Sat, 11 May 2019
Can a government of, by and for psychopaths exist when the vast majority of individuals governed by such a group can be said to be relatively normal? Psychologist Andrew Lobaczewski believed that it could, outlined the factors that allow for its functioning, and coined a term for such a social structure: a pathocracy. On this week’s show we will be delving deeper into the workings of pathological groupings – groupings that wield enormous amounts of power both overtly, and covertly, and over populations both large and small.
Hindsight is 20/20 when we look back at the acts of the 20th century’s most notorious and dangerous political movements. But what did those systems anticipate about certain trends we see today? What, if anything, about the psychological health of an individual – or a whole society – can be strengthened to ensure that an oppressive and inhuman power structure doesn’t take the reins completely? And if a bonafide pathocracy has assumed control of a population, how can the mere act of seeing it for what it assists us in dealing with it?
Running Time: 00:58:56
Download: MP3 – 54 MB
Previous instalments in our series on ponerology:
- The Truth Perspective: Introducing Political Ponerology, plus some odds and ends (Chapter 1)
- The Truth Perspective: Inside Ponerology: Why Individuals Are Essential for a Healthy Society(Chapter 2)
- The Truth Perspective: What MAGA-hat Kid Can Teach Us About The Corruption of Ideology(Chapter 4)
- The Truth Perspective: Mafia Politics: How Political Movements and Ideologies Break Bad(Chapter 4)
- MindMatters: What Is A Pathocracy? (Chapter 5)
- The Truth Perspective: How To Survive A Totalitarian Nightmare: The Psychology Of Tyranny(Chapter 6)
- The Truth Perspective: And Then They Came for the Psychologists: Why SJWs Can’t Stand Science (Chapter 7)
- The Truth Perspective: Churches Behaving Badly: How Religions Succeed or Fail to Prevent Pathocracy (Chapter 8)
Harrison Koehli co-hosts SOTT Radio Network’s MindMatters, and is an editor for Red Pill Press. He has been interviewed on several North American radio shows about his writings on the study of ponerology. In addition to music and books, Harrison enjoys tobacco and bacon (often at the same time) and dislikes cell phones, vegetables, and fascists (commies too).
Born and raised in New York City, Elan has been an editor for SOTT.net since 2014 and is a co-host for MindMatters. He enjoys seeing and sharing what’s true about our profoundly and rapidly changing world.
Corey Schink was born and raised in the Midwestern United States, where he worked on farms and as a welder, musician, and social worker. His interests in government, philosophy and history led to his writing for SOTT in 2012 and to becoming a SOTT editor and SOTT Radio co-host in 2014. He now resides in North Carolina, where he enjoys the magnificent views of the Appalachian Mountains.