The Ascendance of Sociopaths in U.S. Governance

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Submitted by Doug Casey via,

An International Man lives and does business wherever he finds conditions most advantageous, regardless of arbitrary borders. He’s diversified globally, with passports from multiple countries, assets in several jurisdictions, and his residence in yet another. He doesn’t depend absolutely on any country and regards all of them as competitors for his capital and expertise.

Living as an international man has always been an interesting possibility. But few Americans opted for it, since the U.S. used to reward those who settled in and put down roots. In fact, it rewarded them better than any other country in the world, so there was no pressing reason to become an international man.

Things change, however, and being rooted like a plant - at least if you have a choice - is a suboptimal strategy if you wish to not only survive, but prosper. Throughout history, almost every place has at some point become dangerous for those who were stuck there. It may be America’s turn.

For those who can take up the life of an international man, it’s no longer just an interesting lifestyle decision. It has become, at a minimum, an asset saver, and it could be a lifesaver. That said, I understand the hesitation you may feel about taking action; pulling up one’s roots (or at least grafting some of them to a new location) can be almost as traumatic to a man as to a vegetable.

As any intelligent observer surveys the world’s economic and political landscape, he has to be disturbed - even dismayed and a bit frightened - by the gravity and number of problems that mark the horizon. We’re confronted by economic depression, looming financial chaos, serious currency inflation, onerous taxation, crippling regulation, a developing police state, and, worst of all, the prospect of a major war. It seems almost unbelievable that all these things could affect the U.S., which historically has been the land of the free.

How did we get here? An argument can be made that things went bad because of miscalculation, accident, inattention, and the like. Those elements have had a role, but it is minor. Potential catastrophe across the board can’t be the result of happenstance. When things go wrong on a grand scale, it’s not just bad luck or inadvertence. It’s because of serious character flaws in one or many - or even all - of the players.

So is there a root cause of all the problems I’ve cited? If we can find it, it may tell us how we personally can best respond to the problems.

In this article, I’m going to argue that the U.S. government, in particular, has been overrun by the wrong kind of person. It’s a trend that’s been in motion for many years but has now reached a point of no return. In other words, a type of moral rot has become so prevalent that it’s institutional in nature. There is not going to be, therefore, any serious change in the direction in which the U.S. is headed until a genuine crisis topples the existing order. Until then, the trend will accelerate.

The reason is that a certain class of people - sociopaths - are now fully in control of major American institutions. Their beliefs and attitudes are insinuated throughout the economic, political, intellectual, and psychological/spiritual fabric of the U.S.

What does this mean to you, as an individual? It depends on your character. Are you the kind of person who supports “my country, right or wrong,” as did most Germans in the 1930s and 1940s? Or the kind who dodges the duty to be a helpmate to murderers? The type of passenger who goes down with the ship? Or the type who puts on his vest and looks for a lifeboat? The type of individual who supports the merchants who offer the fairest deal? Or the type who is gulled by splashy TV commercials?

What the ascendancy of sociopaths means isn’t an academic question. Throughout history, the question has been a matter of life and death. That’s one reason America grew; every American (or any ex-colonial) has forebears who confronted the issue and decided to uproot themselves to go somewhere with better prospects. The losers were those who delayed thinking about the question until the last minute.

I have often described myself, and those I prefer to associate with, as gamma rats. You may recall the ethologist’s characterization of the social interaction of rats as being between a few alpha rats and many beta rats, the alpha rats being dominant and the beta rats submissive. In addition, a small percentage are gamma rats that stake out prime territory and mates, like the alphas, but are not interested in dominating the betas. The people most inclined to leave for the wide world outside and seek fortune elsewhere are typically gamma personalities.

You may be thinking that what happened in places like Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and scores of other countries in recent history could not, for some reason, happen in the U.S.. Actually, there’s no reason it won’t at this point. All the institutions that made America exceptional - including a belief in capitalism, individualism, self-reliance, and the restraints of the Constitution - are now only historical artifacts.

On the other hand, the distribution of sociopaths is completely uniform across both space and time. Per capita, there were no more evil people in Stalin’s Russia, Hitler’s Germany, Mao’s China, Amin’s Uganda, Ceausescu’s Romania, or Pol Pot’s Cambodia than there are today in the U.S. All you need is favorable conditions for them to bloom, much as mushrooms do after a rainstorm.

