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There's no way around it. At the core of capitalism is the enabling of psychopaths.

Raw capitalism, the kind most economists advocate for, is based on unrestrained competition, without any limits or regulations.

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Raw capitalism is based on a Hobbesian, law of the jungle, dog-eat-dog way of seeing the world. The problem is, that view is wrong. It is not the way humans evolved. It is not the way humans truly are. But it is the way psychopaths and narcissists function.

Humans evolved to function cooperatively, with connection consciousness-- aware of how their actions and behaviors affect the nature around them and the others in their lives. This is how humans evolved, over millions of years, as hunter-gatherers. Actually, it goes back even longer-- two hundred million years according to Nobel Prize winning primatologist, Frans de Waal, as I cite in my book, The Bottom-up Revolution:

"According to de Waal, moral fairness and caring are mediated or supported by empathy, and mammals and even birds show signs of empathy. As he explained, "Mammals evolved two hundred-million years ago, and, whether you are a female mouse or a female elephant, you need to react to your young. The thinking is that maternal care is actually the origin of empathic responses, because you need to be sen- sitive to the emotions of others if you want to raise them." There are also dozens of studies of rodent empathy, de Waal reports, which have shown that even rats and mice respond to the emotions of others and sometimes help others who are in a predicament."
Capitalism excludes empathy, fairness and morals from the economic equation. Defenders might argue that the market accepts psychopathic behavior, so it is the buyers, not capitalism that enable the profound manifestation of psychopathic behaviors through capitalism.

The problem is, capitalism has become dominated by corporations. Though the supreme court gave corporations the rights of personhood, corporations are, not human, and by design and nature, psychopathic, as Joel Bakan described in his book and movie, The Corporation.

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So, we have a capitalist economic system, in 2019, that is dominated by corporations, which are designed to be psychopathic. What else could the current economic model of capitalism be, but predatory, callous, devoid of empathy, and uncaring, with the will to dominate and control.

I asked Bakan what effect his 2003 book and movie had produced. He replied,

"I have learned the project was a massive failure if measured from the perspective of trying to change the course that we sort of identified our society was on because our society has continued on that course and I think things have in many ways become worse. I mean, if worse is defined by corporations having a more substantial role in governing society then things have become worse because they do.

And they do in part because of the successful ideological move that the corporate sector and industry have made which is to convince, I think, a broad swath of public thinking, and certainly thinking among governments, that corporations are, in fact, benevolent. So, the central message of our film about the institutional character of corporations seems not to have much of an impact, at least on the broader society.

At the same time, and I am forever an optimist, I understand your show is based on an optimistic premise that our society is becoming more bottom up and at the same time I do remain optimistic that people, both individually and collectively, eventually can see through the ideological charades that are put before them. I think the Occupy movement was a great example of that.

I think a smaller movement here and there and increasing dissatisfaction with the way things are on main streets and small cities" I mean we are seeing indications in many different places and many different ways that the corporate agenda is starting to be seen for what it is and that people are starting to believe they need to do something about it. That is because I think it's related to some of what has happened since "The Corporation" film and book. There is a wide-spread view among economic and political elites that capitalism has triumphed and that we're at the end of history. That this is" we've tried socialism, we've tried all these other things, but now we have finally reached the system that is going to be with us for all time.

And, you know, that's" every sort of power system has basically conveyed the same idea. They always believe that they are there forever and for all time. And it is usually at that moment, when they are the most arrogant about their power that they are the most vulnerable and history shows that time and time again.

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And in some ways I feel that corporate capitalism is at that moment. I don't know how or when things will unfold in a way that begins to substantially challenge it, but I do feel that it is on shaky ground even as it declares ultimate triumph."

