Donna’s Shit Don’t Stink

I hadn’t planned to write yet another post about how we are demonized but this post by Donna Anderson of Lovefraud pisses me off to the point of once more putting virtual pen beautiful sexy woman in black leather dress masquerade mask withto virtual paper and sounding off. The article was called A sociopath explains how she loves. The article quotes two emails from a self-identified sociopath who explained what love means to her. Her email is courteous and complimentary to Donna and her website. And yet, Donna’s reaction totally lacks the willingness to meet the author of the email even part way. She concludes “sociopaths may not always be lying when they say, ‘I love you.’ Sociopaths may think they do love you. They simply don’t know what the word means.” Good grief! How condescending! We don’t know what the word “love” means although Donna certainly implies that she, unlike us ‘paths, does know. Maybe nobody ever explained to Donna that there are many forms of love. No. There is only one kind that counts with her. From her lips to god’s ears, here is the straight dope:

Three parts to love

donna_andersenWhat exactly is love? Poets, playwrights and songwriters over the ages have struggled to describe the sensation of falling in love, and the pain of losing love. No matter how beautiful the language,  words are often inadequate. We just know love when we feel it.

Scientists have also tried to explain love. Philip R. Shaver and Mario Mikulincer wrote a paper called A Behavioral Systems Approach to Romantic Love Relationships: Attachment, Caregiving, and Sex. Their explanation of love is useful for us because it illustrates why sociopaths can appear to be in love, when they really aren’t.

Shaver and Mikulincer say there are three distinct components to romantic love:

  1. Attachment you want to be around and spend time with the person you love.
  2. Sex you want to have physical relations with the person you love.
  3. Caregiving you want to take care of the person you love. You are concerned about his or her health, wellbeing and growth.

Real love has all three of these components. Sociopath, however, only experience two of them.

caregivingThe “component” of love we are deficient in, it turns out, is the third: caregiving. Our overtures of love are fraudulent because “sociopaths are not capable of true caregiving.” She explains why she didn’t bother to show the simple courtesy of replying to the sociopath‘s (please note, she is never even identified with a name) email. “I never replied to author of the above email there is no point in engaging a sociopath.” Is this an example of how loving, how caring, the empathic folks are compared to us nasty ‘paths? Not that it is they who are deficient. It’s because we are such terrible people, we don’t deserve acknowledgement. (Thanks for the warning, Donna. I’ll never try to communicate with you.)

DAndersen_smile_headshot_140x140But the nameless sociopath didn’t give up so easily. Since she never received the courtesy of a response from Donna, she emailed her again. She wrote…

Do you think that just because I’m different from you that I deserve to be ignored? It isn’t my fault that I was born a certain way. You could have just as easily been born a psycho. Would you ignore normal people because you think you’re better than them? I don’t. I know that both types of people—and we are both people, I hope you aren’t so deep in your own world as to think we aren’t—have their merits, strengths, weaknesses, and perspectives that are worth considering. Don’t you agree?

Charming Donna replied, “Actually I don’t agree. Yes, it’s sad that sociopaths are born with the genetics for the disorder, and often grow up in difficult, even abusive, talk-to-donna-300x250_Fenvironments. But when someone says she’s a sociopath, and sounds like a sociopath, I have a choice on how to respond. I’ll play it safe and stay away.” She is “playing it safe.” One can almost feel sorry for such a fainthearted soul. I understand the concept and reasoning of going “no contact.” When a relationship has become unproductive; when there is more pain than joy to be had, I see the point of no contact. But going no contact with someone just because s/he is a sociopath strikes me as mean-spirited, not to mention narcissistic. She is so much better than we are. She knows what love is but we don’t. La dee da, la la… This from a woman who is so caring and empathic that she markets advice to our “victims” rather than simply giving them her pearls of wisdom.

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Sticks and Stones

reputationNobody is as impervious to other people’s opinions than a psychopath. Good for us since we have one of the worst reputations in the world. When someone wants to disparage somebody else, s/he often calls that person a “psychopath” as if that’s the worst thing s/he can call hir. “Sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never harm me,” the saying goes. But sometimes names can harm us. Being labeled a psychopath in the criminal “justice” system can lead to longer prison time independently of how a convict has actually behaved while serving a sentence.

