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    i like the analogy of insanity being a contagious disease. in my mind at least 50% of the population are pretty much nut cases. all ages and races are affected. maybe the mad cow disease finally made the jump to humans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonsqtr View Post
    Our lefties are too stupid to be communists.

    They're just Misfits that's all, the Democratic party is the biggest collection of Misfits on the planet.
    That be misogynistic. There are more than a few misterfits. Sort of like Patrick Fitsgerald..............

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonsqtr View Post
    Our lefties are too stupid to be communists.

    They're just Misfits that's all, the Democratic party is the biggest collection of Misfits on the planet.
    Ya....I'm not talking about the marching morons in the cunt costumes, I'm not talking about morons like Nattering Nancy and Racist Maxie Pads. I'm talking about the people we don't see, like Georgie Boy and his money. THEY have been organizing from behind the thrones they seek to control.
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    LBJ was a Democrat. I wish more Democrats could be like him. He's dead now.

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    Salem Witch Trials.

    Tulip Mania.

    Pet Rocks.

    People, all times, all places, are GREATLY affected by environment. It takes a true Independent Thinker to not go in with the mania that surrounds you when the whole of the population goes off the rails.

    It's more than "shooters" just HAPPENING. People are DOING this. Young people. Young people somehow think this is a good idea; and then put it out on the Social Media sewer channels, and other young people egg them on. And the censors who won't allow one mention of American Conservative or Founding Principles...see it and leave it up.

    And the Deep State tools within the FBI and various LE offices, ALSO get tips - and sit on their dead asses. ALL these people think this is GOOD - either really kewel-neato; or else pushing the agenda they wish to drive.

    EVERYTHING is political, now. And not JUST political - HARD-LEFT political, all intended to grow big government, bring tyranny, and this done through LIES and HALF-TRUTHS.

    This is where a society goes when it jettisons all regard for honesty and integrity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruthless terrier View Post
    i like the analogy of insanity being a contagious disease. in my mind at least 50% of the population are pretty much nut cases. all ages and races are affected. maybe the mad cow disease finally made the jump to humans?
    I've said many times here on the forum, "ideas are the currency of the realm". It's usually meant in a political context.

    BUT...

    The context you are raising is another perfect example of the truth of this statement.

    Consider for example, a single psychopath like Machiavelli, immersed in a Court full of normal or near normal people, most of them consider themselves to be equals.

    This single Psychopathic person, sees the world differently than most. He has no empathy, people are there to be used for his own personal benefit. If you're interested in the psychology you can Google on "dark triad", which is pretty much the personality construction of your average run-of-the-mill psychopath.

    So now, how does this infection that you propose, occur?

    Well, it occurs through the transmission of ideas. Many ideas circulate, but the ones that people latch onto are the ones that make sense to them. So the process begins because of the fact that you hear different ideas from the psychopath, different ways of looking at the world that most people don't usually consider, and they're transmitted verbally which means they become ideas for exchange.

    We all have some elements of Personality Construction, the experts call it "dimensional", so like, there's a little Insanity in all of us, just as there is a little normalcy in every crazy person.

    Therefore, the statistics say, that there will always be some small element of the population for whom the unusual ideas make sense. In practice, this translates into Machiavelli building his own little fiefdom around himself, consisting of other people for whom his ideas make sense, in other words, mild Psychopaths or potential Psychopaths, people who "trend" towards that side of the spectrum.

    The numbers say 11% of people are sociopathic and 4% are biologically psychopathic, therefore in any given population the chances are pretty good that at least one person will glom onto any ideas that make sense.

    So this is where the interesting part begins. We are most interested in the ideas to take root in the larger part of society, in other words, outside of the 11%. We would be interested in identifying sociopathic ideas that are widely accepted, by say, 1/3 or more of the population.

    The exercise of constructing such a list is not very difficult. There are plenty of Diagnostic and self diagnostic questionnaires by which one can gauge the level of Psychopathic Behavior. For example the Hare test, which gauges belief. It seems to me that one could easily identify quite a number of crazy ideas, especially in the political domain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWF View Post
    The CDC is supposed to recognize and thwart the spread of contagious diseases in order to prevent plague and epidemics from occurring. Diseases are held in check, keeping them controllable and at levels regarded as being normal.
    Oddly, this same concern is not aimed at insanity.
    Yes, it's odd that it's not often looked at from the standpoint of health. People that have good physical health are more likely to have good mental health. More often than not, physical health and mental health go together.
    So the cure for this poor mental-health epidemic is to promote healthier immune systems. Take the shooter in Las Vegas who killed 58 people: He lived a very unhealthy lifestyle. He stayed up late gambling, drinking, eating unhealthy snacks from the snack bar and not exercising. So he had no immune system to fight against mental disorder.

    Regarding health, our culture in general is characterized by below average lifestyles so I don't think this approach would be very popular.
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