Guest Post: The Ascendence Of Sociopaths In US Governance

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Submitted by Doug Casey of Casey Research

The Ascendence Of Sociopaths In US Governance

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 used to be just an interesting possibility. But few Americans opted for it, since the US 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 nothing pressing about becoming an international man.

Things change, however, and being rooted like a plant, at least if you have a choice, is a suboptimal strategy for surviving and prospering. 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 life saver. 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, developing police states and, worst of all, the prospect of a major war. It seems almost unbelievable that we are talking of the US – which historically has been the land of the free.

How did we get here? An argument can be made that miscalculation, accident, inattention and the like are why things go bad. Those elements do have 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 US government, in particular, is being 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 US 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 US.

What does this mean to the 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 life boat? 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 US. 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 US. All you need is favorable conditions for them to bloom, much as mushrooms do after a rainstorm.

Conditions for them in the US 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 are well intentioned but 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 US.

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 US into a national security state after 9/11.

Now, I believe, it's out of control. The US 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.

There are seven characteristics I can think of that define a sociopath, although I'm sure the list could be extended.

  1. Sociopaths completely lack a conscience or any capacity for real regret about hurting people. Although they pretend the opposite.
  2. Sociopaths put their own desires and wants on a totally different level from those of other people. Their wants are incommensurate. They truly believe their ends justify their means. Although they pretend the opposite.
  3. Sociopaths consider themselves superior to everyone else, because they aren't burdened by the emotions and ethics others have – they're above all that. They're arrogant. Although they pretend the opposite.
  4. Sociopaths never accept the slightest responsibility for anything that goes wrong, even though they're responsible for almost everything that goes wrong. You'll never hear a sincere apology from them.
  5. Sociopaths have a lopsided notion of property rights. What's theirs is theirs, and what's yours is theirs too. They therefore defend currency inflation and taxation as good things.
  6. Sociopaths usually pick the wrong target to attack. If they lose their wallet, they kick the dog. If 16 Saudis fly planes into buildings, they attack Afghanistan.
  7. Sociopaths traffic in disturbing news, they love to pass on destructive rumors and they'll falsify information to damage others.

The fact that they're chronic, extremely convincing and even enthusiastic liars, who often believe their own lies, means they aren't easy to spot, because normal people naturally assume another person is telling the truth. They rarely have handlebar mustaches or chortle like Snidely Whiplash. Instead, they cultivate a social veneer or a mask of sanity that diverts suspicion. You can rely on them to be "politically correct" in public. How could a congressman or senator who avidly supports charities possibly be a bad guy? They're expert at using facades to disguise reality, and they feel no guilt about it.

Political elites are primarily, and sometimes exclusively, composed of sociopaths. It's not just that they aren't normal human beings. They're barely even human, a separate subspecies, differentiated by their psychological qualities. A normal human can mate with them spiritually and psychologically about as fruitfully as a modern human could mate physically with a Neanderthal; it can be done, but the results won't be good.

It's a serious problem when a society becomes highly politicized, as is now the case in the US and Europe. In normal times, a sociopath stays under the radar. Perhaps he'll commit a common crime when he thinks he can get away with it, but social mores keep him reined in. However, once the government changes its emphasis from protecting citizens from force to initiating force with laws and taxes, those social mores break down. Peer pressure, social approbation and moral opprobrium, the forces that keep a healthy society orderly, are replaced by regulations enforced by cops and funded by taxes. Sociopaths sense this, start coming out of the woodwork and are drawn to the State and its bureaucracies and regulatory agencies, where they can get licensed and paid to do what they've always wanted to do.

It's very simple, really. There are two ways people can relate to each other: voluntarily or coercively. The government is pure coercion, and sociopaths are drawn to its power and force.