One of the oldest and most toxic forms of stigmatization is the one directed at racial groups. This has been energetically condemned with the word racism. Most people vigorously deny being racists although, since Trump has been president, those who acclaim it have been very emboldened. But decency seems to be prevailing.

caitlynjennerLet’s face it. People spend enormous stretches of time discussing each other. Then, there is the special kind of person called a celebrity who is talked about obsessively. Like who the hell are the Kardashians? I am always hearing that name but I have no idea what they have done to be spending so much time in the spotlight. Perhaps it is because Americans deliberately established a republic with no royalty that “we” jazzneed to set up this pseudo royalty in its place. Bruce Jenner was some sort of athlete until s/he decided to transition to a woman and had hir image splashed over the media. Because s/he is related to the Kardashians, this event seems to have somehow made transgenderism more acceptable to the American public. But some achieved fame all on their own. Jazz Jennings (similar last name a coincidence) was a boy who identified as a girl since the age of three, had understanding parents to enabled the whole transformation, hormones, surgery and all. S/he has hir own reality show on TLC where hir life has been documented for years.


aerieWe live in a mass culture where we are very accessible to each other through the mass media. Perhaps this is the reason why public opinion and treatment of others is subject to so much scrutiny. People have their prejudices. But idealists believe it is important to remake society by erasing stigma wherever it exists. I just came across a quest to de-stigmatize ostomy bags. For those who don’t know, these are bags that are surgically attached to people who are unable to poop or pee normally. An article How the Aerie Real Campaign Is Helping Shatter the Stigma Around Ostomy Bags features a woman named Aerie who is doing for people with this handicap what Jazz is doing for the transgendered. She says, “Personally, I have always felt proud of and grateful for my ostomy – never really ashamed of it. After all, it saved me from a life of constant pain and suffering. I know it’s not gross.” Wearing a bag of shit on your body isn’t gross? If you say so.

Psychopaths

 

'I let my conscience be my guide, and it turned out to be a sociopath.'
‘I let my conscience be my guide, and it turned out to be a sociopath.’

While physical disabilities may arouse pity and transgenderism may be seen as a civil rights issue, stigma around personality is a horse of a different color. Psychopathy is so powerfully linked in the public mind with evil, those who are ashamed to badmouth other stigmatized groups seem to feel no compunctions about letting the shit fly at us. An article in Psychology Today called It Takes a Psychopath to Like a Psychopath has some real zingers. Psychopathy is considered, says the author, Susan Krauss Whitbourne, “one of the least desirable traits a person can have.” She admits our “traits” are “fascinating” but also “repulsive.” Repulsive? susankraussDon’t hold anything back, Hon. She continues, “The idea that you could show anything but revulsion for a psychopath may seem impossible even to entertain.” She goes on to say, “There’s an assumption in the public mind that these individuals have chosen their personalities, and for this reason, they should be treated with ostracism and contempt.” I never did understand why the question of choice is so important. The gay liberation movement has insisted that gays don’t choose to be gay. They are born that way. Transsexuals (the “T” added to “LBG”) are also supposedly born in the wrong body. Psychopaths are now said to have been “born that way” but it doesn’t seem to matter much. I don’t see why it should, frankly. However we “got that way,” are are that way, take it or leave it. Everyone still has the choice to act on proclivities or not. I am not one of those people who think psychopaths should get away with crimes because of “mental illness.” If we can’t help ourselves, we are not responsible. We also don’t have the civil rights of adults. Not having a conscience makes me free. Freedom is responsibility.

Responsible or not, we are still stigmatized.

Psychopaths are the Others

Paranoid Hatred of Psychopaths

I consider myself many things. I am an American, a woman, a human, a baby boomer, a sexual masochist and a psychopath. But, more than anything else, I consider myself a philosopher. Psychopaths are considered, more than most anything else, “pathological liars.” That is the characteristic I have the most trouble identifying with. Sure, I can lie when it is necessary (meaning to my advantage). But I also deeply love the Truth. As a philosopher, I have sought Truth all my life. I remember pondering philosophical questions literally in the crib. The philosophical field I find most compelling is Epistemology: the study of, not what is Truth, but how we know Truth. That is my life’s work.

