Truth to Power: Psychopaths Rule
by Niall Bradley, SOTT.net
www.sott.net/, Aug 13, 2009
Watching Europe's political class squirm
after Ireland's No vote in the Lisbon Treaty referendum last year,
I couldn't help but feel that some of them know something we don't:
there is an agenda that must be met. The Irish people could not
be threatened into sealing the nEU Deal, yet it's business as
usual for the fanatical Eurocrats who are adamant nothing will
get in their way. Incessant media hype is portending economic
ruin lest Ireland vote 'correctly' at the second time of asking
It is evident, for those with eyes to
see, that political discord between rival criminal cartels is
purely for public consumption. Bread and circuses. Policy is not
shaped by party politics. Decisions are made by a few: everyone
else adjusts or starves. Weapons of financial mass destruction
deployed by Central Bankers and Disaster-Capitalists, under the
guise of protecting the markets and improving the efficiency of
the system, vacuum the wealth of the nations - the work people
produce - into ever fewer hands.
While we share a symbiotic reality, mutually
bound by rules and conventions, theirs is very different. It shadows
ours, feeding off the real economy below by manipulating the supply
of money, which private banks control. 'Market crashes' are built
into the system. Rules designed to regulate economies and prevent
volatility are periodically altered. Hysteria is induced in people
through repeated media suggestion forecasting impending doom.
In the ensuing panic brought on by shock, windows of opportunity
open for the few to recast the rules in their favour, extending
and entrenching their vice on the real economy.
With all governments indebted to them
and most ignorant of their existence, they foment chaos at will,
incite or tranquillise populations as required, and maneuver legislation
appropriate to their insatiable greed; small change here, incremental
change there... until eventually the parameters are radically
reset. In this diabolical, yet methodically scientific manner
they progress towards neutralising all resistance to the digitised
global 'human pen.'
Politicians know not to bite the hand
that feeds, lest they disappear down the memory hole. Mere pawns
- useful idiots to master strategists - they're hired and fired
as perception managers and public relations officers, to give
the illusion of freedom of choice. With a supporting cast of trained
thugs with cattle prods and secret armies in the wings, the political
puppet show offers a veneer of credibility and welcome distraction
from inconvenient truths.
The how has a why
Power is an addiction its abusers can
neither comprehend nor arrest. They are programmed towards ruthless,
hegemonic domination of the 'other'. A useful guide when treading
the spider's web they weave: if you can name the institution or
put a face to the name, then you're looking at a prop on the stage.
The original instigators remain elusive. But unravelling the lies,
the paper trail yields simple gems: the 'free market' really means
freedom for the few to steal everything from the many. The game
is rigged so that the people lose either way.
"We decide something, put it out there, then wait for some
time to see if something happens. If there is no big shouting
and no rebellions, because most do not understand at all what
was decided, then we continue - step by step - until there is
no more resistance."
Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Council President
in 2005, quoted in Der Spiegel 52/1999
Breathtaking, is it not? And Machiavellian. And immoral. And impetuously
childish. How can such callous disregard for others be expressed
by those elected to represent the will of the people? Europe,
of all places, surely no longer tolerates such anti-democratic
But what if it were possible to understand
the bizarre behaviour of those who at once stupefy and betray
us? Can the laws of nature shed any light on why persons we entrust
with ever greater spheres of social control reach ever more depressing
depths of hypocrisy and irresponsibility?
The world has only one problem - Psychopaths
Ponerology(*) is a branch of science drawing
on psychology, biology and the social sciences. Born in the very
setting which it studies, Political Ponerology, A Science of Evil
Adjusted for Political Purposes was penned by a brilliant psychologist
called Andrej Lobaczewski. Stealthily networking with colleagues
in Poland and other Nazi and Soviet occupied countries during
and after the Second World War, their research bore tremendously
valuable fruit that both re-conceptualises and reinforces our
understanding of the 'causal factors and processes of the genesis
of moral and psycho-biological evil.'
