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The Sociopathic 1 Percent: The Driving Force at the Heart of the Tea Party


Society & Culture  (tags: Tea Party, 1%, Sociopathic, stock exchange, how they think )

Dandelion
- 165 days ago - alternet.org
"I always said that if I wasn't studying psychopaths in prison, I'd do it at the stock exchange." - Robert Hare, creator of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist and its variants, the most widely used diagnostic tools for psychopathic personalities.



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Kit B. (277)
Monday March 10, 2014, 9:20 am

MJ left this article on the Sanders petition and I read it yesterday. This is some powerful and if evidence is to be believed, accurate information about how these people think. At first, I thought the word Sociopath was too strong a word, we tend to think in terms of criminal behavior; which is exactly why the term fits. Thanks for submitting this, Dandelion. It's well worth the read.
 

Deb E. (64)
Monday March 10, 2014, 11:01 am
The only people who would allow themselves to be bought and do the bidding of those who want to destroy this country are sociopaths. I've been saying for quite sometime that these people are not radicals, they are narcissistic individuals incapable of any kind of compassion or empathy for anyone but themselves and, sometimes, their immediate family. Unless this world gets a grip on what is truly happening to it, I fear things are going to get very nasty. History has a way of repeating itself. Very good article.
 

Barbara K. (88)
Monday March 10, 2014, 11:35 am
I hope we have the fortitude to stand up to these psychos and stop them from destroying our country and us with it. They enlist stupid people to do their bidding, I hope they smarten up soon and see what they have helped to do to this country and to ALL of us, them too. They don't realize that they are destroying themselves with their consumption of hate and lies and spewing that hate and lies to the rest and thankfully, most of us can tell the difference. Thanks for posting this. And if anyone gets the chance, read "Conservatives Without Conscience" by John W. Dean. Another trait of their depravity, they have no conscience and don't care who they destroy.
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Sherri G. (111)
Monday March 10, 2014, 12:33 pm
Sociopaths lie to themselves too to further their interests (e.g. Margaret Thatcher). Thank You Dandelion Noted Excellent article.
 

Lauren Kozen (158)
Monday March 10, 2014, 12:36 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Monday March 10, 2014, 12:39 pm
Excellent article, thanks for sharing.
 

Terry King (108)
Monday March 10, 2014, 1:11 pm
The absolute absence of empathy exhibited by these folks makes my head hurt!
 

Nancy M. (201)
Monday March 10, 2014, 1:34 pm
Interesting, Thanks.

I truly don't understand the people who really do think ONLY of the individual.

Barbara K, I have that book and have been trying to find the time. Thanks for the reminder.
 

Louise D. (38)
Monday March 10, 2014, 2:55 pm
The problem with business culture is that it is an environment that allows sociopaths to thrive and it is this very type of behavior that creates much of the problems in the work force. It is no surprise to see the very type of risky behavior being seen in American politics, just look at the current crop in the GOP showing to varying degrees the classic signs of sociopath behavior. If anything American society has gone to an almost feral approach to civil society, the whole attack on health care demonstrating a complete lack of empathy particularly to the weakest in society, a collection of sound bites from the last week show in harsh perspective how far the GOP's sociopathy is their idea of normal.
 

Linda Moore (220)
Monday March 10, 2014, 3:17 pm
THANKS> Noted, tweeted, shared!
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Monday March 10, 2014, 4:20 pm
Thanks Dandelion
 

Freya H. (304)
Monday March 10, 2014, 4:25 pm
We the 99% need to stop agonizing and start organizing! We need a movement that is much more powerful and much more effective than the Occupy movement. We need to form coalitions, hold massive rallies, and let our gub-mint know that WE are the ones who have the real power - the VOTE.
 

Edwin M. (366)
Monday March 10, 2014, 4:38 pm
Thank you Sheryl
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday March 10, 2014, 4:43 pm
Throughout history before major movements take place many smaller ones do. The Occupy Movement wasn't at all a failure, it helped to change the conversation. It allowed for people to see they were not the only ones that felt the failures of the system upon them. From the Occupy Movement small groups that still operate under the Occupy banner are doing good works, Occupy Sandy is one such example in New Jersey. People learn from smaller type of rallies that ebb and flow, and develop skills and leadership, learn from mistakes, and start other groups, and do become motivated to social justice that can be ongoing throughout their lives. So even as the Occupy Movement didn't solve our issues, it set the stage for future ground swellings.
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Monday March 10, 2014, 5:34 pm
Noted. Interesting. Thanks for posting, Dandelion. My own mom just used to call these types of people "cold-blooded." And, thanks for the additional comments regarding the Occupy movement. I'm still getting their newsletters, and they are quite active on many various issues. Some who were "core members" have branched out and formed other grassroots organizations in areas like the environment and freedom of the press...just as a couple examples.
 

