posted on May, 22 2009 @ 07:34 PM
reply to post by Skyfloating
Who are you quoting? I've spoken about ponerology, as have others, which is a theory that a small number of psychopathic people in hierarchical
structures have inordinate influence on society in a negative way, but it's not all of them. Just most of them because it's a selection process.
Ponerology itself defines the psychopathic as a minority. It's not about the numbers, it's about the dynamics. It's not a generalization, it's a
verifiable phenomenon that has implications in sociology, psychology, psychiatry and day to day life.
A lot of high office politicians do demonstrate psychopathic tendencies quite openly, and I suspect many of them would show up low on emotional
response testing with brainwave scanning, for example. To the obvious names like Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, Kim Jung Ill we would, were society
honest, add names like Nixon, Churchill, Bush Jr and a few more, that don't get listed because they are "our" psychopaths.
This is part of the reality, of the problem. But nobody is generalizing this to mean all of a class, however, the higher up you go the higher the
probability. In this world the ruthless have a competitive advantage, and much of the psychopathic memes out there are put out by, well, psychopaths.
The glorification of competition over cooperation is just one example of many.
There is science to be made regarding psychopathic politicians. And there is objective truth to be learned regarding reality. Sub par rhetorical
tricks not withstanding.
[edit on 22-5-2009 by Mindmelding]