The ponerogenesis of macrosocial phenomena
- large scale evil - which constitutes the most important object
of this book, appears to be subject to the same laws of nature
that operate within human questions on an individual or small-group
level. The role of persons with various psychological defects
and anomalies of a clinically low level appears to be a perennial
characteristic of such a phenomena.
Political Ponerology - p.31
(*) n. division of theology dealing with
evil; theological doctrine of wickedness or evil; from the Greek:
poneros, meaning 'evil'
These pioneers discovered a blind spot
in our perception of the world, which only lent itself to study
when historical circumstances transformed their countries from
democracies to totalitarian systems, and the underlying pathological
factors that produced Rule by Terror were unmasked.
Political Ponerology examines the nature
of evil - a condition traditionally considered a theological matter
- in light of modern medical knowledge of disease and psychopathy.
It proceeds to map out the 'pathodynamics of psychopathology'
- how the pathological influence of psychopaths infects conscience
throughout society, transforming individuals' behaviour and rendering
best intentions into their corrupted opposites. Presenting a panorama
of the psychological reality, Ponerology's scientific acumen guides
the reader through the previously uncharted dark underbelly of
Lobaczewski & co found that a small
but statistically constant 6% of the Polish population comprise
various types of deviant personalities. A percentage of these
were genetic psychopaths. Yes, you read that correctly. People
are born without conscience. Though the least numerous of persons
with psychological disorders, their role in 'ponerogenesis', the
infection and spread of evil, is exceptionally great. These are
true psychopaths; biological machines incapable of empathy.
"It seems that conscience and feelings
are related to the abstract concepts of 'future' and 'others.'
It is 'spatio-temporal.' We can feel fear, sympathy, empathy,
sadness, and so on because we can IMAGINE, in an abstract way,
the future based on our own experiences in the past. We can 'predict'
how others will react because we are able to 'see ourselves' in
them, even though they are 'out there'. In other words, we can
not only identify with others spatially, so to speak - but also
temporally - in time. The psychopath does not seem to have this
The Psychopath: The Mask of Sanity - Research
Project of the Quantum Future School
It follows that they do not understand what is meant by a 'fact'.
Where we rely on facts to interpret reality, adjusting its parameters
accordingly with each new fact, reality for psychopaths is whatever
they declare it to be. This was wonderfully demonstrated by a
member of the Bush administration in an interview with journalist
In the summer of 2002, after I had written
an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's
former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting
with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's
displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I
didn't fully comprehend - but which I now believe gets to the
very heart of the Bush presidency. The aide said that guys like
me were "in what we call the reality-based community,"
which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge
from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded
and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism.
He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works
anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when
we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that
reality - judiciously, as you will - we'll act again, creating
other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things
will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you,
will be left to just study what we do."
From Faith, Certainty and the Presidency
of George W. Bush - New York Times magazine, October 17, 2004
While they promote certain ideologies
vigorously, psychopaths themselves feel no attachment to the words
they utter. Instead they calculate appropriate emotional responses
for each situation, enabling them to manipulate one against another,
each 'side' in any given conflict providing requisite cover for
their hidden strategy. Thus shielded by a Mask of Sanity, the
vast majority of them are successful, insofar as their true nature
is not realised until it's too late.
Dr Robert Hare, renowned authority on
psychopathology, isn't mincing his words when he labels this different
type of human an "intra-species predator." His book
Without Conscience cites case studies where psychopaths absorbed
all attempts to 'cure' them by engaging in psychotherapy to learn
new and better ways of manipulating. He once submitted a paper
to a scientific journal that included EEGs from several groups
of adult men performing a language task. The editor of the journal
returned the paper saying, "Those EEGs couldn't have come
from real people." In a sense, they didn't. They were the
EEGs of psychopaths.
"More and more data are leading to
the conclusion that psychopathy has a biological basis, and has
many features of a disease."
Sabine Herpertz, psychiatrist at the RWTH-Aachen
Quoted from Into the Mind of a Killer - Nature magazine, 15 March,
We unconsciously presume the universality
of conscience, exposing ourselves to a predator that can exploit
us in myriad ways by appealing to our conscience. Through their
trademark pity ploy, psychopaths induct people to subvert the
one distinguishing factor - conscience - against themselves! We
are imprisoned in a web of guilt, shame and fear that is ultimately
of our own making.
