Evil is a Point of View

lestat“Evil is a point of view. We are immortal. And what we have before us are the rich feasts that conscience cannot appreciate and mortal men cannot know without regret. God kills, and so shall we; indiscriminately He takes the richest and the poorest, and so shall we; for no creatures under God are as we are, none so like Him as ourselves, dark angels not confined to the stinking limits of hell but wandering His earth and all its kingdoms.”

Anne Rice, Interview With the Vampire, spoken by Lestat

“I am evil with infinite gradations and without guilt.”

Anne Rice, Interview With the Vampire, spoken by Armand

anti-psychiatry“But some ‘anti-psychiatrists,’ notably Thomas Szasz, would argue that mental illness is itself a myth; and that therefore terms such as ‘sociopath’ and ‘Antisocial Personality Disorder’ are themselves just moral judgments disguised as empirically verifiable psychiatric disorders. ‘We call people mentally ill,’ argues Szasz, ‘when their personal conduct violates certain ethical, political, and social norms.’  Is this view correct?  Is calling someone a sociopath, or saying that the person has Antisocial Personality Disorder, merely a concealed way of calling the person evil?”

Elliot D. Cohen

“Most especially, the term (character disorder) has been used to reflect those aspects of an individual’s personality that indicate the degree to which his or her personality traits reflect socially desirable qualities such as self-control, ethics, loyalty, fortitude, etc. So, the term ‘character’ generally refers to the extent of one’s virtuousness and social conscientiousness.”

George Simon


perscharacImagine my surprise the first time I saw psychopathy and narcissism described as character disorders instead of personality disorders. I started wondering what is happening to the “science” or psychiatry/psychology. Have these fields gone back to theology from whence they came? Psychology was supposed to remove the moral judgement from behavior by explaining it as a “sickness” or “condition.” Now they are signs of bad character again? What’s going on?


middleagesOnce societies were very homogenic. Everyone practices the same religion (or were outcasts). When society became more diverse, “truth” also became more problematic. Different values were claiming legitimacy and we were told not to judge other cultures. Of course, that only came about after some bloody wars as society tried to remain homogeneous. Finally, they realized they didn’t have to all be Catholic or protestant or Muslim.  But there were core values that most people seemed to accept.

Medical science deals with the difference between a healthy body and a sick one. There isn’t much dispute about what health looks like. Healthy people feel good and function well. Sickness is whatever interferes with that state of health. It’s pretty easy to recognize sickness when it strikes.

mentalhealthMedical science has expanded to cover the human psyche. Sickness and health are more complicated in this realm. We usually agree on what is a healthy body. But we have less consensus on what is a healthy psyche. Of course, there are phenomena that are clearly examples of an unhealthy psyche. For example, schizophrenia makes people often unable to function and most have said that psychosis didn’t feel good at all. In the realm of sanity, there are  phenomena called neurosis which involve impairment of functioning and a certain degree of discomfort.

clusterBPsychiatry has also defined what it calls personality disorders. They are divided into three categories or clusters, A, known as the weird cluster, B, known as the dramatic cluster and C, the anxious cluster. People with these disorders usually suffer to some degree although some don’t feel that anything is wrong. Some people feel discomforted by behavior of people with certain “disorders” and much of what is written concerns “spotting” these people, defending oneself against them and recovering from “abuse” by these people. Here, subtly or not so subtly the people with the disorder become the problem rather than the disorder being a problem for them.

badcharSome writers, some of them psychiatrists, have started referring to character disorders. Dr. George Simon writes, “The word ‘character’ derives from both French and Greek words meaning to engrave or furrow a distinctive mark. The word has been used to denote the most distinguishing traits of an individual that define or ‘mark’ them as a person. Most especially, the term has been used to reflect those aspects of an individual’s personality that indicate the degree to which his or her personality traits reflect socially desirable qualities such as self-control, ethics, loyalty, fortitude, etc. So, the term ‘character’ generally refers to the extent of one’s virtuousness and social conscientiousness.” This is getting dangerously close to moral judgment rather than medical analysis.

evilcharWhen psychiatry started, “bad behavior” was explained as representing an illness or malfunction in the person and was intended as an alternative to moral judgement. Now, it seems to have gone full circle and is saying, “yes, these people are evil after all.” Some folks are relieved to see things brought back to morality. They never felt comfortable with letting bad people off with the excuse that they are “sick.” Others divide the condition from behavior. In other words, someone may be a pedophile, have sexual feelings for children but, unless he acts on it, he is not evil. This is oddly reminiscent of a solution offered to “homosexuals” by Christians. It’s alright to be gay as long as you don’t practice your proclivities.

I notice that most articles about “character disorder” are by George Simon so his views can consciencesbe taken as his own, individual opinion, not the voice of psychiatry, per se.

Neurotics have well-developed and overactive consciences (i.e. superegos), whereas disordered characters have consciences that are under-developed and impaired. Neurotics have a huge sense of right and wrong and always want to do the right thing. They often set standards for themselves that are so high they’re virtually impossible to meet, causing themselves a significant amount of stress. They tend to judge themselves overly harshly when they fail to meet expectations. They take on inordinate burdens, proverbially carrying the “weight of the world” on their shoulders. When something goes wrong, they quickly ask themselves what more they can do to help make a situation better.
Most disturbed characters don’t hear that little voice in their heads that urge most of us to do right or admonish most of us when we’re contemplating doing wrong. They don’t “push” themselves to take on responsibilities and don’t “arrest” themselves when they want something they shouldn’t have. Any qualms of conscience they might experience can be eliminated with great ease. In the most severe disturbances of character (i.e. the psychopath or sociopath), conscience is not simply weak, underdeveloped, or flawed, but can be absent altogether.

squishedSo the crux of “character disorder” for George Simon seems to be lack of conscience (or diminished one). I explored this in my Free to Choose blog post. The fact that psychopaths don’t have a conscience and are therefore free to do whatever we want really scares people. But they don’t realize the don’t always want to do the worst possible things.

People seem to feel safer when they know others are restrained by the straight jacket of conscience. Strange they should think that since people with consciences have done such atrocious things. Conscience or no conscience, society condemns some behavior. I guess it’s just self-preservation. We tend to condemn anything that threatens us.


