Ponerology: The Study of Evil

Now that The Big Bird has been carved, and turkey sandwiches, casseroles, soups, and lesser forms of fowl leftovers will dominate our lives until Christmas … the spirits from last Halloween have not yet returned quietly to their graves. In the dead of night they beckon to us with their filthy hands to follow them into the shadowland. There in the murky eternal twilight the ghostly procession leads to the blasted heath where the shades of the past give way to the dominion of The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Here there is always time for one more ghost story.

There exists a darkness within all of us. We have all thought, said, or done things in our lives we’re not proud of. In times of extreme emotion we’ve had thoughts we wouldn’t want anyone else to know about. We have a shadow side … a reservoir for our darkness. From those waters we draw shame, sorrow, and regret. Knowing of our own darkness we can see how each of us, under the right circumstances, is capable of terrible things. We have seen in the human continuum saints and monsters. We believe we are all capable to some degree of being like one or the other.

Henry See co-edited the book, Political Ponerology, A science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes by Andrew Lobaczewski. The book is about the origin and true nature of Evil and shows how it has spread throughout society. The term, “ponerology” is a theological term meaning … the study of evil.

We feel a sense of shame and remorse about the darks side of ourselves. We project onto others that they have the same capacity for these emotions. We are convinced of this … we believe this … and we are wrong.

In an interview about the book Henry See corrects our mischaracterization, “This projection is where we make the fatal mistake. … it is this idea that we are all somehow perverse or pathological in some ways … that serves as a major prop to the pathocratic system and makes it possible for psychopaths to hide in the general population.

There are two issues this raises. First, there is a world of difference between someone who, in the heat of an argument with a significant other … loses control and physically or psychologically abuses that person, and someone who coldly, with calculation and forethought, carries out the same thing. The acts are wrong in both cases. … But that same person, who loses control momentarily, would be unable to think through and coldly plan out the same act. Something inside of him or her would recoil. In the psychopath, that voice of conscience does not exist. Psychopaths are capable of plotting out the genocide of a people, such as the Palestinians; people of conscience are not. One person may be killed in a heated argument. Many thousands can die from cold calculation.

We recognize that psychopaths live in the world … but we are unaware that they are the creators of it.

As Clinton Callahan wrote in his article, Beware the Psychopath, My Son, “I make the effort to share this information because it gives me, at last, a plausible answer to a long-unanswered question: Why, no matter how much intelligent goodwill exists in the world, is there so much war, suffering and injustice? … The answer is that civilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of psychopaths. All civilizations, our own included, have been built on slavery and mass murder. Psychopaths have played a disproportionate role in the development of civilization, because they are hard-wired to lie, kill, cheat, steal, torture, manipulate, and generally inflict great suffering on other humans without feeling any remorse, in order to establish their own sense of security through domination. The inventor of civilization the first tribal chieftain who successfully brainwashed an army of controlled mass murderers was almost certainly a genetic psychopath. Since that momentous discovery, psychopaths have enjoyed a significant advantage over non-psychopaths in the struggle for power in civilizational hierarchies especially military hierarchies.

Behind the apparent insanity of contemporary history, is the actual insanity of psychopaths fighting to preserve their disproportionate power. And as their power grows ever-more-threatened, the psychopaths grow ever-more-desperate. We are witnessing the apotheosis of the overworld the overlapping criminal syndicates that lurk above ordinary society and law just as the underworld lurks below it.

During the past fifty years, psychopaths have gained almost absolute control of all the branches of government. You can notice this if you observe carefully that no matter what illegal thing a modern politician does, no one will really take him to task. All of the so called scandals that have come up, any one of which would have taken down an authentic administration, are just farces played out for the public, to distract them, to make them think that the democracy is still working.

… all hierarchies inevitably become top-heavy with psychopaths. Since psychopaths have no limitations on what they can or will do to get to the top, the ones in charge are generally pathological. It is not power that corrupts, it is that corrupt individuals seek power.

… One of the main factors to consider in terms of how a society can be taken over by a group of pathological deviants is that the psychopaths’ only limitation is the participation of susceptible individuals within that given society. Lobaczewski gives an average figure for the most active deviants of approximately 6% of a given population.

The next tier of such a system is composed of individuals who were born normal, but are either already warped by long-term exposure to psychopathic material via familial or social influences, or who, through psychic weakness have chosen to meet the demands of psychopathy for their own selfish ends. Numerically, according to Lobaczewski, this group is about 12% of a given population under normal conditions.

So approximately 18% of any given population is active in the creation and imposition of a Pathocracy. The 6% group constitutes the Pathocratic nobility and the 12% group forms the new bourgeoisie, whose economic situation is the most advantageous.

… The real problem is that the knowledge of psychopathy and how psychopaths rule the world has been effectively hidden. … If there is any work that is deserving of full time efforts and devotion for the sake of helping humanity in this present dark time, it is the study of psychopathy and the propagation of this information as far and wide and fast as possible.

There are only two things that can bring a psychopath under submission:

1. A bigger psychopath.
2. The non-violent, absolute refusal to submit to psychopathic controls no matter the consequences.

… If individuals simply sat down and refused to lift a hand to further one single aim of the psychopathic agenda, if people refused to pay taxes, if soldiers refused to fight, if government workers and corporate drones and prison guards refused to go to work, if doctors refused to treat psychopathic elites and their families, the whole system would grind to a screeching halt.”

So now we know how to overthrow the Insane People in charge of our country. And unless Americans figure out how to turn French in a hurry … we know why it will never happen. To completely understand our dilemma I suggest everyone get a copy of Political Ponerology by Andrew Lobaczewski. Think of it as a much needed lump of coal in your Christmas stocking.


Beware the Psychopath, My Son by Clinton Callahan

Political Ponerology

Ponerology: The Study of Evil November 30, 2010



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