Posts Tagged ‘sociopathy’

Socialized Cost

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

An insight into why human societies self-destruct:

The article reports that today the spam industry earns about $200 million each year, while $20 billion is spent trying to block spam.

A few people, in a misguided quest for wealth, create a huge cost that is borne by others, not just in wealth but in the number of hours they must spend at jobs and cleaning up the mess.

This is analogous to the people who smash in car windows to take under $50 of goods, or rob convenience stores with shotguns for a few hundred dollars. The benefit is small; the consequences are vast.

Modern societies try to avoid this by subsidizing bad behavior, but that is also a socialized cost, and “what you tolerate, you get more of,” which explains why they are awash in this kind of petty but expensive criminal behavior.

If instead of crusading against crime, we removed people of a criminal mindset, civilization could take a deep breath and relax, and people could spend more time on life and less on cleaning up after the sociopathic.

What Went Wrong In The West During WWII?

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Something went wrong in the West during WWII. Perhaps it was that after fighting “the war to end all wars,” people lost faith in the system but cashed in anyway. Perhaps it was the population boom, or the sheer misery of modern society, but something caused an explosion of bad behavior:

Before the baby boomers came around, the so-called Greatest Generation came of age in a time of war and depression and learned firsthand the benefits of social solidarity and so they continued to invest in society throughout their lives, Gibney said.

…He points to a general election where both candidates were hesitant to discuss entitlement reform or tax increases as one of the reasons why climate change, high levels of student debt and a last minute, backstop approach to infrastructure may continue indefinitely.

“My assertion isn’t that all boomers are sociopaths, but that a sufficiently large percentage of them behave in ways that appear to be sociopathic and because they’re such a large generation … any personality defects could easily translate into political dysfunction. I think that is what happened.”

Sociopaths, or individualists? As one esteemed Neoreactionary is fond of saying, there are only two paths in life: the path of service to others, and service to self. When one serves the self, that comes before anything else, and other people and objects are means to that end. Humanity certainly has been behaving that way of late.

In my view, it may not be so simple, in that there is a third path, which is service to transcendentals, like principle, aesthetics and quality. But this would probably qualify under “service to others” for most people, if we include ancestors, nature, the future and optimal human existence as others.

Looking at this in a historical context, we see that the 1920s offered one of the first real “Me generation” vibes. That group became the parents of the kids who were born in the 1940s and comprised the most virulent wing of the Boomer generation. Their psychology was created in part by the utter futility of the First World War, and what most saw as clear signs of civilization decline.

Then, as if by magic, they were saved. After a horrible war, the Americans came out on top by virtue of having lost the least to bombing and invasion. This however created an epic entitlement mentality, and this showed in how the “Greatest Generation” treated their kids. This created a nasty dynamic of resentment between children and parents.

As a result, the Baby Boomers took revenge. They used the Leftist views of their parents against them, and in doing so, seized the moral high ground and took over their civilization. Unfortunately, their ideas were nonsense, and so they created disaster, to which their response was to fall back onto the ideas of their parents… entitlement.

Millennials get quite a bit of blame for being essentially The Me Generation II, but having grown up and been indoctrinated in an educational system re-designed by Boomers, it is not surprising that the clay bears the impression of the mold. Those who come after them have seen the disaster being repeated, and have less of an individualist mentality.

Was this sociopathy, or institutionalized sociopathy? The latter seems likely, since Leftism by virtue of having its roots in egalitarianism tends to individualism, as did The Enlightenment™ before it. We programmed ourselves to be selfish and as a result, produced a desperate mentality which led to this sociopathic result.

The loveliness of boats

Saturday, March 5th, 2016


When you look at the breadth and depth of our decline, finding a source seems impossible. Many are suggested; most are scapegoats. You will not respect yourself if you go chasing after symbols of evil instead of the evil itself.

But ask yourself: what, if it went missing, would immediately end our decline?

If all The Rich™ disappeared tomorrow, nothing would change. We would simply have new people with money taking their places. Similarly, if The Jews™ all went away, their places would be taken by those who think similarly, namely gentile Leftists, to the Jewish Leftists.

But what if all Leftists disappeared tomorrow? Perhaps they could be led down to the docks and put onto lovely boats, which would compassionately convey them to a new land, perhaps Brazil? That way they would not get to enact their desires for us to become Brazil 2.0 but would merely experience the original version.