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Beware of Scapegoating

protacalsWouldn’t it be wonderful if we could discover one cause of all the pain and discord in the world? Then all we would have to do is route it out. Not that people haven’t tried to find the single root problem. In the 18th Century, a nefarious little document called the Protocols of the Elders of Zion was published in Russia. This work of fiction convinced masses of ordinary people that the Jews were behind all their problems. Another antisemitic conspiracy theory involves the Rothschild family.  The Rothschilds are and have long been a very wealthy family. In the 19th Century, they were the richest. Now they have to share that distinction with other wealthy families, such as the Waltons, the Kochs, the Rockefellers. Yet we still hear, ad nauseum, about the Rothschilds. They are blamed for all the economic woes of mankind. Another conspiracy theory popular on the internet is of the Illuminati, a group that existed in Bavaria in the 18th Century to resist the clerical forces of its time and have not existed for many years (unless someone decides to name a group after them for the glamor of it all).

Someone to Blame

evilpsychopathI won’t bore you with an exhaustive list of all the conspiracy theories. Just pointing out that people have long sought to find a single cause for misery. The theory this blog is concerned with is not as popular as the ones above but is very energetically being promoted. The cause of human misery, asserts this theory, is the psychopath. Since psychopaths are thought to consist of only 1% of the population, we must be a very powerful and resourceful little group to ponerologyhave accomplished so much. BEWARE THE PSYCHOPATH, MY SON appears in today’s, March 9, 2017, issue of The Psychopathic Times, published by Tina Taylor. The article was written in 2015 by Clinton Callahan but republished. It is “extracted” from two other articles, The Twilight of the Psychopaths by Kevin Barrett and The Trick of the Psychopath’s Trade: Make Us Believe that Evil Comes from Others by Silvia Cattori. He also references Political Ponerology (a science of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes).

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whippedslaveWithout further ado, let us go through the first captioned article and see how the theory works. “Why, no matter how much intelligent goodwill exists in the world, is there so much war, suffering and injustice?” asks the author(s). The answer is not that mankind has defects and human nature often defeats many noble plants. No. “The answer is that civilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of psychopaths.” We created civilization? That’s a lot of credit to give us. Psychopaths took humanity out of the primordial slime into fancy high-rises? Psychopaths built civilizations that gave birth to the works of Shakespeare? Beethoven? How did we do it? “Psychopaths have played a disproportionate role in the development of civilization, cooperationbecause they are hard-wired to lie, kill, cheat, steal, torture, manipulate, and generally inflict great suffering on other humans without feeling any remorse, in order to establish their own sense of security through domination.” So civilization was created by lying, cheating, stealing, torture and manipulation? Many anthropologists think otherwise. They would credit mankind’s ability to cooperate. “The inventor of civilization – the first tribal chieftain who successfully brainwashed an army of controlled mass murderers – was almost certainly a genetic psychopath.”

aboriginesIt doesn’t seem as if our author knows much about primitive tribes. One of the most primitive available to modern man for study is the aborigines of Australia. But these were the most peaceful people one could imagine. Their society was non-hierarchical. Theft was unknown to these people. They could leave a possession unguarded without worry. It was only after a surplus was achieved that hierarchy and all the discord that goes with it first emerged. At least that’s what experts say. apeI’m not an expert. However, it does make sense that hierarchy could only exist when there is something to hoard and stockpile. As long as a tribe only gathered enough to survive, there was no way someone could take more than his share. It could have endangered the tribe. Experiments on animals have shown that the ability to own more than one needs at a time can change non-human animals as well. Chimps who learned how to operate a vending machine with tokens began to hoard the tokens. They also developed ulcers and other symptoms of anxiety.

Meanwhile, the Twilight of Psychopaths book adds this pithy observation: “So-called conspiracy theorists, some of whom deserve the pejorative connotation of that much-abused term, often imagine that secret societies of Jews, Jesuits, bankers, communists, Bilderbergers, Muslim extremists, papists, and so on, are secretly controlling history, doing dastardly deeds, and/or threatening to take over the world. As a leading “conspiracy theorist” according to Wikipedia, I feel eminently qualified to offer an alternative conspiracy theory which, like the alternative conspiracy theory of 9/11, is both simpler and more accurate than the prevailing wisdom: The only conspiracy that matters is the conspiracy of the psychopaths against the rest of us.” So how come I’ve never been invited to any of those meetings?

Oh. I see. You have to join Skull and Bones first: “Consider how gangs and secret societies (psychopaths’ guilds in disguise) recruit new members. Some criminal gangs and satanist covens demand that candidates for admission commit a murder to “earn their stripes.” Skull and Bones, the Yale-based secret society that supplies the CIA with drug-runners, mind-rapists, child abusers and professional killers, requires neophytes to lie naked in a coffin and masturbate in front of older members while reciting the candidate’s entire sexual history.”

But this gets even better. “If ‘love’ is embedded in the Revolution Ron Paul heralds, that is because Dr. Paul — a kindly, soft-spoken physician who has delivered more than 4,000 babies — implicitly recognizes that government is the invention and tool of psychopaths, and therefore must be strictly limited in scope and subjected to a rigorous system of checks and balances, lest the psychopath’s tools, fear and hatred, replace love as the glue that binds society together.” That “kindly” Ron Paul would deprive every poor American of health care.

The author acknowledges, “The terrorism of searching through hierarchies for witchhuntanyone deviating from normal is no different from witch hunts or Inquisitions. You must remember that hierarchies thrive on such low dramas, torturing victims until they confess to evil beliefs. Not so long ago the church and state ongoingly acquired significant income and property through witch hunts and Inquisitions. This continued for over two hundred and fifty years. Ten generations of Europeans understood pogrom as normal life. Let us not return to that nightmare. Testing for normal is guaranteed to backfire in our face. There is no normal. But there is conscience.” No. They won’t torture us into confessing our psychopathy.  But they are still looking for those without conscience. He happens to know exactly how to find us.

