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An Addendum to “The Genetics of Tyranny”.

In a previous post, I posited that there is, in all likelihood, a strong genetic factor in the psychopathy of the small minority that today stands upon the verge of actual total, global, totalitarian rule.

The following single paragraph, excerpted from Political Ponerology” by Andrew M. Lobaczewski, succinctly and completely describes and explains the persistent cycle of oppression and revolution predominating human history.

In my humble opinion this is a prodigious achievement and should be so acknowledged.

That individuals fitting the description in this paragraph are now those deciding the future and fate of the human species should be a cause for profound concern to any rational person.

In the psychopath, a dream emerges like some Utopia of a “happy” world and a social system which does not reject them or force them to submit to laws and customs whose meaning is incomprehensible to them. They dream of a world in which their simple and radical way of experiencing and perceiving reality would dominate; where they would, of course, be assured safety and prosperity. In this Utopian dream, they imagine that those “others”, different, but also more technically skillful than they are, should be put to work to achieve this goal for the psychopaths and others of their kin. “We”, they say, “after all, will create a new government, one of justice”. They are prepared to fight and to suffer for the sake of such a brave new world, (I think this is the exception rather than the rule. RWP) and also, of course, to inflict suffering upon others. Such a vision justifies killing people, whose suffering does not move them to compassion because “they” are not quite conspecific. They do not realize that they will consequently meet with opposition which can last for generations.


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