The Corporation is A Psychopath and It’s Created in the White Man’s Image.

Inspired Dr. Brian Johns:

Are pedophiles mentally ill? Are their victims who become pedophiles mentally ill?

Did you see the film “The Corporation?” The premise was that the corporation, as a legal person under US law, could be subject to a psychological workup; it was determined that the corporation fit all of the criteria of a psychopath. Well, here’s one reflection on the psychopath:

What is a Psychopath?

 

“Psychopaths are social predators who charm, manipulate and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving a broad trail of broken hearts, shattered expectations without the slightest sense of guilt or regret. Their bewildered victims desperately ask, ‘Who are these people?'”

 

We often think of psychopaths as the disturbed criminals who capture headlines and crowd the nation’s prisons. But not all psychopaths are killers. They are more likely to be men and women you know who move through life with supreme self-confidence — but without a conscience.

 

“What makes them the way they are? How can we protect ourselves?”
— Robert D Hare, “Without Conscience”

As Dr. Johns posited yesterday, the Corporation is an extension of who? The White Man. (A lot of sanctimonious white liberals applauded the ingenuity of that metaphor!)

What does the corporation do? Gobble up as much of everything as it can on behalf of who? The shareholder. Who are the shareholders in the White Supremacist Corporation? White people. And they are able to accept the order of the world, the inequality, the poisoning of the planet, the murder of millions of innocents – in their name, with their guns, by their military – with nary a sleepless night.

I’ve simply made an assertion about the nature of racism and white folks have put up more opposition to that, than the racist system itself.  If white folks in general were as relentless fighting racism as they’ve been trying to prove me wrong, there’d be no racism.

Yes, if we point it out, white folks know what to say to appear supportive…but what do they DO? There ain’t no John Browns running ’round to do the right thing.

White people’s behavior appears psychopathic – particularly through their actions toward the non-white world. But here are white people disowning even the possibility that they may be afflicted with a mental illness.

Disowning even the possibility – they claim – out of a desire not to harm “legitimately” mentally ill people. Whites feel they are the only ones who get to determine what and who is legitimate and what and who is not.

I just don’t get it – but I do get it. Its the disease talking.

PS Cheryl, what is crazy? What does that mean? If you look around us, the Xmas season is occurring. Does that appear crazy to you? It might appear crazy to people from other countries who know that we are the number one polluter, resource stealer, decider, etc. For someone to question the sanity of any American – ain’t no big thing to me. Perfectly legit. So don’t think that saying racism boils down to white folks and their victims being somehow crazy is saying something that billions of other people aren’t saying about this country. We’re destroying the planet for God’s sake to stuff the pockets of…..

18 Responses to “The Corporation is A Psychopath and It’s Created in the White Man’s Image.”

  1. White people’s behavior appears psychopathic – particularly through their actions toward the non-white world. But here are white people disowning even the possibility that they may be afflicted with a mental illness.

    Well, at least you’re being more specific than “virtually any behavior, given the right cultural context.”

    Actually, some of us have in fact mentioned that we are afflicted with mental illnesses–just not the ones associated with the popular stereotype. On the other hand, we haven’t denied any of the pathological things you’re attempting to conflate with mental illness.

  2. And I would not, incidentally, have had any such problem with racist people as psychopaths.

  3. And of course, Piny, my day is focused on making sure that you don’t have any problems with what comes out of my mouth.

    Newsflash: This isn’t about you or your white friends with or without mental illness. This is about people of color finding ways to understand, make sense of YOUR culture and your people and the unrelenting pressure on us from people who classify themselves as white, as you do.

    Two brief stories; a friend told me yesterday that her (now) mother in-law, upon meeting her, said to her now-husband (white man) in her black presence, ‘don’t you know that black people have Aids?” In this black woman’s presence.

    This same magnificent black woman shared how, in the last week, she had to fire a contractor – a white man – who told her that he has had to tell his wife to, “dumb it down,” so as not to intimidate white people who aren’t used to dealing with black folk who can look them in the eye. And this is a white man who’s married to a black woman. But that’s not sick, right?

    This in 2006. You don’t know what mental illness is until you’ve studied white people. Someone made the point to me how white folks use anthropology to study the “Other.” Well, this is the study of the white man and the white woman; you aren’t supposed to like it, or, agree with it, or feel comfortable. But if you were really interested in solving racism, you’d throw out all of your so-called knowledge, along with your Ivy League linguistics that rather than clarify, mystify. And pay attention to a person of color’s ideas for a change.

    But you entered this conversation with no humility and no teachability. There was nothing for you to learn. Sounds like a Bwana-complex to me

  4. And of course, Piny, my day is focused on making sure that you don’t have any problems with what comes out of my mouth.

