Human failure to recognize, reject, and remember evil: essential topic for the 99.99%’s victory

Around 1969 as a young boy, I looked-up the definition of the word, evil. I found something like, “Preference and actions for one’s own material wealth over the well-being of others.”

I’ve always remembered that definition as the one that made the most sense. I’ve never found it again in more modern dictionaries.

In 2007, Stephen Zarlenga (Executive Director, AMI) asked my opinion: “Carl, do you think there’s some kind of ‘slave gene’ that explains people worshipping the very leaders crushing them?” I responded, “Maybe. There’s plenty of consideration that the ‘human animal’ has a fear-reflex and reptilian brain function attracted to hierarchies. We certainly find this fear and system-worship in our work for monetary reform.”

Today, considering our human condition, we observe:

  • A nexus of evil among “leading” families in government, money, and corporate media who provably lie for unlawful wars (here, here, here, here), rapacious economics (here, here, here, here), and who use corporate media to “cover” these crimes while speaking to us never above a pre-teen level.
  • Public inability to clearly recognize this evil, take action to stop it, and remember these acts define our “leaders.”
  • A growing number of Americans recognizing our Emperor’s New Clothes status, willingness to speak and act, and retention that our “leaders” really do seem to act for evil.

Political Ponerology is a book studying evil as a condition with recognizable characteristics; principally that evil people are psychopaths (and here): a veneer of socially-acceptable behavior thinly covering vicious actions.

Human beings have difficulty imaging such “Big Lie” evil from their “leaders” because ordinary people tend to psychologically project their own values of empathy onto their “leaders.” Those of us with more exposure to our “leaders” can help point to facts for regular Americans to recognize the evil right in front of their own eyes.

And the race continues between “leaders’” insatiable lust for power, control, and money versus the 99.99% who seek simple justice. When recognition grows, demand for arrests will also grow.

We will not have justice until these “leaders” are lawfully arrested to stop their war-murders (among ~100 crucial areas of crimes):


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  • MCB

    Great stuff as usual Carl. Way to keep hammering home the message. 🙂

  • Jim G

    God hates all evil men,
    Liars He destroys;
    Murderers and frauds
    God detests.
    (Psalm 5)
    Sounds applicable to the present day.

    • Rick

      If god hates all evil men why are there still so many walking the earth? Or why are there more that ever? oh that’s right its all in gods plan, well I say the plan is a stinker and god needs to be sacked! He (and still I don’t know why it has to be a he) does nothing to destroy the biggest liars, murderer’s, thieves and frauds, yes he may detest, but he does nothing!!!!

      • Oh? It may be time for a mass purge from the book of life. Gehenna is Disneyland compared to what I call, The Void.

        That special place between the Event Horizon, and the Singularity.

      • Carl_Herman

        Among my colleagues, we discuss the possibility that Earth is an experiment in evil, or perhaps a school in evil. The lesson is meant to have us wake up, stand, and take action.

        That said, who knows?

        We do have voice and power to take actions; that much we can do.

        • Origins of the World, a Gnostic text, is interesting. In it, a certain God in his arrogance proclaims he alone is god. Yet, Sophia proclaims, an immortal man of light, preceded him. The arrogant God, is made from Chaos, and darkness. Most agree, the description parallels YHWH.

          Not that the whole text is accurate, but that section certainly raises spiritual questions.

          Just something to consider.

        • MCB

          Liberty is the answer in my opinion. One who truly embraces Liberty also by derivation embraces justice, honor, charity, love, kindness, truth, forgiveness, etc. Liberty must be accepted as a core value embraced by all. Mencken said it best…

          “I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air – that progress made under the shadow of the policeman’s club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.” – H. L. Mencken
          “Why Liberty?”, in the Chicago Tribune (30 January 1927)

      • nomadfiles

        “If god hates all evil men why are there still so many walking the earth? ” Worse. Why does he let them run the world? Unless he desires war and oppression of the poor. Probably part of some grand plan we don’t understand.

      • B. Miles Teg

        There are no simple answers to these questions… because the alternative (we are here by chance roll of the universe’s dice, etc) pushes us merely to “realism” (it is what it is)… and any argument for “nobler” values could be easily deflected too… from a realism perspective, these are the actions of people, who have “choices” and who can both be free from and ensconced in the system. If a higher power helps people understand the reality, then a charge of ‘religion is bad’ or ‘the source’ of problems is not apposite… we need to build solidarity across views based on realist understandings such as 0Hedge provides… the more the merrier, of course only if ‘what is to be done’ is implicit in the approach…

  • Rick

    Very comprehensive Carl, I want to forward this to everyone on Earth, any ideas?

    • Carl_Herman

      If we had such ideas, Rick, we’d use them 🙂

      It seems our role at this time is to shine as brightly as we can, but at relatively great distances from each other. We are seen, but are not enough to do much about policy… yet.

  • Robert Barsocchini

    Great compilation on crucial topic.

  • Nice definition of evil Carl. I will file that away in my mind palace.

  • ICFubar

    Great compilation of evil as defined. Stephen Zarlenga is a man many should get to know with his great understanding of most all things monetary and with his solutions of the problems.