Conditions for them in the U.S. are becoming quite favorable. Have you ever wondered where the 50,000 people employed by the TSA to inspect and degrade you came from? Most of them are middle-aged. Did they have jobs before they started doing something that any normal person would consider demeaning? Most did, but they were attracted to - not repelled by - a job where they wear a costume and abuse their fellow citizens all day.

Few of them can imagine that they’re shepherding in a police state as they play their roles in security theater. (A reinforced door on the pilots’ cabin is probably all that’s actually needed, although the most effective solution would be to hold each airline responsible for its own security and for the harm done if it fails to protect passengers and third parties.) But the 50,000 newly employed are exactly the same type of people who joined the Gestapo - eager to help in the project of controlling everyone. Nobody was drafted into the Gestapo.

What’s going on here is an instance of Pareto’s Law. That’s the 80-20 rule that tells us, for example, that 80% of your sales come from 20% of your salesmen or that 20% of the population are responsible for 80% of the crime.

As I see it, 80% of people are basically decent; their basic instincts are to live by the Boy Scout virtues. 20% of people, however, are what you might call potential trouble sources, inclined toward doing the wrong thing when the opportunity presents itself. They might now be shoe clerks, mailmen, or waitresses - they seem perfectly benign in normal times. They play baseball on weekends and pet the family dog. However, given the chance, they will sign up for the Gestapo, the Stasi, the KGB, the TSA, Homeland Security, or whatever. Many seem well intentioned, but are likely to favor force as the solution to any problem.

But it doesn’t end there, because 20% of that 20% are really bad actors. They are drawn to government and other positions where they can work their will on other people and, because they’re enthusiastic about government, they rise to leadership positions. They remake the culture of the organizations they run in their own image. Gradually, non-sociopaths can no longer stand being there. They leave. Soon the whole barrel is full of bad apples. That’s what’s happening today in the U.S.

It’s a pity that Bush, when he was in office, made such a big deal of evil. He discredited the concept. He made Boobus americanus think it only existed in a distant axis, in places like North Korea, Iraq and Iran, which were and still are irrelevant backwaters and arbitrarily chosen enemies. Bush trivialized the concept of evil and made it seem banal because he was such a fool. All the while, real evil, very immediate and powerful, was growing right around him, and he lacked the awareness to see he was fertilizing it by turning the U.S. into a national security state after 9/11.

Now, I believe, it’s out of control. The U.S. is already in a truly major depression and on the edge of financial chaos and a currency meltdown. The sociopaths in government will react by redoubling the pace toward a police state domestically and starting a major war abroad. To me, this is completely predictable. It’s what sociopaths do.

Editor’s Note: A big part of any strategy to reduce your political risk is to place some of your savings outside the immediate reach of the thieving bureaucrats in your home country. Obtaining a foreign bank account is a convenient way to do just that.

That way, your savings cannot be easily confiscated, frozen, or devalued at the drop of a hat or with a couple of taps on the keyboard. In the event capital controls are imposed, a foreign bank account will help ensure that you have access to your money when you need it the most.

In short, your savings in a foreign bank will largely be safe from any madness in your home country.

Despite what you may hear, having a foreign bank account is completely legal and is not about tax evasion or other illegal activities. It’s simply about legally diversifying your political risk by putting your liquid savings in sound, well-capitalized institutions where they’re treated best.

We recently released a comprehensive free guide where we discuss our favorite foreign banks and jurisdictions, including, crucially, those that still accept Americans as clients and allow them to open accounts remotely for small minimums.

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Chupacabra-322's picture

Sociopaths? Wrong! Psychpoaths is more appropriate.

uhland62's picture

Now, this is nitpicking! I would not want to be POTUS if you paid me 3 million $ p.a. What is attractive there? On the outside you have to look all powerful and competent, but in reality you have 5 thousand advisors who tell you what to do. You also know that they pull the wool over your eyes because they are trying to please someone who gives them cookies. 

Cabreado's picture

It serves no purpose to attempt to delineate... but will waste your energy...

Rule of Law became a thing because of, and to transcend such a futile effort.

Dr. Spin's picture

The United States is no longer a nation of laws.  It is now a nation of men/women and mostly sociopathic identity politics men/women...

It's only a matter of time now before The Coming Insurrection.

LetThemEatRand's picture

This article is basically pointing out that sociopaths tend to rise to the top, which they do.  Because most people want to follow them for reasons that escape me.  Nonetheless, they do.  That is the problem with all of humanity, not just our political system.   China is also run by sociopaths.  And North Korea, Iran, France, England, Saudi Arabia, etc.  I guess in the US we have more sociopaths per capita who are in charge but don't have actual crowns.

aurum4040's picture

Why? Because most people are fucking idiots with their head in the sand or up someone else's ass. The world will purge itself of them in due time

RafterManFMJ's picture

I've watched it happen in my organization. The sociopaths are screamers, they threaten, they hold grudges, and they ruthlessly attack and scheme.