I asked Bakan, "What do you see as answers to the psychopathic corporation and to corporate capitalism in the malignant form that you have described in your movie?" Bakan replied,

"Well, I think you know the short answer is democracy. I think it'll take a long time and much controversy to unpack exactly what that means, but if we look at how that question was answered going back to Roosevelt and the New Deal in the United States, they were asking the same question. And the answer they gave is we need to create a system and, yes, it had it's flaws and problems and it wasn't perfect, but we need to create a system that enables the public, the people, through their democratic institutions to basically hedge in, fence in, constrain, incentivize this institution to do less harm and do more good.

So accepting the premise that the corporation as an institution is particularly good at organizing large projects, whether it's building railways, or steam ships-as it was at the turn of the century when the corporation came into existence- or creating networks of computers, whatever it happens to be, let's just assume for the sake of argument it can do some things fairly well. So then the question is, and this was the question that was answered by Roosevelt: how much are we prepared to allow it to externalize its various costs on to society as it does these things that they supposedly do well?"

I did the interview with Bakan almost five years ago. I think things are worse, what with the Citizens United ruling and what will be four years of a profligate predatory capitalist Donald Trump and his enablers.

But still, I have hope. Our world is transitioning from a predominantly top-down to a more bottom-up way-- of thinking, relating, seeing being, doing and governing. This transition is even manifesting in changes in brain functioning of people born less than 40 years ago.

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The power elite have it all 'sewed up' by now. Predatory capitalism has made wage slaves of out people, and impoverished the middle class.

The average wealth of the poorer half of American households has dropped below zero in the years since the financial crisis, according to the World Inequality Database . What does that mean? It means that fully half of Americans hold more combined debt than assets.

The average wealth of the richest 1 percent of households, meanwhile, has more than recovered its losses from the crisis. They're now richer than ever.

In 70% of the country, the average person can't afford to buy a home

Here is a n essay that describes where we are: Survival of the Richest, y Nomi Prins - The Unz Review

and here Robert Reich explains the mendacity.

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Milton Friedman opined that stockholders should sue the board of any corporation that instigates social or environmental policies that might in any way interfere with profits. The very philosophy, plus the selective nature of the corporate "pyramid", guarantees leadership from the most sociopathic, predatory elements.

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So why can't we talk about the serious roots of it? Just touching the surface here. I tried to post a link but evidently it is blocked. So sorry for the complete post:

Peres: Netanyahu's Economic Policies Are 'Greedy Capitalism'

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Labor Party Chairman Shimon Peres on Sunday Sharply criticized Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's economic policies, calling them "greedy capitalism."

"The government's economic policies have resulted in 6,000 millionaires and 6 million beggars," Peres said at a Labor Party conference in Tel Aviv, adding that the question was not an economic but a political one. "If we stay in the territories we'll find ourselves without a society," he said.

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Netanyahu on Saturday said he was opposed to the Labor joining the government first and foremost because of its stated objection to the government's economic plans.

Amir Peretz, head of the One Nation faction, said that Labor's and One Nation's condition for negotiating to join the coalition would be a change in Netanyahu's draconian economic policies. "Netanyahu continues with his instigation, out of fear for his [cabinet] chair and the fact that his status has weakened," said Peretz, adding that Netanyahu believes he will lose his seat because of Labor's continued attacks on the government's economic policies.

"It is regretful to see that in their passion to make their way to cabinet chairs, Labor's leaders stops at nothing in their demagoguery, in a pathetic attempt to attack the economic politics of this government, which have moved Israel's economy from collapse to growth, and which has enjoyed the backing and praise of the government and senior economic figures in Israel and the world," said a statement issued Sunday night by Netanyahu's office while the finance minister is in the U.S. "Netanyahu is determined to continue applying the major reforms, including in the ports and the banks, for the benefit of all the citizens of Israel."

Peres over the weekend in an interview with the New York Times, laid out for the first time the conditions under which his party would join Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government, saying Labor would refuse to join a government that doesn't have a joint peace plan.

In the interview published Friday, Peres said Israel's evacuation of the Gaza Strip must be negotiated with the Palestinians, the timetable for the move decided on now, and the future of the West Bank worked out now, as well.

Sharon's disengagement plan, approved by the cabinet two weeks ago, does not involve any of these steps.

