Could the Anthropogenic Climate Change hypothesis really be a scam? Surely you can fool all of the people only some of the time? Firstly, some of us are not easily fooled. However, we can see from the following interview extract you simply need to ensure that certain interest groups are kept happy eg Big Pharma, military, oil companies, media. And the rest of us? Well, many are kept busy with the old panem et circenses trick. Bread and circuses.
An average topic of conversation these days: The price of petrol/gas or the latest Got Talent winner. Bread and circuses. It’s very simple.
SC: Łobaczewski has studied these people not from a political point of view, but from a psychological point of view. He has managed to understand how it happens that mad people, ideologues, and repressive powers, in spite of their inhumanity, can obtain the support of large populations. Does not everyone have a perverse/pathological basis, periods when they pass through a perverse/pathological life?
Henry: First of all, it needs to be said that “mad people” don’t need the support of large populations, only a powerful minority that can both “drive” the population and control it. Look at the polls in the United States. Bush has been hovering around 30% popularity for years – and that is the population as a whole. But because he is backed by a very powerful minority, the people who own the media, the arms industry and their military supporters, the oil companies, among others, popular discontent doesn’t matter. And as long as Bush’s politics don’t overtly affect the ordinary American negatively, they don’t care enough to do anything about it.
Laura: In the U.S. – and elsewhere in the world – even the most oppressed and unfairly treated people are easily controlled by fear, by threats to their affordable materialism: entertainment, sports, gambling, so on. Even the failure of schools, medical care, social safety nets, do not drive people to really question what is going on. It is, as Aldous Huxley wrote, a scientific dictatorship: bread and circuses. In short, most Americans are aware of their oppression, and express this in polls, but those in power have successfully drugged them with a plethora of distractions – fear and pleasure – sufficient to keep them under control.
After reading the incredible book Political Ponerology: A science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes by Andrew Lobaczewski (http://www.ponerology.com/), I had a transcendental moment of realization (sort of an “Eureka!” moment). I have to conclude that ponerology and psychopathy are two significant concepts that best explain the sorry state of human affairs in this world which continue to negatively impact on our society, our lives, and our future. No, I don’t think it has anything to do with “greed” or even “moral weakness” (however you define it). It has to do with psychopathology and its influence on the nature of evil in society.
People in positions of power that systematically perpetuate evil behave as if they were a different human species; a ‘para-Homo sapiens,’ if you will. No matter how much good will there is in the world, there continues to be much war, suffering and injustice. It doesn’t seem to matter what plan, ideology, religion, or philosophy great minds come up with, nothing seems to improve our lot. And it has been that way for thousands of years, repeating over and over again. We rationalize evil’s existence as being part of “human nature,” a necessary part of the complexity of the world, due to perennial greed or lack of enlightenment, triggered by mutually exclusive competing interests, etc.; however, those who subscribe to these principles and attitudes may have rendered a premature judgment and closed the book on evil without examining all evidence from different, previously unexamined points of view.
Ponerology and “successful” psychopathology (i.e. not the “violent serial killer” type, but the Stalin, Pol Pot, Cheney, Rockefeller, Kissinger, Bill Clinton, or Donald Rumsfeld type) clinically explain how “pathocracies”—the system of government created by a small pathological minority that takes control over a society of non-psychopaths—are generated and dominated by those that possess an inborn error (psychopathy) prevalent in 4-6% of the population which is physiologically unable to feel normal human empathy. They are emotionless, selfish, cold and calculating, and devoid of any moral or ethical standards, yet they are intelligent, charming, driven, focused, and therefore tend to achieve the highest positions of power by concealing their true nature under a “mask of sanity.” This concept applies to all existing hierarchical power structures.