And then they're beguiling when need be.

Their behavior sees them promoted as they're seen as can-do go getters, and secondly - anyone with any character and/or options leaves the company via a new job or retirement, leaving behind only the optionless, thoroughly cowed cattle, and the lunatics in control.

This seems true in any medium or larger company, any military organization, and possibly in religious organizations.

Any hierarchy will in time become dominated by sociopaths.

And when they happen to control the Armed forces with nuclear weapons ... an extinction level event is ever more likely. This is what I fear.

Sociopaths gambling with all our lives, making bets ... and losing.

AgentScruffy's picture

Narcissists (maybe they are also sociopaths) seem attracted to situations (political or not) where they can laze around and "play" at working, while getting their imagined greatness reflected back to them by sycophants. Some have inherited most of their wealth (and some impressive board appointments) from Mommy and Daddy and forgot to learn how to actually do anything themselves. Then they lie to themselves that they are "above" proving themselves in a 'real' job. They're too good, too smart, for that. They rationalize all their failures. 

Then they run for office.  

Ms No's picture

There is a legitimate debate that malignant narcissists should be labeled psychopath and also that the sociopath should be labeled the same. The difference between the last two is mostly higher functioning vs. lower.  One is more likely to end up in prison the other will be a banker. 

None of them have any real human empathy but some narcissist have a tad.  Many people have narcissistic traits but that doesn't make them a milignant narcissist.  Aslo psychopathic women are commonly misdiagnosed as histrionic among other things.  Just like everything else, the psychology field and diagnostic system is a fuqing mess.

Psychopaths have always been around and sought power but we may be dealing with something different now, at least in scale.  We have psychopaths aligning together in a very large and organized fashion.  It's organized psychopathy going global.  I am not sure anything like this has ever happened before.

new game's picture

nice post, and can i add this, they are to be avoided. quit the job, do whatever to avoid these fucks for a happier life...

Secret Weapon's picture

And this is why civilizations fall.

Vendetta's picture

yeah I generally put the corporate sociopaths/psychopathic lot under the umbrella of the globalist meme. They've sucked people into the fold by repeating ad infinitum that the idea is a good one but that is the first lie and everything flows from that.... just like sociopaths and psychopaths do ad infinitum.

AgentScruffy's picture

Also, in these situations, the sociopath's overflowing confidence is mistaken by others for competence.

Falcon49's picture

They surround themselves with sycophants and sociopaths.  The masses are easily controlled through propaganda and fear.  The author was right about the system within most of the government organizations tends to drive out the virtuous and provides an environment that promotes the sociopath and sycophant.  The willing acceptance of mindless and needless bureaucratic busy work prepares the worker for accepting orders and conducting actions without question.   

Iwanttoknow's picture

LTM, one of the main reason why sociopaths succeed is the lack of empathy.We are constrained by empathy.

nmewn's picture

Oh gawd, not another long boring Casey article...The Ascendence of Sociopaths in US Governance...really?

You're fucking way too late...Woodrow Wilson, Lincoln, FDR etal were long before your time.

Oh yeah..."Obtaining a foreign bank account is a convenient way to do just that." 

Yeah, carry on comrade, I lost all mine in a boating accident.

monad's picture

Orwellian version:

Translates to: The survivors - our g/grands - rose against WW, the DC and the foreign banksters enslaving us now. They took a stand. They were crushed by treachery.

Are you clear?

petolo's picture

I was drawn to Casey for a while untill i became aware that all his analysis and advice was punctuated with "buy my newsletter". Narcissus grow in many kinds of soil.

ThroxxOfVron's picture

Political Parties and Political Dynasties are a large part of the problem.

VERY strict term limits and VERY stringent prohibitions and VERY VERY harsh punishments for corruption would solve some of this problem.

True Blue's picture

I disagree about term limits. That is the only tool We have to keep the good and punish the bad. That is the problem; we need a Stick and a carrot. No term limits; but when you leave office, the voters of your district should get to decide if you get a paycheck or a prison sentence.

Sociopaths are cowards; they gravitate to politics and modern finance because there is No downside risk.

While we're at it, how about giving us the same power when a Fed member leaves office -with the bonus of stripping them of their assets too.

