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Dark Tetrad Leadership

Narcissism, Machiavellianism, Sadism, and Psychopathy

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Dark Tetrad Leadership has taken over the world. In psychology, they are called dark because of their malevolent qualities. It is associated with a callous-manipulative interpersonal style.

The Dark Tetrad is composed of the following four elements:

  • Narcissism in psychology is characterized by selfishness, involving a sense of entitlement, a lack of empathy, and a need for admiration.
  • Machiavellianism is a personality trait that denotes cunningness, the ability to be manipulative, and a drive to use whatever means necessary to gain power.
  • Sadism is the enjoyment of cruelty.
  • Psychopathy is a neuropsychiatric disorder marked by deficient emotional responses, lack of empathy, and poor behavioral controls, commonly resulting in persistent antisocial deviance and criminal behavior.

Psychopaths have few, or no, emotions, while Sociopaths have extreme emotions.

Psychopaths tend to be more manipulative, can even be seen by others as more charming, lead a semblance of a normal life, and minimize risk in criminal activities. This is in contrast to Sociopaths who tend to be more erratic, rage-prone, and unable to lead as much of a normal life.

In the workplace, the Dark Tetrad is related to the acquisition of leadership positions and interpersonal influence and has been found to be fairly well-represented in upper-level management and CEOs.

Along with Criminals, Internet Trolls, and Cyber Criminals, CEOs also share correlations with aggression, racism, and bullying among other forms of social aversiveness.

Overall, we can see a tendency to prioritize short-term gains over long-term consequences.

Catastrophic climate change creating global collateral damage because of the priorities exercised by Dark Tetrad Leadership bears witness to the dysfunctional norms of the contemporary global society.

Over the short term, the damage can seem localized and relatively negligible. However, cumulatively over a few generations, the readily apparent total damage is breathtakingly soul-crushing.

It can not be a coincidence that Dark Tetrad Leadership emerges from the same groups that engage in climate change denial.

Together, Dark Tetrad Leadership and their supportive groups form a self-sustaining feedback loop, a type of mutual admiration society, which is inexorably grinding the human race towards extinction while exhibiting obliviousness to the damage they are doing.

Perhaps they don’t take responsibility for their actions because they are literally incapable of perceiving their own dysfunction. For them, it is merely normal behavior and requires no justification. These people, then, are beyond remediation.

This is no “fixing” them.

Any path divergent from BAU (Business As Usual), catastrophic climate change, and late-stage capitalism must be taken without them and their normalized dysfunction circumvented.

Our civilization is beginning to visibly fail. It’s no longer a doomer prediction but a documented fact. Dwindling food and energy supplies are now recorded globally.

Billionaires got a hundred times richer just during the pandemic than it would take to end the global food crisis.

Under the leadership of Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer, the child tax credit was allowed to expire. Free school lunches are also set to expire. Ten million children will be finding themselves without lunch in the United States because the government won’t spend the $11 billion it will take to feed them.

But they will spend $100 billion on Ukraine.

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, parents are selling their organs to afford food for their children. In the United States, there is a shortage of infant formula because the few centralized producers enjoy a shared monopoly and Abbott had to temporarily shut down. Abbott controls more than 40 percent of the formula market.

Wealth inequity has never been more extreme.

For sure, I could go on and on. But what’s the point?

A few people go through a great deal of effort in devising solutions to isolated individual issues, but few of them take in the larger picture. It’s when you take in the larger picture that things really look bad.

After all, everything is connected to everything else.

Our Dark Tetrad Leadership isn’t going to yield to threats.

They already have a security state panopticon, which is well-funded by taxes upon us, designed to protect them and their property. Clever how they set that up.

Escalating violence or threats of violence towards Dark Tetrad Leadership or their property will only escalate their violence toward everyone else. They already control the police and the military.

The old get old
And the young get stronger
May take a week
And it may take longer
They got the guns
Well, but we got the numbers
Gonna win, yeah
We’re takin’ over
Come on!

from Five To One on Waiting for the Sun album 1968 by The Doors

So Dark Tetrad Leadership works hard on keeping us divided.

  • We’re divided by the things we own. But we are not the things we own.
  • We’re divided by the clothes we wear. But we are not the clothes we wear.

Together we have the power to remove Dark Tetrad Leadership from control.

The only important question that remains is whether we will see beyond invented petty differences and unite in making a better world in a parallel universe where we take a different path in the past.

Simulation theory and the simulation hypothesis would permit us to do that. Quantum science already created the theory that this is possible.

Our survival as a species depends upon it.

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