I have always known that I am an outsider. Being an outsider gives me a perspective that enables me to see things that many people miss. The ability to deconstruct concepts most people take for granted is a powerful tool. I know I am different from most people and exploring the answer to what it all means has been, not only my passion, but also my joy.

The Psychopathic Times (Narcissist Nation) has been a rich source of ponerology2edarticles that make me think. They have been the inspiration for many of my blog posts. The article I am discussing today, The Psychopath: A Different Species? IV published by INFRAKSHUN, it badly written. I have had to struggle to figure out what the author is saying. The article begins with a quote from a web site called pomerology.com:

“The ultimate cause of evil lies in the interaction of two human factors: 1) normal human ignorance and weakness and 2) the existence and action of a statistically small (4-8% of the general population) but extremely active group of psychologically deviant individuals. The ignorance of the existence of such psychological differences is the first criterion of ponerogenesis. That is, such ignorance creates an opening whereby such individuals can act undetected.”

Hmm… We see that this is trying to suss out the “ultimate cause of evil.” The “causes” are two: ignorance and an active minority. Hitler could have said this. Jews in Germany were a minority (now an even tinier minority). But what is pomerology? Merriam Webster says, “Ponerology definition is – a branch of theology dealing with the doctrine of evil. a branch of theology dealing with the doctrine of evil…” Wikipedia says, “In theology, ponerology (from Greek poneros, “evil”) is a study of evil. Major subdivisions of the study are the nature of evil, the origin of evil, and evil in relation to the Divine Government.” Although ponerology is claimed to be scientific, we see from these definitions that it is theological. Science is supposed to be universal. But theology can only apply to the beliefs of a particular religion. And yet, this article claims to be stating a universal truth. Mankind has fought many a bloody war over theological differences between different countries. The more enlightened ones have accepted the wisdom of letting theology be a private belief system that is only binding on the believers.

The word psychopathy has always confounded psychologists who want to be scientific. Science tells us what is, not what should be. Morality is about what should be. It is derived from the field of philosophy called Ethics and/or from theology. Some, George Simon, for example, have even fallen into the temptation to call psychopathy a character disorder rather than a personality disorder. Of course, the very word, disorder, is judgemental. Since psychology deals with human behavior and thought patterns, it is, perhaps, impossible to develop a “science” of psychology that is morally neutral.

The article discussed here claims that our government is controlled by a minority consisting of psychopaths. M.K. Styllinski, like many others, holds the paranoid view that Psychopaths (are) Running the World. Funny how psychology was supposed to destigmatize “mental illness.” But stigma is a powerful phenomenon and not so easily vanquished. Psychologists hoped that understanding would lead to acceptance. Writers like Styllinski, Peck, Simon are steering the “science” back to moral judgement. I thought my essay comparing psychopaths with Jews in Nazi Germany was somewhat overwrought. But blaming a minority for everything that goes wrong is just what this article and others like it does just that, doesn’t it? These writers use all the technical language of psychology, the science, to justify these judgements. Styllinski explains that the small minority of actual psychopaths has gotten control of a larger group of mostly weak-minded folk who are doing our bidding. (Gosh, I could use a group of willing slaves. Where are mine?) The result is something Styllinski fancifully calls Pathocracy. It seems he is a bipartisan abuser. Not only does Trump preside over this new world order, Obama did too. I wonder when our democracy turned into a pathocracy? Which president was the first? Or has the government of the United States always been a pathocracy?


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My Favorite Negative Poems

langston-hughes-book-cover1What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

Langston Hughes


aldous-huxley“The leech’s kiss, the squid’s embrace,
The prurient ape’s defiling touch:
And do you like the human race?
No, not much.”

Aldous Huxley, Ape and Essence


Justus quidem tu es, Domine, si disputem tecum; verumtamen
justa loquar ad te: Quare via impiorum prosperatur? &c.

Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend With thee; but, sir, so what I plead is just.

Why do sinners’ ways prosper? and why must

Disappointment all I endeavour end?

Wert thou my enemy, O thou my friend,

How wouldst thou worse, I wonder, than thou dost

Defeat, thwart me? Oh, the sots and thralls of lust

Do in spare hours more thrive than I that spend,

Sir, life upon thy cause. See, banks and brakes

Now, leavèd how thick! lacèd they are again

With fretty chervil, look, and fresh wind shakes

Them; birds build – but not I build; no, but strain,

Time’s eunuch, and not breed one work that wakes.