"We do not support the plan that exists and we will try to introduce those three conditions," Peres told the paper. "We will not join the government before we should have a joint plan of peace. Policy before portfolios."

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"Capitalism excludes empathy, fairness and morals from the economic equation." I would rephrase this to say that a certain kind of capitalism, predatory capitalism, excludes, empathy, etc. Corporations used to take into consideration the interests of workers, the community, and the nation (and not just investors). Also, in nations like Germany, workers sit on the boards of directors of corporations. And if corporations are constrained by a robust regulatory state and by progressive taxation (top-down solutions), their evils can be reined in. In short, progressive top-down policy that serves the people can counterbalance the destructive tendencies of corporations. Of course, to get there, we need to get money out of politics and take back government from the plutocrats. If that's impossible, then the difficult alternative involves building a bottom-up society independent of corporations. How, though, would you weaken or dismantle corporations without top-down laws, regulations, and taxes?

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'How, though, would you weaken or dismantle corporations without top-down laws, regulations, and taxes?'

How about a sharp stick thrust into their collective eye? Passing bromides around a website visited by a handful of people will not get anybody anywhere!

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Dana, I like the way you said that. I have said a number of times on articles that say something like the people need to do this or need do that. I say fine, that may be true but how the hell do you get the people to do this or do that!!

You said pretty much the same thing in a really good way,

"Passing bromides around a website visited by a handful of people will not get anybody anywhere!"

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been arguing this for years - it's such a no-brainer. The degree of ruthlessness needed to succeed at the highest levels is almost a selection mechanism for psychopathy.

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I highly recommend Joel Bakan's book The Corporation. I read it about 15 years ago. I note non-profit corporations are different in some cases, but not all. Unfortunately, for profit corporations are allowed to create non profits ones that exist to serve the for profits, with all the tax advantages of non profits, with an additional liability shield for the for profits.

One thing few people understand about corporations is that they do not have owners. Stockholders have an option on profit distributions, but they have no liability, that is the option may turn out to be worth zero but cannot have negative worth. Stockholders are not true owners. Liability is shared with, in worst case scenarios, the public. Corporate tax rates should reflect this public liability, not as a tax, but as an insurance fee in addition to corporate income tax.

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Good point. Corporations are created by laws, and laws are made by governments. Governments originally chartered corporations for a limited time to perform a specific function that served some public interest or other. But since the late 1800s corporations have morphed into the neo-feudal owners of entire industries, which corporations operate as their private fiefdoms. Statesmen have known for centuries of the dangers of allowing corporations to grow bigger and more powerful that governments. The big transnationals today have annual revenues bigger than the annual GDPs of all but a handful of the biggest nation-states. "Trade" deals like the TTP, TTIP and TISA seek to elevate corporate triumvirates above national governments; so that nationless feudal masters rule over national governments in all matters that might affect corporate liberties and profits - which includes "all matters", period.

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"If you work hard, you can make it in America" - the "capitalist calling card" that echoed throughout the world and the immigrants came by the millions seeking their own brand of "fame & fortune".

On Wall Street, the Capitalist Headquarters of the World, there are two factors of human nature that control the Capitalist System - "Fear & Greed". When stocks go up, buy (greed), and when stocks go down, sell (fear) - those who survive "the boom & bust" cycles, however, apply some "reverse psychology" and buy when stocks are down (a chance to become wealthy later on) and sell ("take profit") or hold on to good stocks when stocks are soaring.

In the Trump era, the immigrant caravans are coming "to take", "everything" if they can get it, except that the capitalist system requires that "you work hard" and if not, you're not going to "make it in America", except to bring grief and debt for the American people.

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"If you work hard, you can make it in America" - the "capitalist calling card" that echoed throughout the world and the immigrants came by the millions seeking "their own brand" of success, "fame and fortune" (e.g. Fred Trump - Real Estate Developer/Donald Trump - President of the United States).

