, bankers, executives, teachers, and religious figures who have used the authority of their positions to cover for hideous crimes. Now comes Pope Francis I to the head of the Catholic Church, which has been mired in psychopathic abuse and corruption. The new Pope’s first statement to the Cardinals who elected him was, “May God forgive you for what you’ve done.”

That may be the funniest statement ever made by a pope, and is very reassuring of Francis I’s humanity and stability in these parlous times.