Twilight of the Psychopaths
by Dr. Kevin Barrett
“Our society is run by insane
people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for
maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for
expressing that. That's what's insane about it.” – John Lennon, before
his murder by CIA mind-control subject Mark David Chapman
When Gandhi was asked his opinion of Western
civilization he said it would be a good idea. But that oft-cited quote,
is misleading, assuming as it does that civilization is an unmitigated blessing.
Civilized people, we are told, live peacefully and
cooperatively with their fellows, sharing the necessary labour in order
to obtain the leisure to develop arts and sciences. And while that would
be a good idea, it is not a good description of what has been going on
in the so-called advanced cultures during the past 8,000 years.
Civilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of psychopaths.
All civilizations, our own included, have been based on slavery and
“warfare.” Incidentally, the latter term is a euphemism for mass murder.
The prevailing recipe for civilization is simple:
1) Use lies and brainwashing to create an army of controlled, systematic mass murderers;
2) Use that army to enslave large numbers of people (i.e. seize control of their labour power and its fruits);
3) Use that slave labour power to improve the brainwashing process (by
using the economic surplus to employ scribes, priests, and PR men).
Then go back to step one and repeat the process.
Psychopaths have played a disproportionate role
in the development of civilization, because they are hard-wired to lie,
kill, injure, and generally inflict great suffering on other humans
without feeling any remorse. 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.
Military institutions are tailor-made for psychopathic killers. The 5%
or so of human males who feel no remorse about killing their fellow
human beings make the best soldiers. And the 95% who are extremely
reluctant to kill make terrible soldiers — unless they are brainwashed
with highly sophisticated modern techniques that turn them (temporarily
it is hoped) into functional psychopaths.
In On Killing, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
has re-written military history, to highlight what other histories
hide: The fact that military science is less about strategy and
technology, than about overcoming the instinctive human reluctance to
kill members of our own species. The true “Revolution in Military
Affairs” was not Donald Rumsfeld’s move to high-tech in 2001, but
Brigadier Gen. S.L.A. Marshall’s discovery in the 1940s that only
15-20% of World War II soldiers along the line of fire would use their
weapons: “Those (80-85%) who did not fire did not run or hide (in many
cases they were willing to risk great danger to rescue comrades, get
ammunition, or run messages), but they simply would not fire their
weapons at the enemy, even when faced with repeated waves of banzai
charges” (Grossman, p. 4).
Marshall’s discovery and subsequent research,
proved that in all previous wars, a tiny minority of soldiers — the 5%
who are natural-born psychopaths, and perhaps a few temporarily-insane
imitators—did almost all the killing. Normal men just went through the
motions and, if at all possible, refused to take the life of an enemy
soldier, even if that meant giving up their own. The implication: Wars are ritualized mass murders by psychopaths of non-psychopaths. (This cannot be good for humanity’s genetic endowment!)
Marshall’s work, brought a Copernican revolution to military science.
In the past, everyone believed that the soldier willing to kill for his
country was the (heroic) norm, while one who refused to fight was a
(cowardly) aberration. The truth, as it turned out, was that the
normative soldier hailed from the psychopathic five percent. The sane
majority, would rather die than fight.
The implication, too frightening for even the likes of Marshall and
Grossman to fully digest, was that the norms for soldiers’ behaviour in
battle had been set by psychopaths. That meant that psychopaths were in
control of the military as an institution. Worse, it meant that
psychopaths were in control of society’s perception of military
affairs. Evidently, psychopaths exercised an enormous amount of power
in seemingly sane, normal society.
How could that be? In Political Ponerology,
Andrzej 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.
So-called conspiracy theorists, some of whom deserve the pejorative
connotation of that much-abused term, often imagine that secret
societies of Jews, Jesuits, bankers, communists, Bilderbergers, Muslim
extremists, papists, and so on, are secretly controlling history, doing
dastardly deeds, and/or threatening to take over the world. As a
leading “conspiracy theorist” according to Wikipedia,
I feel eminently qualified to offer an alternative conspiracy theory
which, like the alternative conspiracy theory of 9/11, is both simpler
and more accurate than the prevailing wisdom: The only conspiracy that matters is the conspiracy of the psychopaths against the rest of us.
Behind the apparent insanity of contemporary history, is the actual
insanity of psychopaths fighting to preserve their disproportionate
power. And as that power grows ever-more-threatened, the psychopaths
grow ever-more-desperate. We are witnessing the apotheosis of the
overworld—the criminal syndicate or overlapping set of syndicates that
lurks above ordinary society and law just as the underworld lurks below
it. In 9/11 and the 9/11 wars, 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 experts and PR specialists—in short, the whole sick crew of
certifiable psychopaths running our so-called civilization. And they
are running scared. It was their terror
of losing control that they projected onto the rest of us by blowing up
the Twin Towers and inciting temporary psychopathic terror-rage in the
Why does the pathocracy fear it is losing control? Because it is
threatened by the spread of knowledge. The greatest fear of any
psychopath is of being found out.