On Wall Street, the Capitalist Headquarters of the World, there are two primary factors of human nature that control the Capitalist System - "Fear & Greed". When stocks go up, buy (greed), and when stocks go down, sell (fear) - those who survive "the boom & bust" cycles (by "lowering" or "raising" interest rates the Federal Reserve has virtually total control of the capitalist system in the United States), however, apply some "reverse psychology" and some may become wealthy, very wealthy in our capitalist system - they "buy" when stocks are down (taking a chance to become wealthy later on when/if stocks go back up) and "sell" ("take the profit") or "hold on" when stocks are soaring.

Yes - the #FederalReserve "regulates the government" - G Edward Griffin.

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"At the core of capitalism is the enabling of psychopaths."

The same thing can be said of socialism, which every Communist country has demonstrated. It's a human failing that allows or even encourages such a situation. Let's not be so dogmatic.

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It seems that socialism in some countries (take Russia...please...) was sadly taken over by dictator authoritarian militarists who dd not allow the public-good to prevail. That's not the fault of Socialist principles. Socialist systems in Europe, and Cuba, are doing just fine.

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As Marx stated, Socialism is the transitionary period between capitalism and communism.

Socialism by it's nature requires individuals to give up their sovereignty and become subjects of the state. Socialism including that of Europe is FORCED Collectivism and only those who do not value their natural liberties and rights as individuals will embrace this destructive ideology

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"The State" is the PEOPLE...with officials elected, paid, and contractually bound servants of We, The People. If those PUBLIC servants prioritize Private non-human corporate entities instead, they are in violation of their duties.

The backlash against this atrocity has not yet begun...except somewhat, perhaps significantly, in progressive communities.

To in any way allow any gov't officials to get away with uber-alles serving those private interests, often at great harm to We The People, is to GIVE UP our sovereignty....as we've done, largely thanks to corporate influenced media.

It isn't We, The People, who allow heaps of pesticides, chlorine, radiation and fake tobacco (all un-labeled) in typical cigarettes...or who allow Industry-Tested (!) drugs, or unsafe planes, or polluted rivers and air, or fracking, or toxins in foods, or one-use plastics galore, or private corporate influence on "PUBLIC" broadcasting, etc., etc etc.

Hmmm....how bad would even Communism be if it wasn't taken over by authoritarian dictator psychopath criminals?...as happened tragically in China and USSR?

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Actually it seems to be an inevitable outcome of any system with a high level of state control. That's what we must avoid if we value freedom. Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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In The Road to Serfdom, Hayek observed how large scale bureaucracies reward human vices and punish human virtues, which enables psychopaths to ascend up the hierarchies. But Hayek only applied his thinking to government bureaucracies, and failed to notice that corporate bureaucracies are infected with the same psychopath-enabling structures. Do you also call Hayek "dogmatic"? Maybe we should say, At the core of "corporatism" is the enabling of psychopaths: regardless whether the collectivist enterprise calls itself a private for-profit capitalist corporation, or a government.

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It sounds like Hayek made the same observation I did. It's not capitalism vs. socialism we're discussing in this way; it's in the nature of any system, whether government or private sector, that puts a lot of control in the hands of an individual or well-organized group (typically a bureaucracy).

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If we're going to turn things around in a reasonable period of time, we need Nuremberg style trials, not just for the politicians, but the corporate heads who paid off the politicians to commit war crimes for the corporations' benefit. There needs to be a reckoning before we can move in the direction of cooperation and peace.


How do we get this process started is the question. When all our institutions are captured by the corporate class, where do we turn for justice? The ICC would be the logical choice except the US is not a signatory.



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I suspect you do not understand what really happened at Nuremberg. The powerful prosecuted those who were now weak for many of the same crimes the still powerful committed themselves. All of the powerful were granted immunity, and they continued to commit their crimes.

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Fair enough. Then we need at least to start with war crimes trials and work from there. The important thing is to start.

