Narcissistic Leaders

Written by Sam Vaknin

The narcissistic leader isrepparttar culmination and reification of his period, culture, and civilization. He is likely to rise to prominence in narcissistic societies.

The malignant narcissist invents and then projects a false, fictitious, self forrepparttar 125936 world to fear, or to admire. He maintains a tenuous grasp on reality to start with and this is further exacerbated byrepparttar 125937 trappings of power. The narcissist's grandiose self-delusions and fantasies of omnipotence and omniscience are supported by real life authority andrepparttar 125938 narcissist's predilection to surround himself with obsequious sycophants.

The narcissist's personality is so precariously balanced that he cannot tolerate even a hint of criticism and disagreement. Most narcissists are paranoid and suffer from ideas of reference (the delusion that they are being mocked or discussed when they are not). Thus, narcissists often regard themselves as "victims of persecution".

The narcissistic leader fosters and encourages a personality cult with allrepparttar 125939 hallmarks of an institutional religion: priesthood, rites, rituals, temples, worship, catechism, mythology. The leader is this religion's ascetic saint. He monastically denies himself earthly pleasures (or so he claims) in order to be able to dedicate himself fully to his calling.

The narcissistic leader is a monstrously inverted Jesus, sacrificing his life and denying himself so that his people - or humanity at large - should benefit. By surpassing and suppressing his humanity,repparttar 125940 narcissistic leader became a distorted version of Nietzsche's "superman".

But being a-human or super-human also means being a-sexual and a-moral.

In this restricted sense, narcissistic leaders are post-modernist and moral relativists. They project torepparttar 125941 masses an androgynous figure and enhance it by engenderingrepparttar 125942 adoration of nudity and all things "natural" - or by strongly repressing these feelings. But what they refer to as "nature" is not natural at all.

The narcissistic leader invariably proffers an aesthetic of decadence and evil carefully orchestrated and artificial - though it is not perceived this way by him or by his followers. Narcissistic leadership is about reproduced copies, not about originals. It is aboutrepparttar 125943 manipulation of symbols - not about veritable atavism or true conservatism.

In short: narcissistic leadership is about theatre, not about life. To enjoyrepparttar 125944 spectacle (and be subsumed by it),repparttar 125945 leader demandsrepparttar 125946 suspension of judgment, depersonalization, and de-realization. Catharsis is tantamount, in this narcissistic dramaturgy, to self-annulment.

Narcissism is nihilistic not only operationally, or ideologically. Its very language and narratives are nihilistic. Narcissism is conspicuous nihilism - andrepparttar 125947 cult's leader serves as a role model, annihilatingrepparttar 125948 Man, only to re-appear as a pre-ordained and irresistible force of nature.

Narcissistic leadership often poses as a rebellion againstrepparttar 125949 "old ways" - againstrepparttar 125950 hegemonic culture,repparttar 125951 upper classes,repparttar 125952 established religions,repparttar 125953 superpowers,repparttar 125954 corrupt order. Narcissistic movements are puerile, a reaction to narcissistic injuries inflicted upon a narcissistic (and rather psychopathic) toddler nation-state, or group, or uponrepparttar 125955 leader.

Minorities or "others" - often arbitrarily selected - constitute a perfect, easily identifiable, embodiment of all that is "wrong". They are accused of being old, they are eerily disembodied, they are cosmopolitan, they are part ofrepparttar 125956 establishment, they are "decadent", they are hated on religious and socio-economic grounds, or because of their race, sexual orientation, origin ... They are different, they are narcissistic (feel and act as morally superior), they are everywhere, they are defenceless, they are credulous, they are adaptable (and thus can be co-opted to collaborate in their own destruction). They arerepparttar 125957 perfect hate figure. Narcissists thrive on hatred and pathological envy.

This is preciselyrepparttar 125958 source ofrepparttar 125959 fascination with Hitler, diagnosed by Erich Fromm - together with Stalin - as a malignant narcissist. He was an inverted human. His unconscious was his conscious. He acted out our most repressed drives, fantasies, and wishes. He provides us with a glimpse ofrepparttar 125960 horrors that lie beneathrepparttar 125961 veneer,repparttar 125962 barbarians at our personal gates, and what it was like before we invented civilization. Hitler forced us all through a time warp and many did not emerge. He was notrepparttar 125963 devil. He was one of us. He was what Arendt aptly calledrepparttar 125964 banality of evil. Just an ordinary, mentally disturbed, failure, a member of a mentally disturbed and failing nation, who lived through disturbed and failing times. He wasrepparttar 125965 perfect mirror, a channel, a voice, andrepparttar 125966 very depth of our souls.

Election Truth

Written by The Independent Voice

Yes, it is true that George W. Bush receivedrepparttar most votes of any elected President in our history. He also received more votes against him than any other elected President inrepparttar 125935 history of our country. The margin of difference between those who want Bush as our President and those who do not is a measly 3%. The fact is thatrepparttar 125936 electoral map is almost identical to that ofrepparttar 125937 year 2000. Bush did winrepparttar 125938 popular vote by 3.5 million votes but he nearly lostrepparttar 125939 election, had just 68,001 votes switched in Ohio. The 3.5 million more votes came entirely from small states that have predominantly rural voters that typically vote Republican or lean Republican but don't always vote.

Who voted for whom?

If you are young (18-29), a working woman or a non-working woman, black, latino, Asian, or other, belong to a union, make under $100,000, have a post-graduate education, are a moderate or liberal, never voted before, a Jew, a Buddhist, or a Hindu, a single civilian, homosexual, don't own a gun, your values and concerns are education, unnecessary war, health care, andrepparttar 125940 economy, and you believe we are less safe from terrorism, understand that things are going horribly wrong in Iraq, your family economic situation is worse today than 4 years ago, believe that Iraq has nothing to do withrepparttar 125941 war on terror, believerepparttar 125942 country is headed inrepparttar 125943 wrong direction, and have lost a job, thenrepparttar 125944 odds are that you voted for John Kerry.

If you are a rich old white male conservative, a religious zealot who has some college, don't belong to a union, a married veteran who goes to church at least once a week, and your values and concerns are taxes, terrorism and "morals", you have a job but don't work more than full time, you think things are going swell, believe Iraq is tied to terrorism, your family is doing better than 4 years ago, you own a gun, think things are going well in Iraq, not concerned with health care, want abortion completely outlawed, hate homos, believerepparttar 125945 economy is just great, think attacking Iraq made us more secure, and live in a small town, thenrepparttar 125946 odds are that you voted for George W. Bush.

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