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14.

Why is it so important to address criminality at the highest levels of America's power structure?
  One perspective on an ethical issue:  


An opposing perspective on the same ethical issue:
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There is no criminality at high levels,  
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In a decadent, multi-cultural society,
only unusual conflicts of interest    
sociopaths frequently rise to the top
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The real criminals are neo-Nazi con-  
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Certain groups are richer in sociopathic
spiracy theorists who talk about Jews  
traits than others and are very dangerous
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The concept of defining a criminal  
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We need to study criminal traits in order
  personality is simply a revenge ruse    
to intelligently deal with sociopaths

Sample argument: All this talk about Congress and national media being run by packs of criminals and sociopaths is simply based on a desire by right wing crazies to smear their political enemies. First they talk vaguely about "criminals" and "conspirators" because they do not have the guts to come out in the open and identify their real enemies. Then they start to use more explicit language. This language always focuses on Jews and Zionists. Happens every time. They just cannot get over it. But if you give in to them and do not immediately suppress this crank talk, then next thing you know it is Jews, gays, blacks, and other minorities back in the cattle cars and en route to concentration camps. The real criminals are not the alleged criminals themselves, but rather the neo-Nazis who talk about criminals. What these crazies really need to do is understand that "criminals" are just victims of circumstances and simply do what they must do in desperation to get by. Some get caught, and others don't. The really clever criminals become wealthy or become successful politicians. But you and I would probably act the same way if we were put in their shoes and subjected to the same temptations. Therefore, in order to really understand "criminals," we need to learn how to empathize with them and feel their pain just like we should feel the pain of gays, Jews, and other specially victimized peoples. Our empathy should also include pedophiles and serial murderers. They are often just as much "victimized" and distressed as their victims due to their disadvantaged sociological circumstances beyond their control. In fact, it helps us to hurt other people once in a while by telling them lies or ripping them off. This helps us stay attuned to the jungle environment of the mean streets of globalized, cosmopolitan America. It is almost like combat training in the military. It also makes life much more exciting and interesting when we are free to juggle other people any way we want. If you cannot deal with all of this, you are simply a dumb, wimpy schmuck and you get what you deserve. The fact that national media leaders condone scatological and pornographic material is actually good because it is "real" and helps us learn how to "think tough" and adapt to a more cosmopolitan world of moral relativism. It also helps white people get more humility relative to other races to see their women folk look like naked animals and play with themselves in public. The idea that there might be a genetic basis to criminality is just more racist, right wing clap trap. What we really need are more social programs to eliminate white pride, anti-Semitism, gay-bashing, insensitivity to butch feminists, and other forms of misbehavior.
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Sample argument: Right wingers often talk about "criminals on Capitol Hill" and criminal Zionist leaders who control most of our Congressman, national media, and financial sector. And there is much truth here. There exists not only criminal cultures, but also strong evidence for genetically-based criminal predispositions. This suggests the existence of "viral persistency" behind evil policies promulgated by various ruling elites, particularly if they are inbred. Although this view of the world tends to drive modern liberals crazy, there is too much evidence to ignore it. Academic studies on sociopaths often focus on the ones who get caught and convicted. There is probably a much broader quasi-sociopathic population that never gets caught, to include otherwise honest people who get deeply infected by sociopathic values. Without proper social safeguards, the manipulativeness of sociopaths often enables them to rise to the top of various organizations through corrupt, expedient means. As an example, many intelligent observers believe that the U.S. Government has lied about 9-11 by denying that Zionists set it up to foster wars for Israel. They also believe that a controlled national media cover-up has been orchestrated by Jewish supremacist sociopaths. Certain academic studies claim that while sociopaths are thought to comprise 3-4% of the male population, they commit about 50% of all crimes in the U.S. There seems to be a significant genetic factor, as suggested for example by a Swedish study conducted from 1930-1949 where children born of convicted parents and raised in a law-abiding homes were four times more likely to become convicted than adopted children of law-abiding parents raised in a law -abiding home. According to another study (Yochelson and Samenow) there appear to be defining elements of a "criminal personality," as follows: To such an individual, the constraints of responsible living are absurd and unimportant. He seeks crime in search of excitement rather than crime coming to him. Instead of friendship, he seeks avenues of triumph. Lying is a way of life, with lies of omission more frequent than commission. He disregards the rights of others, but demands from others the utmost trust and consideration. He rarely sees anything from another's point of view. He never develops a realistic concept of family life, an education, a vocation, or a sense of community. Others are always to blame, not himself. Kindness is weakness and other people are expendable. He does not know how to get along with responsible people on a day-to-day basis; he practices the extremes of total withdrawal or inappropriate intimacy. Lastly, he is fragmented in his thinking, largely ignoring the past and long term future; sincere one day and completely insincere the next.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY:
(Last updated 5 Aug 2007 by William B. Fox)