Mine, O thou lord of life, send my roots rain.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

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‘Paths Stigmatized

You-Tubers have a society of their own with a lot of back-and-forth between them. By back and forth , I mean Drama! Lots of entertaining feuds between You-Tubers. But it’s kind of like a soap opera in that you need to keep up with a storyline for it to remain interesting. It’s a nice, chaotic way to expand one’s knowledge of just about anything.

That having been said, I came across this great video about, of all things, stigmatizing ASPD or Psychopathy. And on our side, too.

I don’t know Kati Morton or the dude in this video but I plan to inform myself. When that happens, I’ll be giving links. I gather these are mental health “advocates” and they are having a hard time being advocatish towards “sociopaths.” I mean, we’re the baddies, after all. And you can feel sorry for people with most personality disorders. I say a person who you can’t even pity just can’t be any goddamed good. Can we?

I wish to address some things I’ve heard so far. People with ASPD or sociopaths/psychopaths don’t really care if they/we are stigmatized. This is true. We mostly see it as a big, fat joke. That doesn’t mean we don’t clear up some of the garbage that is heaped around our reputations. If only to keep people honest. Meaning consistent. If you advocate for mental health, ya gotta advocate for everyone and that includes us.

I’ve been listening to videos that I expected to be relevant but turned out to be nothing but the most boring chit chat. Who watches these things? If anything, it reminds us how dull ordinary conversation can be.

katiThe third video below finally is the video the other video was talking about. I see the point. Kati Morton really does “stigmatize” us. She actually did call us “gross.” LOL! I really find the whole thing amusing. So I guess, as a psychopath, I really don’t “care.” I know we are not well liked as a group which is why most ‘paths hide behind a mask. But Kati was really presenting a stereotype of us. We are NOT devoid of all emotion. It just doesn’t control us like it does Kati and her ilk. Stigmatize me all you like, Kati. I don’t have much respect for mental health advocates or experts.


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Wonderland, DC

schwarzI was a flaming conservative from my senior year in high school and the first two years of college. Fred Schwarz, an Aussie whose organization was The Christian Anti-Communism Crusade, wrote a book called You can Trust the Communists…to be Communists. Catchy title, very popular with conservatives.

atlas_shruggedI became a conservative when I read Ayn Rand‘s last novel, Atlas Shrugged. Until I read that book, I had no idea what Rand’s politics really were. The Fountainhead had a lot to say about individualism but praising people for thinking for themselves is hardly the conservative agenda. My whole family was left-wing liberal/socialist. It was shocking to be confronted with the preachings of the Devil, which is what right-wing ideology seemed to be. But a political position held de fault could hardly hold up against a well-reasoned argument in favor it its opposite. I became intellectually convinced of Ayn Rand’s ideology/philosophy. Over the years, I refuted those ideas. I re-read Atlas Shrugged many times. I think the test of good writing is the ability to re-read their creations multiple times without boredom. Every time, I read Atlas, I got something new from it. The real test of good writing. Unfortunately for Rand’s ideology, the new stuff I got from repeated reading was discovering the flaws in her argument(s). My rebuttals are available mostly on my Soapbox blog: Social Darwinism of Ayn Rand, My Critique of Adam Lee, Individualism and Ayn Rand, The Ayn Rand Story, Ayn Rand the Snowflake.

So I got involved with conservative politics and, when Dr. Schwarz’s class was announced, I immediately signed up. I hoped to save money by showing up the day the class started instead of the night before. Did me no good since I was still charged for the prior day anyway. I showed up at night. I was in a room for four. My roomies were asleep and I quietly prepared for bed as well. I woke before the others and went downstairs to  find some breakfast. I choose a little hole-in-the-wall kinda place. I ordered eggs sunny-side-up and french fries. The waitress, who had an attitude, told me they don’t serve french fried but they serve home fries. I had the home fries which were delicious.

I went back to the hotel and met my roomies. They are just what one would consider smileywholesome all-American girls. The class was entertaining. Fred Schwarz was an engaging speaker. He had a guest lecturer, none other than Herb Philbrick, author of I Led Three Lives. After the class, we all got the opportunity to get our books signed. When it was my turn, Philbrick asked me about the origin of my name and discovered that I was Jewish. He apologized from not mentioning any Jewish anti-communists in his talk which struck me as condescending. As if I represented a whole demographic instead of myself.

