Be Aware of The Psychopaths in the Rulers' Clothing


[The following is extracted from two articles: Twilight of the
, by Dr. Kevin Barrett and The Trick of the Psychopath's Trade
by Silvia Cattori. Both articles are recommended. Both articles
reference the book Political Ponerology: A science on the nature of
evil adjusted for political purposes
, by Andrzej Lobaczewski. Cattori's article is longer and includes an
interview with the book's editors, Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Henry

I make the effort to share this information because it gives me, at
last, a plausible answer to a long-unanswered question: Why, no
matter how much intelligent goodwill exists in the world, is there so
much war, suffering and injustice? It doesn't seem to matter what
creative plan, ideology, religion, or philosophy great minds come up
with, nothing seems to improve our lot. Since the dawn of
civilization, this pattern repeats itself over and over again.

The answer is that civilization, as we know it, is largely the
creation of psychopaths. All civilizations, our own included, have
been built on slavery and mass murder. Psychopaths have played a
disproportionate role in the development of civilization, because
they are hard-wired to lie, kill, cheat, steal, torture, manipulate,
and generally inflict great suffering on other humans without feeling
any remorse, in order to establish their own sense of security through
domination. The inventor of civilization - the first tribal chieftain
who successfully brainwashed an army of controlled mass murderers -
was almost certainly a genetic psychopath. Since that momentous
discovery, psychopaths have enjoyed a significant advantage over
non-psychopaths in the struggle for power in civilizational
hierarchies - especially military hierarchies.

Behind the apparent insanity of contemporary history, is the actual
insanity of psychopaths fighting to preserve their disproportionate
power. And as their power grows ever-more-threatened, the psychopaths
grow ever-more-desperate. We are witnessing the apotheosis of the
overworld - the overlapping criminal syndicates that lurk above
ordinary society and law just as the underworld lurks below it.

During the past fifty years, psychopaths have gained almost absolute
control of all the branches of government. You can notice this if you
observe carefully that no matter what illegal thing a modern
politician does, no one will really take him to task. All of the so
called scandals that have come up, any one of which would have taken
down an authentic administration, are just farces played out for the
public, to distract them, to make them think that the democracy is
still working.

One of the main factors to consider in terms of how a society can be
taken over by a group of pathological deviants is that the
psychopaths' only limitation is the participation of susceptible
individuals within that given society. Lobaczewski gives an average
figure for the most active deviants of approximately 6% of a given
population. (1% essential psychopaths and up to 5% other
psychopathies and characteropathies.) The essential psychopath is at
the center of the web. The others form the first tier of the
psychopath's control system.

The next tier of such a system is composed of individuals who were
born normal, but are either already warped by long-term exposure to
psychopathic material via familial or social influences, or who,
through psychic weakness have chosen to meet the demands of
psychopathy for their own selfish ends. Numerically, according to
Lobaczewski, this group is about 12% of a given population under
normal conditions.

So approximately 18% of any given population is active in the
creation and imposition of a Pathocracy. The 6% group constitutes the
Pathocratic nobility and the 12% group forms the new bourgeoisie,
whose economic situation is the most advantageous.

When you understand the true nature of psychopathic influence, that
it is conscienceless, emotionless, selfish, cold and calculating, and
devoid of any moral or ethical standards, you are horrified, but at
the same time everything suddenly begins to makes sense. Our society
is ever more soulless because the people who lead it and who set the
example are soulless - they literally have no conscience.

In his book Political Ponerology, Andrej Lobaczewski explains that
clinical psychopaths enjoy advantages even in non-violent
competitions to climb the ranks of social hierarchies. Because they
can lie without remorse (and without the telltale physiological
stress that is measured by lie detector tests), psychopaths can
always say whatever is necessary to get what they want. In court, for
example, psychopaths can tell extreme bald-faced lies in a plausible
manner, while their sane opponents are handicapped by an emotional
predisposition to remain within hailing distance of the truth. Too
often, the judge or jury imagines that the truth must be somewhere in
the middle, and then issues decisions that benefit the psychopath. As
with judges and juries, so too with those charged with decisions
concerning who to promote and who not to promote in corporate,
military and governmental hierarchies. The result is that all
hierarchies inevitably become top-heavy with psychopaths. Since
psychopaths have no limitations on what they can or will do to get to
the top, the ones in charge are generally pathological. It is not
power that corrupts, it is that corrupt individuals seek power.

