The Science of Evil, Psychopathy, and the Origins of Totalitarianism

Book review by a TWR reader

I want to bring to your attention an excellent book by now deceased Polish psychiatrist, Dr. Andrew M. Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology: The Science of Evil, Psychopathy, and the Origins of Totalitarianism

It’s a fascinating read based on knowledge and experience, sometimes being very technical, and insightful in many ways; including the use of new terminology such as pathocracy to describe ‘rule by the diseased.’ He also delves into ponerogenesis, or how evil grows in a society, as well as the influence psychopaths in positions of power have on others. He describes the altered view and experience of reality that psychopaths have.

The editor of the book, Harrison Koehli, has done an excellent job with footnotes and commentary.

Dr. Lobaczewski often quotes the Latin term, Ignoti nulla est curatio est – which the editor points out – translates literally as “There is no cure for an unknown disease.”

Dr. Lobaczewski, through knowledge, experience and his expertise, does an excellent job of describing this political, social, psychological disease, and how to treat it.

Dangerous Rhetoric 53: Harrison Koehli & Political Ponerology:

Harrison Koehli joined us for a discussion about the book Political Ponerology by Andrew Lobaczewski as well as some recent world events. Harrison is a host on the MindMatters Podcast and also an editor at Red Pill Press, which means we got some exclusive scoop on the NEW edition of Political Ponerology coming out soon. Ponerology is the first attempt at establishing a scientific study of the true nature of evil. With our world seemingly teetering on the edge of a modern totalitarian abyss, we feel this conversation is particularly important right now and we hope others find it insightful. (Dangerous Rhetoric/YT)

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