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  • Amaterasu Solar 21:39 on July 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Interrupted Access 

    I was moved to respond to James’ article, What’s your opinion on psychopaths?, but it seems that is the only page I do not get a reply box or even see replies on.

    What I wanted to add is that I don’t have an opinion of psychopaths, per se, but that I judge ALL, Each by whether They choose to remain Ethical. If They don’t break the three Laws of Ethics (also called Common Law), it’s not My business to impose, and if They are pleasant, I tend to like them a lot.

    In fact, I suggest this would be the approach statistically all of Us would choose in the abundance paradigm. [smile]

     
  • GeneticPsychosMom (Tina) 10:17 on June 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    How Will the 99% Deal with 70 Million Psychopaths? 

    Did you know that roughly one person in a hundred is clinically a psychopath?  These individuals are either born with an emotional deficiency that keeps them from feeling bad about hurting others or they are traumatized early in life in a manner that causes them to become this way.  With more than 7 billion people on the planet that means there are as many as 70,000,000 psychopaths alive today.  These people are more likely to be risk takers, opportunists motivated by self-interest and greed, and inclined to dominate or subjugate those around them through manipulative means.

    Last year, the Occupy Movement drew a distinction between the top 1% and the remaining 99% — as distinguished by measures of wealth and income.  Of course, this breakdown is misleading since there are many top income earners who sympathize with the plights of others and are not part of the problem.  Now the real defining metric reveals itself:  1% of the global population is comprised of people who exhibit psychopathic tendencies.

    The global economy we have today is built on a deep history of top-down hierarchies that promote domination and control.  There have been plenty of feudal lords, warrior chieftains, and violent dictators throughout the last 6000 years of burgeoning civilization.  The modern era saw the ascension of “corporate personhood” as an amoral entity enshrined into law by an 1886 ruling of the US Supreme Court.  This provided a new mechanism for mobilizing capital by the moneyed elites to deploy their wealth into the realm of public policy and civil society — creating the dysfunctional economic system we must now contend with as we struggle to address global challenges.

    We find ourselves in a situation where economic philosophies that celebrate selfishness can be implemented through a web of legal and financial tools that elevate and reward those individuals with psychological tendencies toward self-interest — the same people who also have a predisposition to game social contexts to their advantage regardless of impacts on others.  Thus the psychopathic corporation was forged as a Frankenstein monster that enabled the constant flow of psychopathic blood, continuously replenished by the 1% of the population born into psychopathy in each new generation, to rise into positions of power as stock traders, corporate executives, and corruptible politicians.

    What can we do collectively to contain and manage this small minority of people who are driven by selfish motives with no concern for others?  How must we include them in our plans so that global civilization can transition to a configuration of peaceful cooperation and environmental balance?  This is the defining question for global financial stability and environmental sustainability.  It runs right to the core of our inability to garner collective action on such systemic challenges as climate change, global poverty, and corporate corruption.  It is the central issue of political power that has so far eluded our environmental and social justice movements.

    We can start to sketch out the solution by drawing on cross-disciplinary research about human nature and our evolutionary past.  The key questions are:

    What are the evolutionary advantages for having psychopaths in the gene pool?

    How did our ancestors keep their anti-social tendencies in check?

    What is the positive role for psychopaths that needs to be preserved in the new economic system?

    READ MORE:

    COGNITIVEPOLICYWORKS.COM | How Will the 99% Deal with 70 Million Psychopaths? by JOE BREWER July 2012

    Psychopath TEST Politicians

     
    • luverley 15:28 on June 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great question it is one I’m willing to answer once I’ve learnt enough about them. I think the world needs educating hugely about the types of people there are out there and how they work.

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    • Amaterasu Solar 19:39 on June 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s My solution: Remove the systems that promote psychopaths to power (accounting for Our energy input (money) and top-down controlmind. Stop consenting to these systems.

      Expect behavior chosen within Ethics. Without the systems that promote psychopaths there will be little motivation to defraud or to take or damage the belongings of anOther – except on an interpersonal level, which I doubt We can solve for, but it is such a small aspect of the problem, clearly We will be much better off. Deliberately hurting or killing Others without Their fully informed consent has no motive beyond the personal either – and there is no avenue to control beyond personal interaction/presentation. No buying toadies.

      Lock the dangerous Ones up and shun the distasteful Ones. I suspect most psychopaths can choose to live within Ethics, and if not, Those who care will solve for the problem.

      This is not as impossible as it sounds. Imagine if We started using a central site to report and solve problems and ignored the Few who are left trying to make that set of systems run?

      The more who know We CAN, the more likely it will be to manifest.

      The Abundance Paradigm – What’s In It for Me?
      http://tapyoureit.boards.net/thread/40/abundance-paradigm-me

      “Revolution in ideas, not blood.”

      ♥♥♥

      “Did You give an oath and find it’s bait and switch? Well, there is no oath then, is there?”
      “ALL money systems promote the most psychopathic to the top of the money/power heap – THEY will do ANYTHING to get there.”
      “The ONLY tool They use is money, and I say We can put that down and pick up far better tools.”
      “The love of money is the root of all evil; remove the soil in which the root grows…”
      “If the universe is made of mostly “dark” energy…can We use it to run Our cars?”
      “If You want peace, take the PROFIT out of war.”

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  • GeneticPsychosMom (Tina) 14:20 on April 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    A Sociopathic System of Institutions and Elites Have Rewritten the Laws 

    Sociopathic Society photo

    Sociopathic individuals in the United States are often successful and well adjusted. Most of them are sane and well educated. They are more likely to be conforming to the values and rules of conduct of a society than violating them.