The majority of Americans will accept the situation for two reasons: One, they have no philosophical anchor to keep them from being washed up onto the rocks. They no longer have any real core beliefs, and most of their opinions – e.g., "We need national health care," "Our brave troops should fight evil over there so we don't have to fight it over here," "The rich should pay their fair share" – are reactive and comforting. The whole point of spin doctors is to produce comforting sound bites that elude testing against reality. And, two, they've become too pampered and comfortable, a nation of overfed losers, mooches and coasters who like the status quo without wondering how long it can possibly last.

It's nonsensical to blather about the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave when reality TV and Walmart riots are much closer to the truth. The majority of Americans are, of course, where the rot originates – the presidential candidates are spending millions taking their pulse in surveys and polls and then regurgitating to them what they seem to want to hear. Once a country buys into the idea that an above-average, privileged lifestyle is everyone's minimum due, when the fortunate few can lobby for special deals to rake something off the table as they squeeze wealth out of others by force, that country is on the decline. Lobbying and taxation rather than production and innovation have never been able to sustain prosperity. The wealth being squeezed took centuries to produce, but it is not inexhaustible.

In that light, it was interesting to hear Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, speak about the lower, middle and upper classes recently. Romney is an empty suit, only marginally better than the last Republican nominee, the hostile and mildly demented John McCain. In any event, Romney is right about the poor, in a way – there is a "safety net," now holding 50 million people on Medicaid and 46 million on food stamps, among many other supposed benefits. And he's right about the rich; there's no need to worry about them at the moment – at least until the revolution starts. He claims to worry about the middle class, not that his worries will do anything to help them. But he's right that the middle class is where the problem lies. It's just a different kind of problem than he thinks.

People generally fall into an economic class because of their psychology and their values. Each of the three classes has a characteristic psychological profile. For the lower class, it's apathy. They have nothing, they're ground down and they don't really care. They're not in the game, and they aren't going to do anything; they're resigned to their fate. For the upper class, it's greed and arrogance. They have everything, and they think they deserve it – whether they do or not. The middle class – at least in today's world – is run by fear. Fear that they're only a paycheck away from falling into the lower class. Fear that they can't pay their debts or borrow more. Fear that they don't have a realistic prospect of improving themselves.

The problem is that fear is a negative, dangerous and potentially explosive emotion. It can easily morph into anger and violence. Exactly where it will lead is unpredictable, but it's not a good place. One thing that exacerbates the situation is that all three classes now rely on the government, albeit in different ways. Bankruptcy of the government will affect them all drastically.

With sociopaths in charge, we could very well see the Milgram experiment reenacted on a national scale. In the experiment, you may recall, researchers asked members of the public to torture subjects (who, unbeknownst to the people being recruited, were paid actors) with electric shocks, all the way up to what they believed were lethal doses. Most of them did as asked, after being assured that it was "alright" and "necessary" by men in authority. The men in authority today are mostly sociopaths.

WHAT TO DO

One practical issue worth thinking about is how you, as someone with libertarian values, will manage in a future increasingly controlled by sociopaths. My guess is poorly, unless you take action to insulate yourself. That's because of the way almost all creatures are programmed by nature. There's one imperative common to all of them: Survive! People obviously want to do that as individuals. And as families. In fact, they want all the groups that they're members of to survive, simply because (everything else being equal) it should help them to survive as individuals. So individual Marines want the Marine Corps to survive. Individual Rotarians want the Rotary Club to prosper. Individual Catholics leap to the defense of the Church of Rome.

That's why individual Germans during World War II were, as has been asserted, "willing executioners" – they were supporting the Reich for the same reasons the Marines, the Rotarians and the Catholics support their groups. Except more so, because the Reich was under attack from all sides. So of course they followed orders and turned in their neighbors who seemed less than enthusiastic. Failing to support the Reich – even if they knew it had some rather unsavory aspects – seemed an invitation to invading armies to come and rape their daughters, steal their property and probably kill them. So of course the Germans closed ranks around their leaders, even though everyone at the top was a sociopath. You can expect Americans to do the same.