Mitchell D. (130)
Monday March 10, 2014, 7:02 pm
Rand Paul, named, I expect, for Ayn Rand, his father's heroine, is a perfect example of the idiocy of Ayn Rand's point of view, that it is the Individual "Ubber Alles!"
Kit's point about criminal behavior is on the mark: "I take, and take, and take...and keep you from getting your share...Wait! You are not me, ergo, you have no share, get the **** out of the way!"
 

JL A. (275)
Monday March 10, 2014, 7:07 pm
Thanks Dandelion--excellent analysis of how individual behavior and characteristics intersects with economic behavior and impacts.
 

P.S. Gravemaker (62)
Monday March 10, 2014, 9:59 pm
noted + Thanks Dandelion.

"I always said that if I wasn't studying psychopaths in prison, I'd do it at the stock exchange."
That made me laugh.
 

Laurie H. (704)
Monday March 10, 2014, 10:35 pm
So Enjoyed this posting Sheryl! Great overview and analysis~~Shared as well~~~
 

Ros G. (90)
Monday March 10, 2014, 10:51 pm
Thanks for this article..."Thatcherism" remember it well..it affected Australian Politics greatly..The Leader of the Conservative Party Margaret Thatcher 1975-1990 PM Britain 1979 -1990....ALEC formed US..1975..the last "Socialist" Government elected by the People in Australia...sacked by the Conservative Party 1975 (blocked supply - froze the money) because they wanted to "buy back the family farm from England and the US"...see a pattern happening here...Maggie Thatcher..The Iron Lady..first female PM of Great Britain...no wonder people were singing in the streets of London..ding dong the witch is dead..when they heard the news...Julia Gillard the first female PM of Australia head of the Labor Party (the one that got sacked in 1975) modeled herself on you guest it...Maggie Thatcher..down to the point of employing a British Staffer to give the the look, etc
 

AniMae Chi (399)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 1:28 am
Thank You Dandelion xOx
 

Arild Warud (163)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 2:19 am
So true,thanks Sheryl.
 

Dale O. (193)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 2:53 am
An insightful articles on the thoughts behind the cold calculating minds of the far right and their agenda for us all.
 

John Holton (358)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 4:53 am
S and N
 

Shirley S. (173)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 5:17 am
Frightening people !!
 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 5:50 am
I hope someday for "their sake" we can expose the damage "they" have and are doing. It probably i "their" only hope.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 6:26 am
Yes they are guilty of it and the Enbridge approval is just the latest example here in Canada. The TPP and ATPA are two other examples.
There are many factors that create climate change including the planet itself. One of the things no one wants to talk about is the global HAARP Project. This was a program that was developed for oil exploration back in the 80s to locate hard to find oil deposits. By the 90s it was sold to the military. Today there are sixteen facilities globally that are all hooked into a matrix. It is capable of causing earthquakes, tsunamis and agitating volcanic activity. They have also done experiments in the ionosphere, the planet's protective layer and this also is a contributing factor to climate change.
Factor in the changing atmosphere caused by depleted coral reefs; rainforests; fracking; bitumen oil mining; mountain top removal mining and you have a recipe for climate change.
 

Thomas M. (0)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 10:12 am
People vote for them because they believe their lies and fear mongering. Truth is not really in their tool bag of tricks. They will say what they have to say to get elected or to be placed in charge. They do NOT care one iota for anyone or anything other than themselves. Self absorbed and self serving. Check out any of the "bad" bosses you have suffered through in your lifetime - sociopaths deluxe. They destroy organizations without worry. Beware and stay away from them and yes, stay the hell away from the "leaders" being pushed on us by the Repubs - just watch their behavior and statements. Sickening, and people will vote for them.
 

Ellen J. (89)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 10:38 am
Noted & shared. Thanks for sharing, ma'am.
 

Danuta Watola (1191)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 12:04 pm
noted
 

Terrie Williams (768)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 12:39 pm
..."Thatcher was lying when she tacked on “families.” Sociopaths are like that — they lie a lot." Can we say....the ENTIRE GOP? Good....I knew we could. Maybe not all of them are sociopaths.....maybe....but I am damn well hard pressed to find one who isn't.