The first perspective (on the left)

I wrote this to reflect the flippant smart ass mentality of certain types of people I have run across in different walks of life who seem to reflect psychopathic traits. In my opinion, four important characteristics of these types of people are as follows:

a) They find pleasure in mocking honest people and bastardizing social norms as a nihilistic end in itself
b) They like to "mainstream" perversity and corruption by encouraging honest people to empathize with criminal behavior
c) They like to engage in "turnspeak" and "twistspeak" where they use Orwellian language to make honest people appear to be like criminals and vice versa.
d) They like to accomplish all of the aforementioned by using smears, lies, and innuendo without offering solid evidence or any solidly logical arguments.

Probably one of the most famous historical examples of state-sponsored finger pointing in a "will the real psychopaths please stand up" contest was captured in the Bill Moyers PBS documentary World War Two: The Propaganda Battle. In this documentary, Moyers interviewed Fritz Hippler, one of Adolf Hitler's top filmmakers, who produced the documentary The Eternal Jew. Moyers also interviewed his arch nemesis, Frank Capra, who produced the Why We Fight Series for Franklin Roosevelt to show to all members of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as people in general around the world. The documentary showed many excerpts from both films.

The Eternal Jew portrays Jews as being a very chameleon-like people who use false charm and false pretenses to get what they want as they infiltrate host societies around the world, reminiscent of the way another intelligent species of mammal called the rat has spread out in little colonies around the world to parasitically feed off human populations. Following the German invasion of Poland, we see Jews in Poland quickly return to street haggling, suggesting that they ruthlessly haggle and trade by inclination without any feeling for their impact on underlying gentile social values. We see scenes of movies produced by the Jewish-controlled German film industry of the 1920's in which criminal perverts are portrayed as anguished victims of social forces beyond their control, thereby encouraging public sympathy for criminal perversion. Another sequence shows Jewish-funded "modern art" consisting of hideous, disjointed forms that mock all the esthetic principles of German romantic nationalist art. There is also a scene near the end meant to convey subterranean, vicious brutality of Jews by the way in which Orthodox Jews conduct the Kosher slaughter of animals. They cut the animals' throats and leave them to violently thrash about and bleed to death. Contemporary Jews are portrayed as a degenerate, criminal people who have played a key role in fomenting Marxism and other subversive movements around the world. They dominate the criminal underworld and are disconnected from the Hebrews of the Old Testament.

The Why We Fight Series has many scenes that darkly portray Germans as brutal thugs with criminal gangster leaders, who like to use the pistol and blackjack to resolve arguments rather than facts and logic. We see secret police banging on doors to round up innocent dissidents in the middle of the night. We see a brown-shirted Nazi leader on a podium at a political rally pull out his Browning pistol and say, with the English overdub, "Whenever I hear the word 'culture' I reach for my revolver." (Technically, he said "Browning" and not "revolver" for you purists out there.). We see Stuka dive bombers deliberately terrorize fleeing civilians and in order to clog roads and delay the movement of Allied forces. We hear goose stepping jackboots and a background hissing noise as a rock is thrown through a Christian church window, suggesting that Hitler is into some kind of Germanic pagan thing that is the punk enemy of Christianity. We also see little uniformed children being regimented in grade school where they are brainwashed to serve as totally obedient future soldiers for their dictatorial leaders Hitler and Mussolini. We are also informed that Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito have banded together to perpetrate a vast conspiracy to take over the entire world, with an office somewhere in Bavaria plotting out every move in great detail. This includes a strategic invasion plan to conquer South America as a springboard to ultimately invade the United States from its southern under belly.

