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The Fatal Flaw
by Rocky Frisco
rock@rockyfrisco.com

Special to The Libertarian Enterprise

Here's a quote for you from C. S. Lewis:

"That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended—civilizations are built up—excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top, and then it all slides back into misery and ruin. In fact, the machine conks. It seems to start up all right and runs a few yards, and then it breaks down." —C. S. Lewis
(1898-1963), British novelist

I think that "fatal flaw" is the presence of psychopaths in our midst.

Until we finally learn to deal with them, our history will continue to be full of betrayal, murder and the violent abuse of power. It's the basic character of psychopaths to seek power over others and then to use it in the service of evil. They are born this way.

They work their way into government, since this is a perfect arena for their chosen goals. Then the government becomes a reflection of their character flaws, common both to governments in general and individual psychopaths.

They will not recognize any authority, but seek to have authority over all others.

They are habitual, pathological liars, but they want to know the truth about everybody, including everybody's secrets.

Here's the checklist created by Doctor Hare:

Factor1: Personality "Aggressive narcissism"

  • Glibness/superficial charm
  • Grandiose sense of self-worth
  • Pathological lying
  • Cunning/manipulative
  • Lack of remorse or guilt
  • Shallow affect
  • Callous/lack of empathy
  • Failure to accept responsibility for own actions

Factor2: Case history "Socially deviant lifestyle".

  • Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
  • Parasitic lifestyle
  • Poor behavioral control
  • Promiscuous sexual behavior
  • Lack of realistic long-term goals
  • Impulsivity
  • Irresponsibility
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Early behavior problems
  • Revocation of conditional release

Traits not correlated with either factor

  • Many short-term marital relationships
  • Criminal versatility

A psychopath will not necessarily show all of these factors, but anybody who evidences many or most of them is probably a psychopath.

As I note that the United States federal government continues to drift toward these traits, the question arises: "Is the President a psychopath?"

Personally, I think there is little doubt that his predecessor was a psychopath, but that the harm he did was limited to some extent by the obvious fact that he was not very intelligent. It's even possible that he was not really a psychopath, but merely a fool and a puppet being managed and handled by psychopaths. The former Vice President was clearly either a psychopath or perhaps just psychotic.

Barack Obama certainly shows a strong tendency toward many of the factors in the above list, although he either lacks or suppresses others. He is obviously a pathological liar and has no remorse for this tendency. He is clearly narcissistic and grandiose.

Here is a paragraph from an online article about the pathology that seems apropos:

"The manipulative skills of some of the others are valued for providing audacious leadership. It is argued psychopathy is adaptive in a highly competitive environment, because it gets results for both the individual and the corporations or, often, small political sects they represent. However, these individuals will often cause long-term harm, both to their co-workers and the organization as a whole, due to their manipulative, deceitful, abusive, and often fraudulent behavior."

This seems to me to be right on the money in describing the character and behavior of Barack Hussein Obama and the influence he is using in steering the national government. The fact that he has attracted almost religiously loyal followers is also part of the power and charm of a really clever psychopath.

Psychopathy was a strong survival trait for the small groups of humans during our eons of living in small hunter-gatherer groups; psychopaths were the natural leaders that helped their group members live long enough to breed. Thus it became a human trait to produce around 5% psychopaths in any human population. At the same time this tendency was developed, the concurrent tendency to blindly follow and obey psychopaths was inculcated into the rest of the population. Bring these tendencies into the present time and you have examples like the Third Reich, the Soviet Union under Stalin, the Jim Jones saga and the current direction of the United States of America.

No matter how fine and wonderful the ideas and stated guiding principles of a company or a nation, if you place the Devil in charge, the eventual result will be Hell.


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