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The technocrat personality has always been somewhat of a mystery to me. They are rampant in the media, as commentators, experts and politicians. It’s all just process to them. In fact, the next election promises to be a dry dust-up between two of the Northeastern variety, making one almost long for the days of political contests involving Huey Long demagogues or twisted, Shakespearean villains of the Nixon sort. No inner demons here, just talking points.

What fascinates is the level of abstraction from reality that these purported realists employ so baldly to justify their actions. Hell, even sociopaths learn to project protective coloring to appear normal as they swim among their prey. Compare this to Romney’s hamfisted efforts to portray himself as having dragged himself up the bottom rungs and knowing what it’s like to be unemployed. Had Ted Bundy been so obvious, he wouldn’t have made it past his first victim.

Reading a recent article on Romney’s business career and the streamlining (or stripmining) of businesses, a question was asked about the purpose in downsizing, especially as the financial savings tend to get sucked into increased executive salaries rather than reinvestment or passed onto the consumer, and the effects downsizing has on the community. The answer was “that is a social question” and therefore not pertinent to a company’s economic considerations (then who should answer it?). However, if we are to accept corporate personhood then ethical concerns are pertinent to their activities. Lawyers, doctors, and other professionals have ethical standards enforced over their professional conduct. If corporations are to have all the benefits of personhood, then they should likewise carry the responsibilities. Moreover, the general public apparently approves of some sort of enforcement mechanism as regulations and tort law have developed over the centuries in the face of stiff business resistance and constant efforts to dismantle.

The seeming unconcern for a population that is increasingly burdened by unemployment, oppressive student debt, catastrophic health care costs and environmental devastation is now shared by both political parties. Obama is little different from Romney, though he is rather more skillful in pretending concern. The major difference is that Romney is actively religious whereas Obama’s religion seems largely based on political considerations. In fact, Romney worked as an enforcer of religious orthodoxy for the LDS. His evident interest regarding the private behavior of others makes no sense given his complete detachment from ethics in business. Santorum is similarly unburdened by public ethics while campaigning for a theocracy that would essentially turn women into body slaves. Women and the poor they expect to submit to constant urine testing while businesses are free to rape, pillage and burn. Freedom is relative.

The only thing that explains this dichotomy is Moral Detachment Syndrome. For why should private conduct that effects no one outside a person’s immediate family be under such scrutiny and control when public conduct that influences not only a nation but a whole world be without regulation, supervision or even common sense? We need to recognize this as the mental illness that it is.


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Jan. 13th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
May. 10th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Add to this picture today's revelations of Romney's bullying while he was in prep school, including an incident where he cut off the long hair of a classmate while the classmate struggled and cried. Romney's non-apology apology claims (a) he didn't know the classmate was gay, so how was that discriminatory; and (b) it was just youthful hijinks, so why is everyone so upset. This enduring inability to think of the feelings of others is another hallmark of the sociopath.
Jul. 24th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
How can one hold political office, having a meeting with a constituent and just tell them you don't care? Most politicians would at least pretend some empathy and claim their hands are tied: http://mittgetsworse.org/juliesstory/
Aug. 7th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
So someone has finally found the correct Romney analogy: The Talented Mr. Romney http://www.smirkingchimp.com/node/44788
Aug. 30th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
And no analysis would be complete without the brilliant Matt Taibbi's thorough research and insight:

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