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Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes Paperback – Apr 1 2006

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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Red Pill Press (April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897244185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897244180
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,358,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Phung Minh Hoang on Sept. 27 2007
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It is said that men are born with a good nature. So why is it that there is so much destruction and suffering throughout the human history? Is evil real? How to stop it? This book has the answers to those questions. It is a summary of the first scientific study of what is called macro-social evil and the process by which it spreads in the society.

In the early parts of the book, the author gives an overview on the root cause of macro-social evil: the small percentage of psycho-pathological deviants who nevertheless have a disproportionally large influence on the minds of normal humans. Due to the lack of psychological knowledge among normal humans, these deviants easily infiltrate social groups, movements, etc. When the society is in a sufficiently hysterical state, the psychological deviants that are always present can transform the entire society into its worst form: a pathocracy. The most notable examples of that are the Roman empire and the Nazi Germany.

The latter parts are devoted to examining the life cycle of a pathocracy: how it forms, evolves and self-destructs. The good news is that a pathocracy self-destructs relatively quickly, just like a particularly dangerous virus quickly killing sick body. The bad news is that even in its short life cycle, a pathocracy can inflict unmeasurable damage to the lives of normal humans living under its rule and those living close to it.

Although it is not a light reading due to the need to compress so much knowledge into a reasonable-sized book, this book is a must read for every human beings with a conscience. It is particularly relevant today as the U.S. is well on the way to become a full-fledged pathocracy. To stop evil, we must first understand evil.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sleepyvinny on Nov. 3 2007
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Political Ponerology is a new science, born out of the pain of suffering under Communist oppression in Poland. It is the result of the search for a scientific answer to 'why' this kind of oppression happens, and what can be done about it. It turns out that the same scenarios repeat ad nauseam throughout history, in what Lobaczeski calls the 'hysteroidal cycle'. At the center of this are two concepts. The first is of a small but constant percentage of psychopaths, 'deviant' human beings who are basically conscienceless (due to genetic or environmental damage) and will only ever act for their own benefit, which inevitably turns into oppression of others. The second concept is that of the hysteroidal cycle where, during the 'up' part of the cycle, societal 'good times', knowledge of this deviancy is gradually eroded and lost, and society therby loses its immunity against it - this leads to a cumulative oppression of society as the 'ponerizing' influences begin to snowball, and ultimately a collapse of social order and human function as the population can no longer support itself under such extremes of manipulation.

This book is not an easy read to start with. I've found that repeated study has revealed further subtlety as my understanding has increased - it is also useful to read it as a natural companion to modern studies on psychopathy such as 'Without Conscience' by Dr Robert Hare, and 'The Sociopath Next Door' by Dr Martha Stout. It would also be useful to read what can be though of as a Ponerology case study, '9/11: The Ultimate Truth' by Laura Knight-Jadczyk

Ponerology is densely packed with concepts which are initially difficult to digest, partly because of their unfamiliarity, but moreso because of the profound implications that they have on life today.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Many Worlds on Nov. 4 2007
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Ever wondered why bad things like war happen? Do they "just happen"? Is fate really to blame? Or is there a human element involved? Are we all made alike? These are just some of the questions answered by Political Ponerology which lays out the reality of the widespread and immensely damaging effect of psychopaths who attain to positions of political power.
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I came across this book while researching psychopathy, a subject of acute (if somewhat painful) interest for me as I try to come to terms with why our world is behaving the way it is.

I am a professional fiction writer, have been for 20-some years, and the subject of evil has always been a hard one to grapple with; I have come to reject the idea that everybody is the same inside and that bad things happen to good people for no reason. As I have probed the puzzle, I have discovered that there are indeed *plenty* of reasons, the vast majority of them leading back to the specter of both genetic and learned psychopathy.

Having read many of the other notable works on the subject, I found this one raised my eyebrows. It is something quite unique in the field, offering up a number of insights which the whole body of research currently available has not yet managed to put forth, probably because the subject is still quite new.

Western authors and researchers have studied psychopathy with the full advantage of living and working in nations which, for the most part, were not under the direct thumb of psychopaths who had gained total, iron-fisted power, who still, as Cleckley would point out, wear their masks of sanity. Lobaczewski, however, had the dubious advantage of studying the phenomenon during actual Nazi rule. He also had the advantage of being a young and ardent student surrounded by similarly motivated peers at a university of psychiatry. Together, they made the bold decision to study the phenomenon as it bloomed around them, in real-time as it were.
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