How can we distinguish between psychopaths and healthy people? What
is the portrait of a true psychopath?

Such a dangerous question has almost never been successfully asked.
The reason is that we mistakenly confuse healthy for normal. Human
psychological diversity is the health of our race. There is no normal
because healthy humans continuously evolve beyond all normalizing
standards. The terrorism of searching through hierarchies for anyone
deviating from normal is no different from witch hunts or
Inquisitions. You must remember that hierarchies thrive on such low
dramas, torturing victims until they confess to evil beliefs. Not so
long ago the church and state ongoingly acquired significant income
and property through witch hunts and Inquisitions. This continued for
over two hundred and fifty years. Ten generations of Europeans
understood pogrom as normal life. Let us not return to that
nightmare. Testing for normal is guaranteed to backfire in our face.
There is no normal. But there is conscience.

We have very little empirical evidence to support the idea that true
psychopathy is the result of an abused childhood, and much empirical
evidence to support that it is genetic. The neurobiological model
offers us the greatest hope of being able to identify even the most
devious psychopath. Other recent studies lead to similar results and
conclusions: that psychopaths have great difficulty processing verbal
and nonverbal affective (emotional) material, that they tend to
confuse the emotional significance of events, and most importantly,
that these deficits show up in brain scans! A missing internal
connection between the feeling heart and the thinking brain is

Psychopaths are incapable of authentic deep emotions. In fact, when
Robert Hare, a Canadian psychologist who spent his career studying
psychopathy, did brain scans on psychopaths while showing them two
sets of words, one set of neutral words with no emotional
associations and a second set with emotionally charged words, while
different areas of the brain lit up in the non-psychopathic control
group, in the psychopaths, both sets were processed in the same area
of the brain, the area that deals with language. They did not have an
emotional reaction until they intellectually concluded that it would
be better if they had one, and then they whipped up an emotional
response just for show.

The simplest, clearest and truest portrait of the psychopath is
given in the titles of three seminal works on the subject: Without
Conscience by Robert Hare, The Mask of Sanity by Hervey Cleckley, and
Snakes in Suits by Robert Hare and Paul Babiak. A psychopath is
exactly that: conscienceless. The most important thing to remember is
that this lack of conscience is hidden from view behind a mask of
normality that is often so convincing that even experts are deceived.
As a result, psychopaths become the Snakes in Suits that control our

Psychopaths lack a sense of remorse or empathy with others. They can
be extremely charming and are experts at using talk to charm and
hypnotize their prey. They are also irresponsible. Nothing is ever
their fault; someone else or the world at large is always to blame
for all of their problems or their mistakes. Martha Stout, in her
book The Sociopath Next Door
, identifies what she calls the pity ploy. Psychopaths use pity to
manipulate. They convince you to give them one more chance, and to
not tell anyone about what they have done. So another trait - and a
very important one - is their ability to control the flow of

They also seem to have little real conception of past or future,
living entirely for their immediate needs and desires. Because of the
barren quality of their inner life, they are often seeking new
thrills, anything from feeling the power of manipulating others to
engaging in illegal activities simply for the rush of adrenaline.

Another trait of the psychopath is what Lobaczewski calls their
special psychological knowledge of normal people. They have studied
us. They know us better than we know ourselves. They are experts in
knowing how to push our buttons, to use our emotions against us. But
beyond that, they even seem to have some sort of hypnotic power over
us. When we begin to get caught up in the web of the psychopath, our
ability to think deteriorates, gets muddied. They seem to cast some
sort of spell over us. It is only later when we are no longer in
their presence, out of their spell, that the clarity of thought
returns and we find ourselves wondering how it was that we were
unable to respond or counter what they were doing.

Psychopaths learn to recognize each other in a crowd as early as
childhood, and they develop an awareness of the existence of other
individuals similar to themselves. They also become conscious of
being of a different world from the majority of other people
surrounding them. They view us from a certain distance.

Think about the ramifications of this statement: Psychopaths are, to
some extent, self-aware as a group even in childhood! Recognizing
their fundamental difference from the rest of humanity, their
allegiance would be to others of their kind, that is, to other

Their own twisted sense of honor compels them to cheat and revile
non-psychopaths and their values. In contradiction to the ideals of
normal people, psychopaths feel breaking promises and agreements is
normal behavior.

