It was Andrew Lobaczewski, author of Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes, who first presented the concept that, throughout history, pathological personalities have taken over societies and caused unimaginable destruction. Needless wars have caused untold millions of needless deaths and trillions of dollars in destruction. He characterized this process as political and macro-social evil in a scientifically measurable way.

Lobaczewski presented a process that begins with visionaries whose ideas are corrupted by a cascade of personalities, all deficient in character, ending in psychopaths taking the helm and guiding the society to war, destruction, and eventual collapse. Most of us think of psychopaths as being mostly criminals who end up in jail, but Lobaczewski shows that they actually are capable of leading us, at least when they are born into privilege.

Lobaczewski also describes how the rest of society largely goes along with this, and this is the subject of this article.

Throughout history societies have acquiesced, rationalized, and actually participated in the process of placing and supporting evil people in control of societies ultimately resulting in collapse. He used the term "hysteria," meaning irrational and even delusional thought processes to describe this process, and he often used the example of Europe during the first half of the 20th century to illustrate this. The outright denial of the Holocaust by much of German society even while it was going on illustrates his point.

Examples of what can be termed the "ponerization process" in the U.S. go way back. While writing the words to the Declaration of Independence which contained phraseology such as "All men are created equal with certain inalienable rights...," Thomas Jefferson owned over 200 slaves; but to this day you will not find this fact in public school history books. It is an inconvenient truth, so it is ignored, denied, and largely not believed. When confronted with irrefutable proof, many Americans will rationalize this fact. These sorts of irrational acts and thoughts cannot go on without the illogical buy-in of the people of a society. This is an example of mass hysteria that is with us today and permeates the entire society.

One persistent misconception, arguably delusional, in the U.S. is there are two political parties that are adversarial and "check and balance" each other. The truth is that they both dance to the same puppet masters and they create "heated" arguments over issues of virtually no consequence as diversions. Both parties differ in style only. Take for example the more than likely issue of an upcoming global environmental collapse. This is an issue that the U.S. and the World has to do something about, NOW! So what are the two U.S. major political parties doing about this? The Republicans deny that it is even happening, and the Democrats say that it is, and they are going to do something about it, but they are not. The end result is that both parties are doing nothing about this.

I have noticed that the major Media also buys into this charade on a grand scale, but even more disturbing is that much of so-called "progressive" or "liberal" media also buys into this delusional process. Many of them, not all, present the simplistic view, "Republican bad, Democrat good" that is arguably hysterical. I called in to the Stephanie Miller Show this morning. This is a "liberal" show on Free Speech TV. I had noticed that she was cutting off or ridiculing anyone critical of Hillary Clinton and/or Democratic politicians, so I thought I would make a comment that would be very difficult to refute. I wanted to see what the reaction would be.

I made the comment that Hillary, along with most Republican and Democratic politicians, is lacking in character. I gave the example that I saw her on a talk-show interview and she was asked about the then recent death of Muammar Gaddafi. Her response was "We came, we saw, he died." after which she and the host started laughing and chuckling. When I mentioned this fact Stephanie disconnected my line so that I did not get to make the comment that this was not the kind of thing that a U.S. Secretary of State should be laughing about. Further it was more the behavior of a characteropath than a statesperson.

This reminds me of several issues. One is that the so-called liberal media is just as deluded as so-called conservatives. The fact that Hilary's psychopathic outburst should have provoked outrage but did not also brings out the issue that virtually the entire country is what Andrew Lobaczewski termed "hysterical," in a similar way that Germans were under Nazism. Further, we are seeing that, as in Plato's Allegory of the Cave, we are not seeing what is really going on. We are seeing only the shadows of reality and since that is all we can see we think that the shadows are all there is.

Hidden from us is the fact that Gaddafi's Libya was doing quite well, no national debt, big gold reserves, high average income, good education, excellent health care, etc. What got him knocked-off was that he was in the process of creating an economic system independent of the West which would include Africa and the Middle East. This would have resulted in a currency that would have rivaled the U.S. Dollar and the Euro. Added to this is the fact that Gaddafi had nationalized the substantial oil reserves of the country and possessed huge gold reserves. His death warrant was signed. He was our boy who decided to "leave the reservation." Hillary does not want this known, nor do Republicans or Democrats. Apparently Stephanie Miller does not want this known either, or more likely she also does not know this and is not interested in finding out because it conflicts with her beliefs.

The elephants in the room are that the U.S. and the World have big problems that neither party is going to do anything about. They will argue and make a big deal about abortion, gay rights, family values, ad-infinitum, but the reality is (although important to a lot of us) none of these issues are going to cause a global environmental and economic collapse. Waging continuous war and destruction, looting the national treasury to further enrich the elite, global climate change, the mass-extinction that we are now in... are each capable of ushering in the end of U.S. as we know it, and most of the rest of the World too, and all of them together certainly will. With the U.S. now constituting about five percent of the world population, using 25 percent of the world resources and causing 25 percent of the pollution, it is incumbent on the U.S to take the lead in transformational leadership, and this will not happen until the American people come together and either force the Pathocracy to do just that, or force the Pathocracy out of their positions of power.
About the author

Robert Kirkconnell is the author of: American Heart of Darkness: The Transformation of the American Republic into a Pathocracy