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The Age Of The Dark Triad Elitist

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In the world of psychology, the term “Dark Triad” refers to the degree to which an individual manifests the personality traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. People who score high in these 3 areas are less empathetic, less agreeable, less satisfied with their lives, and less likely to believe in the goodness of themselves and in humanity. People who score high on these traits are also more likely to commit crimes, not fit in socially, and be disruptive. Hence the word “dark” in describing this triad of personal characteristics.

Those with the trifecta of Dark Triad personality traits, therefore, can end up being a high powered corporate executive, a politician, or Ted Bundy. The level of narcissism required to be Dark Triad is intense and deeply internalized. The individual deeply believes they are superior to everyone else, their self love is ridiculously high, and many are drawn to someone with such an excessively high level of self-confidence. It does not matter if the Dark Traid’s self-confidence is substantiated or not; the result is that it rubs off on other people as they subconsciously assume that someone who loves themselves that much must have a basis for their self image. The average person is relatively insecure with low self-confidence. They, along with even those who have some confidence, will gravitate toward a person of excessive self-confidence.

This high confidence in combination with the trait of psychopathy leads to the Dark Triad Individual being more likely to take risks and to dismiss failure by rationalizing it away. The strength of the high level narcissist is the ability to achieve enormous success. The weakness lies in their inability to accept truth and reality.

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Machiavellianism is characterized by tactical strategy, manipulation, duplicity, and a high level of selfishness. The Machiavellian is a chess player, thinking several moves ahead of everyone else, and constantly employing mis-direction and smoke screens. The Machiavellian will use lies and deceit to achieve their end game.

Psychopathy is the degree to which one lacks emotion and the level to which the brain connects behaviors to guilt and remorse. The Dark Triad person shows no empathy and will feel no remorse for bad and immoral behaviors. This ability is a skill to the Dark Triad Individual in our tough and unforgiving society, but it is defined as a serious mental disorder for a reason.

The originators of the term “Dark Triad” describe the traits that make it up in this way: “To varying degrees, all three entail a socially malevolent character with behavior tendencies toward self-promotion, emotional coldness, duplicity, and aggressiveness.”

Not everyone who is highly successful or exceedingly rich displays these disturbing Dark Triad personality traits, but everyone who displays these Dark Triad traits is highly successful or exceedingly rich. Many of the elite who dominate our government, media, and corporations regularly exhibit these dark triad personality traits. In the Enron scandal, the elite fraudulently propped up the company’s stock price, leading thousands of unsuspecting employees to lose their retirement savings. The tobacco companies spent decades misleading people and covering up scientific evidence of the harmful nature of their product. During the 2008 financial crisis, big banks sold clients billions of dollars of deceptively valued securities tied to risky home mortgages. Mortgage lenders qualified people for loans, knowing their clients could not repay them. Pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma marketed OxyContin for years after the company learned that the drug was highly addictive, resulting in an opioid crisis. Jeff Bezos is a notoriously mean boss and a cheapskate. Bill Gates is obsessed with population control. Hillary Clinton was accused of treating people poorly when she was the First Lady, and Donald Trump’s past infidelities, poor decisions, and infidelities have been documented. Examine any successful politician, corporate exec, athlete, or celebrity through the lens of the Dark Triad and you will easily be able to identify the behaviors and traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. You may even notice them in your boss at work.

Psychologists have found that those with greater wealth, status, and power are more likely to have one or more Dark Triad personality traits. In fact, higher social class predicts increased unethical behavior. Several studies have found that upper-class individuals are more likely than lower-class individuals to break the law while driving, exhibit unethical decision making tendencies, take valued goods from others, lie during negotiations, cheat to increase their chance of winning a prize, and endorse unethical behavior at work.