Thanks for the article! Enlightening.

 

Debra G. (0)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 1:01 pm
We've gone from the concept of "noblesse oblige" to "noblesse obliged to take care of their own and let the rabble eat cake." Now that we understand the 1%, what is it that drives the 99% to vote against their own good? We can't all be fear-driven, or apathetic, or ignorant. So what is the key to get this turned around?
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 1:49 pm
The "key" is in each one of our hands......it doesn't happen with one person it is many joined together with the same Vision. We KNOW their Vision, we are watching it unfold all around us, so we must send our energies to a different place. Each one hold a "key".....use your own key. We each know our strengths, talents, abilities, we all must use them and not just sit back thinking someone else is going to do it.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 2:58 pm
The 1% are mostly enablers. The fascist ruling elite is a far smaller percentage.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 4:41 pm
I thank those who took the time to read this article, I know it was a bit in length, but certainly gave some insight or back up to other articles about the Ayn Rand mentality. I love how the writer summed it up: " You’ll always know what your Tea Party uncle is talking about — even if he, quite honestly, doesn’t have the slightest clue." And that is the saddest fact of all, too many backing an idea that translates to physical reality that they don't understand.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 7:00 pm
This is an extremely important article as it sheds light on the truth about the 1% and the Tea Party. Thank you!
 

A F. (130)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 7:09 pm
Thank you very much!
 

Bryan S. (98)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 10:17 pm
Thanks for the great article, Dandelion. Everyone should see the documentary "The Corporation" mentioned in the article that goes down the checklist of sociopathic behaviors that can be attributed to corporations.

It is human nature to want to be an individual, with all the expression that goes with that, and at the same time, be connected to society and know its well-being enhances individual well-being -- nothing contradictory about it. Only sociopaths like Rand use fear to demonize society. Unfortunately, people buy the nonsense and the wealthy take full advantage of it.

I agree Dandelion, there's so many backers of narcissistic Randian ideas that don't have any idea what they're supporting
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Tuesday March 11, 2014, 11:05 pm
No conscious, no remorse, no feelings of guilt, lies, deception - something very important lacking in soul and spirit. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Pat A. (117)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 12:35 am
Oddly enough I was thinking about this the other day - and about Mrs Thatcher - and thought what a sociopath she was and how it was shown in this remark....

"Remember Margaret Thatcher’s remark, “There is no such thing as society, only individuals”? That’s the sociopathic mindset in a nutshell. Of course, Thatcher added, “and their families,” an obligatory conservative feel-good trope. But as Hanauer told Chris Hayes, “These are the people who did not go to their kid’s soccer games.” In short, Thatcher was lying when she tacked on “families.” Sociopaths are like that — they lie a lot."

The trouble is that her legacy of utter self-centredness and obsession with self and profit and greed are still with us on both side of the pond - and in America of course, her dear friend was Ronald Reagen and his descendents in the GOP - the TP! They caused all of this and their lies were listened to...

I think it was Boris Johnson, the Tory Mayor of London who said the other day 'greed is good' - I hope one day he realises that it isn't!

The followers of Ayn Rand are also following a sociopath.

The BBC did an excellent documentary a year or so ago about sociopathy - and the main US lecturer who was interviewed later revealed that his genes made him high on the percentage scale to be a sociopath - but that he wasn't because his home background was one of loving and caring and facing up to what he had done as a child - which took him in a different direction.

On page 4 it says "The end result of all this was not just a corporate environment in which psychopaths and sociopaths could flourish; it had the effect of turning corporations themselves into sociopaths, as their traditional responsibilities to multiple stakeholders were tossed on the rubbish heap in the name of short-term profits to maximize shareholder value. That was the point of “ The Corporation,” a 2003 Canadian documentary that took the concept of “legal personhood” to its logical conclusion, asked “What kind of person is it?”, and concluded that the answer was “a sociopath.” Hare was even interviewed for the film, which is the most successful documentary in Canadian filmmaking history. This is yet another instance of the sociopathic imagination — once you’ve accepted the basic logic, casting aside all social obligations you simply can’t imagine any way they could be put back again. "

Sorry Dandelion - I made it to page four then tried page nine in the hope there might be a cheerful end paragraph or so, but no... I will try and get back later to read pages five to eight just in case I missed something - a very good article, I just must dash!