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Another possibility is that we can exchange forgiveness for transition to a new order. Sun Tzu said 'When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard'. I thought that Nelson Mandela's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a brilliant strategy. The criminals at the top are given a graceful exit, so they don't have to fight our reforms so desperately. This is less emotionally satisfying than "justice" or "revenge", but it just might work.

Charles Eisenstein helped to put this idea in focus for me.

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We go where we are led. It's just what we do. We are a herd animal of the absolute highest order. Once in lockstep with our leadership we just go and go and go. Even as we march beneath the towering fiery arches, we will whine and bleat about our leaders for marching us through the gates of Hell, but still we will follow. It's inexplicable and bizarre. But there it is. It's how we roll.

The fields of organizational psychology and game theory, have demonstrated that if you are devoid of morals and are smart enough to stay out of jail, then any competitive interaction you have is likely to turn out in your favour.

The consequence of this dynamic is that people who are biologically incapable of moral thought, become actively concentrated at the top of our most competitive heirarchies, from where they determine the fate of the rest of us.

There are many steps along the way in which these human pustules could have been winnowed from the process due to their morally problematic approach to life.
But they weren't.
This is because they are, in short, very useful, in certain circumstances. They will do whatever it takes to get things done, if it suits them. They have no qualms about destroying their competition whilst ingratiating themselves to those who can facilitate their ascent. Once in command of an organization, they seek out and populate the inner workings with those like themselves or those too weak or compromised to resist them.

The biggest financial firms use state of the art diagnostic tools to diagnose and recruit psychopaths to drive their most profitable and regulation sensitive machinery.

I know this because I've interviewed organizational psychologists, including individuals employed by the biggest financial institutions on Earth who administer the tests for their Wall St. employer's HR departments.

One explained that "In the time it takes for a "neurotyp" (someone with a healthy mind) to get over the moral implications of a questionable trading decision, an algorithm has just cleaned up all the shares and the boss misses out on millions".

People who push the buy or sell button without hesitation, get to keep their job. Those who miss a trading opportunity due to vassilating over moral quandaries simply can't compete.

The same companies also employ highly paid in-house regulatory overseers, compliance officers, some of whom describe themselves as "Corporate Cops", who "make sure that no-one is breaking the law and that ethical standards are maintained".

When I interviewed a compliance officer from the same company as the aforementioned HR shrink, I mentioned the firm's HR practices and the active quest for psychopaths. He expressed no surprise, in fact he beat me to the punchline"

"You know about that??" I exclaimed" He replied, "We all know about that" everyone knows that..."

When asked to comment on the irony of working as a compliance officer for a company that strategically recruits psychopaths into the most regulation sensitive underbelly of their operation, the self description of "Corporate Cop" evaporates"

"You wanna know what I really do?" he said to me, as his Wall St. Corporate Cop facade slumped visibly with his shoulders...

"I run around putting out the f#*!ing dumpster fires".

Organizational culture is the product of the characters that populate the workplace. Under psychopathic leadership an organization's priorities are skewed in ways that morally guided individuals find intolerable, and many just quit.
This generates a strong natural attrition amongst those who's psychological normality might prove inconvenient when it comes to pursuing questionable agendas.
The remaining, "off message" employees can be further winnowed by targeted abuse or career stagnation strategies.

Once moral objection has been effectively suppressed, the organization openly exhibits psychopathic traits.

It becomes overtly, criminally parasitic.

It becomes toxic.

It becomes a scandal factory and behaves in clearly undisciplined ways.

Organizations in competition with each other are quickly forced into similar recruitment practices because not to do so is perceived as a fatal disadvantage in a cut-throat world.
The smartest and most ruthless of them end up climbing into the upper executive of these institutions from where they jump on the "Revolving Door" into government.
From here their malevolence becomes concentrated into the executive fabric of society itself. Moving freely between the control centers of wealth creation and public policy, they quickly strip away the remaining impediments to their complete entrainment of the wheels of society.

In this way whole industries and sectors of the economy and ultimately, entire societies become captive to the scourge of psychopathic leadership.