    The reason? It is the society, it’s rules and values, that are sociopathic.

    So says Charles Derber in his book —Sociopathic Society: A People’s Sociology of the United States (Paradigm Publishers, 2013).

    Derber is a Professor of Sociology at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

    He is the author of more than 20 books including Corporation Nation: How Corporations are Taking Over Our Lives — and What We Can Do About It.

    “A sociopathic society is one that develops anti-societal rules of behavior,” Derber told Corporate Crime Reporter in an interview last week. “Our whole structure is designed to focus us on biology and personalities and not institutions. We see individuals, we don’t see systems.”

    “In my book, Sociopathic Society, I argue that the intense and frightening way of sociopathic behavior is being carried out by large scale corporations, which are fundamentally sociopathic in their DNA, their charter and the larger market and political economy in which they operate.”

    “The sociopathic behavior is not a reflection of brain chemistry gone awry but of the triumph of a sociopathic system of institutions and elites who have rewritten social norms, rewritten the law, reconfigured the institutional power arena in such an extreme way that they have created a society in which the dominant norms of behavior require sociopathic conduct for survival.”

    Are people who are plugged into a sociopathic society sociopaths?

    “Not all of them,” Derber says.

    If you are a worker for Exxon Mobil, are you a sociopath?

    “ExxonMobil is one of the most sociopathic institutions in the world,” Derber says.

    The fact that they are producing fossil fuels makes them sociopathic?

    “The corporation is sociopathic. The executives who are making the rules and dictating the behavior of the corporation, which is helping to destroy the planet, is sociopathic. The workers are trying to make a living. Some workers, whether in the oil sector or not, don’t have a lot of options. They take what they can get. Is that sociopathic? Is it sociopathic to survive?”

    “This is the dilemma that the sociopathic society creates. The people may not be psychologically disposed to be anti-social, to the environment and to other people. But in order to function within the system they have to hook up with sociopathic institutions and carry out behavior that is destructive and anti-social.”

    “Are they sociopaths? Their behavior contributes to sociopathic ends. But their motives are not necessarily sociopathic. The institution’s DNA is driven by sociopathic imperatives.”

    “Virtually all work in the United States involves association and capitulation to sociopathic companies and rules. And it becomes normalized in sociopathic society.”

    “In the book, I talk about Lance Armstrong being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. And Oprah asked him — did you think you were being a sociopath, were you lying and cheating? And he said — no, I was just doing what staying in the game required. It’s like the norm of the game.”

    “In a sense, Lance Armstrong was telling the truth. You can’t survive as a world class cyclist without being sociopathic. The rules of the game have made it such. You can’t work in America without participating in the sociopathic reality that is corporate America.”

    “Societies can be anti-social. Corporate America is an anti-social beast. It is destroying much of the environment, it is destroying many people’s lives.”

    “There are more and less sociopathic societies. The United States is on the sociopathic high end. It’s corporations have taken such great control over the society and the state.”

    Derber’s next book, due out in February, is titled The Disinherited Majority (Paradigm Publishers, February 2015.)

    It’s about Thomas Piketty’s bestseller — Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

    How does Derber explain the popularity of that book?

    “People recognize that we are becoming a third world system of inequality — the wealth is going to the one percent of the one percent,” Derber says.

    “The vast majority of the rest of the population engages in day to day economic struggle. Piketty captured that general awareness, which had not been fully articulated. He showed that this was a reality that transcended time and place in capitalism. He took data from over 20 countries and over 200 years. He showed that this is the way our system operates. He took this sociopathic inequality and made it clear that it is built into the nature of the system we are living in. The book is not highly theoretical. It’s not highly political. It simply overpowers the reader. He’s a mathematical economist. He puts out reams of carefully organized data from centuries. The Financial Times couldn’t touch him.”

    “Piketty thinks there should be a global tax on wealth. He says taxation is our way of collectively deciding what we want as a society. He’s not a narrow wonk. He’s making a general philosophical point.”

    “Piketty, while he’s a Keynesian New Deal economist, is in effect a radical economist. In effect, he’s saying capitalism is not just a class system, it’s a caste system. As wealth becomes concentrated and increasingly inherited, the translation of that politically is that we have caste classes. Marx said that at least ideologically, capitalism was a liberation from feudalism, from the middle ages, where everyone was locked for life in their position as serf or slaves. The implication of Piketty is that the working class is becoming a caste.”

    “It’s not just if you are born black you will be black for life. It’s that if you are born into the working class poor, which is increasingly the disinherited majority, who don’t inherit wealth, then you are born into that station for life. The American dream, the idea of a meritocracy, the idea that you are going to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, Piketty’s data washes that whole concept away. It shows that you are born into your economic station much as you were in the Middle Ages and you are not going to have much luck in changing that.”

    Derber points out in his writings and teachings that the whole issue can be solved with law and order. Most recently, he makes this point in his book — Capitalism: Should You Buy It?: An Invitation to Political Economy. (Paradigm Publishers, 2014.)

    “Most of my more recent works have focused on what we the people need to do and have the ability to do,” Derber says. “We must restructure the political economy, the legal system. We must return the corporation to a public corporation, created by we the people, accountable to we the people. We created this sociopathic monster. And we have been living with it for the last 100 years. Of course we can change it. It’s a human construction.”

    [For the complete q/a transcript of the Interview with Charles Derber, see 29 Corporate Crime Reporter 1(13), January 15, 2015, print edition only.]

    Excerpt from Charles Derber on Our Sociopathic Society January 2015

    Psychopath TEST Politicians

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