Today, thanks to new information technologies, we are on the brink of unmasking the psychopaths and building a civilization of, by and for the healthy human being – a civilization without war, a civilization based on truth, a civilization in which the saintly few rather than the diabolical few would gravitate to positions of power. We already have the knowledge necessary to diagnose psychopathic personalities and keep them out of power. We have the knowledge necessary to dismantle the institutions in which psychopaths especially flourish – militaries, intelligence agencies, large corporations, and secret societies. We simply need to disseminate this knowledge, and the will to use it, as widely and as quickly as possible.

inquiryIt seems there’s an application available to those who use Apple which can be downloaded for a price. It is described as a: “Psychopath detector tool. This simple tool will help you identify psychopaths around you. If you have a suspicion that someone you know — your boyfriend/girlfriend or boss — may have psychopathic tendencies, use this tool and answer the following 15 simple questions as best as you can.” Gosh! We ‘paths better watch out! In lieu of that, there’s always the good old brain scan. Armed with these tools, the article insists that humanity finally has the ability to rid itself of our menace. “If the simpsonwitchhuntgeneral voting public is not aware that there exists a category of people we sometimes perceive as almost human,” (!almost human?!) “who look like us, who work with us, who are found in every race, every culture, speaking every language, but who are lacking conscience, how can the general public take care to block them from taking over the hierarchies? General ignorance of psychopathology may prove to be the downfall of civilization. We stand by like grazing sheep as political / corporate elites throw armies of our innocent sons and daughters against fabricated enemies as a way of generating trillions in profits, vying against each other for pathological hegemony.”

brainscancartSo the public can somehow enact a law to force all people in authority to take a brain scan in order to get rid of the psychopaths? How do they propose to do that? If Congress is already in the hands of psychopaths, how can they get them to pass such a law? Do you think the ACLU will stand by idly and allow such a witch hunt to take place? Yes, it still is a witch hunt even if the tools of detection of the witches are 100% accurate. However, “if psychopaths dominate political hierarchies, is it any wonder that peaceful demonstrations have zero impact on the outcome of political decisions?” But if peaceful demonstrations “have zero impact,” what does he propose?

 Only when the 75% of humanity with a healthy conscience come to understand that we have a natural predator, a group of people who live amongst us, viewing us as powerless victims to be freely fed upon for achieving their inhuman ends, only then will we take the fierce and immediate actions needed to defend what is preciously human. Psychological deviants have to be removed from any position of power over people of conscience, period. People must be made aware that such individuals exist and must learn how to spot them and their manipulations. The hard part is that one must also struggle against those tendencies to mercy and kindness in oneself in order not to become prey.

sheepWell, I guess we’re safe. When has 75% of the population ever agreed on anything. In case Mr. Callahan has failed to notice, people are deeply stupid. They are manipulated by the system whether that system was created by psychopaths or not. White supremacy is a very powerful tool for keeping the idiots in line. As long as someone is lower than (this idiot), the system is worth defending. What has been the greatest fear in passing generalized healthcare? That someone with less might grab more of the goodies that are available in only limited amount. We have only to look at the result of the election to see that. If only 1% of the population are psychopaths and (Callahan estimates) 6% have some psychopathic traits and work with the pure psychos than white and male supremacy can’t just be psychos!

Callahan wisely omitted the bizarre claims from Twilight enclosed in the table. Good idea. Because he might be accused of wearing a “mask of sanity,” himself.

The cure is worse than the disease. I agree that society is very wrongheaded. Blaming it on psychopaths is not only wrong. It is a ludicrous form of scapegoating. No! Jews are not the problem. Nor is the Illuminati. And nor is it psychopaths.

Monsters

Nothing is True. Everything is Permitted.

When I was a child, I dreamed once I turned into a monster and I had to kill my parents because they whatisfairsaw I was a monster and would kill me if I let them live.

Monster is defined as something strange and horrible or something unusually large. Thus, the word carries both pejorative and positive connotations. The one constant is that a monster is outside the norm. While they are usually considered something bad, there is often  an aura of awesomeness about them too. The monsters discussed here are either historical figures or just an attitude society condemns but which many of us discover in ourselves whether we admit it or not. It has to do with either ignoring the rules or with a lack of compassion or mercy. All that is monstrous.

out of the norm…

Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade

saloMost of us have been raised to believe that humans have rights. When someone transgresses these rights, we are shocked. But it hasn’t always been that way. Imagine a world in which there is no recognition of human rights. Need help picturing it? Read 120 Days in Sodom by the Marquis de Sade. Four extreme sadists round up beautiful victims for torture. They had absolute power over their prisoners. The original book was written in 1904 but the movie based on it set in 1944.

De Sade, himself, was a practicing sadist, although the word wasn’t in use (in fact, it was derived from his name). He called himself a libertine. He had a whole philosophy in which he preached unfettered freedom to do whatever to anyone to whom he could. He had a castle like any good aristocrat and used it as a place where he could conveniently practice his proclivities. Although people sade-lacoste_3124993a-largewere scandalized by his sexual perversion(s), people were a lot more upset about his anti-clerical behavior. More recently, de Sade’s name was defended by Simone de Beauvoir who wrote, Must We Burn Sade?

According to Wikipedia,

In his 1988 Political Theory and Modernity, William E. Connolly analyzes Sade’s Philosophy in the Bedroom as an argument against earlier political philosophers, notably Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Thomas Hobbes, and their attempts to reconcile nature, reason, and virtue as bases of ordered society. Similarly, Camille Paglia[24] argued that Sade can be best desadeunderstood as a satirist, responding “point by point” to Rousseau’s claims that society inhibits and corrupts mankind’s innate goodness: Paglia notes that Sade wrote in the aftermath of the French Revolution, when Rousseauist Jacobins instituted the bloody Reign of Terror and Rousseau’s predictions were brutally disproved.
In The Sadeian Woman: And the Ideology of Pornography (1979), Angela Carter provides a feminist reading of Sade, seeing him as a “moral pornographer” who creates spaces for women. Similarly, Susan Sontag defended both Sade and Georges Bataille‘s Histoire de l’oeil (Story of the Eye) in her essay “The Pornographic Imagination” (1967) on the basis their works were transgressive texts, and argued that neither should be censored. By contrast, Andrea Dworkin saw Sade as the exemplary woman-hating pornographer, supporting her theory that pornography inevitably leads to violence against women. One chapter of her book Pornography: Men Possessing Women (1979) is devoted to an analysis of Sade. Susie Bright claims that Dworkin’s first novel Ice and Fire, which is rife with violence and abuse, can be seen as a modern retelling of Sade’s Juliette.