Lovely, lovely boats. In our desire for retribution against those who caused this mess, we tend to forget that it was us. We adopted some illusory ideas and ruin followed. It is that simple. But fixing it could be even simpler if we deported those who embrace the illusory ideas and build their identity out of them. A new space would exist for rebuilding.

Of course, if the Leftists departed certain industries would collapse. Hollywood and journalism would become ghost towns. Pornography would wither and die. Legal marijuana might become harder to find, as would novelty objects. The popular music industry might have to fall back on local musicians of talent but not “flair” for mass popularity.

And yet, life would regain a certain calm. The manic push for achieving wish fulfillment scenarios through government would also depart. People might become content with ordinary life again, and doing the best they can to be the best of what they are, instead of dreaming about what they might be as empowered by the Leftist regime.

The lovely boats would depart, uniting the Leftists with the inevitable end result of their ideas, and all would be happy. Those of us living in the feral, atavistic, primitive and time-honored ways of our ancestors would be forced to confront the end results of those ideas. And Leftists, the same for their ideas.

It seems tragic, the parting of people. Yet nature works by sorting, separating groups by the direction in which they are headed. Leftists want one vision, one cursed by history, and the rest of us — doubtless less educated™, enlightened™ and empathetic — want another. Nothing is more natural than our separation.

On the morning after the Leftists go, what remains? Normal life. Unexciting, perhaps, but at least in line with reality, showing the reason that certain ideas have prevailed across time. Comfortable. Stable. Normal. But not fitting for Leftists.

Instead, they can wave goodbye to us from the lovely boats, and think of the Utopia that awaits them: diversity, pluralism, democracy, self-expression, individualism and compassion. They will at long last be separate from those that hold them back. They will finally be free.

And so will we….

Passing the Buck

Monday, September 8th, 2014


Everyone recognizes the gross violation when a guy is driving a car that bellows smoke like a mobile chimney. His car isn’t maintained and he knows it, but does nothing about it. His life is likely the same mess of moving wreckage everywhere he goes.

Politicians recognize the specific offense of pollution, as if it is unusual and isolated from a mindset and spirit, rather than the general problem of disorganization and its wider consequences. They then attempt to limit its harm by winnowing the population through mandated periodic emissions tests administered at the time of vehicle registration renewal.

Offenders aren’t even 1% of the population, but everyone else becomes engulfed in a dragnet of implied guilt that requires all to prove that even new and well maintained cars are innocent of pollution. This process involves going to a service station to pay a worker to inspect and approve the car, and then visiting a government office to wait among a large crowd to eventually pay for a sticker proving lack of violation. Everyone is required to waste hours of waiting in order to be legal, and then repeat this dreadful process every year or two.

Garages are pleased to have state mandated emission inspections. They are guaranteed a generous fee for a few minutes of work, and can open garages that run exclusively on the long lines of people who need to be certified as innocent of pollution. When run efficiently, a single garage bay can earn several hundred dollars an hour. The emission tests can be easily faked and their steps skipped to maximize the number of cars processed. If your car is in violation, you can pass with a small bribe.

Citizens just want to get through the exam. They see it as ludicrous and don’t care if the check is faked and skipped. They want to minimize the amount of their time wasted by government policies.

Garages want to take advantage of government policies that guarantee them customers and healthy margins. Individual garage employees see how the mandate annoys citizens and that bribes to speed the process and pass defective vehicles are a good way to earn a side income.

Governments don’t care about the practical costs of their policies or their lack of correspondence with stated purpose. They earn money from mandatory obedience, expand their breadth of authority, and can claim to have solved the problem despite it continuing to appear.

By not going after observed offenders and instead creating a thoughtless system mandating everyone prove compliance, government has created a gap so distant from reality that it was almost immediately filled by innovative bribe takers and resentful citizens, somewhat reducing the new imposition on their lives but utterly failing to solve the original problem.

So it is with democratic policies decided upon by diverse committees seeking popular appeal and not actual solutions. Those who had a hand in the law will use it to promote themselves in the next election as protectors of the people and the fragile earth.

They would be best remembered as big talking hucksters who promised to fix problems, weren’t sufficiently concerned or smart enough to figure them out, and instead left behind a maze of new obstacles and a cloud of smoke as the next snake oil salesman took the stage with a warm smile and an assortment of new offerings crafted for a credulous public.

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