Not only do they covet possessions and power and feel they have the
right to them just because they exist and can take them, but they
gain special pleasure in usurping and taking from others; what they
can plagiarize, swindle, and extort are fruits far sweeter than those
they can earn through honest labor. They also learn very early how
their personalities can have traumatizing effects on the
personalities of non-psychopaths, and how to take advantage of this
root of terror for purposes of achieving their goals.

So now, imagine how human beings who are totally in the dark about
the presence of psychopaths can be easily deceived and manipulated by
these individuals, gaining power in different countries, pretending to
be loyal to the local populations while at the same time playing up
obvious and easily discernable physical differences between groups
(such as race, skin color, religion, etc). Psychologically normal
humans would be set against one another on the basis of unimportant
differences (think of Rwanda 1994, think of Israelis and
Palestinians) while the deviants in power, with a fundamental
difference from the rest of us, a lack of conscience, an inability to
feel for another human being, reaped the benefits and pulled the

We are seeing the final desperate power-grab or endgame (Alex Jones)
of brutal, cunning gangs of CIA drug-runners and President-killers;
money-laundering international bankers and their hit-men - economic
and otherwise; corrupt military contractors and gung-ho generals;
corporate predators and their political enablers; brainwashers and
mind-rapists euphemistically known as psy-ops and PR specialists - in
short, the whole crew of certifiable psychopaths running our so-called
civilization. And they are running scared.

Why does the Pathocracy fear losing its control? Because it is
threatened by the spread of knowledge. The greatest fear of any
psychopath is of being found out.

Psychopaths go through life knowing that they are completely
different from other people. Deep down they know something is missing
in them. They quickly learn to hide their lack of empathy, while
carefully studying others' emotions so as to mimic normalcy while
cold-bloodedly manipulating the normals.

Today, thanks to new information technologies, we are on the brink
of unmasking the psychopaths and building a civilization of, by and
for the healthy human being - a civilization without war, a
civilization based on truth, a civilization in which the saintly few
rather than the diabolical few would gravitate to positions of power.
We already have the knowledge necessary to diagnose psychopathic
personalities and keep them out of power. We have the knowledge
necessary to dismantle the institutions in which psychopaths
especially flourish - militaries, intelligence agencies, large
corporations, and secret societies. We simply need to disseminate
this knowledge, and the will to use it, as widely and as quickly as

Until the knowledge and awareness of pathological human beings is
given the attention it deserves and becomes part of the general
knowledge of all human beings, there is no way that things can be
changed in any way that is effective and long-lasting. If half the
people agitating for truth or stopping the war or saving the earth
would focus their efforts, time and money on exposing psychopathy, we
might get somewhere.

One might ask if the weak point of our society has been our
tolerance of psychopathic behavior? Our disbelief that someone could
seem like an intelligent leader and still be acting deceptively on
their own behalf without conscience? Or is it merely ignorance?

If the general voting public is not aware that there exists a
category of people we sometimes perceive as almost human, who look
like us, who work with us, who are found in every race, every
culture, speaking every language, but who are lacking conscience, how
can the general public take care to block them from taking over the
hierarchies? General ignorance of psychopathology may prove to be the
downfall of civilization. We stand by like grazing sheep as
political/corporate elites throw armies of our innocent sons and
daughters against fabricated enemies as a way of generating trillions
in profits, vying against each other for pathological hegemony.

Nearly everyone who has been part of an organization working for
social change has probably seen the same dynamic play out: The good
and sincere work of many can be destroyed by the actions of one
person. That doesn't bode well for bringing some sort of justice to
the planet! In fact, if psychopaths dominate political hierarchies,
is it any wonder that peaceful demonstrations have zero impact on the
outcome of political decisions? Perhaps it is time to choose something
other than massive, distant hierarchies as a way of governing

So many efforts to provide essays, research reports, expos and
books to leaders so they might take the new information to heart and
change their behavior have come to naught. For example, in the final
paragraph of his revised edition of the book, The Party's Over,
Richard Heinberg writes:

I still believe that if the people of the world can be helped to
understand the situation we are in, the options available, and the
consequences of the path we are currently on, then it is at least
possible that they can be persuaded to undertake the considerable
effort and sacrifice that will be entailed in a peaceful transition
to a sustainable, locally based, decentralized, low-energy,
resource-conserving social regime. But inspired leadership will be

And that is the just-murdered fantasy. There are no inspired leaders
anymore. And in hierarchical structures there can't be. Assuming that
you can elect men or women to office who will see reason and the
light of day, and who will change and learn and grow, make
compassionate decisions and take conscientious actions... is a
foolish, childish dream. Continuing to dream it simply plays into
psychopathic agendas.