Τὸ Μέγα Θηρίον Aleister Crowley

aleister-crowleyAnother name seems to fall at will beside that of the “divine marquis.” Aleister Crowley, had the distinction of being known as “the wickedest man in the world.” He called himself “the Beast 666.” He was actually an occultist, philosopher and practitioner of yoga. He channeled (or wrote if you prefer) The Book of the Law whose slogan is often misquoted as “do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” The rest of that statement is “Love is the law, love under Will,” which meant doing one’s “true will,” as opposed to mere flighty whim, was putting oneself in harmony with the Will of the universe. But the individual, himself, determines if  he is doing his “true will.” One way of knowing was that the entire momentum of the universe would be in the favor of one who was really doing his (true) will.

boleskineCrowley was a true free-soul. He made his own rules and lived life on his own terms. Of course, he became notorious. Like de Sade, Crowley also owned a castle, Boleskine, in the Loch Ness. (Does that make him the Loch Ness Monster?) Instead of conducting orgies, as de Sade did in his castle, Crowley conducted magical workings. Boleskine burned down when Crowley was away and speculation was that his reckless magical workings had something to do with it. But both Crowley’s and de Sade’s hostility to Christianity seemed to draw greater notoriety to their reputations than anything else they did.

thelemaabbyIf his castle at Boleskine was a source of wagging tongues, his Thelema Abby even more so. He was a member of the Golden Dawn but had a falling out. His novel, Moonchild, has Golden Dawn members satirized as black magicians. He joined OTO, Ordo Templi Orientis and was immediately initiated into the 9th Degree, the highest one, after they read his Book of Lies which revealed the fact that he already knew their highest magical secrets.


The Democratic Republic of Congo

One of the worst places in the world for exploitation is the Democratic Republic of Congo where they mine cobalt used to make cell phones. Of course, that’s not the only place children are used as slave labor. This video was seen on Facebook. “Am I supposed to feel bad?” wonders Anna Berry, “I really want to write, well thank you, since I enjoy my phone, but I am smart enough to know that will make me look like an asshole and so I refrain.” More callously, Julian Ishida says, “Oh well, thanks Dorsel, mobile phones are pretty great.


bathoryLady Elizabeth Bathory

Lady Elizabeth Bathory was a Hungarian countess in the 16th and 17th Centuries. She believed that by bathing in the blood of young women, she would be able to stay young forever. In 1585, a woman of wealth and social standing could literally take girls to her castle and kill them.

She has inspired no fewer than 10 movies.


Haiti

san_domingoFrench colonialists enslaved the people of Haiti between 1791 and 1804. The slaves rose up and overthrew their oppressors. The Haitian revolution has been called “the largest and most successful slave rebellion in the Western Hemisphere. Slaves initiated the rebellion in 1791 and by 1803 they had succeeded in ending not just slavery but French control over the colony.” But what about the ridiculous financial debt imposed on the newly independent Haiti by France. “Reparations” for their loss when deprived of slaves. Boo hoo! Since when do people have the right to own other people? And why should these people have to pay for the right to be free? If anything, France should have paid Haiti reparations for their stolen labor. It’s outrageous.

Haiti’s current economic crisis and political turmoil have their roots in the “odious debt” of 150 million gold francs (later reduced to 90 million) which France imposed on the newborn republic with gunboats in 1825.
The sum was supposed to compensate French planters for their losses of slaves and property during Haiti’s 1791-1804 revolution, which gave birth to the world’s first slavery-free, and hence truly free, republic. It is the only case in world history where the victor of a major war paid the loser reparations.
In fact, French colonial losses were only an estimated 100 million gold francs, if one stoops to placing monetary value on human slaves.
This extortion, perhaps more than any other 19th century agreement, laid bare the hypocrisy of France’s 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man, modeled on the 1776 American Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed: “Men are born free and remain free and equal in rights.” The U.S., which assumed the debt in 1922, proved itself equally insincere in respecting this fundamental democratic principle for which it claims paternity.
It took Haiti 122 years, until 1947, to pay off both the original ransom to France and the tens of millions more in interest payments borrowed from French banks to meet the deadlines.

HAITI: Independence Debt, Reparations for Slavery and Colonialism


The more we look around, the more obvious it becomes that the recognition of “human rights” and justice are the exception, not the rule. What is justice? Man’s attempt to impose order on chaos? As long as people insist on the insane delusion that they can “own” land, much less people, there can be no justice. I say, to hell with the social contract. We owe society nothing. Anti-Social Personality Disorder? How about Anti-Social Personality Enhancement?

Perfection

borderline2“Splitting” is one of the characteristic symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. It means seeing other people as either perfect or horrid. Insisting on personal perfection is a symptom of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. What is perfection? It’s the one thing that is flawless. There can only be one point that is perfect. Because it is perfect, it must be changeless. Can beauty be flawless? One can be gorgeous in one color scheme. But another color scheme can look just as good? How can one achieve perfection?

The Greek philosopher, Zeno, posited an arrow going toward it’s goal. At some point, it is halfway there. Then it’s halfway from there to the goal. How does it ever reach the goal? A dog equal distance between two bowls of food has to decide which bowl to go towards. But, if they are completely equal, how does the dog choose? Doesn’t the dog have to starve, being unable to decide between two equally perfect choices?

perfectionEveryone yearns for perfection but fortunately accepts the fact that it is impossible. Plato defined material reality the attempt of objects to achieve the perfect ideal form that never exists in reality. Christians take it as a point of their dogma that nobody is perfect (except Christ, of course) but they can be saved by Christ. Knowing one isn’t perfect, admitting it, is humility. What makes our universe imperfect? It is constant change. If perfection is a static state, something unsurpassable, every change takes us and the universe away from perfection.


 

So either perfection is either something not alive or it must encompass change. People say the universe is perfect. They must mean the universe, in it’s constant change and development, is perfection. Like that song that goes, “whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”

unicursalhexIf the universe is perfect as it is, we must be perfect too. All we need to do is accept our nature. “The law of Thelema is ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.’ The law of Thelema was developed in the early 1900s by Aleister Crowley, an English writer and ceremonial magician.”

“Do what thou wilt” sounds like a perfect statement of the psychopathic mind set. There is a catch though. This statement only refers to one’s “true will.” The true will is axiomatically what is in line with the universal will. You could call it “God’s will” if you were religious. The rest of the statement is “Love is the law, love under will.” Of course, if the universe is really perfect, true will would have to be in harmony with it. As a part of the universe, we can’t help but be perfect too. As the above-quoted song goes, “You are a child of the universe. No less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here.” All we have to do is accept ourselves as we are. We can still aspire to goals. But that aspiration is just another aspect of our perfection.

