We found the following comment on a blog discussing documentary films about the financial crisis, it was written by some one identified as “mschultz”. We found it to be a particularly apt commentary on contemporary society and its economy.
There is a book, POLITICAL PONEROLOGY: A SCIENCE ON THE NATURE OF EVIL ADJUSTED FOR POLITICAL PURPOSE.
Apparently 6% of the population are psychopaths.These people are often very charming and inner directed to seek their own interests above all others regardless of the consequences. In other words they have no morals and no conscience. Their ruthless nature makes them successful in their goals. Not all psychopaths are the serial killers we see in the movies. Many are running our corporations. Many are in the government. We are now governed by a few hundred psychopaths. How did this happen? Simple, we live in a culture of greed. We admire those who have money, no matter how they got their money and we look down on those with principals and integrity as fools. The media held out the false hope that we can all be millionaires if we really want to. We just have to work smart. We shouldn’t tax the rich because we too might become rich. We wanted something for nothing. Roads, police protection, wars, but we don’t want to pay for it. The only entity powerful enough to reign in the corporations is the government (the unions have already been made irrelevant). Now we hear a call, not for honest government, but for less government. The corporations couldn’t be happier. Get rid of government so the corporations will have complete unfettered reign over our lives. Those free market advocates have learned nothing from the last 4 years. It is not about fixing the system, its about replacing the system, but that is not on the table. What is left to work for when you already have more money than you could ever spend in a hundred lifetimes, Power. The Elite see themselves as Gods who have the divine right to decide what is best for the rest of us. We are much easier to rule when we are poor and uneducated and sick. Hence cut spending on public education, cut Social Security, eliminate Medicare. Only the strongest, smartest will survive. Social Darwinism is where we are headed and the Psychopaths couldn’t be happier.