Monday, December 14, 2009

How psychopaths reach the top of hierarchies

From: Blaine (86495574)
Date: 12/14/2009 12:38:54 PM

How psychopaths reach the top of hierarchies

Posted by: "G. W. Mills"
Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:26 pm (PST)

I've seen articles similar to this one. One (somewhere) pointed out
that, in war most of the killing is done my a very small minority of
soldiers, sailors, airmen, or marines. Many servicemen would risk their
lives to save others, but only about 5% have the killer instinct that's a
prerequisite for the kind of "heroics" that involve killing to the degree
that it earns a medal.

Beware the Psychopath, My Son

by Clinton Callahan / May 12th, 2008

The following is largely extracted from two articles:

*Twilight of the Psychopaths*
by Dr. Kevin Barrett and

*The Trick of the Psychopath's Trade*
by Silvia Cattori.

Both articles are recommended. Both articles reference
the book *Political Ponerology: A science on the nature of evil adjusted for
political purposes*, by Andrzej Lobaczewski. Cattori's article is longer and
includes an interview with the book's editors, Laura Knight-Jadczyk and
Henry See.

I make the effort to share this information because it gives me, at last, a
plausible answer to a long-..unanswered question: Why, no matter how much
intelligent goodwill exists in the world, is there so much war, suffering
and injustice? It doesn't seem to matter what creative plan, ideology,
religion, or philosophy great minds come up with, nothing seems to improve
our lot. Since the dawn of civilization, this pattern repeats itself over
and over again.

The answer is that civilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of
psychopaths. All civilizations, our own included, have been built on slavery
and mass murder. Psychopaths have played a disproportionat..e role in the
development of civilization, because they are hard-wired to lie, kill,
cheat, steal, torture, manipulate, and generally inflict great suffering on
other humans without feeling any remorse, in order to establish their own
sense of security through domination. The inventor of civilization ' the
first tribal chieftain who successfully brainwashed an army of controlled
mass murderers ' was almost certainly a genetic psychopath. Since that
momentous discovery, psychopaths have enjoyed a significant advantage over
non-..psychopaths in the struggle for power in civilizational hierarchies '
especially military hierarchies.

Behind the apparent insanity of contemporary history, is the actual insanity
of psychopaths fighting to preserve their disproportionat..e power. And as
their power grows ever-..more-..threatened, the psychopaths grow
ever-..more-..desperate. We are witnessing the apotheosis of the overworld ' the
overlapping criminal syndicates that lurk above ordinary society and law
just as the underworld lurks below it.

During the past fifty years, psychopaths have gained almost absolute control
of all the branches of government. You can notice this if you observe
carefully that no matter what illegal thing a modern politician does, no one
will really take him to task. All of the so called scandals that have come
up, any one of which would have taken down an authentic administration,.. are
just farces played out for the public, to distract them, to make them think
that the democracy is still working.

One of the main factors to consider in terms of how a society can be taken
over by a group of pathological deviants is that the psychopaths' only
limitation is the participation of susceptible individuals within that given
society. Lobaczewski gives an average figure for the most active deviants of
approximately 6% of a given population. (1% essential psychopaths and up to
5% other psychopathies and The essential psychopath is
at the center of the web. The others form the first tier of the psychopath's
control system.

The next tier of such a system is composed of individuals who were born
normal, but are either already warped by long-term exposure to psychopathic
material via familial or social influences, or who, through psychic weakness
have chosen to meet the demands of psychopathy for their own selfish ends.
Numerically, according to Lobaczewski, this group is about 12% of a given
population under normal conditions.

So approximately 18% of any given population is active in the creation and
imposition of a Pathocracy. The 6% group constitutes the Pathocratic
nobility and the 12% group forms the new bourgeoisie, whose economic
situation is the most advantageous.

When you understand the true nature of psychopathic influence, that it is
conscienceless,.. emotionless, selfish, cold and calculating, and devoid of
any moral or ethical standards, you are horrified, but at the same time
everything suddenly begins to makes sense. Our society is ever more soulless
because the people who lead it and who set the example are soulless ' they
literally have no conscience.