Alice-in-WonderlandjpgSince I lived in New York for most of my  early life, I had occasion to visit Washington D.C. a number of times. It was just a bus ride away. The above described visit was my first. Since then, I went to D.C. as a left-wing protester, mainly on anti-war issues. Most recently, I went there from California, to attend a rally against the Tea Party led by Cenk Uygur who used to have a show on MSNBC. I didn’t eat any home fries on that trip but I got a nice t-shirt about taking the Tea Party back to Wonderland.

Identity

onewayOur pluralistic society allows far more freedom than societies that insisted on one religious “truth.” Of course, theocratic societies built strength by isolating themselves from other societies that had “truths” that conflicted with their own. If the one “true” religion of our society is challenged by another society’s “one true religion,” that other society must be teaching “lies” and so has to be evil since it’s going against the “truth.”

Once mankind got it into our collective heads that everyone doesn’t have to believe the same thing, religious wars went the way of the Dodo Bird. Today, we disagree about everything. We have a secular society but a sizeable minority resists secularism with everything they have.

scivspseudosci3Science (with a capital S) has a number of dogmas. Of course, before something can become an accepted dogma, it has to go through a rigorous process of truth testing including peer testing of theories. But there does seem to be an official set of “truths” which are opposed on scientific grounds. There is such a thing as pseudoscience. Fake science (no relation to fake news, Donald) hasn’t followed the proper procedures or hasn’t been peer tested.

Since epistemology is a great interest of mine, I am interested in separating the wheat from the chaff as it were. I’m not convinced all accepted science is really as pure and rigorous as it is supposed to be. Politics have a way of infiltrating pure science where desires and agendas are sometimes too keen on running things for my taste nor for the purity of science.

Case in Point — Transgenderism

A growing number of people, particularly children, are claiming to be a different gender from the gender of their bodies. There is such a thing as a female brain and a male brain they allege.

Gender Identity

For an elaborate surprise, this speech tells us there actually is a difference in male and female brains. But the speaker denies the claim that gender is a social construct. davidreimerPersonally, I have found it difficult to relate to those who say they are a certain gender born in the wrong body because I have never had a strong sense of being either gender. I knew I was a girl because I was told that people with my kind of bodies were girls. It’s hard to fathom how anyone can “feel” like a girl or boy aside from just the knowing what their bodies tell us. But apparently there are a number of people who really feel a gender identity independently of what they have been told or what their bodies look like. One example is the case of David Reimer, a boy whose circumcision was botched so badly that the doctors thought it would be better to remove all remaining male genitalia and raise the baby as a girl. In those days, they thought babies were blank slates to convincing this boy that he was a girl would be easy. Instead, he rebelled against this feminine identity from Day One.

“It was shortly after the Reimers’ return from Baltimore, and not long before the twins’ second birthday, when Janet first put Brenda (David) in a dress. It was a special dress that Janet had sewn herself, using the white satin from her own wedding gown. ‘It was pretty and lacy,’ Janet recalls. ‘She was ripping at it, trying to tear it off. I remember thinking, Oh my God, she knows she’s a boy and doesn’t want girls’ clothing.'”

Another example, Pidgeon (see above), was an intersex kid who felt the doctors who had routinely chosen a gender for him had made the wrong choice. And, lastly, Jazz Jennings who, of course, was a textbook case of gender dysphoria. This boy insisted from the age of two that he was a girl. (S)he eventually (with the help of doctors) persuaded the parents to raise hir as a girl. The doctors diagnosed Jazz as “transgender.” Jazz is the author of several books and has starred in a reality show on TLC documenting hir development living as a girl and getting puberty blockers and eventually hormones and surgery.

jazzThe striking thing about Jazz is her extraordinary social poise. She always says just the right thing and is so smooth, she is almost like a corporate creation. For example, the high rate of suicides among trannies is caused by they’re not getting love and acceptance. We see her at one of those instant dating things, she gets the boy she wanted, tells him she’s transsexual and he doesn’t bat an eyelash. Times change, for sure.