 

Bryan S. (98)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 1:19 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1NyWbhCxZE
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 2:54 pm
Thanks Bryan for the link, well that pretty much sums it up doesn't it.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 3:02 pm
For those who can't watch video's here are the words to the song.

Whatever happened to childhood?
We're all scared of the kids in our neighborhood;
They're not small, charming and harmless,
They're a violent bunch of bastard little shits.
And anyone who looks younger than me
Makes me check for my wallet, my phone and my keys,
And I'm tired of being tired out
Always being on the lookout for thieving gits.

We're all wondering how we ended up so scared;
We spent ten long years teaching our kids not to care
And that "there's no such thing as society" anyway,
And all the rich folks act surprised
When all sense of community dies,
But you just closed your eyes to the other side Of all the things that she did.
Thatcher f**ked the kids.

And it seems a little bit rich to me,
The way the rich only ever talk of charity
In times like the seventies, the broken down economy
Meant even the upper tier was needing some help.
But as soon as things look brighter,
Yeah the grin gets wider and the grip gets tighter,
And for every teenage tracksuit mugger
There's a guy in a suit who wouldn't lift a finger for anybody else.

You've got a generation raised on the welfare state,
Enjoyed all its benefits and did just great,
But as soon as they were settled as the richest of the rich,
They kicked away the ladder, told the rest of us that life's a bitch.
And it's no surprise that all the f**k-ups
Didn't show up until the kids had grown up.
But when no one ever smiles or ever helps a stranger,
Is it any f**king wonder our society's in danger of collapse?

So all the kids are bastards,
But don't blame them, yeah, they learn by example.
Blame the folks who sold the future for the highest bid:
That's right, Thatcher f**ked the kids.
 

John B. (215)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 1:14 pm
Thanks Dandelion for the link to the excellent article by Mr. Rosenberg. A long but very great read! Noted and read.
 

Charlie Rush (53)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 10:02 pm
Why some in the 99%, continue to support these extremely wealthy people, is beyond me.
Your money is going in their pockets.

There is no accounting for stupidity.
 

Natalie Away J. (125)
Friday March 14, 2014, 4:43 am
Those kinds of people are just in it for themselves and what they can gain. Very scary for the rest of us.
 

Bryan S. (98)
Friday March 14, 2014, 8:41 am
You're very welcome Dandelion! Those are great lyrics lol.
 

Carol Dreeszen (364)
Friday March 14, 2014, 3:24 pm
Sorry Cheryl...I support the Tea Party and I am not a psycho or anything near it..if anything I feel quite sane about the intentions of the Tea Party, smaller government and more accountability for our government among many other things..same thing I think most people want to see.
 

Bryan S. (98)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 8:00 pm
Carol, everyone wants a government that is more accountable. But as long as we haveTheTea Party candidates payed for by the Koch Bothers, we won't have candidates acountable to the people. I'll admit that a smaller government sounds better, but that doesn't necessarilly mean it is more independent/accountable. Let's get the private money our of politics and go from there.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 10:57 am
Republicans are one thing, but the Tea Party itself Carol is being swayed and in control by the Koch Brothers and other such entities. I think when the Tea Party started it was truly good people like yourself Carol but it has been hijacked. As they say, follow the money. They would like a destruction of our Government which in actuality is our own destruction; for the Government is the We The People. I am in much agreement with Bryan.
 

Charlie Rush (53)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 8:40 pm
The very first thing that liberals should do, is STOP PRETENDING that the conservatives want less government. They continually strive to inject government into our bedrooms, and our private lives.
The only 'less' government they want, is any type of government that will help the less fortunate.

They are all about _Power & Control_, which leads to tremendous selfishness.


 

Michael Dewey (1034)
Monday March 17, 2014, 4:12 am
From what I've witnessed of the leaders of the Tea Party they surely do fit the word sociopath. But the rank and file know as occupy does that the system is rigged against the people. We must find common ground between the 2.
 

Gene Jacobson (251)
Monday March 17, 2014, 3:02 pm
"Call it “the sociopathic imagination,” because sociopaths are defined by their lack of empathy, conscience or any form of intuitive social awareness."

I don't see a single incongruity here. This IS the 1%, this IS the Tea Party and it was the Republican party platform in 2012. It will be again in 2016. There isn't an ounce of compassion to be found amongst the lot of them.
 
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