"The very same traits (pathologically dysfunctional competitiveness/greed/ambition), that drove them to manipulate the system to get ahead, "present" (symptoms) w/such intensity/severity that they are unable to turn "it" off even when "it" threatens to destroy what it created."
Thread touching on the degradation of society through the lens of Covid exploitation:....2/....
Relevant thread analyzing why social and legal systems fail to rein in narcissists/sociopaths: 4/

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14 Oct
What I "presume" are observable events, and relatively predictable human behaviors.

As I pointed out later in the thread, "467 US billionaires have seen their wealth increase by a grotesque $730,000,000,000 during the pandemic".

I wrote that on August 27, 2020. 1/
Almost exactly one year later, that number.....(the collective increase of U.S. billionaires' wealth)....had increased to $1.8 trillion.

Or put another way, billionaires increased their wealth by 62% during the pandemic. 2/

This occurred, and is still occurring, during a time when people are not only losing loved ones to Covid......

.....but it's occurring at a time when the income inequality gap is at a 50+ year high.....3/ time.com/5888024/50-tri…
Read 9 tweets
14 Oct
A couple of observations that would seem to be consistent with people failing to meet, and, therefore getting stuck in the lower hierarchies of needs:

1. Addiction-like experiences/behavior

2. The constant exploitation and manipulation of neuropsychological fear responses. 1/
I've previously analyzed how an addiction model may help to explain tribalism, cult and conspiracy theory susceptibility, confirmation bias, etc. 2/
I've also analyzed recent studies comparing white supremacy to drug addiction: 3/
Read 17 tweets
13 Oct
Rational former Republicans (@radiofreetom/@stuartpstevens) have struggled to understand what happened to people they thought they knew as "intelligent & reasonable".
There are several things at play. First, we often view others through our own subjective lens. Therefore,….1/
...even when agreeing on an issue, we assume we arrive at same conclusion for similar reasons.

Nichols/Stevens arrived at certain conclusions due to their belief in Conservativism’s “commitment to traditional values/ideas & opposition to change socially traditional ideas.” 2/
But the problem is that many of the “socially traditional ideas” that existed in this country's history involved racism, discrimination, misogyny, homophobia, & bigotry.

And although rational former Republicans were seduced by the pragmatism/deliberateness of the ideology....3/
Read 13 tweets
11 Oct
Yes, it would be really interesting to see studies involving exposure to political news, and dopamine-related diseases such as Parksinson's.

I’ve referenced the role that excessive dopamine plays in schizophrenia and Parkinson’s related hallucinations and delusions.
Read 17 tweets
10 Oct
Yes, Trump supporting Christian right engaged in moral compromisation (the "ends justifies the means")....to create moral authority. The moral compromisation occurred when the evangelicals adopted the "flawed leader" narrative to justify their support of Trump. 1/
Thread the moral compromisation of evangelicals' "Flawed leader" narrative....2/....
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9 Oct
An interesting study finding neuro-physiological parallels between white supremacy and addiction.

The study focuses on the dopamine “high”, but fails to recognize the potential neuro-physiological pain-avoidance “withdrawal” factor associated with group/tribal identity. 1/
I’ve previously analyzed how an addiction model may explain confirmation bias, tribalism, conspiracy theory susceptibility, and cult allegiance…..2/
Basically, my observation involved the similarities in the effects that addiction and political tribalism had on personal relationships: 3/
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