Let's see how many sociopaths try to screw us when We can screw back.

stant's picture

From the look on the faces of those generals at the shit has hit the union speech, I would ecpect a cruise missle to cruise up the Potomac

Cabreado's picture

Yikes, yer all over the place...

Nostradumbass's picture


The US government, in particlar,has been overrun by the wrong kind of (((person)))...

Yes, these (((people))) have taken control of banking, government, media, education and much business in western countries and are instituting cultural marxism and white genocide. These (((people))) want open borders and unlimited immigration for all white countries yet interestingly, refuse to do the same for their Israel.



Victory_Garden's picture

Very Good....but these people, do not act like people. And, we also know thay ain't no folks neither, cuz that's like calling a flap-jack, a shoe shine boy.

As the perplexing paradox of paradigm doors open, just what the heck are those darn things, anyways?

Sniggles...giggers...and huyas to yas!

bunnyswanson's picture

The Yellow Brick Road leads you to those folks, those darn rascals who amuse themselves by destroying a century of progress just to build it again using a different floor plan.  What stinkin' fools don't do to sustain their position at the top of this pyramid is approach 6 billion people with a pamphlet filled with information and take a vote.  We are shy like animals are too sound of bullets when we see unfettered rascalism.  It makes our butts twitch.

VWAndy's picture

Yep done gone feral.

thisguyoverhere's picture

Gotta love "The International Man".

So you phucked people for the last 30 years and are all repentent and sappy about how "I just never imagined the consequences of my actions",

Hey stranger, have a few spare million for my schemes or want to have wet financial dreams and wishyou could be like me?? how about my books, shlep? Want to buy'm?

Phuck you

August's picture

Hey, as long as you stayed away from La Estancia Casey in Argentina, and had exquisite timing with his junior mining stock picks, you might have done OK following Doug's investment advice!  At least Casey's a step up from Jeff Berwick, whose advice will quite possibly land you in a third world prison cell.

FWIW I've horsed aound with various "offshore" guys over many years and would rank them as follows:

1) The Old World, Old School guys who are very good, but expensive as hell (e.g. Henley & Partners).

2) Mark Nestman and Simon Black (Mark being the more mature personality, and generally the more expensive)

3) Doug Casey and Team.

4) Jeff Berwick, who I do not think is actually a fraud, but just careless and/or disorganized.

5) Assorted minor players, some of whom seem to be out-and-out criminals (e.g. Panama Law)

Have fun... and stay safe!


ebworthen's picture

A pic of Lenin?  You need Hitler and Mussolini and Caesar up there with him you dopes!

The Kleptosociofacistoligarchy of the New Rome Reich marches forward!

All hail Wall Street and Washington D.C.!  Bow serfs!

Taint Boil's picture



Holy Shit Batman thats a long word ....

Quick Robin get the Bat Dictionary and look up hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

ebworthen's picture

Good one Taint Boil, fear of long words that is a long word itself ;-)

We need a word for our new 'ism that rolls all the bad of the old world 'isms into one.  FUBARism?  SCCOFKism (Socialist Crony Capitalist Oligarchic Fascist Kleptoligarchy)?  The old 'isms don't apply anymore, we've got a new monster.

bluez's picture


It's real simple folks. We have the most tyrannical government in history. they have the legal power to disappear or murder anyone who gets in their way. We have a totally oppressive duopoly upheld by a single-selection voting system that denies any resort to strategy to the common citizens, reserving it for the ruling oppressive duopoly.

They offer fake Ford Foundation and Rockefellers Brothers Fund supported IRV. They have “political science” professors teaching untenable election methods to indentured student-slaves.

They have their spoiler effect and with it they own you. You really have no one to vote for.

Just get simple score voting. There are no other options.

s T e v o's picture

Boy oh boy, you got me again. Read another advertisement right to the very end. That's two. One more and I'm out of here.

PGR88's picture



Sociopaths come to the fore when they have a huge government with unlimited powers in which to plant and develop themselves.

lakecity55's picture

Or, sociopaths like Hitler rise to power when a nation is in dire economic distress and there is a cause to blame (the "stab in the back" by the politicians)  like losing WW1.

GRDguy's picture

Same old story, perpetuated by the same ol' type of folks:

“The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars;

the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”

-- H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956) 

Sigh. Not enough people vote for non-sociopaths.  

It requires too much intelligence.

petolo's picture

Don't admire or vote for anyone with political aspirations. Anyone with true altruistic motivation would not choose politics and government as a solution. Charity begins at home, in your community and with family and friends. 