I’ve seen a lot of Jazz videos where she goes over her history, always starting with the fact that she declared herself a girl as soon as she knew there were genders. I guess we all organize our memories in ways that validate our identity.


genderfluidWhile I marvel at those who had a strong attachment to a gender as children, another trend (which seems to contradict the above attachment) is emerging called gender fluidity. I would imagine a sense of gender fluidity would be closer to my way of just accepting a gender because it matches my body and everyone told me I’m a girl. I could just as easily “known” I was a boy if I had a penis and everyone said I was a boy. In other words, my knowledge of gender was entirely based on external clues, not internal signals or sense of identity. Isn’t that the same as “gender fluidity?” Maybe the new “gender fluidity” is as much an identity as the claim that one’s in the wrong body because it’s the wrong sex for hir real gender. Maybe a “gender fluid” kid would refuse both the “he” and the “she” pronoun. That is certainly not the indifference that is my experience. Perhaps they are just altering the meaning of the noun, gender. I do think the meaning of the word be kept fluid. If boys could accept the fact that the male experience can include things previously only consigned to the realm of female, perhaps fewer would feel the need to change to the other gender.


Cluster B

beesI belong to an impressive number of Facebook groups dealing with Cluster B Personality “Disorders.” Here are a few of them:

I’ll bet there aren’t a bunch of groups for people in Clusters A and C. We Bees are pretty aspdnotmonsterbig on identity, especially the narcs, of course. What does it mean to be a psychopath? For starters, the American Psychiatric Association made a huge assault on our identity by replacing psychopathy or psychopathic Personality Disorder with Antisocial Personality Disorder. There was more changed than the name. ASPD has a lot more to do with behavior than psychopathy which is really a way of seeing the world beyond any specific behavior. So what is a psychopath? The concept used to lurk in the Not Otherwise Specified label in DMV-4. NOS was eliminated in DMV-5. Psychopathy still exists in the prison system. Parole boards seem fond of Hare’s checklist and use it to make sure psychopaths don’t get paroled. To them, it’s a way to know someone is more likely to re-offend.

MRI-Machine-6The PCL-R is still the state of the arts method of diagnosing a psychopath. But MRI brain scans have detected different wiring in the brains of psychopaths. Can someone be diagnosed as a psychopath by a brain scan? Chris Chambers says no. This is bad news for Tina Taylor, publisher of The Psychopathic Times. It’s her pet theory that society can remove psychopaths from politics by subjecting every would-be candidate to an MRI. Then there is the confusion about what is a psychopath and what is a sociopath. The popular answer is that psychopaths are born while sociopaths are made that way by their environment. I used to think I could tell if I was a psychopath or a sociopath by getting a brain scan. I guess it’s more complicated than than. And who’s to say a sociopath’s brain won’t develop the same appearance as that of a psychopath. Science doesn’t even have consensus on what the difference is, if any. Some use the two terms interchangeably.

We have a lot of self-identified psychopaths on Facebook, other forums, the blogosphere and Quora. Some are diagnosed. Many are not. The question of a psychopath’s identity being questioned has been covered in my blog post, FAKE. But people who claim an identity often are impervious to skepticism of others, just as impervious as the identity of transgender in their confidence that despite the shape of their bodies, they are what they “feel” they are inside. And so we have to accept the enormous extent with which identities are assigned and defined by society.

Psychopaths Running the World?

There’s a stunning article that out-does the incredible stupidity of most of the hate pages that are directed against Psychopaths. Some call us reptiles. Some call us demons. Some call us predators and this page calls us parasites. I found this from Psychopathic Times. The article is entitled Pedophilia Is Not Psychopathy. Odd title since it consists of a video the gist of which is to imply that pedophilia is psychopathy.

Nothing worse than a psychopath. This screed starts off

Our society is under full-scale attack by psychopaths intent on destroying our minds, our spirits, and our lives. The goal of this war is to cull the herd and transform the survivors into obedient, soulless slaves.