The good news is that this awareness gives us a clear target in our efforts to return the world to sanity; We need to sanitize and insulate leadership roles from contamination by this corrosive personality disorder.

I really believe we can do this with laws that already exist. We could leverage precedent to extend the laws that already exclude certain physical and psychological conditions from certain roles and occupations"

If we don't let blind people fly airliners, why do we let diagnosable psychopaths run corporations and countries?

This needs to be the big discussion that we as a society are having. Until we fix this very real dynamic, every cause we are fighting for is nothing more than sticking yet another bandage on the wounds these monsters inevitably inflict on the systems and people they seek to control.

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Paul, your comment is excellent and is worthy of an article itself.

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Thank you very much. I appreciate your feedback.

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I agree with Don Smith with the caveat that you include the crux of the matter, the private banksters sanctioned ability to counterfeit unlimited amounts of money with the Fed and ECB in the article. Ellen Brown, Michael Hudson, David Graeber and Thomas Piketty are good references if you have not already read them.

his short film is a good summary of the miscegenation of industry and private banking and how they kept the world from a sustainable future. As James Corbett points out and the evidence supports it the psychopathological .00001% are most interested in control not money.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySnk-f2ThpE

Brace yourself for an invasion from the North. A repeat of sorts of Nevil Shutes "On the Beach" When the looming disaster strikes many of the 400 nuclear reactors in the North will spill their toxic guts into the air and ocean. Since those masses mix slowly, the elite will be heading for their havens in the South. The Bush family, not the sharpest pencils in the drawer, recently bought 120,000 hectares (300,000 acres) in Uruguay over the Guarani Aquifer, the largest fresh water reservoir in the world. A land area that would be 25 miles across as a circle. That valuable resource was for sale because the pathological .00001% are purposefully impoverishing the 99% and their nations. The boom and bust cycles of capitalism are not accidents.

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Thank you for your comments. Here in Australia and in New Zealand, very quietly, obscenely wealthy individuals and consortia are buying up vast tracts of land over our most secure aquifers. It's almost like they have a sense of what's around the corner... Watch this space.

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Illuminating video that brings together all the strands of the globalists' command and control agenda. Thanks for the link! The video is "To Be Continued". Is the second video out yet?

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Paul, I have been here at OpEd for a long time. I am unfamiliar with you. You write so well and with such insight and understanding that I feel we here have been deprived by not seeing more of your writings.

"He has found that when people are far out of their familiar world for extended periods, sitting around an expedition campfire with a good bottle of whiskey, they can open up and divulge the inner workings of the world they have left behind. This phenomenon has led to revelations which have shaped his perspective on many topics and significant events to which most people do not have inside access."


That is from your bio. I can relate to that. Does a good bottle of Irish whiskey count? :)

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I have found Jameson to be particularly instructive as it happens! Thanks for your generous comment. I will make an effort to contribute more often.

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Psychopaths often do excellent, useful, and moral work. It is a matter of putting them in in the right jobs, and keeping them out of the wrong jobs.

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I absolutely agree with that Richard. Surgeons for example.

I would hesitate to say "moral" work however. They are in fact biologically incapable of morality. Their measurable lack of function in the organs of the brain that enable moral cognition is well established.

They can't "do" morals any more than a prosopagnosiac can "do" faces. The neurological architecture required to enable this capacity.is simply not present.

This is a critically important point that many in the community do not understand about psychopaths. They can't be "taught" how to be moral. They can't be "rehabilitated. There are no remedial interventions that will send them on the straight and narrow. If they appear to be acting morally that's exactly what it is; an act performed because it is strategically expedient for them to do so in their current circumstances.

This makes them very difficult to manage by conventional punitive means much less a "good talking to".

The only lever to which a psychopath is able to respond is self interest.

Certain occupations require their practitioners to "do good" or to "help others" as a core part of their mission. Surgery being one such field...

To do anything other than save or preserve the life of the patient is career suicide and negatively reflective of the failing practitioner. The psychopath's characteristic narcissism demands that they are held in high regard or fear by their community of peers, so killing or maiming patients is not an option.