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Why the United States of American post 1945 can never and will never be associated to Weimar Germany given what it has done and where it has chosen to be in the last 70 years.

"Opportunity Cost" is one ugly bitch when you make all the wrong choices over time!

Libertati Aut Ad Mortem's picture
Libertati Aut Ad Mortem (not verified) Jan 15, 2016 11:46 PM


Bernanke, Greenspan, Yellen, and dual citizen Stanley Fischer are all Jews while Jacob Lew, another Jew, runs the Treasury. US foreign policy and much of domestic policy, such as the 9-11 and Sandy Hook charades, are run directly out of the Council on Foreign Relations, the headquarters for the New World Order. Their leaders, not just including Kissinger the Jew, but Haass, Wolfowitz, Perle, Abrams, and Kristol who love nothing more than sending patriotic Midwestern and southern Americans to fight and die for their proxy state in the Middle East Israel. For Kissinger said, “Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” All of the media, Hollywood, and the major banks are Jewish owned. And who were Obama's advisors? David Axelrod, dual citizen Rahm Immanuel, David Pfouffe, just to mention a few. And the naive believe Obama is Muslim. He is not. He is a Marxist Jew by virtue of his mother and the grandparents who raised him. Marxist Judaism is just another name for crony capitalism socialism where are the wealth in concentrated in the hands of the Jews. The proof is in the debt and money they stole from the American people over the last 7 years.  Americans are Indentured Servant SLAVES in their own country to this Jewish cabal:


And the $2.5 trillion big payoff:


atlasRocked's picture

I found widespread sociopathic behavior in citizens in my book, Tyler, please consider reading and reviewing it.  I can send you a download token, you'll be stunned at the alignment of findings.

#3 money book on Amazon:

atlasRocked's picture

Liberal economic cycle:


1. Liberals jump into power during a trough of a capitalist economic down cycle, proclaim such slowdowns are within their power to solve, and the mean capitalists won't do it. 
2. Proclaim they know how to stop the next crash by limiting private credit to the exuberant, greedy capitalists.
3. Begin borrowing and printing money - issuing government credit - to "cure" the "downturn", making sure to buy out the struggling capitalists with bailouts, and promising not to prosecute them for crimes they found they widely committed - if they accept the bailout.  
4. As the printing fails, employ statistical fraud to show the economy is not sick, and start making weapons to make up for the lack of economic growth.
5. Start wars, kill off tens of millions of citizens - or organize such a pathetic army that they lose tens of millions of their own citizens to rape, murder and plunder. 
6. Find the surviving, capitalist nations, influence and infiltrate them, and then go to step 1.

22winmag's picture

Lies and mind-viruses do not sit well inside most normal, well-adjusted people's heads.


Most people (and certainly children) can smell the stench of official lies.


Most flase flags and media falsehoods are called out and thoroughly debunked on the internet in 2 days flat.

Victory_Garden's picture

It's...the info-war!

When the heart wakes up to the Spirit..the spirit wakes up the mind.

Lke's a multidimensional multi-sensual epiphany!

Faarrrrr out, man!




frmnthng comesnthng's picture

The spirit never sleeps. Exercise your connection to Creation through meditation, then your mind will be awaken with thoughts that will change our world towards greater love, harmony, peace, wisdom etc.

Niall Of The Nine Hostages's picture

Sociopaths sooner or later take control of every civilized society, and once there, govern it for their personal benefit and profit as they see fit, with law and morality becoming tools to keep the poor enslaved.

Their greed gets the better of them in the end. If you don't believe in a God that isn't money, it's easy to make your philosophy of government "Après moi le déluge." They enjoy a few generations of unlimited wealth and power, only to be taken completely by surprise when the tax and usury revenue stops coming and the barbarians start showing up at the gates, as the people who defended the city in ages past begin to stop reproducing or join the barbarians.

Not that they didn't know that day would come---they just expected not to live to see it. To a sociopath, consequences are for other people.

Civilizations rarely die natural deaths, much less commit suicide. They are murdered by their own elites.

Moving on...

Casey gives George W. Bush far too much credit. Nobody with anything resembling a conscience would have started a war with another country, much less one as destructive as the Iraq War, just to settle scores with the local ruler for making his family look like idiots.

One day we'll find out how much W knew about 9/11 in advance and why he did nothing to stop it. Those who know the truth are presumably waiting for the Sauds to be driven from Riyadh by the Russian army and for W and Cheney to die.