The common thread in both films is that both Jews and Germans are heavily demonized by film sequences that make them appear to be highly sociopathic people.

We can certainly go through both documentaries and find reasons for factual error and interpretation. As three examples in regard to the hallowed Why We Fight Series which is still treated as historical truth rather than propaganda by many misled Americans today, the Nazi leader who pulled the Browning pistol at the Nazi meeting probably meant "perverse cosmopolitanism" masquerading for authentic German culture rather than "culture" as we understand the term in English today. "Cosmopolitanism" was a code word frequently used by national socialists for attacks made upon authentic German cultural values by alien and subversive Jewish intellectuals. The Nazis typically portrayed themselves as staunch defenders of German culture, not its attackers. In regard to Hitler's alleged anti-Christianity, he cut a deal with the Catholic Church in the early 1930's to provide it with state-funding in return for its political support. He scrupulously avoided any violent confrontations by pagan elements within the Nazi party with Christians. In fact, most of Hitler's followers were Christians. Bavaria, a stronghold of the original Nazi movement, is also heavily Catholic. The Nazis even sent a number of anti-Nazi libertarian Odinists off to concentration camps. Lastly, Hitler deliberately held back his panzers from crushing defeated British forces at Dunkirk and missed his big opportunity to immediately cross the English Channel to invade a highly vulnerable Britain. He got sucked into invading the Balkans to help overcome the embarrassment of the failed invasion originated separately by Mussolini and his Italian troops. There is also a big historical question about whether Hitler unilaterally attacked the Soviet Union, or was required too attack the Soviet Union first in order to forestall by a few weeks a major Red Army attack on Europe planned by Stalin. (For example, see Icebreaker: Who Started the Second World War? by Viktor Suvorov). It is also highly questionable regarding how much foreknowledge or influence Hitler had regarding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, since it would have been much more strategically advantageous to the Germans if the Japanese had first attacked Stalin from the east and helped finish him off before taking on America, the world's greatest industrial power. Hitler had already turned the other cheek in a number of naval incidents on the high seas where FDR had ordered U.S. naval vessels to attack German submarines in an effort to provoke war. Therefore, it is highly questionable that Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito were engaged in some kind of detailed, closely-coordinated global conspiracy that envisioned gobbling up South America as a prelude to attacking the U.S. from the south.

Even if many of the facts and interpretations are way off base, the tricky part remains that one can probably still find certain power-mad, psychopathic individuals within both the Jewish and German populations who fulfill all the darkest characteristics in these documentaries. The more important question is the extent to which such evil stereotypes may or may not characterize the general population.

Additional discussion regarding an opposing perspective on the right hand side:

For further discussion of psychopathic behavior, please see my mutualism vs. parasitism article where I outline its characteristics from many different sources. "Parasitism" is a sociobiological terms that roughly corresponds to our layman's term "criminality," which in turn is highly related to what psychologists refer to as "psychopathic" and "sociopathic" behavior.

Diagnosing psychopathology is often a pattern recognition skill. In my article, I urge caution in trying to diagnose psychopathic behavior, since there is considerable overlap between between many clinical "psychopathic traits" taken in isolation and useful behaviors for certain occupations.

There are many useful occupations and roles in society that tend to reward what might be considered "criminal traits" when taken in isolation. As some examples, most sales organizations in America want individuals who are shameless about approaching strangers and are extremely motivated to become a "unique Number One." The same holds true for people who hold math and science or Olympic competitions. An infantry officer in time of war necessarily has to be coldly manipulative in the way he tactically deploys troops and expends lives. A political dissident who defies tyranny may have to endure considerable social isolation. He may have to figure out what has gone wrong with the society with the same cold emotional detachment that a bank robber needs to figure out how to pull a successful heist. This trait might also apply to the analytical methods used by scientists. As some further examples, an entrepreneur who wants to implement a business plan that brings a break-through invention to market probably craves excitement. Hollywood actors and actresses affect different personalities than their "normal" personalities (that is, if there is such a thing as "normal" in Hollywood). As a final example, diplomats, brokers, lawyers, negotiators, and politicians hardly wear their hearts on their sleeves when they put out feelers, hide their weak cards, and bluff in the process of trading off concessions in negotiations. However, it is also true that not all lawyers and politicians are criminals.

