Every society has sociopaths.

What is the profile of a sociopath?

  • Apparent lack of remorse or empathy for others
  • Persistent lying or stealing
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Poor behavioral controls — expressions of irritability, annoyance, impatience, threats, aggression, and verbal abuse; inadequate control of anger and temper
  • A history of childhood conduct disorder
  • Recurring difficulties with the law
  • Promiscuity
  • Tendency to violate the boundaries and rights of others
  • Aggressive, often violent behavior; prone to getting involved in fights
  • Inability to tolerate boredom
  • Poor or abusive relationships
  • Irresponsible work behavior
  • Disregard for safety

Sociopaths tend to desire and seek out power. So, the chances that people in positions of power to be sociopathic are greater. Are our leaders sociopaths? Are the CEOs of corporations sociopaths? And are we being conditioned to be sociopathic through video games, consumerism, capitalism?

Listen to this conversation between Derrick Jensen, Chris Hedges, and Michael Truscello: