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Political Ponerology

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The first manuscript of this book went into the fire five minutes before the arrival of the secret police in Communist Poland. The second copy, reassembled painfully by scientists working under impossible conditions of repression, was sent via a courier to the Vatican. Its receipt was never acknowledged, no word was ever heard from the courier - the manuscript and all the ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Red Pill Press (first published 2006)
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Brent Cope
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
This book holds information in it that every man, woman, and child on this planet needs to understand; 4-6% of our worlds population are born without conscience. This fundamental deficit in a minority of the population allows our global tragedy to continue unabated.

Our lack of awareness is also a contributing factor. If we properly understood that some people are without conscience we'd protect our society, eliminating them from positions of power, identifying their pseudologic and twisting of w
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Mayim de Vries
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Terrific and terrifying.
Harrison
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Imagine searching through the vaults of the secret police in some future dystopia. You find a tattered volume among the files that immediately strikes your interest. You begin to read, and it tells the story of a secret group of scientists unsympathetic to the regime in power. These men and women risked their lives to understand and diagnose the sickness of their society, the pathology of the leaders subjugating their populace. Not only did they identify the root causes of the evil that plagued
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Ryan
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is probably the most important book out there about what is wrong with the world and with the knowledge contained in this book we will have the chance to turn things around before its too late. Most people are completely stumped when thinking about why there is so much evil in the world and why we are completely helpless to ever change. Why do things always seem to get worse and degenerate into madness and genocide? This book really spells it out why and how these processes work. The b ...more
Hans De Jonge
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ponerology, as it said is a study. This book gives a motivation to study psychopathology in power structures. Just like you study schizophrenics one can study psychopaths (in power) The conclusion of this book: one should not put psychopaths in power.
As soon as scientifically is diagnosed a psychopath everything has to be done to remove such a person out of power.
It is a new study, viewpoint and science, so it takes several years before it is implicated and can be used to remove psychopaths fr
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Karthi Mohan
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Granted it is difficult to read but it will be one of the most important books you will read. What it reveals about the insidious hidden behind the mundane will shatter the world views of most. Psychopaths are not just serial killers and rapists, the successful ones are probably the most powerful people on earth. Now that's a scary thought, but in it lies an understanding of the collective rut humanity is in.
Abe Ofarrell
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A MUST read for anyone serious about understanding why everything is going wrong in our world today. The writer, a psychologist discusses the process by which psychopaths work their way into power and pull the strings.
Beau
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
If you want to understand why people like Bush, Cheney, Blair, and Rice do the things they do, this is the best book to help one understand the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes.
Matthew
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
important subject, but the vague and abstract treatment makes it nearly unreadable and less than elucidating.
Jude Morrissey
I did not like this book. The author may actually be right about something in his general theory - it does seem to "fit" what is going on around us in the world and especially in the US currently; but there's a lot of outright crap mixed in (like the idea that the anti-smoking movement or the push to decrease carbon monoxide emissions is due to carbon monoxide and/or something in second-hand smoke being able to protect our minds from psychopaths' influence...). Parts of the book also struck me a ...more
Becky Reed
Exceptional book. Social psychopathy on a huge scale. Society follows those who seem to know where they are going - and sometimes, evil lurks there. The lack of empathy and compassion...but more than this, the lack of comprehending the other fellow's pain and condition seems to be spreading. In the past, the horrific narcissists who ruled entire nations bulldozed the rights of others.

Wonderful reminder AND wake up call for today...
Evandro
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este não é um livro bem escrito. Talvez por ser o autor polonês, o texto, mesmo no original em inglês, é meio estranho e, por vezes, ambíguo ou confuso. No entanto, ler esta obra é OBRIGAÇÃO MORAL de toda pessoa que pretenda entender a humanidade e trabalhar seriamente por melhorá-la, sobretudo no que se refere à violência, à opressão e à guerra.

O mais interessante e importante do livro é mesmo a proposta: estudar o mal como um fenômeno não apenas moral, mas também psicopatológico. Como se trata
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John G.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I couldn't make it through this book, quit about with three of four chapters left. The language was simply impenetrable, it was boring and quite frankly, induced immediate sleep. This felt like reading something out of an esoteric academic journal, dang, I felt like I was back in grad school being forced to wade through academic drivel again. This is written only for academics in an esoteric fashion and is mind numbing. It's a shame too, because they subject matter is intensely fascina ...more
Plebeian
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was a pain in the ass to read. I actually forced my way through most of the book. Political Ponerology is definitely not going to be for everybody. If it weren't for my life long commitment to understanding evil, I wouldn't have even picked it up. It's a really dry, technical approach by the author.