Americans have done so before, when the country was far less degraded. During the War Between the States, even saying something against the war was a criminal offense. The same was true during World War I. In World War II, the Japanese were all put in concentration camps on groundless, racially based suspicions of disloyalty. During the early years of the Cold War, McCarthyism was rampant. The examples are legion among humans, and the US was never an exception. It's even true among chickens. If a bird has a feather out of place, the others will peck at it, eventually killing it. That out-of-place feather is deemed a badge of otherness announcing that its owner isn't part of the group. Chicken Autre must die.

Libertarians, who tend to be more intelligent, better informed and very definitely more independent than average, are going to be in a touchy situation as the crisis deepens. Most aren't going to buy into the groupthink that inevitably accompanies war and other major crises. As such, they'll be seen as unreliable, even traitors. As Bush said, "If you're not with us, you're against us." And, he might have added, "the Constitution be damned." But of course that document is no longer even given lip service; it's now a completely dead letter.

It's very hard for an individualist to keep his mouth shut when he sees these things going on. But he'd better keep quiet, as even HL Mencken wisely did during both world wars. In today's world, just keeping quiet won't be enough; the national security state has an extensive, and growing, file on everybody. They believe they know exactly what your beliefs, desires, fears and associations are, or may be. What we're now facing is likely to be more dangerous than past crises. If you're wise, you'll relocate someplace where you're something of an outsider and, by virtue of that fact, are allowed a measure of eccentric opinion. That's why I spend an increasing amount of time in Latin America. In truth, however, security is going to be hard to find anywhere in the years to come. The most you can hope for is to tilt the odds in your favor.

The best way to do that is by diversifying your assets internationally. Allocating your wealth into real assets. Linking up with sound, like-minded people who share your values. And staying alert for the high-potential speculations that inevitably arise during chaotic times.

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nope-1004's picture

Jon Corzine

Llyod Blankfein

Jamie Dimon

Tim Geithner

Ben Bernanke

to name a few.  They all have a deep disconnect with reality and truly are sociopaths.

 

idea_hamster's picture

All you need is favorable conditions for them to bloom, much as mushrooms do after a shitstorm.

There -- fixed it for ya!

Surly Bear's picture

In this article, I'm going to argue that the US government, in particular, is being overrun by the wrong kind of person.

Oh, do tell what is the right kind of person to be elected to a body whose sole purpose is to exercise the legal use of force? Blah blah blah, Bush was dumb, Blah blah blah. What kind of libertarian are you? The kind who likes making people do what you think is right? Hey, Gonzo, you're only a libertarian if you think a government should not perform certain actions rather than a person that thinks those actions should be performed by the right kind of person. The world has enough Republicans.

Jim in MN's picture

It's really not "government," just a tiny sliver that happens to be able to overrule the others, i.e. the financial regulators and top economic advisors. 

The guts of the psychopathocracy are in the banks and ranks of the global uberrich elites.  The vast majority of government folks would gladly help solve that problem.

But a lot of readers 'click' with the sloppily thought out anti-government rhetoric.  Especially the oh-so-extra-intelligent ones ;*)

goldfish1's picture

financial regulators and top economic advisors.

More than just them. Read on....posted to California Part two thread also.

 

Small rural village in NW Ohio. Jackboot Police Chief. Gradually infiltrates the entire Village Administration including Finances. Gets a few hapless "entitled" council people in his pocket. Runs off the competent and capable Village Administrator. Gets a puppet promoted in his place. Starts having the Village pay for the Police Department expenses out of different funds to hide the real cost of the wages and the department expenses. Runs off the fiscal officer. Runs the dept whereby no one wants to drive near the very rural Village as many tickets are written every day. Inflates the infraction amount. Speed trap. Signs are ambiguous. Impounds vehicles and charges outrageous amounts to get them out of impound. Self promotes how he is saving the village from "drug dealers". Local businesses verge on bankruptcy. Then he and council stooges get an income tax implemented.

Concerned citizens get a referendum. Concerned citizens get elected. New council starts the work of getting rid of the gestapo. Income tax overturned. Very little funding to run the village properly. Months and months later, some progress has been made. Very difficult to undo what should never have happened in the first place if the system of checks and balances are followed.

comrade pravda's picture

The US govt is top heavy with sociopaths.

