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    I am wondering why the diarist dismisses the idea that sociopathy is rampant in the right wing. The term 'sociopath' is clearly defined;

    a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial,  often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.
    and psychopathy;
    a mental disorder in which an individual manifests amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.
    Note that the criminality is not a necessary characteristic of a sociopath, unlike antisocial behavior (like refusing to accept the legitimacy of people unlike oneself) and a lack of moral responsibility (like demanding completely unfettered gun rights or banking practices) and social conscience (caring for the plight of others).
    As for the psychopathy, I can't testify to the accuracy of others' ability to love (a very subjective definition, and one I find puzzling in this context), but the rest of that definition is right in the sweet spot for our reactionary friends. Especially the failure to learn from experience.
    I would say that the definition encapsulates nicely the actions and motivations of much of the right wing, from the shock troops up to the mid levels of republican power. I believe those above that level are by and large truly malicious sociopaths, who have embraced the Machiavellian aspects of sociopathy and are essentially out to loot and destroy, because they would rather tear the whole thing down than ever come to terms with the reality of life. That and there's a lot of money to be had.

    Every attempt at conversation with a true right winger I make quickly uncovers a core of not only lack of concern for other people, but an active contempt and desire to see those (usually hypothetical) people suffer. This desire,  in my experience, is never cast as an opportunity for those 'others' to see the error of their ways or achieve some sort of salvation, but merely to see them suffer. There is a satisfaction in the misery of other people that I see over and over again among the right wing.

    R-Money/R-Ayn, the ENRON Ticket, is not a campaign; it's a hostile takeover bid.

    by kamarvt on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 04:46:12 AM PDT

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