The Pathocracy of the Deep State

Politicians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths. I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this…

That a small minority of human beings literally have no conscience was and is a bitter pill for our society to swallow — but it does explain a great many things, shamelessly deceitful political behavior being one.”—Dr. Martha Stout, clinical psychologist and former instructor at Harvard Medical School

Twenty years ago, a newspaper headline asked the question: “What’s the difference between a politician and a psychopath?

The answer, then and now, remains the same: None.

There is no difference between psychopaths and politicians.

Nor is there much of a difference between the havoc wreaked on innocent lives by uncaring, unfeeling, selfish, irresponsible, parasitic criminals and elected officials who lie to their constituents, trade political favors for campaign contributions, turn a blind eye to the wishes of the electorate, cheat taxpayers out of hard-earned dollars, favor the corporate elite, entrench the military industrial complex, and spare little thought for the impact their thoughtless actions and hastily passed legislation might have on defenseless citizens.

Psychopaths and politicians both have a tendency to be selfish, callous, remorseless users of others, irresponsible, pathological liars, glib, con artists, lacking in remorse and shallow.

Charismatic politicians, like criminal psychopaths, exhibit a failure to accept responsibility for their actions, have a high sense of self-worth, are chronically unstable, have socially deviant lifestyles, need constant stimulation, have parasitic lifestyles and possess unrealistic goals.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about Democrats or Republicans.

Political psychopaths are all largely cut from the same pathological cloth, brimming with seemingly easy charm and boasting calculating minds. Such leaders eventually create pathocracies: totalitarian societies bent on power, control, and destruction of both freedom in general and those who exercise their freedoms.

Once psychopaths gain power, the result is usually some form of totalitarian government or a pathocracy.

“At that point, the government operates against the interests of its own people except for favoring certain groups,” author James G. Long notes. “We are currently witnessing deliberate polarizations of American citizens, illegal actions, and massive and needless acquisition of debt. This is typical of psychopathic systems, and very similar things happened in the Soviet Union as it overextended and collapsed.”

In other words, electing a psychopath to public office is tantamount to national hara-kiri, the ritualized act of self-annihilation, self-destruction and suicide. It signals the demise of democratic government and lays the groundwork for a totalitarian regime that is legalistic, militaristic, inflexible, intolerant and inhuman.

Incredibly, despite clear evidence of the damage that has already been inflicted on our nation and its citizens by a psychopathic government, voters continue to elect psychopaths to positions of power and influence.

According to investigative journalist Zack Beauchamp,

“In 2012, a group of psychologists evaluated every President from Washington to Bush II using ‘psychopathy trait estimates derived from personality data completed by historical experts on each president.’ They found that presidents tended to have the psychopath’s characteristic fearlessness and low anxiety levels — traits that appear to help Presidents, but also might cause them to make reckless decisions that hurt other people’s lives.”

The willingness to prioritize power above all else, including the welfare of their fellow human beings, ruthlessness, callousness and an utter lack of conscience are among the defining traits of the sociopath.

When our own government no longer sees us as human beings with dignity and worth but as things to be manipulated, maneuvered, mined for data, manhandled by police, conned into believing it has our best interests at heart, mistreated, jailed if we dare step out of line, and then punished unjustly without remorse—all the while refusing to own up to its failings—we are no longer operating under a constitutional republic.

Instead, what we are experiencing is a pathocracy: tyranny at the hands of a psychopathic government, which “operates against the interests of its own people except for favoring certain groups.”

Worse, psychopathology is not confined to those in high positions of government. It can spread like a virusamong the populace. As an academic study into pathocracy concluded, “[T]yranny does not flourish because perpetuators are helpless and ignorant of their actions. It flourishes because they actively identify with those who promote vicious acts as virtuous.”

People don’t simply line up and salute. It is through one’s own personal identification with a given leader, party or social order that they become agents of good or evil.

Much depends on how leaders “cultivate a sense of identification with their followers,” says Professor Alex Haslam.

“I mean one pretty obvious thing is that leaders talk about ‘we’ rather than ‘I,’ and actually what leadership is about is cultivating this sense of shared identity about ‘we-ness’ and then getting people to want to act in terms of that ‘we-ness,’ to promote our collective interests. . . . [We] is the single word that has increased in the inaugural addresses over the last century . . . and the other one is ‘America.’”

The goal of the modern corporate state is obvious: to promote, cultivate, and embed a sense of shared identification among its citizens. To this end, “we the people” have become “we the police state.”

We are fast becoming slaves in thrall to a faceless, nameless, bureaucratic totalitarian government machine that relentlessly erodes our freedoms through countless laws, statutes, and prohibitions.

Any resistance to such regimes depends on the strength of opinions in the minds of those who choose to fight back. What this means is that we the citizenry must be very careful that we are not manipulated into marching in lockstep with an oppressive regime.

Writing for ThinkProgress, Beauchamp suggests that “one of the best cures to bad leaders may very well be political democracy.”

But what does this really mean in practical terms?

It means holding politicians accountable for their actions and the actions of their staff using every available means at our disposal: through investigative journalism (what used to be referred to as the Fourth Estate) that enlightens and informs, through whistleblower complaints that expose corruption, through lawsuits that challenge misconduct, and through protests and mass political action that remind the powers-that-be that “we the people” are the ones that call the shots.

