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Psychopaths, Secret Societies and the New World Order

By Jerry Russell and Richard Stanley.

Revision level: 1.0

2.  Government, Religion, Psychopathy: A theory of how the world works.  Sometimes (and seldom more than today) it seems impossible  to escape the conclusion that the whole world is going insane with war and preparation for war.   However, the situation is merely a manifestation of a psychopathic tendency in politics, a sinister undercurrent which is always present and sometimes erupts into ugly prominence. 

In order to explain how this has happened, we will take the liberty of expressing a theory in terms of primitive, pre-historical culture.  (Ever since Rousseau invented the concepts of the "noble savage" living in the "state of nature",  philosophers have appealed to pre-history in support of their frameworks, and scientists have criticized those models as little better than fables.  Keeping this criticism in mind, we offer this historical just-so story as a model, but not as a proof.)

A pre-history of psychopathy.  Primitive man lived in small tribes of perhaps a hundred people or so.  Within these tribes, all the basic functions of government and religion had to be filled--educating the young, taking care of the old, making plans for hunting and gathering, providing an ethical system and a knowledge base for dealing with the world, and interacting with other tribes.  To fill these functions, we might imagine that hierarchies would naturally emerge, based on strength, skill and intellect.

In this intimate environment, an unintelligent psychopath who actualized a criminal desire to kill or steal from his fellow tribesmen, would obviously be maladaptive as well as easily detected.  However, a more clever  individual with the psychopathic personality syndrome could find himself in an advantaged position in a tribal society. 

With respect to a neighboring tribe -- a well-timed lie about their intentions, or false allegations of evil actions on their part, could inflame the passions of the psychopath's own tribe.  This would have tremendous advantages in terms of the outcome of prehistoric warfare -- the ability to carry out an attack with surprise at a time of one's own choosing.  A psychopath could satisfy his blood-lust, and emerge as a hero of his tribe as well --  while a non-psychopathic leader would spend time pondering the pain and suffering of the neighboring tribe, as well as the risks to his own people.

With respect to one's own tribesmen -- clever, well-spun and glib lies about Nature or "The Gods" could help fellow tribesmen achieve a (quite likely false) sense of assurance and confidence about the world and their place in it, while more honest individuals would simply scratch their heads at the mystery of it all.  As long as the lies are not caught (and religious ideas are often framed in terms which are not subject to verification) the psychopath can earn the respect of his tribe, and probably extra benefits in terms of a greater share of the wealth of the tribe, and better access to women.

As society became more complex, the psychopath's psychological edge may have become more significant.  To the extent that psychopathy and intelligence are both hereditary, those advantages would have compounded the sociological advantages of better education and greater wealth that would naturally have accrued to the children of the leading lights of the tribe. 

Psychopathy at the dawn of history. With the development of writing, the elite class would multiply their advantage over the commoners, because these highly specialized skills could be used to create an aura of mystery as well as a body of tremendously useful proto-scientific knowledge.  Of course, not all members of the elite would be likely to be psychopathic by any means -- on the contrary, we would expect that accidents of birth, the distribution of skills within the broader society, and the advantages of conscientiousness and honesty, would be a constant balancing force.  However, the activities of the psychopathic element would put a continuously insane "edge" on the acceptable range of elite conversation, and more often than not, non-psychopaths would find it much to their advantage to play along with the lies of the psychopaths (even when they were able to understand the fraudulent nature of those lies.)

By the time of earliest written history, we would argue that the psychopaths must have been pretty firmly in control of the emerging civilizations.  We find that  hordes of slaves were enlisted to build gigantic stone temples for the benefit of rulers who were seen as Gods Incarnate, while fear of the Gods (and rulers)  was sometimes maintained through human sacrifice at the altar of those same gigantic temples.  And this was in the stable, civilized part of the world -- which was wracked from time to time by invading hordes of roving barbarians who sometimes left none alive of the vanquished.  The hatred of human sacrifice was a major part of the dialectic by which Rome conquered the ancient world.