Dick Cheney is sociopath/terrorist #1.  http://ae911truth.org/

George W. Bush was simply a coward, pushed around by Dick.

Obama is a narcissist, not a sociopath.  He just wants to be loved by sociopaths. 

 

 

Clashfan's picture

Um, are you forgetting the real Bush, HW?

TWSceptic's picture

Wrong. Obama is both a narcissist AND a sociopath. You need to pay more attention if you disagree.

Manthong's picture

ANONYMOUS posted this earlier today.. worth posting again.

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUS1m5MSt9k

 

Fanatic's picture

You obviously do not know who Doug Casey is. He is an anarcho-capitalist and thinks the nation state should be abolished. He doesn't like politicians period.

NeoRandian's picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac9j15eig_w

We can all be very thankful to the great Milton Friedman for his advice that we don't need to worry about kicking the bad guys out of office, that we only need to 'get the wrong people to do the right thing'.

What he failed to recognize was that the wrong people tend to corrupt any thing they do, so when they are given incentives to 'do the right thing' they simultaneously pervert the right thing into the wrong thing, they have their cake and eat it too. 

TWSceptic's picture

You're stupid, clearly you don't know who Doug Casey is, and you also don't understand his point of view. I wonder if you even read the article properly.

 

The way you talk doesn't remind me of a libertarian, more of a smug liberal.

Clueless Economist's picture

Who are those guys?  The Board of Directors of AIPAC?

Future Tense's picture

David Tice prediction in the next 18 months:

$2,500 gold and 1000 S&P

Great interview with Fox Business news:

http://www.ftense.com/2012/03/david-tice-interview.html

ChrisFromMorningside's picture

You ain't seen nothing yet.

I see major war(s) on the horizon. Reasons:

1. The Keynesians have made it clear that they see warfare as aggregate demand stimulus.

2. War, especially one that required a draft, would make a huge dent in the unemployment rate.

3. The major threat to the political and financier elite in an economic collapse would be the domestic unrest that would sweep American cities. Shipping the nation's supply of angry young males to Iran or Syria and allowing them to sublimate the anger that they feel from being economically and politically disenfranchised by killing foreigners would ease domestic tension and reduce the possibility of revolution.

4. If we are going to have a debt "reset" then the U.S. elite will want it to be on their terms, which means re-asserting U.S. power projection globally.

5. The U.S. middle class lifestyle is predicated upon cheap oil. A supply of cheap oil to the U.S. (in volumes that satisfy middle class demand) is no longer a given in a post-reset environment. So there is a strong incentive to consolidate our political control over as much of the earth's oil supplies as possible while we still have the debt-fueled resources to do so.

I fear that this period of 2011/2012 that we are in, as loony as it is, will feel quaint one or two years from now. As of today, much of this economic crisis has been limited to the financial sector and those who depend on it for their wealth. I think 2012 will be the turning point where the crisis becomes "real" for the typical American for a variety of reasons.

10mm's picture

Popcorn,appitizers,refeshments,party favorits ready for next salvo of bombs,missiles,body bags,etc etc.

Gully Foyle's picture

nope-1004

“The next time they give you all that civic bullshit about voting, keep in mind that Hitler was elected in a full, free democratic election”"Now, there's one thing you might have noticed I don't complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: 'The Public Sucks. Fuck Hope.'"

"I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain,' but where's the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote -- who did not even leave the house on Election Day -- am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created."

George Carlin

TheGardener's picture

"that Hitler was elected in a full, free democratic election"

Not that I'll get too excited about all those posts
that have Hit'l and democrank as buzz words but
that meme is not true. Google it for yourself or at least consider that the last so called fair and free election was not the one getting the Austrian to power. He got appointed.

TWSceptic's picture

Actually both. But is was mostly his popularity with the public that gave him power. Yes, democracy.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ nope-1004.