Pretty damned ambitious for 1% of the population and I’m not talking about the 1% who have most of the money. Psychopaths can exist on all socio-economic levels of societies. I’m sure some of us are in the political-economic 1%. But we are also middle class as well as homeless vagrants.

warriorsIronically, these people call themselves “warriors.” So do psychopaths. They keep talking about how important it is not to be “one of the herd.” Psychopaths are certainly not part of the “herd.” He calls members of the “herd” “idiots.” So do we! He blames psychopaths for pedophilia without explaining how we are responsible for such a widespread phenomena as he says exists when we are in such small numbers. He also decries laws naming “hate crimes” because they make a state of mind illegal. But isn’t that exactly what he is doing to psychopaths? Isn’t it our state of mind specifically that he is damning? And then he has a go at the Me Too Movement. I have problems with this movement too and have suggested it might be a Witch Hunt. Not only is this yet another example of this hater of psychopaths agreeing with a psychopath but he seems to be overstating the danger of this movement in which, according to himself, people accused by the Me Too folks get railroaded into prison. I don’t know of a single case.

He calls himself an “anarchist” but is very unspecific about his particular political viewpoint. Psychopaths exist all over the political spectrum although haters seem to see psychopaths in whichever part of the spectrum that is opposite to their own niche. StefanVerstappen_Art_of_Urban_ has written a number of books, among which are The Way of the Warrior and Art of Urban Survival. He promotes his book on his website, China Strategies but his books are also available on Amazon.

God knows there is a lot wrong with our society. In fact, this is one of the things that makes me proud to be labeled Antisocial. But it’s outrageously absurd to blame all the problems of our civilization on psychopaths. Thomas Sheridan and Mark Passio agree with this assertion. We have plenty of outlandish conspiracy theories such as Pizzsagate and QAnon. But here on earth, we try to limit our flights of fancy to reality.

Pure Psychopathy

Nothing is True. Everything is Permitted.

This is the purest statement of psychopathic thinking.

Here is a reblog from My Soapbox:

Everything is Permitted

In our pluralistic society, we have many ways of pursuing “truth.” There is religion, mysticism, tradition, philosophy… Choice is not only liberating. It is also terrifying. When everyone believed the same thing, life must have been simple. But Socrates is said to have uttered the most challenging and revolutionary statement possible when he admitted to knowing nothing. To seek the truth, one must first let go of the baggage consisting of our assumptions. Nothing is true, everything is possible.

scientific_methodOne of the most powerful tools by which humanity has sought knowledge is science.

The term science comes from the Latin word scientia, meaning “knowledge”. It can be defined as a systematic attempt to discover, by means of observation and reasoning, particular facts about the world, and to establish laws connecting facts with one another and, in some cases, to make it possible to predict future occurrences.

Science is the path to truth that is considered the purest, the freest of subjective emotional contamination. However, perhaps because science is looked to as the one truly objective path to truth, science has been one of the most interfered with areas of intellectual exploration. The more one looks, the more one finds fingerprints of politics on the body of what is presumed to be pristine.

Science is revered precisely because it is supposed to bypass what we want to believe and take us to what is. The image of a blindfolded person used in jurisprudence to represent lack of bias should be better used to represent what science ought to be.

Science and Religion.

scientific_creationismIt isn’t surprising that religion has often conflicted with and done battle with science. One of the most notorious battlegrounds of science versus religion is evolution. Darwin, himself, was horrified when his explorations led him to the conclusion that our origins were not exactly what the Bible said they are. But, in the spirit of true science, he reluctantly went where scientific method led him. Fundamentalist Christians opposed the Theory of Evolution perhaps more than any other scientific theory since it clashed with the literal biblical account of our origins. In the battleground of ideas, the Fundies appeared to be losing, especially since many Christians were able to accept the idea that the biblical account was symbolic. More recently, Fundies decided to move the battle right to science’s own turf. Now, they are using scientific arguments to sustain their belief in creationism. Another area in which Fundies used science to sustain their own, religiously inspired, view of reality is global warming. Many evangelicals homeschool their kids and use these religiously oriented scientifically argued books as texts. They also use whatever political clout they have to force schools in the states where they have power to teach Intelligent Design, the scientifically argued version of creationism.

Science and Political Correctness.

