Monday, June 18, 2012

Were You Listening to Lord Acton's Story?

PZ:

How did we get into a situation where the two people running for president are both psycho hacks lacking in all empathy for the human beings beneath them?

Truly, 'tis a mystery. Maybe it has something to do with the boundless ambition, Faustian bargains and Machiavellian connivance required of the sort of personalities which seek power over a nation of 310 million, to say nothing of the de facto power they wield over millions more throughout the world. Perhaps you might even say that the political environment selects for such types to thrive and succeed. Possibly the most perfectly evolved sociopath is one who can convincingly emulate middle-class mannerisms without being psychologically encumbered by small-scale bourgeois morality.