As a psychopath, the above philosophy resonates with me. The borderlines are right too. People are perfect (and/or perfectly horrible). And Narcs can stop searching for supply. They are perfect too.

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Stereotyping

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Ever notice how whenever someone really evil or villainous comes to our attention someone is sure to casually call that person a “psychopath.” Of course, that is bogus. Psychopaths represent like 1% of the population, sociopaths, 4%. If we were responsible for all the villainy in the world, we’d be very, very busy.

hitlerI’m not saying psychopaths don’t ever do things people consider horrible. And I’m certainly not saying we are incapable of these things. But NTs, aka empaths are capable of some very impressive enormities. People like to debate whether Hitler was a psychopath or a narcissist. What they don’t spend much time discussing is what was it about the population that allowed them to enthusiastically support Hitler’s policies. Who ran the concentration camps? Who manned the trains going to those camps? Who spread dreadful lies about the Jewish people? Were they all psychopaths? We know that would be impossible.

prestrumpNow we citizens of the United States of America have a president that many are comparing to Hitler. Although he didn’t get a clear majority of the vote, he got a sizeable plurality. I find it significant that, whenever a large population of people do something morally questionable, they are not called “psychopath” or even judged.

 

psychopathsmaybeTina Taylor says psychopaths are running the world, let’s test politicians to keep them out of office. She admits we can’t tell which ones are psychopathic so she wants to do a brain scan on all of them. I have a better idea. Let’s judge their policies and only support the ones which are good. Then we don’t have to worry about their brains.

If the world is going to Hell in a hand-basket, perhaps ordinary people need to take a critical look at themselves and ask why the road to Hell is paved by “good” people with “good” intentions.

 

 

Psychopaths and Professionals

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A while ago, I discussed an article about psychopaths and Robert Hare. The article was called I called Into the Mind of a Psychopath. I called mine Into the Mind of a Shrink, mirroring and mimicking the title of the article I was discussing. But, as they are studying us, it makes sense for us to study them as well. I like Hare although he has said a lot of bad things about us. We are dangerous, predatory, harmful. But he has also helped to define me with his checklist so I will always have a soft spot for him.

I belong to the Psychopathy Society, a private group in Facebook. Yesterday, I discovered on Twitter that there is another  Psychopathy Society only it is for professionals and students who are studying us. https://twitter.com/SSSpsychopathy They distance and objectify us as does most of society. An example of their writing:

'I do not think I'm a God. God like, yes. But not God.'“Psychopathy is associated with persistent antisocial behavior and a striking lack of regret for the consequences of that behavior. Although explanatory models for psychopathy have largely focused on deficits in affective responsiveness, recent work indicates that aberrant value-based decision making may also play a role. On that basis, some have suggested that psychopathic individuals may be unable to effectively use prospective simulations to update action value estimates during cost–benefit decision making. However, the specific mechanisms linking valuation, affective deficits, and maladaptive decision making in psychopathy remain unclear. Using a counterfactual decision-making paradigm, we found that individuals who scored high on a measure of psychopathy were as or more likely than individuals low on psychopathy to report negative affect in response to toonvectors-29510-940regret-inducing counterfactual outcomes. However, despite exhibiting intact affective regret sensitivity, they did not use prospective regret signals to guide choice behavior. In turn, diminished behavioral regret sensitivity predicted a higher number of prior incarcerations, and moderated the relationship between psychopathy and incarceration history. These findings raise the possibility that maladaptive decision making in psychopathic individuals is not a consequence of their inability to generate or experience negative emotions. Rather, antisocial behavior in psychopathy may be driven by a deficit in the generation of forward models that integrate information about rules, costs, and goals with stimulus value representations to promote adaptive behavior.”

Notice how the language of professionals so often seems designed for obscurity instead of clarity? I read the above paragraph a few times (as many times as I could stand) and think this chap is saying psychopaths don’t learn from experience. But I guess it’s more impressive in a long paragraph full of turgid prose.

passpclrThe relationship between psychopaths and professionals is interesting. Professionals claim to have the exclusive ability to know who is and who isn’t a psychopath. Why? The 20 traits in the PCL-R seem pretty straight-forward. But Hare says you need special training to be able to assess those traits in an individual. Does anyone else find that odd? What do they learn in their classes that makes things like “superficial charm” easier to recognize for them than it is for the average Joe?

Jon Ronson, who wrote a novel called The Psychopath Test, managed to antagonize Robert Hare by exaggerating his credentials as a psychopath-spotter on the strength of a single course he had taken with Dr. Hare. Ronson’s “depictions of the PCL-R and its ronsonuse were superficial and inaccurate. The PCL-R is a controlled instrument restricted to trained researchers and to clinicians with the academic, professional and legal qualifications to conduct psychological evaluations. PCL-R assessments require careful integration of interview and collateral information according to strict scoring guidelines.” There are written guidelines that provide the anointed with the specialized ability to interpret and apply the checklist with authority. Unfortunately, this knowledge is kept secret. Materials can be purchased for from $85 to $460. Only people who already have credentials are able to register and log in to some organizations where they can access some texts. Why this secrecy? It reminds me of a kids’ club where membership is closely guarded.

drlucyBut Hare admitted that it’s not all about expertise. “Of course, not all clinicians have the personality, astuteness, impartiality, judgment, and interpersonal skill needed to collect, integrate, and interpret the extensive information involved in complex psychological evaluations. Some perhaps are guided by personal belief, and philosophies about human nature, or by explicit or implicit biases against, or attachments to, their clients; others may be too tenderhearted or tough-minded to provide balanced PCL assessments. Some clinicians may be unqualified or unsuited to conduct psychological evaluations that have serious consequences for an individual and society. Others function in an adversarial system in which an allegiance to one side or the other may trump professional integrity. These and related issues concerning the use of the PCL-R and its derivatives are addressed in lockhart.jpgthe current volume. The insights and recommendations of the authors of chapters concerned with clinical and forensic applications of these scales will prove to be particularly valuable to novice clinicians and will help those with more experience to hone their skills. At the same time, the criminal justice system must ensure that its clinicians and evaluators are competent and able to justify their evaluations.” This strikes me very much as common sense. Unfortunately, people with the wrong personal qualities can be quite capable of completing a course and becoming credited “experts.” Could not the inverse also be true? Could people with the objectivity and intellectual honesty not ever gain access to the inner sanctorium of knowledge? The people in my psychopathy group are hungry for knowledge and could probably apply the knowledge with special keenness.