The only way to "do well" in that field is to pull off difficult and even risky surgical performances. The fact of their empathic numbness makes them very well suited to circumstances where absolute calm and control is required, for instance whilst holding a beating heart in one hand and performing a delicate procedure with the other.

There are other fields in which the personality of the psychopath can be profitably aligned with the requirements of the job. This is why they are sought so eagerly by banks and traders. It is why psychopathic senior executives like CEOs are so effective in high stakes corporate environments.

I suspect this also partly accounts for why they get paid such incredible sums of money in these roles; their handlers need to make sure that their self interest and their official duties are aligned. In other words, the most personally advantageous option must be the option that their employer wants them to pursue. Sadly this strategy doesn't always pay off and the cretinous scumbags often figure out myriad ways to game the system to greater personal advantage than their seven or eight figure pay packet.

I once spent some time with a gent who worked as a black ops operative in SE Asia during the Vietnam war.

Within his small independent team, his was a "kill critical" role, meaning that he was tasked with the unenviable duty of murdering individual targets for the mission to succeed, usually by silent, close quarters methods. He is now a psychologist.

I asked him how organisations like the one he worked for, recruit for such roles given the observation that the vast majority of regular soldiers are known to deliberately aim high or low in an anonymous exchange. I asked if they recruit psychopaths to guarantee the kill.

He surprised me with his answer but on reflection it makes perfect sense. He said that the last person you can insert into a "kill critical" role is a psycho. This is because the only thing you can guarantee in a psychopath is that they will do whatever suits them best at that moment. If it occurs to them that they would be better off not doing what they have been tasked with doing, then they won't do it. There's no loyalty, no patriotism, just cold, hard, calculated self interest.

This is why they must be purged from high office at every opportunity and why we must build into our legal frameworks an absolute filter against these monstrous personalities ever taking the reigns of society again. Fix the psychopathic leadership malignancy and we fix everything.

With good, morally guided leadership, the solutions to most of the big problems we face will materialize organically. We know how to solve most of our great challenges as a society and as a species, what we lack is the leadership to do so.

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The American Dream seems to be getting more and more out of reach. We are not sure of ourselves anymore. We are beginning to question our system. Perhaps we should. We have poverty in a land of plenty which is totally inhumane.

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to my essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published in the OPEDNEWS:

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"They call it 'The American Dream', because you have to be asleep to believe it."

- George Carlin

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"normal" people don't start wars of endless errorism without an exit strategy. "normal" people are capable of being honest with themselves, God, and others. "normal" people with nothing to hide can produce their tax returns.

"normal" people with God on their side are capable of finding facts.

abnormal people would have you believe they've never done anything wrong. abnormal people belong in freak shows, to entertain us all. violent abnormal people belong in locked psychiatric wards.

Make Abnormal Guys Accountable

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The US military does have an exit strategy: murder-suicide. What do you think all those nukes are really for? The folly of existing nuclear war strategies was obvious to many of those who produced those strategies back in the 1950s.

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Thanks for this Article Rob. I'll keep planting my seeds about the worker ownership of the Mondragon Cooperative of the Basque as a model for a better way to work. USW had a collaboration with Mondragon to open Union styled Coops. Heard the funding has held that back. I'd like to see pensions invested through Public City and State Banks to help fund buying into,,, even part worker ownership. We could go as far as the Treasury printed US Notes loaned to Public Banks for that.-back them US Notes by removing the whole SS cap. (Only way to get back the $-trillions Congress stole from SS. Love how Mondragon owns it's own bank that reinvests in itself, and a college to train its workers who each have a vote in how the company is run. Makes me think of some partly styled community ownership of some things too.

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I would also strongly suggest that everyone go out and read David Loye's "Rediscovering Darwin," which is all about the intentional misunderstanding of Darwin's works by the elitists going all the way back to Herbert Spencer's social Darwinism.

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