The Enemy

Do you know the really great thing about being a sociopath?

The really great thing is that you can knock down a 6-year-old and take his ice cream.

And then you have ice cream! Man, what could be better than that? Free ice cream! Wow!

Oh, uh … you think there’s something wrong with that? Ah, I see your problem: You’re normal. You have the disadvantage that you think it’s wrong to take some kid’s ice cream and leave him crying, just because you can. You probably get all bent when you see injustice. Cheating, lies, theft and cruelty actually bother you.

What a pussy — sociopaths love living among suckers like you. To a sociopath, it’s like being 12 years old forever, and the whole world is 6-year-olds with ice cream. All you have to do is just walk around and take it.

Even when the normals gang up and grow guts enough to object, you can usually figure out a way to skate on any penalty. In fact, the bigger the theft, the larger the lies, the less likely they are to be able to nail you on it. Because they have to first understand what you’re doing, then realize they should do something about it, and then DO do something about it. And most of the time … hey, they’re 6-year-olds. Suckers.

There are places in the world that were made for sociopaths. There are even professions that select for them. Prison guard. Small town cop. Fortune teller. Corporate lawyer. Banking CEO. Insurance company executive. Carnival barker. Politician. Evangelist. Tobacco company exec.

Not all of them are sociopaths. Maybe not even most of them. But there’s plenty of room, in these and certain other professions, for sociopaths to settle in and richly enjoy the ride. Progressing up the ladder, even garnering awards for being what they are. Laughing when they hurt people, and sleeping well at night.

And now, a whole new profession for sociopaths: Newscaster!

14 Propaganda Techniques Fox “News” Uses to Brainwash Americans

1. Panic Mongering
2. Character Assassination/Ad Hominem
3. Projection/Flipping
4. Rewriting History
5. Scapegoating/Othering
6. Conflating Violence With Power and Opposition to Violence With Weakness
7. Bullying
8. Confusion
9. Populism
10. Invoking the Christian God
11. Saturation
12. Disparaging Education
13. Guilt by Association
14. Diversion

The good news is that the more conscious you are of these techniques, the less likely they are to work on you. The bad news is that those reading this article are probably the least in need in of it.

And in case you’ve forgotten, there’s this:

Study Confirms That Fox News Makes You Stupid

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  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

    Maybe I could send it to my parents like “oh look, 14 tricks the media uses to brainwash you!” and then pull out a “haha, just kidding, that’s Fox News.”

    That would be ethical, right?

    • Hank Fox

      Could be worth a try, Katherine! :D

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/assassin Assassin Actual

    Don’t knock all sociopaths! Some of them look at a subset of the 6 year olds and declare them to be “their” ice cream holders, mostly to be able to take a shot at another bully when he comes by because at least its a challange.

  • http://blogingproject.blogspot.com/ Ing: Od Wet Rust

    Don’t knock all sociopaths! Some of them look at a subset of the 6 year olds and declare them to be “their” ice cream holders, mostly to be able to take a shot at another bully when he comes by because at least its a challange.

    While interesting in fiction, the idea of a “benevolent” Neitzichian superman sociopath is a dangerous myth

  • abusedbypenguins

    A corporation is designed to make money by what ever means available. A corporation is a non-human sociopath. The rules of incorporation are long overdue for a rewrite. It has become all too easy for the human sociopath to be in control of a non-human sociopath. Unless proven otherwise, individually, all corporate officers are sociopaths bent on stealing as much as they can from all of us to make us serfs in their kingdom.


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