    You made an argument, I disputed its validity, you responded, I responded in turn. You’ve argued several times that the reason I reject this analogy is that I don’t like it when people call me crazy; I’m explaining that that’s not true. If it were, I probably would object to you calling me a psychopath, wouldn’t I?

    Newsflash: This isn’t about you or your white friends with or without mental illness. This is about people of color finding ways to understand, make sense of YOUR culture and your people and the unrelenting pressure on us from people who classify themselves as white, as you do.

    Then why are you using a term that rests on exactly the same reasoning you’re defining as insidious un-reason?

    But that’s not sick, right?

    For the umpteenth time: I do not dispute and have never disputed the things you attribute to racism. So, no, this is an inaccurate recap of what I’ve argued.

    This in 2006. You don’t know what mental illness is until you’ve studied white people. Someone made the point to me how white folks use anthropology to study the “Other.” Well, this is the study of the white man and the white woman; you aren’t supposed to like it, or, agree with it, or feel comfortable. But if you were really interested in solving racism, you’d throw out all of your so-called knowledge, along with your Ivy League linguistics that rather than clarify, mystify. And pay attention to a person of color’s ideas for a change.

    This is not bloodless theory, not any more than your posts are.

    “Mental illness” is a relic of so-called knowledge; its subtext is eugenic dehumanization. That’s why it doesn’t make sense to use it to attack the conventions of sane behavior.

    I entered this conversation in complete agreement with your description of racism, and remain in agreement with everything but the frame for this analogy.

  5. So, Piny, update the frame. What is a better/new frame for characterizing racism/white supremacy?

  6. I don’t know that I disagree about the mental illness framework, and I’m appreciating listening to your thinking about this. I do have a larger problem, unrelated to the points you’re making, about mental health oppression and the labelling of other behaviors that I don’t think are illnesses, but that’s a whole other issue.

    I guess my thinking is that racism is learned irrationality. It is targeting other people for destruction. Completely illogical, completely harmful, completely wrong, learned behaviors, that in white people become internalized (and possibly also pathologized) as feelings of superiority and all the harmful things that go with that. There are probably also interesting things to say related to this about internalized racism (and maybe sexism) but it seems to make sense to stick with white racism first. It’s the most harmful thing, and the one we should be trying to eliminate.

  7. Kate, I agree that racism is learned irrationality. No question about it. However, what happens when something that was initially learned mouth to ear, permeates every orifice, nook and cranny of the society? How do people who are steeped in racism unlearn it, separate the covert ideology of the land, from themselves? Can they? Is the work ever done?

    Has this previously learned ideological construct, progressed to another level, to pathology? What does this toxin, taken intraveneously, in-utero, do to the mind? To the very capacity to think?

    The English language is encoded from A to Z in racism; the precious concepts of so many, or predicated on Racism/White Supremcacy.

    You see scientists study the brains of serial killers and such to learn if their brains are different from “the norm.” Why is it so far fetched to study the white brain for starters, to see how his brain is different? (I know this is ludicrous to those white folks attached to proprietary theories of mental illnes) And maybe it it ludicrous. However, the affects of unchecked racism are GENOCIDAL. Nothing should be thrown out that might lead to answers that help understand/treat and/or control racists.

    I think that these are reasonable questions. Of course, I’m also a black man.

  8. Oh, you’re definitely right, they are reasonable questions. I’d love to see white people (myself included) studied, not as the raceless “norm” (because how can there be such a thing?), but as part of the whole huge human spectrum of variation. And yes, racism is genocidal — genocide doesn’t always have to be overt mass murder (though we have plenty of that) and can also look like, well, American culture.

    In any case, thanks for putting your thinking out where we need to see it.

  9. Kate, I agree; it needs to be done. Only people who are openminded (perhaps YOU) and especially, people of color. We MUST study white folks – their thinking, their mores, norms. We can forget about receiving the endorsement or support of the white academy

  10. So, Piny, update the frame. What is a better/new frame for characterizing racism/white supremacy?

    (Sorry about the delay. My life sort of went upside down this past week, so.)

    This is an excellent question, and I dunno if I have an answer; the visceral punch is bound up in the original meaning of the word, after all.

    I’m not asking this rhetorically: is “evil” worn out or overdetermined? The qualities linked to the sorta-clinical definition of “psychopath” seem to me to be pretty much the way evil is described: without remorse, without empathy, without hope for redemption, unreasonable ignorance.