jacknicholsonA few nights ago, I re-saw the old classic film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I couldn’t help noticing that the Jack Nicholson character reminded me of many of the case studies in Hervey Cleckley’s classic, The Mask of Sanity. The first case is indicative of the examples in Cleckley’s book. Max “seemed pleased to be at the hospital, was expansive and cordial, a little haughty despite his well-maintained air of camaraderie.Though a small man, only five feet six, he made a rather striking impression. His glance was fresh and arresting. His movements were quick, and he had an air of liveliness vaguely suggestive of a chipmunk. Though preposterously boastful, he did not show any indications of a psychosis.” Like Randle McMurphy, the protagonist of the film, Max was a invasiontroublemaker. “He was often caught sowing the seeds of discontent among other patients whom he encouraged to break rules, to oppose attendants and to demand discharges. He made small thefts from time to time. This trend culminated in his kicking out an iron grill during the night and leaving the hospital. He took with him two psychotic patients, and numerous others testified that he had tried to persuade them to leave also.” It is interesting how a film can make the nurse of an institution who follows all the rules look unsympathetic while someone who acts exactly like a psychopath in one of Cleckley’s case studies is the hero. There is a scene where McMurphy walks into the kingsleyhallNurses Station and all the staff panics just as if they saw a mouse or some really creepy insect. Professionals’ need to separate themselves from their patients could, itself, become a subject of serious study. It’s not just something of practical necessity. It’s visceral. One psychiatrist who didn’t seem to share that phobia was R.D. Laing. He presided over a radical I guess you would call it a mental hospital but unlike any others. The shrinks and the patients were all just people. Yes, once I wrote to Kingsley Hall saying I wanted to join them and they needed to know if that would be as a patient or as staff. I was also once in a mental patients’ liberation group and one of the members was so needy towards me, I had an absolute need to distant myself. Nothing’s simple.


monicaThe general public is fascinated with psychology, as well it might be since psychology is a key to understanding the human psyche. Since we are all humans, we all have psyches and we all wish we could understand ourselves better. The world is full of amateur shrinks. The web is full of do-it-yourself psychological tests. So many psychiatric concepts seem so completely graspable by any intelligent layman that it’s just irresistible. There will always be a need for some people to be in the role of patient which means there will be healers. But many others want more fluidity in the roles. They are taking that liberty, like it or not. So many people have personality disorders they have self-accessed and never plan to see a shrink. And people will always be diagnosing each other and celebrities with abandon and glee. The human spirit is hard to contain.

Links

Ouch! That hurt!

laughterIt’s a never ending source of wonder to me how certain people think they can hurt my feelings. For example, this comment was left under one of my blog posts.

you are sick in the brain. a part of your brain that is supposed to work, just doesn’t work.

Like WOW. I’m devastated! Does he think I didn’t know the brains of psychopaths are different from NTs in ways that are detectable in MRIs?

White Liberal Guilt

leftI have been in a lot of political discussions lately and I have come to recognize some usually unstated assumptions. The ruling class in the United States is desperately wicked. They run this county and cause it to do terrible things. We Americans are to blame for everything our country does. This last is usually conveyed by people scolding liberals from the left for daring to criticize Donald Trump. Their statements usually go, “Where was your outrage when Obama bombed all those countries?” The underlying meaning may be that capitalism is evil under either party. But it sometimes comes across as pro-Trump. I have even seen these posts on Facebook which actually linked to pro-Trump sites.

Here is a real post as an example:

Liberal friend: “Trump won’t let my colleague’s mother visit him here !”
Me: “Fuck wealthy middle class Muslim travelers ! I just wish he’d stop bombing Donbass !”
donbassLiberal friend: “Where’s that ?”
shame2 I didn’t know, myself. I looked it up on Google. I learned that there has been a war going on since 1994 between Russia and the Ukraine. With all the wars waged by my own country, the United States, it’s no wonder I never heard of this one. But people in Facebook seemed to think my ignorance was shameful. The quote above specifically points to ignorance about Dunbass as proof of the stupidity and hypocrisy of “liberals,” the newest hate term on the left.
activistsHere’s what I think is wrong about the ethical Weltanschauung  stated in the first paragraph. In order to take responsibility for what the misdeeds of my country would be a 24-hour-a-day job. I ought to know. I have been a full time activist in the past. When you really get into it, you run around like a chicken without it’s head. You can put your entire energy into fighting political injustice and not scratch the surface. Suppose you want to just live your life? Are we really responsible for the crimes of others? Some people just want to live and let live. They believe that as whiteprivilegelong as they live a “good” life, they are doing OK. Is this wrong? Some political folk will remind us that, as white Americans, we are privileged. It is our privilege not to have drones knocking the roof off our house and destroying the baby sleeping in his crib. Lots of people are not so lucky. One problem with the idea of white privilege is the fact that black and other non-white, including non-American people have the same desire to just live their life. Those who are right under the bombs don’t have the prerogative. Does that make it immoral  of those who do have the prerogative to take advantage of it?
cainableAre we our brothers’ keepers? Cain didn’t think so. But he is considered “evil” according to the ethics of Christianity and Judaism. But, then, Cain had been the one who had slain his brother. Those who don’t choose to live their lives trying to change “the system” haven’t personally done the “evil.” Some people dedicate their lives to righting the wrongs of the world. I find them astonishing. They seem so pure. I mean the ones who are truly motivated by idealism. I would include Diane Oughton, Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers of Weather Underground fame. The latter two have been living above ground, obeying the law and living a normal life for many years and still have stayed true to their ideals. When you hear so much about corruption, you’ve just got to admire such people. I do, anyway. But I am not like them. Such selflessness is not part of my nature. I don’t feel obligated to give up everything in my life for a goal that benefits others. I could be corrupted if I had the choice. So did I every really believe in those ideals? What is belief? What is dedication?
freepsycAs a psychopath, I am naturally detached from the fate of my fellow mortal. Being low in empathy and free of guilt, I am not pulled down by the suffering of the world. That gives me the ability to enjoy life as long as I am one of the lucky ones not to live in a war zone or be treated as a pariah. No cop every shot me just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Of course, if I had been around in Nazi Germany, it would have been different. Now it looks like the United States is entering a period like the one Germany lived through. But, lucky me, they are going after the Muslims this time. Should I feel guilty? I don’t.
proletariatMarx stressed the importance of revolution being made by the people who were harmed by the system and who had everything to gain by overthrowing it. White and male supremacy keep people divided by giving marginal privileges to some in order to divide the people.  He taught that white and male supremacy could be overcome once the people understood that giving up their petty privileges was ultimately in their own best interest. A lot of activism isn’t being led through appeal to self-interest. People are encouraged to take a stand based on morality rather than self-interest. For the same reason, people are encouraged to practice veganism.The ideal is kindness and empathy rather than throwing off the yoke of oppression. I can understand people recognizing that animalrightslogically animals have the same “right” not to suffer. Nobody wants to be taken advantage of. They certainly don’t care to be super exploited. Logically, their well-being is as justified as anyone else’s. Does this logic place a moral claim on those who have nothing to gain by sacrificing themselves for the well-being of the less fortunate? I don’t see a logical connection between one fact, the fact that we all have the right to live well doesn’t necessarily lead to the obligation to champion that “right” of others, especially if it means forsaking some of the good things in our own life.