Psychopaths need rarely resort to violence
to get what they want in one-on-one interactions; the most successful
ones keep their murderous impulses in check until they reach the
halls of power where opportunities arise for committing mass murder
Naturally this can be difficult for some
to acknowledge. We so desperately cling to a belief in the inherent
goodness of everyone, leaving us blind to what is. But there exists
a fundamental schism between our world and theirs that cannot
be abridged. Martha Stout, in her seminal book The Sociopath Next
Door, concludes that the "Presence or absence of conscience
is a deep human division, arguably more significant than intelligence,
race, or even gender."
For a long time I would not believe it:
they cannot be cured. They do not see themselves as diseased.
Rather, we are the disease, the cure for which is full-spectrum
warfare levelled not against phantom enemies, but against us.
All it takes is a handful
In the macrosocial phenomenon we shall
later call 'pathocracy', a certain hereditary anomaly isolated
as 'essential psychopathy'(*) is catalytically and causatively
essential for the genesis and survival of large scale social evil.
(*) Born psychopaths
Political Ponerology - p.31
Recognising their own, psychopaths rapidly
ascend the social scale and cluster around the governing levers
of society, from where their malevolent influence upon whole societies
metastasises. 'Negative selection' ensues whereby they actively
groom and position more psychopaths and other pathological deviants
of lesser degree amenable to their ends until a critical number
of persons with pathological disorders is reached and a Pathocracy
Pathocracy survives thanks to the feeling
of being threatened by the society of normal people, as well as
by other countries wherein various forms of the system of normal
man persist. For the rulers, staying on top is therefore the classic
problem of "to be or not to be." Thus the biological,
psychological, moral and economic destruction of the majority
of normal people becomes, for the pathocrats, a 'biological' necessity.
Many means serve this end, starting with
concentration camps and including warfare with an obstinate, well-armed
foe who will devastate and debilitate the human power thrown at
him, namely the very power jeopardizing pathocrats rule: the sons
of normal man sent out to fight for an illusionary "noble
cause." Once safely dead, the soldiers will then be decreed
heroes to be revered in paeans, useful for raising a new generation
faithful to the pathocracy and ever willing to go to their deaths
to protect it.
Political Ponerology - p.146
Ultimately, they are terrified of the
inherently creative nature of humanity. In their relentless drive
to conquer this terror, they must subsume that which they cannot
have by annihilating humanity, whose mere existence reminds them
of their deficit daily.
They dream of a future in which they can
revel according to their true nature without fear of persecution
from 'those other people'. Government, media, corporations, education,
intelligence agencies, ideologies, religions, social and political
movements - nothing is immune to their influence and all are harnessed
to their goal of world domination, unconsciously or otherwise.
The only antidote to infection is knowledge of the disease and
It seems Mother Nature opted for species
variety when in lieu of conscience, or rather, developmental-potential-towards-conscience,
she endowed some with talents for preying on others' weaknesses.
The collective traumatic experience of co-existence with our natural
predator has finally brought our awareness to the brink of realising
that we are not all human. Once awareness of the predator in our
midst becomes widespread, the game is over. The psychopaths in
power know this. Their shock tactics grow bolder in their urgency
to complete the agenda.
None but ourselves can free our minds
With no conscience to impede their hate-fuelled
trajectory, the onus is on us to disentangle ourselves from the
web by taking responsibility for our own actions. By choosing
to believe their lies which promise relief from the pain, we repeatedly
surrender our responsibility and give our power away. Thusly we
play our part in the genesis of evil. If we are to reclaim this
power, we must recognise the predators for what they are, for
both self and others.
For now, history is on our side. Each
time pathocracy coalesces, it only has one place to go: down.
Wishful thinking, the Achilles heel of the Global Pathocracy,
suggests it will meet a similar fate. What remains to be seen
is how long we will dance with the devil until we remember that
our suffering ends when we turn to face Truth.