Saturday, October 8, 2011

As the website Newser reported, the researchers “pitted a group of stockbrokers against a group of actual psychopaths in various computer simulations and intelligence tests and found that the money men were significantly more reckless, competitive and manipulative.” Even more striking, the researchers note that achieving overall success was less important to the stock speculators than the sadistic drive “to damage their opponents.”

How to stop the political insanity

And remember, I am a defender of capitalism. I like stockbrokers as a class. But these people are looting the planet, and they aren't even particularly motivated by wealth. They can't be reasoned with; explaining that we would all be richer if they gave up a little would not address their primary goal to "damage their opponents."

We have turned over the reins to psychopaths, and we need to take them back. What does taking the reins back look like. Two words: "government" and  "regulation." Keep that in mind the next time somebody tells how government regulation limits freedom. It does. It limits the psychopath's freedom. The rest of us, who are too poor to afford our own army of lawyers, already have plenty of limits on our freedom.

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