 


Of course, there is the mystical idea of the Oneness of all being. As Hans Sachs sang, in Die Meistersinger, people hurt each other and don’t hear their own cry of pain.

Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!
Wohin ich forschend blick’
in Stadt-und Weltchronik,
den Grund mir aufzufinden,
warum gar bis aufs Blut
die Leut’ sich quälen und schinden
in unnütz toller Wut!
Hat keiner Lohn noch Dank davon:
in Flucht geschlagen, wähnt er zu jagen.
Hört nicht sein eigen Schmerzgekreisch,
wenn er sich wühlt ins eig’ne Fleisch,
Delusion Delusion Everywhere delusion!
Where I look searching ‘
In town and world chronicles,
The reason to me,
Why even to the blood
The people are tormented and tortured
In useless mad rage!
Has no reward nor thanks to:
Fled into flight, he imagined to hunt.
Do not listen to his own pain,
When he digresses into his own flesh,

motherterOnly the saint or mystic really perceives other people’s pain as his own. It would be the ultimate expression of empathy. Wagner understood it but he didn’t really feel it. To see ourselves everywhere is practically a renunciation of life. Marx didn’t preach this, of course. Wagner (and Schopenhauer) see it as the highest form of consciousness. But they didn’t partake of this consciousness. Perhaps Mother Teresa did.

Many righties consider political correctness a way lefties deny freedom of speech. It’s easy to make a fetish of political correctness as a ball and chain. Theoretically, political correctness is a position arrived by a group of like-minded people after principled struggle. The position is reached with a lot of hard work and defended as trannysomething precious. But the way political correctness really operates much of the time, it is what most people consider decent and polite. It is also a position fought for by some and submitted to by others whether they like it or not. For example, the idea that a “transsexual” can change his/her gender is one people accept against their own better judgment. Insisting on calling a male-to-female tranny “she” is a form of gaslighting. People go along with it because they think it makes them decent and fair to oppressed people. But, when righties insist all political correctness be thrown out and people accept oppressive speech as legitimate, that is also a form of gaslighting. Any expression someone is bullied into accepting against his own understanding is gaslighting whether on the right or the left.

Just a Word

As a teenager, I spent two years in a mental hospital (ages 13 to 15). I have what people call a personality disorder which is the subject of this entire blog.

nyspiI am against President Trump as are so many. But I have one reservation about how people are speaking about him. Every time I see the words “mentally ill” or “narcissistic” or “psychopathic,” I cringe inside. I wish we could oppose his politics without this mental health jargon. Many, many people have these “disorders” without ever acting like Trump. Some people would like to actually ban psychopaths from office. Tina Taylor of No Psychos, No Druggies, No Stooges believes every candidate for high office should be subjected to a brain scan to find out if they are psychopaths. I have opposed this as prejudicial. My blog post, Testing Politicians for Psychopathy: Common Sense or Witch Hunt? presents arguments against it. Another blogger, James, also explained what was wrong with this idea in The Case against MRI Scans. Yet the crisis that Donald Trump’s presidency has created for the United States has made Tina’s idea more palatable to many people.

trump_as_narcissus_smallerThe concept of “mental illness” was used to exempt crazy people from blame when they do things they can’t help. Saying they are not bad but only “ill” looked like a humane way of dealing with these cases. The problem is that the stigma attached to criminal insanity carried over to the concept of “mental illness.” Now people sneeringly through the accusation, “You’re SICK!” at each other. Calling people “sick” didn’t free them of stigma. It made sickness stigmatized as well. In addition, the concept of “mental illness” has expanded to include all forms of psychological distress or impairment. Many people who are not psychotic and never will be are in therapy for help with issues that trouble their psyches. All these people can be technically called “mentally ill.” Certainly someone like me who has a history which includes a stay in the loony bin is so labeled.

One of the most freely misused words in the English language is “psychopath.” People thoughtlessly call anyone who does something terrible a “psychopath” although most crimes are committed by people who are no psychopaths. This sloppy use of language attaches the ugliness of each of those crimes to people who really are psychopaths. That’s unfair. Because of the stigma, most people with a mental health label, particularly psychopathy, are “in the closet.” But many blogs and web sites describe how to “spot” us, basically to “out” us.

The Problem is not Psychology. It’s Politics.

tweetingDonald Trump became president due to a multiplicity of complex causes, economic, social and political. Our country is deeply divided. There is also a severe gap between economic classes. The top 1% has more power than the rest of us and whoever is president is unduly influenced by those people. Those of us who don’t like the way Trump is running the country need to speak out loudly and clearly. But we need to speak out against his politics. Whether he is “mentally ill” or not doesn’t matter. His bad politics matter. We can condemn political malfeasance as well as heinous crime without recourse to mental illness jargon.


Links

  • Here’s what’s psychologically wrong with Donald Trump.
  • Donald Trump ranks high on Hare Psychopathy test. This page uses the word “psychopathic” and “psychotic” interchangeably. It attributes this semantic confusion to Dr. Kevin Dutton who would never talk that way. Shame on them.
  • Rae Abileah, formerly of Code Pink. A wonderful person. (No, there’s no reason to put this link here but I found it while doing this blog. She never uses psychiatric language talking about Trump. I think part of the reason some people do is to make him look like the other. So straight of them.
  • From Democracy to Pathocracy by Tina Taylor. A perfect example of psychologizing a political disagreement. The article starts with a quote from Martha Stout, “That a small minority of human beings literally have no conscience was and is a bitter pill for our society to swallow…” As I explained in Free to Choose, our lack of conscience scares people because it means we are free to do anything. But that doesn’t mean will will do the worst things possible.

