I’d like to think the world is getting better in the long run. I myself think Robert Wright was probably right in his book Nonzero that there is a tendency toward progress built into evolution unlike many other thinkers have claimed. But that of course doesn’t mean that occasionally the opposite of progress can’t happen, even for extended periods of time like a thousand years, as one could argue happened during the last Dark Age. And unlike many others, I think it is more likely that if another dark age becomes a reality it has its roots in sheer Evil rather than in mere stupidity (though of course stupidity acts as an enabler for evil people to do what they want against the interests of the at least somewhat decent masses). Thus I think it is important to study evil as expressed by humans seriously using scientific methods if possible rather than to deny its existence (on the contrary I might note there are many studies of human stupidity including cognitive biases but sadly the insights of those studies may have mostly benefited the smart psychopaths as they are very happy to use systematic flaws in the thinking of others for their own benefit).
This is of course why I was happy to find references to Andrew Lobaczewsky’s book on political ponerology (the book’s site has a decent amount of free material which I found worth reading… there’s also some additional material on cassiopaen site). It brings the ball back to the hands of more normal people as it makes an initial attempt of creating the scientific field of ponerology (which is the greek word for ‘the study of evil’) and details the role of psychopaths in the ponerization process of societies:
Our modern Western culture lacks an adequate framework to understand the causes and processes of what we commonly refer to as evil in our history. The Third Reich, the Bolshevik Revolution, Stalinism… Our body of literature, social sciences, and our common sense of morality only scratch the surface of a true comprehension of the nature of evil. Thus, the very people who are, in fact, the initiators of the greatest ponerogenic activity pass undetected. Our lack of understanding will inevitably lead to the very problems that the majority of humanity seeks to prevent.
In literature and film, evil is romanticized; portrayed as mysterious, yet beautiful; dark, yet conflicted. There is always a heart of gold beneath a cold-blooded exterior. The Hollywood psychopath, rarely depicted accurately, evokes both our disgust and our sympathy; war heroes slaughter their enemies ruthlessly, yet live loving lives as husbands and fathers. If the villain did not have a rough childhood, or does not show any signs of a struggle of conscience, he is seen as “two-dimensional” and “unrealistic”.
I could easily theorize that the reason Hollywood depicts psychopaths unrealistically is that the Jews, who own the place and who are quite possibly psychopaths themselves, don’t find it in their interest to enlighten the masses about their own nature, but that would put me straight into the basket of nutjobs in the eyes of the world, so I won’t pursue this line of thought any more in this post. Instead I’ll continue with this quote:
Inherited and acquired psychological disorders and ignorance of their existence and nature are the primal causes of evil. The magic number of 6% seems to represent the number of humans who either carry the genes responsible for biological evil or who acquire such disorders in the course of their lifetime. This small percent is responsible for the vast majority of human misery and crime, and for infecting others with their flawed view of the world.
I could note that it seems highly likely that number varies depending on time and place. And I suspect the percentage of the population that is psychopathic has been rising throughout the Western world recently. I have several reasons to do this which include things like that criminals aren’t punished in any sane proportion to the damage they cause to more decent people. Also urbanization and globalization probably benefits psychopaths as they are harder to detect in environments where people may meet each other only once or few times. It is actually very simple: in a society where you can get ahead by being evil, evil becomes ever more common, which is surely the case when a murderer may get away with 10 years in prison and underage offenders are hardly punished at all. Many of those ‘humanitarians’ who are preaching for compassion and understanding of criminals are quite likely psychopaths themselves. They do share some genetic interests with each other so it makes sense they may have evolved tendencies to help each other at the expense of other people.
And I think there are solid reasons to think almost all of the Western world is actually ruled by mostly psychopathic individuals and generally pathocratic governments in which the brightest minds of humanity are displaced in favor of those who are willing to toe the party line (deny the race differences against solid research etc.) no matter how much lying it takes. I’ve previously mentioned the concept of ‘mediocracy’ which may be just one particular manifestation of a pathocracy now that I think about it. But I’ll try to write more on this later…