Only when the 75% of humanity with a healthy conscience come to
understand that we have a natural predator, a group of people who
live amongst us, viewing us as powerless victims to be freely fed
upon for achieving their inhuman ends, only then will we take the
fierce and immediate actions needed to defend what is preciously
human. Psychological deviants have to be removed from any position of
power over people of conscience, period. People must be made aware
that such individuals exist and must learn how to spot them and their
manipulations. The hard part is that one must also struggle against
those tendencies to mercy and kindness in oneself in order not to
become prey.

The real problem is that the knowledge of psychopathy and how
psychopaths rule the world has been effectively hidden. People do not
have the adequate, nuanced knowledge they need to really make a change
from the bottom up. Again and again, throughout history it has been
meet the new boss, same as the old boss. If there is any work that is
deserving of full time efforts and devotion for the sake of helping
humanity in this present dark time, it is the study of psychopathy
and the propagation of this information as far and wide and fast as

There are only two things that can bring a psychopath under

A bigger psychopath.

The non-violent, absolute refusal to submit to psychopathic controls
no matter the consequences (non-violent noncompliance).

Let us choose path 2! If individuals simply sat down and refused to
lift a hand to further one single aim of the psychopathic agenda, if
people refused to pay taxes, if soldiers refused to fight, if
government workers and corporate drones and prison guards refused to
go to work, if doctors refused to treat psychopathic elites and their
families, the whole system would grind to a screeching halt.

True change happens in the moment that a person becomes aware of
psychopathy in all its chilling details. From this new awareness, the
world looks different, and entirely new actions can be taken.
Distinguishing between human and psychopathic qualities begins the
foundation of responsibility upon which we have a real chance to
create sustainable culture.

Clinton Callahan, originator of Possibility Management, author of
Radiant Joy Brilliant Love
, founder of Callahan Academy
, empowers responsible creative leadership through authentic personal

cathymoore's picture

This is a very interesting twist on getting the 'truth' out.
In the Self-Care framework we teach in our nursing curriculum, we believe individuals are self-care agents .
We believe deficits occurr when there is a lack of one or more of the following 3 things:
1. knowledge
2. skill
3. motivation
It is interesting that this article proposes that the sheer knowledge of what a psychopath is would produce both the skill and the motivation to take a stand, even a non-violent one, that would generate a collapse of the corrupt system.
In truth, the article provides knowledge. It even tells us there are tests for psychopathology that can be used to prevent 'these people' from getting into positions of power. Here's where I have a problem.
What are we going to define as positions of power?
To survive a career in the medical field, or in the sales field, people need to have some psychopathic traits. Just as an air-traffic controller position is best suited to a person with some obsessive compulsive traits. The qualities that make a 'good general' in the ranks are the same qualities that create havoc in family lives.
Testing people sounds reasonable but do we all get tested? Do we get tested for all the personality disorders or only to determine if we are psychopaths?
What do we then do with all the psychopaths? Since the pathology is genetic, do we sterilize known psychopaths?

Although I agree that knowledge is power & that discerning a psychopath in action is an acquired skill, I do not see the proposed solutions as providing the motivation for self-care.

Taking responsibility for ourselves, our thoughts, our words, our actions, our errors and our omissions is where it starts.

I believe we are in this mess because we created it by giving our 'power 'away (i.e. our responsibility to self).

I do want to thank you for sharing this- it has stirred up much in me and so it is a gift!


lightwins's picture

for your thoughts Cathy; I apreciate the insightful analysis.


ChrisBowers's picture

"We are witnessing the apotheosis of the overworld - the overlapping criminal syndicates that lurk above ordinary society and law just as the underworld lurks below it."

Nailed it!!!!!

"During the past fifty years, psychopaths have gained almost absolute control of all the branches of government. You can notice this if you observe carefully that no matter what illegal thing a modern politician does, no one will really take him to task. All of the so called scandals that have come up, any one of which would have taken down an authentic administration, are just farces played out for the public, to distract them, to make them think that the democracy is still working".