In his book *Political Ponerology*, Andrej Lobaczewski explains that
clinical psychopaths enjoy advantages even in non-violent competitions to
climb the ranks of social hierarchies. Because they can lie without remorse
(and without the telltale physiological stress that is measured by lie
detector tests), psychopaths can always say whatever is necessary to get
what they want. In court, for example, psychopaths can tell extreme
bald-faced lies in a plausible manner, while their sane opponents are
handicapped by an emotional predisposition to remain within hailing distance
of the truth. Too often, the judge or jury imagines that the truth must be
somewhere in the middle, and then issues decisions that benefit the
psychopath. As with judges and juries, so too with those charged with
decisions concerning who to promote and who not to promote in corporate,
military and governmental hierarchies. The result is that all hierarchies
inevitably become top-heavy with psychopaths. Since psychopaths have no
limitations on what they can or will do to get to the top, the ones in
charge are generally pathological. *It is not power that corrupts, it is
that corrupt individuals seek power*.

How can we distinguish between psychopaths and healthy people? What is the
portrait of a true psychopath?

Such a dangerous question has almost never been successfully asked. The
reason is because we mistakenly confuse *healthy* for *normal*. Human
psychological diversity is the *health* of our race. There is no
*..normal*because healthy humans continuously evolve beyond all
normalizing standards.
The terrorism of searching through hierarchies for anyone deviating from *
normal* is no different from witch hunts or Inquisitions. You must remember
that hierarchies thrive on such low dramas, torturing victims until they
confess to *evil* beliefs. Not so long ago the church and state ongoingly
acquired significant income and property through witch hunts and
Inquisitions. This continued for over two hundred and fifty years. Ten
generations of Europeans understood pogrom as normal life. Let us not return
to that nightmare. Testing for *normal* is guaranteed to backfire in our
face. There is no normal. But there is conscience.

We have very little empirical evidence to support the idea that true
psychopathy is the result of an abused childhood, and much empirical
evidence to support that it is genetic. The neurobiological.. model offers us
the greatest hope of being able to identify even the most devious
psychopath. Other recent studies lead to similar results and conclusions:
that psychopaths have great difficulty processing verbal and nonverbal
affective (emotional) material, that they tend to confuse the emotional
significance of events, and most importantly, that *these deficits show up
in brain scans*! A missing internal connection between the feeling heart and
the thinking brain is detectable.

Psychopaths are incapable of authentic deep emotions. In fact, when Robert
Hare, a Canadian psychologist who spent his career studying psychopathy, did
brain scans on psychopaths while showing them two sets of words, one set of
neutral words with no emotional associations and a second set with
emotionally charged words, while different areas of the brain lit up in the
non-..psychopathic control group, in the psychopaths, both sets were processed
in the same area of the brain, the area that deals with language. They did
not have an emotional reaction until they intellectually concluded that it
would be better if they had one, and then they whipped up an emotional
response just for show.

The simplest, clearest and truest portrait of the psychopath is given in the
titles of three seminal works on the subject: *Without Conscience* by Robert
Hare, *The Mask of Sanity* by Hervey Cleckley, and *Snakes in Suits* by
Robert Hare and Paul Babiak. A psychopath is exactly that: conscienceless.
The most important thing to remember is that this lack of conscience is
hidden from view behind a mask of normality that is often so convincing that
even experts are deceived. As a result, psychopaths become the *Snakes in
Suits* that control our world.

Psychopaths lack a sense of remorse or empathy with others. They can be
extremely charming and are experts at using talk to charm and hypnotize
their prey. They are also irresponsible. Nothing is ever their fault;
someone else or the world at large is always to blame for all of their
problems or their mistakes. Martha Stout, in her book *The Sociopath Next
Door*, identifies what she calls the pity ploy. Psychopaths use pity to
manipulate. They convince you to give them one more chance, and to not tell
anyone about what they have done. So another trait ' and a very important
one ' is their ability to control the flow of information.

