Ponerology 101: Psychopathy at Nuremberg – Part I

If, as many people are saying nowadays, psychopaths are the ones running our governments, how come we don’t know about it? Why isn’t it common knowledge, discussed in households and classrooms across the land? Why isn’t academia devoting courses to it? In short, why is such a simple, yet revolutionary idea so seemingly secret? The answer may actually be in the question: it is revolutionary, but not in the sense you’re thinking! You see, most revolutions are either caused, influenced, or hijacked by psychopaths and quite often this is done by what is called “abuse of psychiatry.”

A normal person’s actions and reactions, his ideas and moral criteria, all strike the abnormal individual as abnormal. If a person with a personality disorder such as psychopathy considers himself and others like him normal – which is of course significantly easier if he and his friends are in power – then he would consider a normal person different and therefore abnormal.

That explains why, when psychopaths rise to power, as they naturally tend to do, their social systems – including education and medicine/psychiatry – always have the tendency to treat any dissidents – or potential dissidents – as “mentally abnormal”. As Lobaczewski wrote, “A normal person strikes a psychopath as a naive, smart-alecky believer in barely comprehensible theories; calling him “crazy” is not all that far away.”

Thus, such governments generally control psychology and psychiatry via control of funding and ideationally alert “thought police” in academia, and the myriad ways in which normal people unconsciously respond to a pathological environment begin to be defined as illnesses and “psychiatric solutions”, including drugs, are promoted to force normal people to live in a pathological world and think it is normal.

The truth about psychopathy must be degraded and marginalized to prevent it from jeopardizing the system itself, and this very practice is then used as an expedient tool in the hands of the pathological authorities. Anyone who is too knowledgeable about psychopathy will be accused of anything that can be trumped up, including psychological abnormality. They’re “crazy”, “paranoid”, “mentally unstable”, and “dangerous”.

This, then, is at the root of the differences between those in power and the masses of people who are oppressed by them and who, ultimately and always, rise up against them. The pressures of living in a pathological world can be borne only so long and eventually, drugs, bread and circuses no longer suffice to suppress the masses of normal people. At the same time, still other psychopaths – not yet at the top – rely on the violent emotions of fanatic revolutionaries and oppressed peoples, goading them on and riding the waves of popular discontent into the halls of power, crushing their “enemies” in the process. It’s always useful to get rid of a lot of normal people. traumatize everyone else, and keep people thinking that now they have revolted against the oppressors and all will be well again!

So, you see, the idea is revolutionary because if it’s ever widely known that it is really a matter of pathologicals vs normal humans rather than the various ideologies in which pathology hides and takes over, the psychopaths will be powerless. Lacking the ability to corral people into wars against exaggerated (and often illusory) enemies, the psychopaths’ network of support would crumble, and the emperors would be left naked in the streets, for all to see.

As I’ve already discussed in previous articles in this series, psychopaths have a particular way of seeing the world. They know they’re different and they easily recognize others like themselves even in a crowd. They’re the enlightened, we’re the rabble; they’re the worthy, we’re the useless eaters; they’re the wolves, we’re the sheep. And they know that, if those contemptible others – that is, all the rest of us – were to see them for what they are, they’d be locked up, or worse. That “injustice” – living in a world that would limit their “freedom” to prey on others – is what goads them on to create a nightmare world for the rest of us, with all the injustice of Orwell’s vision and all the dead-end absurdity of Kafka’s allegories. And once they have power, they intend to keep it. Objective science is thus a dangerous thing to political psychopaths and must be silenced at all costs.

On the flip side of the coin, political psychopaths benefit from the efforts of well-meaning individuals unaware of the psychological factors at play, who are nevertheless invested in their own theories as to the causes of the problems they see plaguing the world. So, ironically, these are the ideas they promote. “Know your enemy”, but also fund him and make him think he’s got the whole banana. With a basis of objective ideas about pathology, it’s fairly easy to spot these theories. They’re the ones that focus exclusively on a particular ideology (i.e. “it’s capitalism!”, “it’s socialism!”, “it’s fundamentalist Christianity!”, “it’s Islamo-fascism!”), or are based on assumptions downplaying the role of psychopathology in the very real problems of evil in the world.

I’ve written about some of the problems in the field of psychology, specifically in the study of psychopathy, elsewhere. Setting aside the problems of diagnosis that the catch-all “antisocial personality disorder” presents, there’s the simple issue of specialization. Researchers of psychopathy for the most part deal with issues they can study up close: brains, criminals, simple behaviors. They stay out of politics, because it’s both difficult to study, and not favorable to the pocketbook. Politics is for political scientists and historians. As for the political psychologists, most of them are unaware of the problems of psychopathy because of the nature of specialization (and a multitude of bogus theories) within psychology itself. It could be said that specialization itself is one of the greatest gifts to psychopaths the world over. There’s little chance of scientists pooling their knowledge and forming a united front posing any danger to the status quo when no one knows what the other is saying!

But there was a time when political psychopaths – pathocrats, to be more precise, because in a pathological system more than one type of pathology participates in the network of control – could be studied up close and personal, and they were. However, the pathocrats running the prison, who made this opportunity a reality, quickly squashed any future possibility of gaining the much-needed data that could be gleaned from their captives. I am referring to that time right after the Allies won World War II, and a representative selection of Hitler’s top officials were held to be tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremburg which we will dive into in the next article.