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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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Make Universities Accountable for Predatory Student Loan Abuse

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The Biden administration is still talking about delivering on the President’s promise to relieve student loan debt for many Americans. There is continuing discussion on how much debt should be forgiven, how to pay for it, and whether it is fair to all those who have diligently and painfully worked to already pay off their own student loans. After all, if you’re going to eliminate student debt to buy votes, why just limit it to student debt?

Unfortunately for Biden, according to numerous sources including National Review, the executive branch has no generalized power to forgive any amount of student debt. Even Nancy Pelosi confirmed simply that “the president can’t do it. That’s not even a discussion.” The Department of Education came to the same verdict, determining that the executive branch “does not have the statutory authority to cancel, compromise, discharge, or forgive, on a blanket or mass basis, principal balances of student loans, and/or to materially modify the repayment amounts or terms thereof.”

Of course, even if he had the authority, forgiving student debt doesn’t make the debt go away. Reality has a way of breaking into such “freeloading” dreams. It’s pay me now, or somebody else pay me later. But why should some future taxpayer pay off anyone else’s student debt?

Whatever happened to wise warnings of “student beware.” When you get an education and agree to pay the tuition, you ought to realize that you must at some point pay for that education. You signed on the bottom line. Face your real-world responsibilities. Hopefully, you picked a degree major that will ensure a career capable of paying off your loans. Students clearly have some responsibility, but what about the universities that took advantage of the money coming from those loans?

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After all, there is ample evidence that student tuitions exploded far faster than inflation when government funds became readily available for student loans. Complaints of excessive tuition increases by students trapped in their programs tended to be met with a less than caring response—pound sand!

Since 2008, the tuition cost or a four-year college degree has increased nearly 25%. In that same period, student debt has doubled, increasing by 107%. 2015 study found that a dollar of subsidized student loans results in a published tuition increase of 58 cents at a typical university, An NBER paper suggests that changes to federal student loans are more than sufficient to explain tuition increases at private nonprofit colleges. And a 2014 study found that for-profit colleges eligible for federal student aid charged tuition 78% higher than that of similar but aid-ineligible institutions.

In short, there is no doubt that tuition was rising faster than the inflation level. Evidence has been clear for decades. In 1987, Secretary of Education William J. Bennett argued that “increases in financial aid in recent years have enabled colleges and universities to raise their tuition, confident that Federal loan subsidies would help cushion the increase.”

Bennett pointed out in 1987 that federal student aid had risen 57 percent since 1980, while inflation had been 26 percent. A 2020 analysis by the Congressional Budget Office brought the numbers up to date: “Between 1995 and 2017, the balance of outstanding federal student loan debt increased more than sevenfold, from $187 billion to $1.4 trillion (in 2017 dollars).” What is the lesson? The more federal aid to students is available colleges raise tuition more. Salaries rise and bureaucracies expand. There are more courses, more dorms, dining halls, lavish recreational centers, and more money for endowments.

Far too many students find that once they begin their education, their schools raise the tuition at such a high rate that their debt explodes. The university builds their endowment, and the “trapped” student is compelled to finish what they started at a cost they did not expect to have to pay. In such a situation, should not the university be responsible for any increased cost above the increase in cost of living during the same time? It’s time for universities to take responsibility for their share of student debt.

The universities that benefited from these loans should have a part in footing the bill. That means universities that raked in millions to inflate endowments should be holding the bag for those who can’t afford to pay their loans. With universities holding hundreds of billions of dollars in tax-free endowments, any government program to relieve student debt should be completely dependent on taxing those university endowments.

It’s time to counter the Democrats’ vote-buying scheme by making lasting changes to the student loan process. That means putting universities on the hook for their predatory behavior. That will go much further than a temporary payoff that does nothing to solve what is causing the problem.

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Tucker: Why are they so angry?

There’s no Constitutional requirement to have respect for anybody in the US government. In fact, in a free country you are encouraged to disagree. You are a citizen, you have that inherent right. But, no more.

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Tucker gives an extended list of several people who were arrested or had their homes raided, without explanation, for no crime. Highlights include:

“Why have a political debate when you can just arrest people who disagree with you? And that has happened, far below the media radar since the day Joe Biden was elected, and tonight we want to show you … a litany, a list of Americans who have been arrested, detained by federal law enforcement on the orders of the Biden administration, not because they committed recognizable crimes but because they disagreed with the political aims of the Biden administration.”

“Ooh, Trumps a fascist, remember that? Did Trump’s DOJ raid the homes of a lot of journalists who embarrassed his children? No, you don’t remember that, because it didn’t happen. But Joe Biden’s justice department has done that, and then they kept going.”

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“We don’t arrest people for ignoring congressional subpoenas, especially when they cite executive privilege, a principal that has a long history in American history, so no, we’ve never done that, but we can do it now because it was ‘an insurrection’, an insurrection that wasn’t armed, wasn’t planned, it didn’t actually insurrect anything, but it was still an insurrection. Now you’re beginning to see why it’s been so important from the very first day for the media to describe what happened on January 6 not as a riot, but as an insurrection, because if it’s an insurrection, they can violate your civil rights.”

“So, a decade ago the Obama administration was caught sending automatic weapons to Mexican drug cartels and Congress wanted to know more about this. Eric Holder, then the attorney general, had a key role in this, ‘operation fast and furious’, you may remember it. So, they subpoena’d him, and he ignored the subpoena, and the media applauded, he was taking a noble position. But when Steve Bannon or Peter Navarro tried to do something like that, they went to jail. Again, we had this exact same thing happen in public ten years ago. A federal judge ruled that Holder’s privilege claim was not legitimate, and he was still never arrested, but the rules have changed. Why is that?”

“There’s no Constitutional requirement to have respect for anybody in the US government. In fact, in a free country you are encouraged to disagree. You are a citizen, you have that inherent right. But, no more. The media think you should be sent to jail if you show disrespect, and so of course, with no media to push back against unconstitutional overreach, the justice department kept going.”

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