Below I have provided another extract from my mutualism vs. parasitism article that zeros in on many important aspects of the sociopathic phenomenon.

The criminal personality and the "criminal process"

A second perspective to help us understand parasitism involves looking at individual and group criminal case studies. Starting with the individualized approach, I think that it is particularly instructive to examine the concept of the "criminal personality."

American Values Decline on page 92 cites "Defining Elements of the Criminal Personality" Source: Samuel Yochelson and Stanton Samenow, The Criminal Personality Volume II: The Change Process. New York: Jason Aronson, 1977, Chapter 1.]

Yochelson and Samenow's profile is based upon years of in-depth research and rehabilitation activity:

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Defining Elements of the Criminal Personality

The restraints of responsible living are unacceptable and even contemptible. In such a person's reality, society's values and rules are absurd or unimportant.

Crime does not come to the criminal-to-be, he goes to it in search of excitement.

In whatever he does, he has to be a unique Number One; to be like anyone else is to be a failure. Instead of friendship, he seeks avenues of triumph.

He may work hard to be the best at something he likes, but then will quit when he tires of it. More often, he expects to be an overnight success, not through hard work, but by taking shortcuts.

Throughout life, he is a sprinter, never a long-distance runner.

Lying is a way of life; lies of omission are more frequent than lies of commission.

He disregards the right of others to live safely or to expect promises to be kept, but demands from them the utmost trust, respect, and consideration. He claims he can live without depending on others, but demands that others provide whatever he wants.

He rarely sees anything from another's point of view, and it doesn't bother him to injure people.

He never develops a realistic concept of family life, an education, a vocation, or a sense of community.

He blames forces outside of himself for what he does. Others are always to blame, not he.

Kindness is weakness and people are expendable. They are valuable only to the extent that they can be controlled and exploited.

He does not know how to get along with responsible people on a day-to-day basis; he practices the extremes of total withdrawal or inappropriate intimacy.

He is fragmented in his thinking, largely ignoring the past and the long-term future. He may be sincere one day and completely insincere the next. Whatever he wants to do at a given moment is "right." He fails to listen to or take stock of himself. For him, just thinking something largely makes it so.

Researchers analyze criminality from many other perspectives that include the study of abnormal behavior in psychology, game theory in sociobiology, and neurophysiology.

As one example, in "
The Sociobiology of Sociopathy: An Integrated Evolutionary Model" by the late Dr. Linda Mealey, she noted that:

Sociopaths, who comprise only 3-4% of the male population and less than 1% of the female population (Strauss & Lahey 1984, Davison and Neale 1994, Robins, Tipp & Przybeck 1991), are thought to account for approximately 20% of the United States' prison population (Hare 1993) and between 33% and 80% of the population of chronic criminal offenders (Mednick, Kirkegaard-Sorensen, Hutchings, Knop, Rosenberg & Schulsinger 1977, Hare 1980, Harpending & Sobus 1987). Furthermore, whereas the "typical" U.S. burglar is estimated to have committed a median five crimes per year before being apprehended, chronic offenders- those most likely to be sociopaths- report committing upward of fifty crimes per annum and sometimes as many as two or three hundred (Blumstein & Cohen 1987). Collectively, these individuals are thought to account for over 50% of all crimes in the U.S. (Loeber 1982; Mednick, Gabrielli & Hutchings 1987, Hare 1993).

Other analysts prefer to use the work "psychopath" more than the term "sociopath." One example is Laura Knight Jadczyk, who discussed her concept of the psychopathic personality in her blog article "America's Nervous Breakdown." She endorses the book Political Ponerology ("Ponerology" means "the study of evil"), and believes evil is rooted in psychopathology.

