Ruled by psychopaths?

A Google search for “psychopaths and politicians” gives 143,000 hits. So comparisons between politicians and psychopaths are common enough on the web, but still not widely discussed in the mainstream media for obvious reasons. Yet the so-called core personality traits of psychopathy certainly sound familiar:-

  1. Glibness/superficial charm.
  2. Grandiose sense of self-worth.
  3. Pathological lying.
  4. Cunning/manipulative.
  5. Lack of remorse or guilt.
  6. Emotionally shallow.
  7. Callous/lack of empathy.
  8. Failure to accept responsibility for own actions.

This list is not a diagnostic test of psychopathy, but it is certainly a useful way of highlighting a common problem with our ruling elites, both in the UK and the EU. I don’t even have to suggest names that fit the list do I?

It is obvious enough that the UK and EU are largely under the control of an unelected nomenklatura manipulating national politicians who tend to be remarkably inadequate for the task of representing their citizens. I’m not accusing our politicians of being psychopaths here, but the similarities are far too striking to pass over without comment.

We already know there is a serious problem with the delinquent personal qualities of our MPs, clearly reflected in the lying, evasions and expenses fiddling. Far too many of those who reach high office are not suited to it. However, their shallow, self-regarding and glib personalities do suit the aims of the nomenklatura, especially when our MPs are supposed to fight our corner. Rule by psychopath is nowhere near as far-fetched as it should be.

Because of the glib, shallow and unsympathetic nature of our political class, we citizens are not protected from endless manipulative pressures from the nomenklatura – learned from decades of behavioural psychology. For me, this endlessly manipulative and complex process is encapsulated by a single and increasingly intolerable government principle.

Government has the absolute right to modify behaviour.

The right to modify behaviour allows a government to condition its citizens from cradle to grave – the welfare state taken to its totalitarian conclusion. The roots of this process lie in a slow realisation during the twentieth century that behavioural psychology actually allows a kind of softly, softly totalitarian regime – a high degree of control without the jackboot. Politicians with too much in common with psychopaths are ideal for waving it through. Not only too shallow to see the cost to civil society, they are too callous to care anyway. Some of the manipulative techniques seem to be :-

  • Government uses covert measures rather than overt.
  • Politicians are encouraged to see themselves as moral agents.
  • Political changes are presented as moral imperatives.
  • Political parties engage in collusion on all substantive issues.
  • Government is an oligarchy with no long-term leader to attract dissent.
  • Political leaders are figureheads not leaders.
  • The elite hide their own behaviour behind privacy laws only they can afford.
  • Expectations are managed downwards from a base of low educational standards.
  • Expectations are managed downwards via popular culture.
  • Expectations are managed downwards via wasted taxes.
  • Anxieties are fostered by promoting irrational perceptions of risk.
  • Anxieties are fostered by legal complexity.
  • Anxieties are fostered by inserting the law into all aspects of daily life.
  • Legal penalties for libel are draconian to protect the elite.
  • Legal penalties are somewhat random – promoting uncertainty.
  • Legal penalties are disproportionate – promoting uncertainty.
  • Censorship is partial and covert rather than heavy-handed.
  • No knocks on the door at 2 am.
  • Police forces are increasingly paramilitary.
  • Police headquarters become barracks.
  • All government functions have a policing aspect.
  • Traditional family life is subverted.
  • Scientific culture is subverted.
  • The moral authority of churches is subverted by religious diversity.

An obvious example is climate change – a global policy of managing expectations, a UN project about promoting equality, not the environment. Citizens in developed countries must have their expectations managed downwards in the name of equality – something our nomenklatura and politicians positively relish, because it doesn’t include them.

Many climate believers have been successfully conditioned by this global project – their expectations permanently managed downwards. They seem unaware of it to this day – some even revel in it. Successful control without the jackboot.

1 comment for “Ruled by psychopaths?

  1. December 23, 2011 at 8:06 am

    There is a huge amount to absorb from this important post, yet here was I planning a Christmas wind-down from such weighty considerations!

    My initial reaction from here in the EU is that Britain seems particularly prone to the uncertainty dangers mentioned, due mainly to the clash between EU law based upon the Continental written constitutions and our old principles of Common Law.

    I read recently that this uncertainty was a major feature of English boarding school life, (but cannot now recall where), which I can personally vouch as true. Living one’s life in fear of a thrashing for breaking a rule suddenly invented is a very effective form of imposing tyranny.

    Your posting paints a vivid and true picture of another very real kind of tyranny we must surely all recognise as true today, so much for early Christmas cheer!

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