Definition of Pathocracy

Definition: pathocracy (n). A system of government created by a small pathological minority that takes control over a society of normal people (from Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes, by Andrew Lobaczewski)

Pathocracy

from Greek pathos, “feeling, pain, suffering”; and kratos, “rule”

A totalitarian form of government in which absolute political power is held by a psychopathic elite, and their effect on the people is such that the entire society is ruled and motivated by purely pathological values.

A pathocracy can take many forms and can insinuate itself covertly into any seemingly just system or ideology. As such it can masquerade under the guise of a democracy or theocracy as well as more openly oppressive regimes.

Characteristics

1. suppression of individualism and creativity.
2. impoverishment of artistic values.
3. impoverishment of moral values; a social structure based on self-interest and one-upmanship, rather than altruism.
4. fanatical ideology; often a corrupted form of a valid viable ‘trojan’ ideology which is perverted into a pathological form, bearing little resemblance to the substance of the original.
5. intolerance and suspicion of anyone who is different, or who disagrees with the state.
6. centralized control.
7. widespread corruption.
8. secret activities within government, but surveillance of the general population. (In contrast, a healthy society would have transparent government processes, and respect for privacy of the individual citizen).
9. paranoid and reactionary government.
10. excessive, arbitrary, unfair and inflexible legislation; the power of decision making is reduced/removed from the citizens’ everyday lives.
11. an attitude of hypocrisy and contempt demonstrated by the actions of the ruling class, towards the ideals they claim to follow, and towards the citizens they claim to represent.
12. controlled media, dominated by propaganda.
13. extreme inequality between the richest and poorest.
14. endemic use of corrupted psychological reasoning such as paramoralisms, conversive thinking and doubletalk.
15. rule by force and/or fear of force.
16. people are considered as a ‘resource’ to be exploited (hence the term “human resources”), rather than as individuals with intrinsic human worth.
17. spiritual life is restricted to inflexible and indoctrinare schemes. Anyone attempting to go beyond these boundaries is considered a heretic or insane, and therefore dangerous.
18. arbitrary divisions in the population (class, ethnicity, creed) are inflamed into conflict with one another.
19. suppression of free speech – public debate, demonstration, protest.
20. violation of basic human rights, for example: restriction or denial of basic life necessities such as food, water, shelter; detainment without charge; torture and abuse; slave labour.

37 Responses to “Definition of Pathocracy”

  1. William Caskey Says:

    If you want to live in a pathocracy come and live in Northern Ireland.

  2. snake Says:

    Exceptional!

  3. Robert Says:

    Good summary of the characteristics of this ‘disease’. It should actually be taught at schools so that kids learn to recognize these types of mentalities early in life.

  4. TJGeezer Says:

    Too bad the word wasn’t widely spread before 2000. Or 1992 or 1980.

  5. donna Says:

    This is great! I posted your link on facebook.

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  7. flin Says:

    school is the first indoctrination camp….

  8. homeopathyginatyler Says:

    love it,learned a new word today thats to your blog
    good timing for what’s going on right now in the usa

  9. An Introduction to “Political Ponerology” « psychopathyinfo Says:

    [...] Pathocracy: From Greek pathos, “evil, pain, suffering”; and kratos, “rule.”  A totalitarian form of government in which absolute political power is held by psychopathic elite and their effect on the people is such that the entire society is ruled and motivated by purely pathological values.  A pathocracy can take many forms and can insinuate itself covertly into any seemingly just system or ideology. As such it can masquerade under the guise of a democracy or theocracy as well as more openly oppressive regimes. (http://pathocracy.wordpress.com/definition/) [...]

  10. Pathocracy ST Says:

    Sorry to see you haven’t followed up more on this blog. It’s such an important topic. I also agree with Robert we should consider teaching this material in age-appropriate ways in school.

  11. ggu Says:

    “13. extreme inequality between the richest and poorest.”

    A relative criteria like this shouldn’t be on your list. That is, if I own one mansion and you own ten, there is extreme inequality of wealth. Is such a situation undesirable? Inequality per se doesn’t tell you anything about the absolute standard of living.

    You seem to suggest that without this “pathocracy” levels of wealth would naturally tend to converge. Why? Surely in any society there will be people who are lazy, cruel, dishonest, malicious etc who no-one will want much to do with. On the other hand, there will always be people with superior intelligence, energy, ingenuity, vision from whom people will willingly purchase goods or services.

    • H3 Says:

      “Surely in any society there will be people who are lazy, cruel, dishonest, malicious etc who no-one will want much to do with.”
      Here is a false pathological statement. Prophète de malheur.
      Greatness doen’st feed on weakness, nor the opposite.
      But pathocrats try 2shape the humane world in his exact way.

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  14. Debra Adeb Says:

    Outstanding. I had never heard the word “pathocracy” before, though I know what totalian rule is. And someone my age should know this word-it is incredibly frightening and so is the definition. Thanx for educating this old bird, who hopes to keep learning to the second I pass.

  15. Luchador Says:

    This describes Spain right now.
    Esto describe España a día de hoy.

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  17. Nick Orciuoli Says:

    Evilcrazy the world today, it does not get better than that.

  18. michelle Says:

    why does this new word need to be invented when the term oligarchy already exists?

  19. Jakob Jenkov Says:

    What society does NOT have the above symptoms?

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  22. Ain't Skeerd Says:

    Welcome to New York.

  23. sylvia lydia morelos Says:

    pathocracy is what the u.s. is right now. totalitarian. sylvia lydia morelos

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  25. tenshinoshin Says:

    basically Israel.

  26. wolfpath Says:

    http://one-evil.org/ another great site that reveals the various Pathocratic organizations throughout history. Thank you Frank O’Collins

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  31. Mr.Know-It-All Says:

    Hello, all.
    Well, fine.
    You’ve identified the problem,
    but what are you going to do about it?
    In my world, results are what count;
    no results, not much point in it, is it?
    But there *is* a solution, just not a ‘human’ one.
    Humans do *not* exist in a vacuum, it just seems that way.
    Ignorance is the most profound problem,
    especially for people that *think* they know it all.
    Everything that’s going on in our world is proof that we aren’t capable of so-called ‘self-determination”.
    Stop and think about it.
    Every one of us comes into the world incapable of caring for ourselves, requiring care, feeding, clothing, housing, the full range support necessary, absolutely *essential*, in order that each individual merely survive.
    A great deal more needed, for a person to thrive.
    All humanity is still an infant, needing care, support, direction, and especially love, for the human race to live, and to thrive.
    All that comes from a greater source.
    Our universe is a subset of a greater universe,
    one we are unaware of, ignorant of.
    There are more dimensions than we can experience,
    and in the higher dimensions are the spirit creatures.
    The highest of all, we call God.
    That one will soon act to remove *ALL* ‘governments of men’, and replace them all with one government, ruling from a place of love, righteousness, justice, peace, and love. [Not a typo.]
    Seek the True God today, while you still have time.
    He is not the ‘God’ of the many religions, which are just more expressions of the same problem as the ‘governments’.
    READ the BOOK! NOW!
    Have a GREAT day, neighbors!

  32. Andrew Rei Says:

    The truth is that a “Pathocracy” is pretty much Fascism. The GOP already practice Fascism…

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