The Conservative March Toward a Society of Sociopaths
Also see my 2011 post, Welfare Revolution.
In this article, Allen Clifton discusses his friend Jake and Jake’s RWNJ friend Stan.
Last night when discussing Stan and some of what I refer to as his asinine political beliefs, it occurred to me—Stan is exactly how Republicans want Americans to behave.
And Stan is a sociopath.
He’s a white male, strongly opposed to most other races and immigrants. Believes every single far right-wing economic theory imaginable and actually cited Argentina as a “beacon for true capitalism.” He has no remorse for others, seems to live in a world where he’s the focal point but he presents himself as extremely charming and personable when you first meet him. He has no problem ignoring social ethics or morals if it benefits his self interest. He’s told my friend that people should only worry about themselves, and not care about the struggles of others. That in life, self interests should trump everything else.
Then, and I kid you not, he apparently followed his “only worry about your own self interest” speech by pressing my friend on why he’s not more involved in church.
See, Stan is exactly the kind of person Republicans want to create.
A society of people who only worry about themselves. People who ostracize everyone that’s not like them. Humans that value possessions over people, and while they might give money to their church, it’s only because their church is filled with people just like them. And while these people go to church and call themselves “Christians,” they’ve somehow convinced themselves that Jesus Christ was some selfish, hateful, judgmental person who valued his own self interest over the betterment of others less fortunate than himself.
People like Stan ignore the lessons of, say, the French Revolution, because they are either completely ignorant of history or they believe that their millions of guns will enable them to defend themselves from their enraged victims no matter what. The 18th century French aristocracy was no doubt also convinced of its safety and superiority, and its advantage of arms over the peasantry was considerably greater than what Stan and his delusional Tea Party fantasists could muster against their victims. It did them no good.