They also seem to have little real conception of past or future, living
entirely for their immediate needs and desires. Because of the barren
quality of their inner life, they are often seeking new thrills, anything
from feeling the power of manipulating others to engaging in illegal
activities simply for the rush of adrenaline.

Another trait of the psychopath is what Lobaczewski calls their special
psychological knowledge of normal people. They have studied us. They know us
better than we know ourselves. They are experts in knowing how to push our
buttons, to use our emotions against us. But beyond that, they even seem to
have some sort of hypnotic power over us. When we begin to get caught up in
the web of the psychopath, our ability to think deteriorates, gets muddied.
They seem to cast some sort of spell over us. It is only later when we are
no longer in their presence, out of their spell, that the clarity of thought
returns and we find ourselves wondering how it was that we were unable to
respond or counter what they were doing.

Psychopaths learn to recognize each other in a crowd as early as childhood,
and they develop an awareness of the existence of other individuals similar
to themselves. They also become conscious of being of a different world from
the majority of other people surrounding them. They view us from a certain

Think about the ramifications of this statement: Psychopaths are, to some
extent, self-aware as a group even in childhood! Recognizing their
fundamental difference from the rest of humanity, their allegiance would be
to others of their kind, that is, to other psychopaths.

Their own twisted sense of honor compels them to cheat and revile
non-..psychopaths and their values. In contradiction to the ideals of normal
people, psychopaths feel breaking promises and agreements is normal

Not only do they covet possessions and power and feel they have the right to
them just because they exist and can take them, but they gain special
pleasure in usurping and taking from others; what they can plagiarize,
swindle, and extort are fruits far sweeter than those they can earn through
honest labor. They also learn very early how their personalities can have
traumatizing effects on the personalities of non-..psychopaths, and how to
take advantage of this root of terror for purposes of achieving their goals.

So now, imagine how human beings who are totally in the dark about the
presence of psychopaths can be easily deceived and manipulated by these
individuals, gaining power in different countries, pretending to be loyal to
the local populations while at the same time playing up obvious and easily
discernible physical differences between groups (such as race, skin color,
religion, etc). Psychologically.. normal humans would be set against one
another on the basis of unimportant differences (think of Rwanda 1994, think
of Israelis and Palestinians) while the deviants in power, with a
fundamental difference from the rest of us, a lack of conscience, an
inability to feel for another human being, reaped the benefits and pulled
the strings.

We are seeing the final desperate power-grab or *endgame* (Alex Jones) of
brutal, cunning gangs of CIA drug-runners and President-..killers;
money-..laundering international bankers and their hit-men ' economic and
otherwise; corrupt military contractors and gung-ho generals; corporate
predators and their political enablers; brainwashers and mind-rapists
euphemistically.. known as psy-ops and PR specialists ' in short, the whole
crew of certifiable psychopaths running our so-called civilization. And they
are running scared.

Why does the Pathocracy fear it is losing control? Because it is threatened
by the spread of knowledge. The greatest fear of any psychopath is of being
found out.

Psychopaths go through life knowing that they are completely different from
other people. Deep down they know something is missing in them. They quickly
learn to hide their lack of empathy, while carefully studying others'
emotions so as to mimic normalcy while cold-bloodedly manipulating the

Today, thanks to new information technologies, we are on the brink of
unmasking the psychopaths and building a civilization of, by and for the
healthy human being ' a civilization without war, a civilization based on
truth, a civilization in which the saintly few rather than the diabolical
few would gravitate to positions of power. We already have the knowledge
necessary to diagnose psychopathic personalities and keep them out of power.
We have the knowledge necessary to dismantle the institutions in which
psychopaths especially flourish ' militaries, intelligence agencies, large
corporations, and secret societies. We simply need to disseminate this
knowledge, and the will to use it, as widely and as quickly as possible.