As George H. W. Bush said to journalist Sarah McClendon, December 1992,
“If the people knew what we had done, they would chase us down the
street and lynch us.” Given that Bush is reported to have participated
in parties where child prostitutes were sodomized and otherwise abused,
among his many other crimes, his statement to McClendon should be taken
Psychopaths go through life knowing that they are completely different
from other people. 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 normal 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 as possible.
Above all, we need to inform the public about how psychopaths co-opt
and corrupt normal human beings. One way they do this, is by
manipulating shame and denial — emotions foreign to psychopaths but
common and easily-induced among normals.
Consider how gangs and secret societies (psychopaths’ guilds in
disguise) recruit new members. Some criminal gangs and satanist covens
demand that candidates for admission commit a murder to “earn their
stripes.” Skull and Bones, the Yale-based secret society that supplies
the CIA with drug-runners, mind-rapists, child abusers and professional
killers, requires neophytes to lie naked in a coffin and masturbate in
front of older members while reciting the candidate’s entire sexual
history. By forcing the neophyte to engage in ritualized behaviour that
would be horrendously shameful in normal society, the psychopaths’
guild destroys the candidate’s normal personality, assuming he had one
in the first place, and turns the individual into a co-opted, corrupt,
degraded shadow of his former self — a manufactured psychopath or
This manipulation of shame has the added benefit of making psychopathic
organizations effectively invisible to normal society. Despite easily
available media reports, American voters in 2004 simply refused to see
that the two major-party presidential candidates had lain naked in a
coffin masturbating in front of older Bonesmen in order to gain
admission to Skull and Bones and thus become members of the criminal
overworld. Likewise, many Americans have long refused to see that
hawkish elements of the overworld, operating through the CIA, had
obviously been the murderers of JFK, MLK, RFK, JFK Jr., Malcolm X, Ch»,
Allend», Wellstone, Lumumba, Aguilera, Diem, and countless other
relatively non-psychopathic leaders. They refuse to see the continuing
murders of millions of people around the world in what amounts to an
American holocaust. They refuse to see the evidence that the
psychopaths’ guilds running America’s most powerful institutions use
the most horrific forms of sexualized abuse imaginable to induce
multiple-personality-disorder in child victims, then use the resulting
mind-control slaves as disposable drug-runners, prostitutes, Manchurian
candidates, and even diplomatic envoys. And of course they refuse to see
that 9/11 was a transparently obvious inside job, and that their own
psychopath-dominated military-intelligence apparatus is behind almost
every major terrorist outrage of recent decades.
All of this psychopathic behaviour at the top of the social hierarchy
is simply too shameful for ordinary people to see, so they avert their
gaze, just as wives of husbands who are sexually abusing their children
sometimes refuse to see what is happening in plain view. If deep, deep
denial were a river in Egypt, American citizens’ wilful blindness would
be more like the Marianas Trench.
But thanks to the power of the internet, people
everywhere are waking up. The only obvious non-psychopath among
Republican presidential candidates, Ron Paul, also happens to be the
only candidate in either party with significant grassroots support.
If “love” is embedded in the Revolution Ron Paul heralds, that is
because Dr. Paul — a kindly, soft-spoken physician who has delivered
more than 4,000 babies — implicitly recognizes that government is the
invention and tool of psychopaths, and therefore must be strictly
limited in scope and subjected to a rigorous system of checks and
balances, lest the psychopath’s tools, fear and hatred, replace love as
the glue that binds society together.
The decline in militarism since World War II in advanced countries, the
spread of literacy and communications technology, and the people’s
growing demands for a better life, together represent a gathering force
that terrifies the pathocracy, (those alternately
competing-then-cooperating gangs of psychopaths who have ruled through
lies, fear and intimidation since the dawn of so-called civilization).
Since nuclear weapons have made war obsolete, the pathocracy is
terrified that its favourite social control mechanism — ritualized mass
slaughter — is increasingly unavailable. And if war was the great human
tragedy, the pathocrats’ pathetic attempt at a war-substitute — the
transparently phoney “war on terror” — is repeating it as sheerest
Truly, we are witnessing the twilight of the psychopaths. Whether
in their death throes they succeed in pulling down the curtain of
eternal night on all of us, or whether we resist them and survive to
see the dawn of a civilization worthy of the name, is the great decision in which all of us others, however humbly, are now participating.
About the writer:
Dr. Kevin Barrett, co-founder of the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Alliance for 9/11 Truth, LINK,
has taught English, French, Arabic, American Civilization, Humanities,
African Literature, Folklore, and Islam at colleges and universities in
the San Francisco Bay area, Paris, and Madison, Wisconsin. Barrett
became a 9/11 truth activist in 2004 after reading David Griffin's The New Pearl Harbor and
conducting follow-up research that convinced him Griffin had accurately
summarized evidence indicating 9/11 was an inside job.
In the summer of 2006, Republican state legislators and Fox newscasters
demanded that Barrett be fired from his job teaching an introductory
Islam class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but the University
refused to buckle, and Barrett got high marks from his students. He has
appeared in several documentary films, lectures widely on 9/11 and
hosts three radio programs on three different patriot networks.
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