"Manufactured Dissent", described so well by Michel Chossudovsky, really opened my eyes and helps me to watch "the news" with open eyes that seek to discover the real story by seeing what they are lying about and see what they are choosing not to talk about. Another very interesting phenomenon is the "virtuous" class of people right below the power structure made up of these psychopath deviants. These servants that feel they are doing "God's good work" make it so easy for the others at the top to remain cloaked in "plausible deniability", age after age after age after............

My hope is that all this is still the seemingly cumbersome birth pangs of ascension and we will ultimately blow right past all this insanity in due time. I sense the duality in me on a daily basis of the eyes wide open to what is actually happening in the world today and the very relevant hopes and dreams of a new tomorrow to transcend these cumbersome and crazy todays.

Trying to live as if "One" mattered, Chris

At one time or another in one life or another we all have played the role of arch-villian.  In order to change this we must open our hearts, ignite our Sacred Fire and move beyond duality.  The game of duality requires villians.  It requires White Knights.  The truth is that both are from the same circle.  It is our job to simultaneous reject and integrate this within us.

Integration of the Dark into the Light does not mean capitulization.  It is more elegant and much more empowered powerful than that.  Consider this.... when have you acted without regard for another for your own self interests.  At least once in your life.  But, you integrated that into LOVE and moved beyond that type of thinking and behavior.  You raised your consciousness, changed your frequency and expanded your Awareness.

Change begins with the self.  As we change our own selves we change the world around us.  The more that do their own inner work.. the more flow and entrainment is created.  This is the flowing of critical mass.

Yes, it is good to be aware of the psychopaths.  But oppostion is not going to change them, integration is. 

There is an old phrase, my mentor, William used to say to me when I came up against the Dark:  "Kill'em with L O V E."  What he meant is change the agreement.  It is not giving "love" with a lower case L that he meant, but instead being LOVE is what he meant.  It meant changing the agreement.

Changing the agreement takes practice.  It takes dedication.  I does not require psycho-social fill in the bubble tests, it does not require ink blots, it does not require DMS certification, psych wards, drugs, big pharma.  It simply requires changing the agreement which begins with opening the HEART.

This changing of agreement is already occuring.  All across the world, the despots are being removed from power.  The masses are awakening.  They are changing their agreements with power.  They are empowering themselves.  We are empowering ourselves.

To watch the American News is like watching a rigged game.  It does not give a clear picture.  Watching Livestream does not give a clear picture.  Instead, look around you where you are at.  How can you open your HEART and change your Agreements.  What can you do to change what is around you? 

The systems that rule our world are crumbling.  Systems require energy to continue.  Energies are being shifted toward new systems.  It is messy as all births are messy.  I have yet to see any birth that was clean and sterile without some sort of transition that could be interpreted as **pain**-- but is it really pain that is to be avoided or is it pain that is simply information to be used to facilitate birth? 

Focusing on what is falling away only keeps that which is falling away in power.  Focusing on the new systems that are emerging that we are creating-- empowers powerfully the New Earth.

We are the NEW EARTH.  You and I and all the millions of people who are calling and working toward change in whatever way they can within themselves and in thier community, village, state, town, hamlet.


I bless you all with Love.




Noa's picture

This is a controversial topic because there is a fine line between adversely stereotyping and discriminating against people vs. identifying those who intend us harm so that we may protect ourselves.

It's becoming an accepted fact that psychopaths run the world.  Now whether one refers to such people as soul-less, STS (service to self), sociopaths, or psychic vampires, it is evident that the mindset is hardly altruistic. 

This type of person exists in all walks of life.  In my daily life, I am encountering the like in increasing numbers. This is no accident.  The matrix we live in is designed to perpetuate into acceptance those behaviors that would otherwise be considered abnormal, abhorrant, or perverted.  Such encounters sometimes leave me questioning my own sanity or wondering if there are any sane people left on the planet.

Paul Levy refers to this phenonmenon as "Wetiko Psychosis."  He describes it as a "virus" that spreads and grows amongst the population until true sanity is no longer recognizable.  Without discernment, people often stay in toxic relationships, while their life force is systematically sucked dry.

That's why I'm posting this video.  It will help you identify the traits most associated with those who prey upon others so that you can make informed choices. 

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