An Introduction to “Political Ponerology”

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An Introduction to Political Ponerology by Andrew Lobaczewski

Summary by J. Scarlet

Vocabulary

Evil: “Consists in intentionally behaving in ways that harm, abuse, demean, dehumanize, or destroy innocent others—or using one’s authority and systemic power to encourage or permit others to do so on your behalf.” -Philip Zimbardo (The Lucifer Effect, 5)

Macrosocial: Large-scale social systems and populations

Microsocial: Small-scale social groups and individuals

Paramoralism: The belief that it is acceptable to violate moral values under certain circumstances derived from mostly subconscious rejection and repression from the voice of conscience.

Pathocracy: From Greek pathos, “evil, pain, suffering”; and kratos, “rule.”  A totalitarian form of government in which absolute political power is held by psychopathic elite and their effect on the people is such that the entire society is ruled and motivated by purely pathological values.  A pathocracy can take many forms and can insinuate itself covertly into any seemingly…

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