Gay-LiberationThe victories of Christian fundamentalists over pure (without an agenda) science are spotty at best. Science has managed to hold its own. But in areas involving ideas cherished by progressives (left-wing), science has lost a lot more ground. Where psychology is concerned, science is already more subjective and many don’t even accept psychology as real science. The rapidity with which “experts” change opinions in psychology already undermines its credibility. Of course, all scientific areas are subject to revision. It’s part of the scientific method itself  to allow, in fact, to insist on change. Science isn’t allowed to cling to dogma. It must, by its very nature, be flexible and open to new and better ideas. However, psychology takes the prize when it comes to flexibility.

let us outIt seems as if psychologists were sometimes influenced by accepted dogmas of our very culture and political activists, forcing them to change, actually freed them from political dogma. The bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, listed homosexuality as a disorder for years. Gay activists caused them to change their minds, not by scientific debate but by protest. The cynicism with which supposed “experts” gave in to political pressure is summed up well here:

What’s noteworthy about this is that the removal of homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses was not triggered by some scientific breakthrough. There was no new fact or set of facts that stimulated this major change. Rather, it was the simple reality that gay people started to kick up a fuss. They gained a voice and began to make themselves heard. And the APA reacted with truly astonishing speed. And with good reason. They realized intuitively that a protracted battle would have drawn increasing attention to the spurious nature of their entire taxonomy. So they quickly “cut loose” the gay community and forestalled any radical scrutiny of the DSM system generally.

Homosexuality: The Mental Illness That Went Away

christian_anti-gayAlthough “homosexuality” is now officially normal, diehard Fundies still regard it as unnatural (contrary to God’s plan) and therefore a disease that needs to be cured. Curing Homosexuality represents their thinking.

Perhaps to look more scientific, the DSM refused to include the term psychopathy with the Cluster B personality disorders and, instead,  used the term Anti-Social Personality Disorder which was based more on behavior and less on the inner experiences of those with the “disorder” such as lack of conscience.

tranny-200x300But a recent and highly controversial “disorder” is called gender dysphoria disorder and it involves people who think they are not the sex they were born as but the other one. People with this “disorder” have formed an enormously powerful lobby which not only hijacks scientific thinking but which has spawned an enormous network of scientific technology. Who Are the Rich, White Men Institutionalizing Transgender Ideology? is a study of how this lobby got started and grew to power. The upsetting thing about this lobby is the way they have managed to impact so many people’s lives and how they have imposed pseudo science while silencing those who want to practice science that is science.

I have watched as all-women’s safe spaces, universities, and sports opened their doors to any man who chose to identify as a woman. Whereas men who identify as transwomen are at the forefront of this project, women who identify as transmen seem silent and invisible. I was astonished that such a huge cultural change as the opening of sex-protected spaces was happening at such a meteoric pace and without consideration for women and girls’ safety, deliberation, or public debate.

Concurrent with these rapid changes, I witnessed an overhaul in the English language with new pronouns and a near-tyrannical assault on those who did not use them. Laws mandating new speech were passed. Laws overriding biological sex with the amorphous concept of gender identity are being instituted now. People who speak openly about these changes can find themselves, their families, and their livelihoods threatened.

gay_liberationRemember gay liberation? Lesbians didn’t want to be lumped in which gay men so the movement became gay and lesbian. But bisexuals also wanted to stand up and be counted so it became GLB but could trannies be far behind? Now it’s GLBT someones with Q and I tacked on. How did the T get added to a movement for liberation of people with different sexual orientations? Transgenderism isn’t a sexual orientation. A tranny can be gay, lesbian or bi. Well, these billionaires have made massive donations to the gay movement(s). They also donate to universities who then enforce their Orwellian rules about which gender pronoun one may use.

tranny_demonstrationThe most disturbing aspect of the takeover by the Transgender Lobby of science and society is the way they target children. It’s funny how the same society that condemns pedophilia allows children to be encouraged to enter a lifetime of dependency on high-tech medical intervention to support their fantasies. Pre-puberty kids are now being put on hormone blockers to keep them from entering puberty. Then they are given hormones of the desired sex and, finally, surgery. A book written for children called I Am Jazz, written by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel, pushes a lot of factual falsehoods such as the notion that people can be born with girls’ brains in boys’ bodies.

I have written a couple of posts on the subject of transgenderism.

I have also blogged about another instance of politics and science in the field of vaccinations. Yes, science is supposed to be flexible and open to change as new ideas and new data present themselves. Therefore, it’s disturbing how intolerant medical practitioners to any idea that wants to take a square look at the dangers certain vaccines present to helpless children. My blog post, Medical Assault on Children, examines how this agenda has been pushed on people with children and anyone practicing medicine such as Andy Wakefield.