Cognitive Dissonance

Am I the face of Cognitive Dissonance?

Someone named Floyd Hanson displayed my face on Facebook with the caption, “Cognitive Dissonance has a face.”

Floyd Hanson
Cognitive dissonance has a face

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Floyd Hanson’s

This occurred under a thread by Sean Hemmings. Mr. Hemmings’ post displays some pictures of women bleeding from severe whippings purportedly administered in Saudi Arabia with the statement, “There was no Women’s March when Hillary Clinton took millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, where women are treated as less than human beings, stoned to death, sold as slaves, forced to obey dress codes, no education & more!” The implication seems to be that Hillary is to blame for these women’s wounds. I wrote a sarcastic comment which I won’t repeat here. You have the link. You can read the whole thing.

christopherThere’s a group of people on Facebook which I have dubbed “ultra-leftists.” I didn’t call them “extremists” because they are no more “extreme” than many other progressives. What distinguishes them is that they seem more upset with what they keep calling “liberals” than they  are with the upheaval in our (the United States) government with the election of Donald Trump. I have felt that they were acting like liberals were the real enemy and today I found confirmation. Christopher Alan Driscoll opened today’s post with the news that “I have many friends who, over the years, have pretended to be communists, but are actually liberals in all but name.” His tirade ends with the statement, “Liberalism is our greatest enemy. Fight it with all your might!” There it is. No shilly-shallying.
maureOther similar expressions include the one by Maure Claire Briggs, “It is a bizarre and revolting world we live in… when barring Muslims from the country garners far more outrage and activism than bombing, droning and murdering them does…” This started with a post by Ms. Briggs damning the women’s march on Washington. I covered this in my Soapbox blog in the post called The Sowing of Discord. In my post, I expressed dismay that people who should be allies are fighting each other bitterly and compared the discord to that fomented by the evil villain, Voldemort in Harry Potter.
crazyIn the past, I have discussed the epistemological problem with radically different “realities” in the world today. Are You Crazy went into  the whole subject of how we determine what is real and what is delusion. It’s a complex subject. Today, cognitive dissonance is greater than ever. We have groups of people embracing beliefs that are completely at odds with beliefs of other groups. I’m not talking about religion which we must admit is a wild card and always has been. These groups are not basing their beliefs on faith but on normal logical arguments which, we find can be twisted very effectively to trump2find widely different conclusions. Trump has been said to have “alternative facts.” He and his followers live in a very different universe than those who consider Trump a madman. Of course, we are all familiar with the phenomenon known as insanity. We all know about madmen who are psychotic and often locked up because they are a threat to themselves and others or who just plain can’t function in the “real” world. But what do we do when large groups embrace ideas that seem bizarre in the extreme? How do we separate truth from delusion. Is truth really subjective?
laingThe very idea of mental illness has been criticized by such intellectual giants as R.D. Laing, Thomas Szasz and others. When one deconstructs the concept of mental illness, one can be drawn into questioning the very concept of illness, itself. Of course, it’s a lot easier to believe in physical illness than mental illness. All of these things boil down to what should be. Even what a healthy body isn’t always agreed on and how we get one even more disputed.
hillaryThe internet is highly conducive to the dissemination of pet theories. I once debated with a guy who insisted Hillary Clinton is part of a ring of pedophiles. Unfortunately, it has become popular to argue by means of the ad hominem. I think the Right is the most guilty of this. They seem to thrive on tearing organizations and people down by misrepresenting them. I still remember what that Breitbart together with Fox “News” did to the fine organization, Acorn, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which was devoted to organizing the poorest and most oppressed Americans. Of course, they didn’t want to admit they were against helping the poor. So, with the okeefehelp of a slimeball named James O’Keefe, ginned up a scandal spreading the lie that Acorn was about helping underage prostitutes sell themselves. Breitbart was behind the “sting” operation but, once the fraud was exposed, claimed he had been tricked by O’Keefe. I am happy that Breitbart dropped dead. Unfortunately, his organization lives on. Steve Bannon, Trump’s pick for Security Council, was the Chairman of Breitbart “News.
1984aIn fairness, I’m sure people on the Right are accusing the Left of the same thing. To say the Left has had a lot to say about the new administration is a vast understatement. Of course, there has been a lot to talk about, most of it indisputable fact. How one interprets facts could be a point of disagreement. And Trump has been accused of lying about his own “alternative facts.” This phrase has been widely called Orwellian and sales of the book 1984 have skyrocketed. Another word for “alternative facts” could bannonbe the big lie. The acid test of the effectiveness of Trump’s bold-face fibbing will be in how many people accept them. Our society has been plagued by immense division among people about what is true. The mass media and the internet have not narrowed the parameters of what the public believes. It’s almost a free-for-all. Maybe that’s better than everyone believing the same thing. At least we are free to pick our poison (so far). But I wonder how long a society can function with so many alternate universes spinning around. It’s not just about what we believe. It’s political. If the masses unite, they may create a new reality we will all have to accept because it will be real. Not that Trump will sit back and let that happen if he can help it.
revolutionThe reality we will be facing might come out of the barrel of a gun.  If a revolution takes place, it will not be the naysayers who condemned the women’s march on Washington. The vanguard will not write people off because they are not radical enough. The vanguard educates everyone willing to take a stand and learn.
Confession: Although I know it’s a serious situation, I can’t help finding the whole thing rather exciting.

Links that Matter

  • Think the Women’s March Wasn’t Radical Enough? Do something about it. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor  “The women’s marches in Washington DC and around the country were stunning, inspiring and the first of a million steps that will be needed to build the resistance to Trump. It might not have been as black, brown or working class as many might have liked. But criticizing it from the sidelines doesn’t help anyone.”
  • Ideology May be Elliptical. You go so far in one direction, do you wind up on the other side? Could be. Elitist “leftists” are directing their ire to liberals instead of fascists.
  • We Are Living in Interesting Times. Trump has made the news exciting again.
  • The Sowing of Discord. Unity anyone?
  • What is Truth? Pontius Pilate washed his hands. Can we afford to wash ours?

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