The Power Structure, Part One of Our Rotten Society, a Series by Stephen
An honest evaluation, with no preconceptions, and no holds barred, looking into our rotten society. Critiquing the all-pervading denial and indoctrination that inculcate our wasteful existences, and suppress the good buried deep inside.
Creating the Monster
Historical anthropology traces mankind’s encroaching progress from a cohabitant species to a dominant species. What brought about this transition? And why has it been so destructive?
Since time immemorial there have been rulers and leaders in any given society upholding positions of power over the weak and perceived ‘less worthy’ whom they exploit for profit. Examples of such leaders include: ‘Alexander the great’, Emperor Nero, ‘William the Conqueror’ Genghis Khan, Adolf Hitler, and Rupert Murdoch, to name but a few.
In our own land which is nowadays called Britain, from the Mercians to the Iceni, and beyond in a never-ending pageant of dictatorial thugs and downright criminals, right up to the present day ruling class, the masses have been controlled by a smaller, power-crazed subsection of society.
The power bases are continually seeking to extend their controlling influence, through either annihilation or assimilation of neighbouring regions or nations. Even in our own time battles continue to be fought for the gain of rulers by the unfortunate people beneath them.
Were it not for sociopathic leaders, millions upon millions of people would not have been treated as cannon fodder in trench warfare, for no more valid reason than to satisfy the blood lust of a few generals, and undemocratic leaders. It is always the ordinary people, following like sheep, who go to war on behalf of the people barking commands from their nuclear bunkers. These sociopaths have an aptitude for manipulation, and churn out phrases such as ‘it’s your patriotic duty to die for your country.’ In more recent years, the rhetoric is to go to war for democracy/peace.
Such power grabs by monomaniacal rulers have happened everywhere inhabited by mankind. The modern word for an individual who exhibits such a lust and facility for domination – who exists at the top of the chain, calling all the shots – is ‘sociopath’.
Profile of a sociopath (full definitions here):
- Manipulative and Conning
- Grandiose Sense of Self
- Pathological Lying
- Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
- Shallow Emotions
- Incapacity for Love
- Need for Stimulation
- Callousness/Lack of Empathy
- Poor Behavioural Controls/Impulsive Nature
- Early Behaviour Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
- Promiscuous Sexual Behaviour /Infidelity
- Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
- Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility.
One hasn’t got to demonstrate all these traits to be classified as a sociopath, but to exhibit most of these social markers would mean one is classifiable as a ‘sociopath’. (And obviously not all sociopaths are in positions of power!)
But it would seem such ruthless characteristics enable one to prosper in society. The similarities between sociopaths and political movers and shakers is markedly apparent when a mere moment is spent reflecting upon politics in general, and the decisions our political leaders make on our behalf.
Sociopaths can’t help it!
Indeed, it is unsurprising, even, that those whom elbow their way into positions of power have sociopathic tendencies. This is because their thirst for the acquisition of power and the drive to dominate others is for them a compelling impulse. They seek out positions where they can exert their authority and dominate others – whereas to people who lack the same controlling impulse, such roles are unattractive propositions.
Of course, the problem is that the controlling, leaderly characteristics of the people who have trampled their way to the top come bound up with negative sociopathic traits, which are incompatible with fair and just decision making.