The good news is that this book is probably the most thorough piece of work I've come across dealing with the scientific approach to evil. It was originally written around world war 2 by a
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Aleksandras Rimdžius
Probably the most important book You've never heard of.
Steven
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
There's definitely a lot in here that I am inclined to agree with, but I'd prefer a greater degree of citation and evidence to back up the claims it makes. That said, it certainly is descriptive of the country I currently live in, where sociopaths/psychopaths can assume control of the levers of power because a significant amount of people are unable to learn new information or hold nuanced views.
Eva Anna Schmidt
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book is definitely not a light reading and that is not only for its content but also form. The writing is jargonic, dry, incomplete, generalized, and leaving readers starving for further elaboration and detail. Nevertheless this is a unique and valuable work containing enough material to be included in a further research of the fascinating and mysterious field of ponerology (the study of the causal components of the origin of evil).
Linda Dembek
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are confused about all the political nonsense going on today - whether it's global or local, this book is a must read to help you understand the evil/corruption of everything that you probably never wished to know. But knowledge protects, right! Read this book and then read it again.
dave
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Science on the Nature of Evil says it all.
Count-daniel Fogarty
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good book on psychopathology and how the world is pretty much run by them :)
Martin Berman-Gorvine
A thought-provoking yet ultimately frustrating read

I sought out this book after seeing a mention in an article in Psychology Today. The author, a therapist who lived through the Nazi and Soviet occupations of Poland, argues that large-scale political evil is best understood as the result of pathological persons dominating the society of normal people. It’s an intriguing notion, but proof is lacking as is any real way of getting rid of these movements and regimes when they arise.
On top of that, t
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Lukasz
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just found this book after browsing for a couple of hours through the internet while laying ill in bed. It looks really interesting. I have already ordered it at an online bookstore. I can't wait to get my hands on it. It might be difficult to read, but I'm sure it will be worth it!



This book attracted my attention due to the fact that I'm interested in exploring modern European history, especially the history of totalitarian regimes in the 20th century Europe. It looks like this book is a must
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Cicero Marra
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Segundo o autor, o mal institucionalizado (nazismo, comunismo, fascismo etc) surge em países em que as pessoas, em meio a períodos de otimismo ou de relaxamento moral, atrofiam a capacidade de julgar a realidade, permitindo que líderes claramente psicopatas e que em situações normais teriam sido simplesmente separadas do convívio público cheguem ao poder. Se a tese do livro estiver certa nós estamos lascados por que nós somos moralmente relaxados e os nossos líderes são todos psicopatas.
Vedast Sanxis
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I found this book quite hard to read. I would just recommend Chapter 4, in which the author explains the different kinds of psychological anomalies and how common they are.
Milton Galvão
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente! Lobaczewski desnuda o esquema de dominação imposto em regimes totalitários.
Julian Hadlow
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
A curious book that has a whiff of atmosphere from the old Communist Eastern Block era, combined with a particular form of psychology the author calls ponerology.

Ponerology from my understanding of the text is about how societies, groups and individuals "go wrong". The author calls it a study of evil, which in a sense it is, but it is evil in the form we can see in, for example, the Nazi regime, Stalin, or Pol Pot, not the sort of evil as portrayed in some religions as originating with the Devil
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N Smit
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes" or, the study of evil in politics. The Soviets are in Eastern Europe and a group of scientists is brought together by Andrew Lobaczewski to research what brought evil in power. Put together in a time when the study of genetics and psychopathy was forbidden, this book isn't just a reflection of a past situation, but rather a dense work on matters applicable to the present day. Underlining that "psychological matters are as importan ...more
Claudio
Un interesante ensayo sobre el estudio del mal y cómo éste se esparce en las instituciones a través de procesos lógicos de reemplazo de las élites por parte de personalidades enfermas. Polémico por lo que plantea, pero una útil herramienta para entender el mundo de hoy.
Qué le juega en contra:
* Repetitivo. Podría haber dicho lo mismo en un tercio del libro.
* Está sólo en inglés.
Jay Roberts, CFP®, CRPC ®
A science on the nature of Evil, adjusted for political purposes.
Tie Webb
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Would have been interesting to read the two previous versions if they would have been published.
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Date of Birth: 1921
Date of Death: 2007

Andrew M. Lobaczewski was born in 1921 and grew up on a rural estate in the beautiful pied mountain vicinity of Poland. Under the Nazi occupation he worked on the farm, was an apiarist, and then a soldier of the Home Army, an underground Polish resistance organization. After the Soviet invasion of Poland, the family estate was confiscated and the owners driven
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