10) Socialism Facilitates Madness
“The victory of socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!” – Che Guevara
“I am a bad, wicked man, but I am practicing moral self-purification; I don’t eat meat any more, I now eat rice cutlets.” – Vladimir Lenin
Socialism has, more than any other social or economic system, allowed the greatest number of sociopaths to rise to the greatest heights of power in the quickest possible time. In a popular blog analyzing and observing the human phenomenon of psychotic and anti-social behavior, one of the authors reports on how unlikely it may seem that so many sociopaths were able to obtain absolute power during the 20th century; imposing their holistic social pathologies within every social sphere. “How did they do it,” you might ask? Through socialism.
Psychopathy is usually analyzed as an individual psychological phenomenon. As we’ve seen, the term describes individuals without conscience, with shallow emotions, who are able to impersonate fully developed human beings and mimic feelings of love, caring and other-regarding impulses to fulfill their deviant goals: be that stealing your money, stealing your heart or both. This phenomenon becomes all the more toxic, and dangerous, when such individuals rise to national power and manage to create totalitarian regimes ruled by mind-control, deception, lack of individual and collective rights and freedoms, and arbitrary displays of power.
Psychopathic, or at least seriously disordered rulers, such as Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Ceausescu show what happens when (their) pathology spreads to a whole country. Given that psychopaths are estimated to be, at most, only 4 percent of the population, it’s difficult to imagine how they manage to rise to positions of authority over more or less normal human beings to impose a social pathology in every social sphere: from education, to the police force, to the juridical system, to the media.