The strategy and tactics of class struggle:  As Karl Marx wrote in the Communist Manifesto --

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Freeman and slave, patrician and plebian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in the revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.

Yet Marx was quite incorrect in viewing Capital as the fundamental underlying nature of this struggle.  Many other factors are just as important, if not more so.  Capitalism had not even been invented when the process of Class Struggle was firmly entrenched in human society.  We argue that  history should more precisely be viewed as a struggle of Truth and Common Sense to emerge against the ongoing efforts of psychopathic elements within the elite classes, who  promote chaos and insanity for their own benefit. 

A list of the ever-evolving tactics of the psychopathic elite classes would certainly include the following -- 

(1) Capitalist economics.  Wealth obtained by the elite through conquest or theft, or inheritance, or monopolistic practices, or government-granted privilege, is treated equivalently to wealth generated by hard work or trade or innovation.  In this way, the elite co-opts the support of the productive middle class.

(2) Socialist economics.  The elite captures a large percentage of the total income of society through taxation (as in most modern nations).  This is done ostensibly for the benefit of the common people at large, but most of the resources are appropriated for elite purposes, while only a relatively small trickle is used for "bread and circuses" to maintain support from the lower and middle classes.

(3) Feudal,  fascist or communist economics.  The common people are more or less owned by the elites as slaves, who are alternatively terrorized and cajoled into compliance.  This system occurs when the elite is able to cause the breakdown of capitalist or socialist economic system.

(4) Democratic political systems.  All politicians come from the elite classes or serve the interests of elite classes, while the people have the illusion of determining outcomes for their benefit.

(5) Authoritarian political systems.  Royal or dictatorial power is used to direct as much as possible of all social resources towards elite goals.  The system may be justified on patriotic, ideological or religious grounds.  Typically associated with feudal or fascist economic systems.

(6) Popular religions.  Often created and always manipulated by psychopathic lies from the priesthood, popular religions exploit natural human spirituality to promote  the goals of the elite.  Typically, individuals are encouraged to behave honestly and altruistically on behalf of elite goals (in contrast to the elites themselves, who routinely rely on deceit and treachery.)  Religion may also be used to promote war and ethnic hatred, when this is required by elite strategies.

(7) Conspiracy.  Elite individuals  may choose to cooperate secretly with other elite individuals in other institutions or nations, to achieve mutual goals.  Since elites do not necessarily share the religious and ethnic prejudices of their citizens or subjects, these conspiratorial alignments may often seem paradoxical or impossible when viewed in terms of conventional (national or institutional) paradigms.  They make sense only in terms of the universal class struggle transcending national or institutional boundaries.

(8) War and conquest.  Elites in aggressor societies use their power and deceitfulness to  incite the population to make war.  War creates anxiety, and allows the upper classes to appropriate more resources to defeat the enemy.  For the losing side in war, the population at large may suffer complete defeat (and death or slavery) but the losing elite typically emerges in quisling status -- reduced but far from impotent.  Sometimes a militarily strong but culturally inept nation or tribe invades and conquers another, only to find themselves ruled in short order by the elite classes of the conquered.  

A particularly astounding example of the creation of war by elite banking interests is the extraordinary level of funding of both Hitler and Stalin in the build-up to World War II, as documented in Antony Sutton's books "Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler" (1976) and "National Suicide, Military Aid to the Soviet Union" (1973).  These interests were obviously more important that Hitler in creating World War II, yet they went unpunished and indeed invisible at the Nuremberg War Crimes tribunals, and they are leading the charge to war today as well.

(9) Revolution and submergence.  If the lower classes make troublesome demands, the elite may stage or permit a revolution which promises a major overhaul in the social structure.  Following the revolution, the same old elite class emerges in control of the new institutional framework.

(10) Economic and social chaos.  Elites may intentionally create or exacerbate economic boom-bust cycles, instigate ethnic conflict, or intentionally sabotage the productive capacities of a society,  in order to increase the relative power and status of government and corporate institutions.  

Next: The Historical Continuity of Empire.