In our system, it is the wealthy who are the ones with the means to be elected into government positions of power. Since we can establish that those with more wealth and power behave badly, then we as citizens ought to be wary of all increases in government size and decreases in individual rights. Our founding fathers found this deeply concerning. George Washington warned that “ Government is not reason, it is not eloquence,—it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action”

“Irresponsible action” is something our elite have perfected in recent decades. Failing to protect our country from the attacks on September 11th, 2001, the failed wars in the middle east, the housing bubble and financial crisis of 2008 and subsequently bailing themselves out at the expense of the people, spying on American citizens, the mixed messaging on the COVID-19 Pandemic and the botched handling of it, and the catastrophe of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

The genesis of everyone of these events of the past two decades can be directly or indirectly linked to the government having too much power and the Dark Triad elites who wield it behaving badly. John Adams wisely and correctly wrote that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Adams was not speaking only of the elite who rule us, but also of us as citizens. The average citizen must focus on their own morality and then absolutely demand moral behavior from the elite whom we temporarily cede power to. And we must restore the power they have to a very limited function. This was the original intent. For perhaps our elites who designed our system knew of their own Dark Triad tendencies and created an experiment that they knew would depend on what Lincoln referred to as “the better angels of our nature.”

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OAN: American Freedom Tour coming to a town near you

American Freedom Tour President Chris Widener explains what inspired the American Freedom Tour, which debuts in Jacksonville, Florida from Oct. 7-8.

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In an interview with One America News Network (OAN) that aired just this week, American Freedom Tour President Chris Widener explains the inspiration and purpose behind the American Freedom Tour.

The event series debuts in Jacksonville, Florida from Oct. 7-8.

Headliners include Donald Trump Jr., Kayleigh McEnany, Dan Bongino, Dinesh D’Souza, Sheriff David Clarke, and Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman. All speakers will be live and in person at each venue.

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“I look at the last five years, and conservatives have been told how bad they are,” Widener explains. “They’re deplorable, they’re racist, they’re sexist, xenophobic, transphobic. They’ve been beaten up for five years.”

“I thought,” Widener continued, “wouldn’t it be amazing if we did some rallies around the country, and got conservatives together, so that folks could look around and say, ‘I’m not alone.'”

So, who is Chris Widener, the president of the American Freedom Tour? Consider his thoughts on mask mandates:

“To me, the mask thing is just a way to show you who’s boss. It’s something so simple and so trite. And in reality, what does it really take to put a mask on? But that’s just such a surface level of looking at it. You have to ask, ‘Why would I have to put this mask on?’ And if they can get me to do something really simple like that, what else can they increase it and slowly but surely take away your rights?”

Watch the entire interview on Rumble, or here:

Additional American Freedom Tour events are scheduled in Ohio, Missouri, and North Carolina. Additional locations will be announced on AmericanFreedomTour.com as they become available.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit AmericanFreedomTour.com

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Micro-tasking, not Multitasking, for Effective Performance

Professionals who can micro-task are in demand; multitaskers are doing themselves and their organizations a disservice.

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Much as been discussed about multitasking and fortunately, much of what has been written exposes the myth that multitasking represents. Instead of making us more productive and having a greater output, we tend to slow down on the very things that were trying to speed up on, and we end up making more errors.

Micro-tasking, by contrast, is the ability to compartmentalize and to focus in quick, short intervals on a variety of items that compete for attention — a vital skill for career professionals. Micro-tasking is effective for quick decisions, and for handling routine and short term tasks term nature. Multitasking is the attempt to handle two important tasks at the same time. It is not to be confused with micro-tasking.

A Skill to Cultivate

Some workers have little choice in the short run but to work in a distracting, noisy environment. Some employees, in particular, were retained to be able to quickly shift their attention from one issue to another, focusing on each issue as needed.

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In an interruption-based environment, such as a hospital, police station, retail store, or airline ticket counter, the ability to micro-task is a valuable skill. Throughout the course of a day, a manager in such settings might encounter a variety of people asking questions and voicing concerns. For sale managers micro-tasking can make all the difference in making quota or not.

Tasks that require our sharp attention necessitate that we slow down, focus, keep interruptions at bay, and work as effectively as we can, toward completion. Handling two tasks simultaneously, each of which require sharp attention, is a prescription for poor results.

Be in Demand

Professionals who can micro-task are in demand. Others, who engage in multitasking, are doing themselves and their organizations, a disservice.

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