Until the knowledge and awareness of pathological human beings is given the
attention it deserves and becomes part of the general knowledge of all human
beings, there is no way that things can be changed in any way that is
effective and long-lasting. If half the people agitating for truth or
stopping the war or saving the earth would focus their efforts, time and
money on exposing psychopathy, we might get somewhere.

One might ask if the weak point of our society has been our tolerance of
psychopathic behavior? Our disbelief that someone could seem like an
intelligent leader and still be acting deceptively on their own behalf
without conscience? Or is it merely ignorance?

If the general voting public is not aware that there exists a category of
people we sometimes perceive as almost human, who look like us, who work
with us, who are found in every race, every culture, speaking every
language, but who are lacking conscience, how can the general public take
care to block them from taking over the hierarchies? General ignorance of
psychopathology.. may prove to be the downfall of civilization. We stand by
like grazing sheep as political/..corporate elites throw armies of our
innocent sons and daughters against fabricated enemies as a way of
generating trillions in profits, vying against each other for pathological

Nearly everyone who has been part of an organization working for social
change has probably seen the same dynamic play out: The good and sincere
work of many can be destroyed by the actions of one person. That doesn't
bode well for bringing some sort of justice to the planet! In fact, if
psychopaths dominate political hierarchies, is it any wonder that peaceful
demonstrations have zero impact on the outcome of political decisions?
Perhaps it is time to choose something other than massive, distant
hierarchies as a way of governing ourselves?

So many efforts to provide essays, research reports, expos's and books to
leaders so they might take the new information to heart and change their
behavior have come to naught. For example, in the final paragraph of his
revised edition of the book, *The Party's Over*, Richard Heinberg writes:

I still believe that if the people of the world can be helped to understand
the situation we are in, the options available, and the consequences of the
path we are currently on, then it is at least possible that they can be
persuaded to undertake the considerable effort and sacrifice that will be
entailed in a peaceful transition to a sustainable, locally based,
decentralized, low-energy, resource-..conserving social regime. But inspired
leadership will be required.

And that is the just-murdered fantasy. *There are no inspired leaders
anymore*. And in hierarchical structures there can't be. Assuming that you
can elect men or women to office who will see reason and the light of day,
and who will change and learn and grow, make compassionate decisions and
take conscientious actions' is a foolish, childish dream. Continuing to
dream it simply plays into psychopathic agendas.

Only when the 75% of humanity with a healthy conscience come to understand
that we have a natural predator, a group of people who live amongst us,
viewing us as powerless victims to be freely fed upon for achieving their
inhuman ends, only then will we take the fierce and immediate actions needed
to defend what is preciously human. Psychological deviants have to be
removed from any position of power over people of conscience, period. People
must be made aware that such individuals exist and must learn how to spot
them and their manipulations. The hard part is that one must also struggle
against those tendencies to mercy and kindness in oneself in order not to
become prey.

The real problem is that the knowledge of psychopathy and how psychopaths
rule the world has been effectively hidden. People do not have the adequate,
nuanced knowledge they need to really make a change from the bottom up.
Again and again, throughout history it has been *meet the new boss, same as
the old boss*. If there is any work that is deserving of full time efforts
and devotion for the sake of helping humanity in this present dark time, it
is the study of psychopathy and the propagation of this information as far
and wide and fast as possible.

There are only two things that can bring a psychopath under submission:

1. A bigger psychopath.
2. The non-violent, absolute refusal to submit to psychopathic controls no
matter the consequences (non-violent noncompliance).

Let us choose path 2! If individuals simply sat down and refused to lift a
hand to further one single aim of the psychopathic agenda, if people refused
to pay taxes, if soldiers refused to fight, if government workers and
corporate drones and prison guards refused to go to work, if doctors refused
to treat psychopathic elites and their families, the whole system would
grind to a screeching halt.

True change happens in the moment that a person becomes aware of psychopathy
in all its chilling details. From this new awareness, the world looks
different, and entirely new actions can be taken. Distinguishing between
human and psychopathic qualities begins the foundation of responsibility
upon which we have a real chance to create sustainable culture.