Remember, education precedes action. Citizens need to the do the hard work of educating themselves about what the government is doing and how to hold it accountable. Don’t allow yourselves to exist exclusively in an echo chamber that is restricted to views with which you agree. Expose yourself to multiple media sources, independent and mainstream, and think for yourself.

For that matter, no matter what your political leanings might be, don’t allow your partisan bias to trump the principles that serve as the basis for our constitutional republic. As Beauchamp notes, “A system that actually holds people accountable to the broader conscience of society may be one of the best ways to keep conscienceless people in check.”

That said, if we allow the ballot box to become our only means of pushing back against the police state, the battle is already lost.

Resistance will require a citizenry willing to be active at the local level.

Yet as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, if you wait to act until the SWAT team is crashing through your door, until your name is placed on a terror watch list, until you are reported for such outlawed activities as collecting rainwater or letting your children play outside unsupervised, then it will be too late.

This much I know: we are not faceless numbers. We are not cogs in the machine. We are not slaves.

We are human beings, and for the moment, we have the opportunity to remain free—that is, if we tirelessly advocate for our rights and resist at every turn attempts by the government to place us in chains.

The Founders understood that our freedoms do not flow from the government. They were not given to us only to be taken away by the will of the State. They are inherently ours. In the same way, the government’s appointed purpose is not to threaten or undermine our freedoms, but to safeguard them.

Until we can get back to this way of thinking, until we can remind our fellow Americans what it really means to be free, and until we can stand firm in the face of threats to our freedoms, we will continue to be treated like slaves in thrall to a bureaucratic police state run by political psychopaths.

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People  is available at Whitehead can be contacted at jo***@ru********.org.

11 thoughts on “The Pathocracy of the Deep State”

  1. Or in other words the DEATH CULT of Sabbatian Frankism, those that hide behind anothers faith, and have planned to own the world for themselves for generations in the making. Nearly there…
    Time the snakes head came off to save the world from these psychopaths.

  2. Trump is not a globalist… he’s playing chess, not checkers fellas… Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer… again… this is chess, not checkers! You guys should stick to fact, not assumption. This site use to be awesome, but now it seems like a bunch of assumptions…. Let things play out instead of bashing someone who is saving the US from the crap Obama got us in. For real, ya’ll don’t live here and don’t experience what we experience.

    Please, report facts and don’t assume… thats terrible journalism. Trump has to play ALL of them to get anything done… any strategist of a sound mind would know that.


    1. Do you assume everyone here is male, you disrespectful ass?
      Plus you’re a total chump for Trump. CHUMP. Get a clue.

      1. Are you capable of critical thought, or do you normally fly off the rails because of your unresolved personal issues? Get a clue and take a few deep breaths.

  3. Did ANYONE Catch that FACT about Politicians and Phsycopaths being EXACTLY THE SAME “Creatures”???
    THAT, being the TRUTH…What Need does Humanity have for them…ESPECIALLY the “White Supremest” Maniac’s, ho are scared of their own shadows???
    There is no such thing as the “Honest Politician”…I used to define them as PROFESSIONAL LIARS….Who are the “Masters of the TWO most effective tools They use to DUPE people into “Believing” them OVER & OVER Again:
    1: Problem-Reaction-Solution
    CREATE Problems…Watch for REACTION…Propose a SOLUTION for the Problem THEY created in the First place, TO BENEFIT Themselves.
    2: DIVIDE and CONQUER.
    KEEP Their citizens at ODDS with ANYTHING They See so as to Keep them fighting among themselves…Usually with RACE; RELIGION; CUSTOMS so They cannot SEE WHAT THEY ARE REALLY “UP-TO”.
    And Yet the “Sheeple” keep Voting for these CREATURES, at the various “Elections” they keep FOOLING with FALSE premisses THEY HAVE NO INTENTION of fulfilling them EVER.
    Isha-Catchin-on Yet Foks???

    1. Sociopaths kennyboy, But it means the same thing at the end of the day – they are f”kers!!!!
      Can you imagine doing a degree in lying – that is what a politician does 😉
      (and lawyers, bankers,stockbrokers etc)…


    1. The actual FACT about America is that It was NEVER a Great Nation in the First place because it was STOLEN from Its “Indigenous People” who were the REAL American’s.
      Saying that this country ever being a GREAT Nation, is tantamount to saying anyone STEALING Anything from Anyone is just Fine…as Long as you can Get-Away with it!
      Since WHEN does the laws of ANY nation protect Anyone that receives STOLEN Property???
      So I’d say HYPOCRISY is Another quality of the “Corporate United States” and its LYING Politicians.
      ASK Any “Indigenous American” WHO does this country BELONG too? (Rhetorical question)
      The ENTIRE World will be MUCH better off When its RID of ALL the “Avatar’s” (White Supremest)

  5. We are human beings, and for the moment, we have the opportunity to remain free—that is, if we tirelessly advocate for our rights and resist at every turn attempts by the government to place us in chains.
    As long as you are paying tax on your labour then you are supporting the system – the corrupt system!
    Wake up!

  6. Good ppl have to try to do something while they are here to deter evil in it’s varied forms.Billions upon Billions lost at the hands of Dems/RINOS .Evil denies itself like with the Zprotocols.

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