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Study: Wealthy Stockbrokers More Dangerous Than Psychopaths

 You know those times when you think lawmakers and corporate leaders are crazy, the kind of crazy that makes films like "Silence of the Lambs" so frightening. Well the truth is you’re right according to two new scientific analyses. Dr. Nassir Ghaemi of Tufts University in his book, "A First-Rate Madness," sheds light on what HE calls an "inverse law of sanity," whereby times like these actually reward and promote political figures who are "mentally abnormal or even mentally ill."

 

Now, a new study from Switzerland's University of St. Gallen shows that the most successful of the global financial elite pose more of a menace to society than psychopaths that are residing in US prisons.

 

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, achieving overall success was less important to the stock speculators than the sadistic drive "to damage their opponents." Sweet!

 

The findings build on similar research in the recent past. In 1996, investigators at Glasgow Caledonian University discovered connections between psychopathology and successful financial speculation, concluding that "with the right parenting, (psychopaths) can become successful stockbrokers instead of serial killers." Likewise, in 2004, researchers at the University of British Columbia reacted to similar findings and created a test to help firms detect "corporate psychopaths" within their ranks so they could be promoted. That same year, the award winning-documentary "The Corporation" used World Health Organization metrics to show that if companies really are "people," as our Supreme Court insists, then many of them are, indeed, mentally ill.

 

Obviously, these results reflect the nature of the modern political process and of today's casino economy which self-selects for certain kinds of traits. Political and corporate power is being wielded by the craziest and most unstable people among us! That means we end up seeing a wild-eyed White House claim the despotic right to assassinate American citizens without criminal charges! Yet many stay silent in the face of insanity! What a bunch a Morons!

 

We now have scientific proof that the inmates are running the Wall Street and Washington asylums. (Thanks to David Sirota).

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