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The Ascendence of Sociopaths in US Governance
Casey Research ^ | March 21, 2012 | Doug Casey

Posted on 04/24/2012 1:40:58 PM PDT by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny

There are seven characteristics I can think of that define a sociopath, although I'm sure the list could be extended.

1) Sociopaths completely lack a conscience or any capacity for real regret about hurting people. Although they pretend the opposite. 2) Sociopaths put their own desires and wants on a totally different level from those of other people. Their wants are incommensurate. They truly believe their ends justify their means. Although they pretend the opposite. 3) Sociopaths consider themselves superior to everyone else, because they aren't burdened by the emotions and ethics others have – they're above all that. They're arrogant. Although they pretend the opposite. 4) Sociopaths never accept the slightest responsibility for anything that goes wrong, even though they're responsible for almost everything that goes wrong. You'll never hear a sincere apology from them. 5) Sociopaths have a lopsided notion of property rights. What's theirs is theirs, and what's yours is theirs too. They therefore defend currency inflation and taxation as good things. 6) Sociopaths usually pick the wrong target to attack. If they lose their wallet, they kick the dog. If 16 Saudis fly planes into buildings, they attack Afghanistan. 7) Sociopaths traffic in disturbing news, they love to pass on destructive rumors and they'll falsify information to damage others.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Reference; Society
KEYWORDS: government; leaders; politicians; sociopaths

1 posted on 04/24/2012 1:41:14 PM PDT by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny
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To: SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny

Government is the religion of the sociopath.


2 posted on 04/24/2012 1:42:15 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Is this a passage from Schemes Of My Father?
3 posted on 04/24/2012 1:43:39 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny

the population in general. naturally they gravitate toward power-occupations.


4 posted on 04/24/2012 1:45:16 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny

Perhaps proportional to the ascendance of sociopaths in society at large.

SnakeDoc


5 posted on 04/24/2012 1:47:06 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny
If 16 Saudis fly planes into buildings, they attack Afghanistan.

Catch the sneak attack on the War and Bush?

Osama's organization was in Afghanistan at that time. There was no evidence that the Saudi regime had anything to do with the attack on our Homeland.

With the logic of this statement, our response would have been on the wrong place with the wrong people achieving terrible results.

It betrays typical liberal/progressive thinking.

6 posted on 04/24/2012 1:49:13 PM PDT by sr4402
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To: SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny
He discredited the concept. He made Boobus americanus think it only existed in a distant axis, in places like North Korea, Iraq and Iran – which were and still are irrelevant backwaters and arbitrarily chosen enemies...If 16 Saudis fly planes into buildings, they attack Afghanistan.

Typical PaulPod screed. Blame America for the fact that evil people want to kill us.

7 posted on 04/24/2012 1:57:28 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny

Slick Willard in a nutshell (and Zero goes without saying).


8 posted on 04/24/2012 1:57:28 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny

FROM BLOOMBERG: “`Functional Psychopaths’ Make the Best Investors, Study Shows” (Because their lack of fear allows them to take risks)

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a.eCGz4Nscks&refer=uk


9 posted on 04/24/2012 2:04:03 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“’”Functional Psychopaths” Make the Best Investors, Study Shows’ (Because their lack of fear allows them to take risks)”

I find that dubious. Not that they don’t make best investors, just not for that reason. It’s not as if fear of risk is the only thing stopping us all from being millionaires. Some risks you should be afraid of.


10 posted on 04/24/2012 2:16:06 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny

Do sociopaths have agendas other than themselves? My real point is some of these people are far worse than sociopaths. They’re narcissistic idealogues with agendas.


11 posted on 04/24/2012 2:16:46 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny
Sociopaths consider themselves superior to everyone else, because they aren't burdened by the emotions and ethics others have – they're above all that. They're arrogant. Although they pretend the opposite.

Not a good description of sociopaths. They don't consider themselves better than other people. They don't think of others as people at all.

To a sociopath there exists only himself and objects. He feels no regret or concern whatsoever regardless of how he treats objects that others refer to as people. How can morality or ethics be involved in how you treat objects?

Some sociopaths are able to effectively feign empathy for others, as they have learned it is an effective way to manipulate some of those objects to get what they want. But they never actually feel the empathy.

12 posted on 04/24/2012 2:28:05 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny

Pages, pages, and more pages, then, “It’s quite simpe, really.” Mr. Casey could perhaps slice his (oxymoron) “mini tome” into three or four good short essays. This could make his work valuable.


13 posted on 04/24/2012 2:33:28 PM PDT by Grampa3711 (Some people bring happiness wherever thet go; others, whenever.)
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To: Tublecane
The study was done by “researchers at Stanford Graduate School of Business.” They claim to have used test subjects who were “brain-damaged” to the point they had no emotions. There is still a medical controversy (nature or nurture?) over how sociopathic or psychopathic personalities are formed. So the whole thing seems hokey. I think also these “researchers” don't have a clue about the decision-making process of real investors.
14 posted on 04/24/2012 2:40:00 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“I think also these ‘researchers’ don’t have a clue about the decision-making process of real investors.”

Probably not. Which still doesn’t mean they’re wrong, just that I don’t except their explanation. That is often the problem with these headline-grabbing “studies”; the results could portend any number of things, and psuedo-science can provide no definite answer.

As far as psychopaths being good investors, I very much doubt it’s because they don’t care about risk. Perhaps it’s because they look at the facts more dispassionately than regular people. Or perhaps they’re not psychopaths at all, and the studies are misdiagnosing them.


15 posted on 04/24/2012 3:09:48 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“I don’t except”

Whoops, I meant “accept.”


16 posted on 04/24/2012 3:10:59 PM PDT by Tublecane
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1) Sociopaths completely lack a conscience or any capacity for real regret about hurting people. Although they pretend the opposite.


2) Sociopaths put their own desires and wants on a totally different level from those of other people. Their wants are incommensurate. They truly believe their ends justify their means. Although they pretend the opposite. .


3) Sociopaths consider themselves superior to everyone else, because they aren't burdened by the emotions and ethics others have – they're above all that. They're arrogant. Although they pretend the opposite. .


4) Sociopaths never accept the slightest responsibility for anything that goes wrong, even though they're responsible for almost everything that goes wrong. You'll never hear a sincere apology from them. .


5) Sociopaths have a lopsided notion of property rights. What's theirs is theirs, and what's yours is theirs too. They therefore defend currency inflation and taxation as good things. .


6) Sociopaths like al Queda usually pick the wrong target to attack. If they lose their wallet, they kick the dog.cut off a hand If 16 SaudisOsama bin Laden inspires 19 fools to fly planes into buildings Good people attack Afghanistan.where Osama was hiding .


7) Sociopaths traffic in disturbing news, they love to pass on destructive rumors and they'll falsify information to damage others. .



17 posted on 04/24/2012 3:16:35 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny; All

These are totalitarian psychopaths in government...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tro2U-cezqo

GRRRREAT examples, BigEdLB! Great thread BUMP!


18 posted on 04/24/2012 3:22:57 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny
The speculation online is that Doug Casey may be a Scientologist.

If true, would that make him a sociopath as well?

19 posted on 04/24/2012 3:35:36 PM PDT by x
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To: sr4402

Yep, saw that.

BDS lingers on.


20 posted on 04/24/2012 3:39:08 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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