“Our Leaders are Cruel Because…”

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“Our leaders are cruel because only those willing to be inordinately cruel and remorseless can hold positions of leadership in the foreign policy establishment. People capable of expressing a full human measure of compassion and empathy toward faraway powerless strangers do not become president of the United States, or vice president, or secretary of state, or national security adviser or secretary of the treasury. Nor do they want to.” – William Blum

“From 1945 to 2003, the United States attempted to overthrow more than 40 foreign governments, and to crush more than 30 populist-nationalist movements fighting against intolerable regimes. In the process, the US bombed some 25 countries, caused the end of life for several million people, and condemned many millions more to a life of agony and despair.” – William Blum

“Some of the character traits exhibited by serial killers or criminals may be observed in many within the political arena… [They] share the traits of psychopaths who are not sensitive to altruistic appeals, such as sympathy for their victims or remorse or guilt over their crimes. They possess the personality traits of lying, narcissism, selfishness, and vanity. These are the people to whom we have entrusted our fate. Is it any wonder that America is failing at home and world-wide?” – Jim Kouri

Any president engaged in lying and empire-building must have some of the traits of a psychopath … To murder innocent people in order to aggrandize the American Empire would be extremely difficult if not impossible for someone who feels empathy, remorse and guilt and who is incapable of lying. It might even be suggested that having at least some psychopathic traits is a qualification for the job.”
– David Model, “Lying for Empire”

“This focus on money and power may do wonders in the marketplace, but it creates a tremendous crisis in our society. People who have spent all day learning how to sell themselves and to manipulate others are in no position to form lasting friendships or intimate relationships… Many Americans hunger for a different kind of society – one based on principles of caring, ethical and spiritual sensitivity, and communal solidarity. Their need for meaning is just as intense as their need for economic security.” – Michael Lerner, journalist

“A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.” -Aldous Huxley –

“The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.” -Gene Roddenberry

“There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience. “-Hartley Shawcross

“Then it must also be admitted, my friend, that men who are harmed become more unjust. “-Plato

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2 thoughts on ““Our Leaders are Cruel Because…””

  1. I’m not sure if this comment really fits here, Dave, but I just wanted to share something that happened in the last class I’m co-teaching. On our online week, students had to watch the first episode of “The century of the self.” Their insights and dialogue were so exciting. It’s opportunities and experiences like these that give me hope.

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