Don't you mean Psycopaths?

Three-Factor Model of Psychopathy

Arrogant/Deceitful Interpersonal Style:
- Glibness/superficial charm
- Egocentricity/Grandiose sense of self-worth
- Pathological lying
- Conning/Manipulative

Deficient Affective Experience:
- Lack of remorse or guilt
- Callous/Lack of empathy
- Shallow affect
- Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

Impulsive/Irresponsible Behavioral Style:
- Need for stimulation/Proneness to boredom
- Parasitic lifestyle
- Lack of realistic, long-term goals
- Impulsivity
- Irresponsibility

P.S. Yes, they are VERY SICK. Unfortunately, there are no treatments that have been found to be effective in treating sick individuals. They need to be kept from holding public office or positions of authority at all costs, as that’s where they do the most damage to others around them. What’s worse is that it is that people like this are often the most ambitious seekers of political office or positions of power, and due to their manipulative and deceptive tendencies can be very difficult to detect.

TheGardener's picture

This 3-factor model tries to gives all of human instincts a bad name, by pointing out their respective down side. The destruction of the human soul by means of psychoanalysis.

Yet your description of normal human beings sounds very
believable, so you got up-voted.

Cathartes Aura's picture

can you perhaps describe your normal human beings, sans the "psychoanalysis" factor?  I'd like to see a list of what is considered valuable in a human, thanks.

Dr. Acula's picture

-Parasitic lifestyle = 50% of Americans

-Lack of remorse or guilt = Vote themselves into foodstamps and healthcare benefits at others' expense. Enslave men via birth control "accidents".

-Callous/Lack of empathy = "You should pay your fair share of taxes and not complain"

-Pathological lying = One person mugging another on the street is theft, but one million voting to mug someone is a civic duty. It's for the good of society, after all.

-Pathological lying = religion

-Irresponsibility = Zero knowledge of economic science or history. But, put a QR code on the crapper so you can notify everyone on facebook when you are taking a dump.

-Egocentricity/Grandiose sense of self-worth = The invisible sky daddy told me it's my job to stop gay marriage and pot-smoking. Also, my vote is important because I'm making a wise and informed decision.

 

dimichzh's picture

You tweested the facts.

 

-Parasitic lifestyle = 50% of Americans

It is not because they don't want to work, but discoraged to find one, at least we got a lot of those recently.
It better fits politicians.  How is it even possible to accept that some people work as ppoliticians the whole life and we have generation of such. This is crazy. It is similar to Kim Something Ir transition power to his son after his death. It is the same if one take a step back and look at it.

-Lack of remorse or guilt = Vote themselves into foodstamps and healthcare benefits at others' expense. Enslave men via birth control "accidents".
They didn't vote themselves into, it is again politicians did. Why? What if they go out of control when they cannot find a job?
Do you still believe that American control their gov? 

-Callous/Lack of empathy = "You should pay your fair share of taxes and not complain"
This is completely wrong analogy. Better, 1.5 million Iraq dead and politicians do not care. Americans just brainwashed by them and TV.

-Pathological lying = One person mugging another on the street is theft, but one million voting to mug someone is a civic duty. It's for the good of society, after all.
Again, wrong analogy, not even close, and again politicians or those who controls them.

-Pathological lying = religion
No, again, politicians and those who control them. The religion is a tool.

-Irresponsibility = Zero knowledge of economic science or history. But, put a QR code on the crapper so you can notify everyone on facebook when you are taking a dump.
Coomplex laws and manipulativness by most in congress and controllers. It is realy hard to dig in this mess. Easier to be brainwashed by TV

-Egocentricity/Grandiose sense of self-worth = The invisible sky daddy told me it's my job to stop gay marriage and pot-smoking. Also, my vote is important because I'm making a wise and informed decision.
This is just a tool by psychopaths to focus public attention to small issues while pilaging America 

 

CompassionateFascist's picture

How did we get here? The selfsame Universalist Nomadic Tribe that's been attempting to destroy the Nations for 3,000 years is now ascendant. Tikkun Olam. 

4horse's picture

That's why individual Germans during World War II were, as has been asserted, "willing executioners"

asserted by just what jackass besides yourself . . .

 

a famous phrase, of selkine's, describing bolshevist jews who executed The Red Terror, Holodomor and MassMurder of 20-30-40million Russians --has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Germans -unless, somehow, to account for what they feared most as it came to be reflected in their own weimar

 

doug casey __buffoon and/or treacherous bastard__ such an egregious error can hardly ever be accidental

 

if, impossibly, a true nincompoop, perhaps reading someone who can think may, improbably, somehow in an even dimmer future see you asserting the obvious as to the selfsame psychopathocracy of both the ussr/ussa

http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/articles/MacDonald-Solzhenitsyn-200-Years-Together-18.html

Sequitur's picture

Hello Steve LIESman -- without the doughnuts, and with hair.

LongSoupLine's picture

Holy Crap William...I just soiled myself!

piceridu's picture

Banzai to the plate...calls time, he digs in, plants his back foot sinking in his cleats...the pitcher delivers...he swings, CRACK! It's deep, deep to dead center field...ladies and gentlemen, it's fucking out of here!!!!!

nothing can go wrogn's picture

In social affairs, I'm an optimist. I really do believe that our military-industrial civilization will soon collapse.  ~Ed Abbey

barliman's picture

 

Enablers!

also known as the Mainstream Media

Why settle for reality TV shows that celebrate neurotic, psychotic and sociopathic behaviors when they can have the REAL THING ????

How do the Obamas differ from the Kardashians?

Newt Gingrich from Sister Wives?

Rick Santorum from the 700 Club?

Mitt Romney from Apprentice?

barliman

poor fella's picture

It's a shame too many VOTES 'on the sidelines' would be misconstrued as apathy. Meanwhile the NSA's project Lethal Wind or whatever is turning everyone into an alphanumeric code and rating us on the Rebellion Scale (what shade of Soylent we fall into).

AgShaman's picture

I better fix a cup 'o' tea for this one (lengthy)

....but judging by the title: my pre-conclusion is that nothing will change until the unwashed masses shuck off their normalcy bias and realize that these psychopaths and sociopaths cannot be peacefully dealt with.

The Tree of Liberty is thirsty....it needs to be replenished

SheepDog-One's picture

The US sheeple flock will keep their normalcy bias until 1 morning soon they'll be suddenly introduced to real fear and panic and discomfort. Then theyll all demand to know why someone didnt warn them.

Melin's picture

I thought you were going with "Neandersheeple."  I liked that one except that it smears Neanderthals.  They don't complain much tho.

surf0766's picture

The tree of liberty is has been replaced with the vine of socialism. Soon to be replaced by pure communism because no matter what the sheep are told, they roll their eyes and don't care. Wait until their food is rationed , all for the greater good.

q99x2's picture

Hey you took your sociopath points from studying the CNBC perps.

Steve Leisman couldn't hide his hatred of free markets in that other ZH article today. They're reaching their breaking point. 

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"Libertarians, who tend to be more intelligent, better informed and very definitely more independent than average, are going to be in a touchy situation as the crisis deepens."

WOW! You just stroked my confirmation bias. At least I think that's my confirmation bias.

barliman's picture

 

If it is a tingle running up your leg ...

... first make sure Chris Matthews is not under your desk molesting you          ;->

barliman

Cathartes Aura's picture

I've yet to see "libertarians" in full agreement with each other as to what a "libertarian" is - which is fine, but hard to feel anything, either positive or negative, towards those who adopt the label.

if one seeks to wear a label, can others ask the ingredients, for clarity?

Stuck on Zero's picture

Don't overlook nihilism.  Socioapths at their extreme become nihilists who are intent on destroying the system. 

Cathartes Aura's picture

"ve believes in nussing, nussing, and tomorrow ve'll come back and cut off yer johnson!"

*nods*