In his interview with Michael Collins Piper on Wednesday, 18 Oct 2006, and in his subsequent article "Psychopathy & History" (Jan/Feb 2007 Barnes Review) John de Nugent described the important neurophysiological research of Dr. Adrain Raine, who is the author of The Psychopathology of Crime: Criminal Behavior As a Clinical Disorder. "His color brain scans show that psychopaths are utterly unlike the other 96% of society. These brain scans show that when psychopaths are shown horrifying images that turn others sick to their stomachs, the pleasure centers of psychopaths are highly activated."

John de Nugent mentions other important sources such as Dr. Martha Stout, author of The Sociopath Next Door (2005) and Dr. Robert Hare, author of Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us. Dr. Hare developed a standard tool for diagnosing psychopathology called the "Hare Psychopathic Checklist" which is available online.

John de Nugent concludes his Barnes Review article by stating:

One of the most important benefits of understanding the new finding of the prevalence of psychopaths in society is this: whereas so-called conspiracy theories tend to appear to decent people as "of-the-wall," now no more. The main objection to a conspiracy theory, especially one that posits the involvement of many evil people, is this "I cannot imagine anyone doing such a thing. And it could never be a secret." Wrong: psychopaths are numerous and they do know how to keep a secret and kill to maintain it.

Perhaps the struggle against the psychopaths marauding among us will be the ultimate battle for the human race.

. . . Or perhaps, I might add, the ultimate battles between human races. According to "Race and the Psychopathic Personality" (July 2002 American Renaissance):

In 1994 the American Psychiatric Association issued a revised Diagnostic Manual listing 11 features of anti-social personality disorder: (1) inability to sustain consistent work behavior; (2) failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behavior [this is a euphemism for being a criminal]; (3) irritability and aggressivity, as indicated by frequent physical fights and assaults; (4) repeated failure to honor financial obligations; (5) failure to plan ahead or impulsivity; (6) no regard for truth, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or “conning” others; (7) recklessness regarding one’s own or others’ personal safety, as indicated by driving while intoxicated or recurrent speeding; (8) inability to function as a responsible parent; (9) failure to sustain a monogamous relationship for more than one year; (10) lacking remorse; (11) the presence of conduct disorder in childhood.

This is a useful list. Curiously, however, it fails to include the deficiency of moral sense that is the core of the condition, although this is implicit in virtually every feature of the disorder. All of these behaviors are more prevalent among blacks than among whites, and suggest that blacks have a higher average tendency towards psychopathic personality.

Questionnaires can be used to measure psychopathic personality in normal populations. The first to be constructed was the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), which was devised in the 1930s. This instrument consists of a series of scales for the measurement of a variety of psychiatric conditions regarded as continuously distributed in the population, such as hysteria, mania and depression, and includes the Psychopathic Deviate Scale for the measurement of psychopathic personality.

During the 65 or so years following its publication, the MMPI has been administered to a great many groups. Mean scores have been published by different investigators for a number of samples of blacks, whites, Asian-Americans, Hispanics and American Indians. All of these studies show a consistent pattern: Blacks and Indians have the highest psychopathic scores. Hispanics come next followed by whites. Ethnic Japanese and Chinese have the lowest scores. The same rank order of racial groups is found for all the expressions of psychopathic personality listed by the American Psychiatric Association, and these differences are found in both children and adults.

The failure of this American Renaissance article to mention Jews is not surprising. In Chapter Forty-Four of The Judas Goats (carried by America First Books) Michael Collins Piper discusses the involvement by its editor Jared Taylor with "Zionist-Friendly Nationalism." While American Renaissance explicitly discusses most racial issues, it generally avoids criticism of Jews, Zionism, and Israel. Also, I am surprised that ethnic Chinese and Japanese are lumped together at the low end of the range, given the profound character differences described by Ralph Townsend in Ways That Are Dark. (Also carried by America First Books) that I mention in my Preface to his work.


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