The End of the World. Or Not.
Many years ago when I was a teenager, there was an article in the newspaper about a predicted cosmological event (I do not remember the details) that related to a change of huge importance, up to and including the possible end of the world. When I tried to explain what I had read to some friends, they were singularly unimpressed, and on the appointed day, nothing happened. Except that I was left feeling foolish and gullible, and quite resolved never to be taken in again.
A few years later, my brother had occasion to stop at an isolated farmhouse. The old couple who lived there were glad to visit, and wanted to share their story. It seemed they were members of a small religious community (cult?). A young charismatic leader announced that the end of the world was coming and to survive, they had to sell all their property and move to a mountain in Mexico. The whole crew followed this prophet to Mexico, but this older couple felt they were not ready to pick up roots, and they remained behind, lonely and out of contact. They were glad for my brother’s interest and companionship, brief though it was. As it happened, Young Charisma did not know what the was talking about. Nothing apparently happened, as I think I would have noticed the end of the world. Typical of such prophets and their profits.
So it goes. It is quite a regular event that every few years a messianic leader gets a wild hair and decides that the end of the world is upon us. And then nothing happens.
The latest episode in this ongoing farce is the Maya calendar stone prediction. On December 21, 2012 (or December 23, depending on whom you ask), the end of the world will come (or something else will happen, depending on whom you ask), and the only safe place on earth will be Bugarach, a small village in southwest France, or Mount Rtanj in the Carpathian Mountains (depending on whom you ask).. Why Bugarach, France, or Mount Rtanj you may well ask? Well Bugarach and Mount Rtanj do have magic mountains (depending on whom you ask), so why not? My horseback estimate is that nothing of significance will happen on December 21 or 23, 2012.
But we are not home free. There are much more likely changes coming to our world. The United States of America has elected and re-elected a messianic Marxist psychopath as president. He has announced his intention to change our Constitution, and has systematically violated the law and promoted radical changes to our values. The federal government is now over $16 trillion in debt, with neither plans nor prospects to pay this amount of money.
There is historical precedence for this situation. When the Weimar Republic collapsed, Inflation was astronomical, messianic Hitler came to power, and millions died as Hitler pursued his National Socialist fantasy. The Soviet Union bankrupted itself and killed millions of its own citizens pursuing the messianic Marxist International Socialist fantasy. Even now, Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and Iceland are threatened by their own profligacy. China has myriad problems including overpopulation, pollution, corruption, and overbuilding, and is being propped up by international markets which themselves are becoming quite unstable.
The arguments for identifying Obama as a psychopath are quite clear, though it would take a team of qualified psychologists to make an official determination. Given Obama’s history of concealing the details of his family, his background, his school records, and his basic political beliefs, it is quite unlikely that Obama would submit to such an evaluation.
Note that my only qualification for speculating on someone’s psychopathic state is my personal experience with four psychopaths early in my career — see Memorable SOBs in Inaction above. I began studying psychopathy years before the subject was widely recognized and I was originally interested in solving the management problems presented by psychopaths. Awareness of psychopathy comes in waves, and has led to many insights into the problems associated with psychopathy:
• Mass murderers in the 1970s – Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy
• Corporate psychopaths in the 1990s – WorldCom, Enron
• Finanacial and political psychopaths in the 2000s – Bernie Madoff, Rod Blagojevich, the Boards of Directors of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the housing bubble collapse in 2008, the LIBOR scandal this year
Regardless, there are twenty-one basic items, mostly relating to narcissistic and anti-social behaviors, that define psychopathy as in Dr. Robert Hare’s Psychopathy Check List – Revised (PCJ-R). It is self-evident that Obama exhibits many of the traits of a psychopath, including:
Factor 1: Personality “Aggressive narcissism”
• Glibness/superficial charm – fake charisma peculiar to psychopaths, the better to manipulate people
• Grandiose sense of self-worth
• Pathological lying
• Lack of remorse or guilt
• Shallow effect (genuine emotion is short-lived and egocentric)
• Callousness; lack of empathy
• Failure to accept responsibility for his own actions – blame George Bush
Factor 2: Case history “Socially deviant lifestyle”.
• Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom – criminal or hazardous behavior for the thrill
• Parasitic lifestyle
• Poor behavioral control
• Lack of realistic long-term goals
• Juvenile delinquency
• Early behavior problems
• Revocation of conditional release *
Traits not correlated with either factor
• Promiscuous sexual behavior
• Many short-term (marital) relationships*
• Criminal versatility
• Acquired behavioural sociopathy/sociological conditioning (Item 21: a newly identified trait i.e., a person relying on sociological strategies and tricks to deceive)
* Not obvious for Obama
Apparently scoring on nineteen of twenty-one points relative to psychopathy, Obama is far ahead in the psychopathy sweepstakes compared with any other president of the American Republic.
For over a century, the United States working with its allies has always provided a stabilizing anchor for the rest of the world. This capability is ending, deliberately destroyed by Marxist psychopaths in the Democratic Party. The collapse of American stability is marked by increasingly credible unrest in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and around the periphery of China.
The good news is that all psychopaths create their own self-inflicted failure, just like Narcissus did. The bad news is that the survivors of psychopathic episodes pay a terrible social and economic cost. Prepare yourself.