    You see scientists study the brains of serial killers and such to learn if their brains are different from “the norm.” Why is it so far fetched to study the white brain for starters, to see how his brain is different? (I know this is ludicrous to those white folks attached to proprietary theories of mental illnes) And maybe it it ludicrous. However, the affects of unchecked racism are GENOCIDAL. Nothing should be thrown out that might lead to answers that help understand/treat and/or control racists.

    …Is it white-supremacist to feel like biological determinism is iffy? Maybe I’ve just seen too many half-a-dozen-cadaver-brain studies held up as definitive to be objective here.

  11. Piny said: “Is it white-supremacist to feel like biological determinism is iffy?”

    Maybe.

    As my man, Asa said, we’re not trying to quantify, measure, or formulate definitive anything. What we’re trying to do is understand on intellectual/intuitive/emotional and spiritual levels the processes coming at us.

    I don’t think that racism requires consciousness; right now, all over the country, black people are being moved out of inner city neighborhoods that used to be undesirable. People call it gentrification. It looks like forced relocation and it feels like it to the people being moved out. The people moving in buying up everything don’t hate – hell, they have African art. But they participate in a “scientific process” that occurs in the same manner everywhere. It keeps white people on top and us on the bottom. Is that racism?

    That process does not allow capital to flow to the people of color so that they can improve their homes and neighborhoods. That process doesn’t provide policing by a kind force dedicated to serving the community; we get mean, condescending, shoot first-ask questions later, authoritarian wardens who keep us in our place.

    Good white people, white people who have good hearts allow processes like that not only to continue, but flourish, activities that disadvantage us and advantage you. Is that racism, thought out consciously?

    They can quote Malcolm, they know the words to a Spinners’ song. That doesn’t make them non-racist.

    I like the concept of ‘Racist-Suspects’ that I’ve read about, that all white people are racist suspects until proven otherwise. The system of Racism/White Supremacy is operated on automatic pilot.

    Look at your films: how many more ‘white man saves the world again’ movies do you all need? This, the educational system (shit always begins in Greece, trip, huh?), the church (Jesus was a blue-eyed, white man; question: if Jesus was white, what does that make God – if he’s Jesus’ father?) Yes, its that deep. God is a white man and it just hangs there with no challenge by the good white intellegentsia.

    Piny, its inescapable and the reason I know that is that I know a few white folks who can see it far more clearly than you can. I don’t say that to diss you at all. Words, especially words, huge words, which you, Sly Civilian and Thinking Girl use so well, impede understanding rather than illuminate. That is their purpose in a white supremacy system. Words are the building blocks of the system. (I know what you’re thinking Asa:))

    So, this person can’t let go of this picture in their brain, this stereotype of the mentally ill and they use logic to justify their stance and their unwillingness to look beyond the crater they’ve bought into.

    I’m not not talking about some biological determinism. I’m following the money. The money is…

    The conversation got hot, hot, hot and the white folks in it INSISTED that they were the arbiters of the word. (I know cuz I read all of the related posts in the community) I insisted that their/your brains were limited by your indoctrination in the white supremacy system which teaches you how to think white, argue white, and ignore black thought aka, thought that challenges white thought. That may sound ignorant, but I’m making it plain.

  12. Good white people, white people who have good hearts allow processes like that not only to continue, but flourish, activities that disadvantage us and advantage you. Is that racism, thought out consciously?

    There is no dichotomy between “conscious” and “biological.” Something doesn’t have to rest on the level of mental illness to be incorrect. Prejudice by definition is not thought out clearly.

    And you kind of are talking about biological determinism–at least, you’re pointing at a cause of some kind, an abnormal factor that distinguishes white thought processes from others.

    I insisted that their/your brains were limited by your indoctrination in the white supremacy system which teaches you how to think white, argue white, and ignore black thought aka, thought that challenges white thought. That may sound ignorant, but I’m making it plain.

    Right, and I challenged the idea that “mentally ill” is somehow not pale male. Why would it sound ignorant? What do you mean?

    Piny, its inescapable and the reason I know that is that I know a few white folks who can see it far more clearly than you can. I don’t say that to diss you at all. Words, especially words, huge words, which you, Sly Civilian and Thinking Girl use so well, impede understanding rather than illuminate. That is their purpose in a white supremacy system. Words are the building blocks of the system. (I know what you’re thinking Asa:))

    So, this person can’t let go of this picture in their brain, this stereotype of the mentally ill and they use logic to justify their stance and their unwillingness to look beyond the crater they’ve bought into.

    Again, you’re attributing something to me that I didn’t say. Where did I disagree with this characterization of racism?

    What stereotype of the mentally ill are you talking about here? Do you think that I’m unfamiliar with the use of “madness” to describe all sorts of human conditions and behaviors that have never been clinically categorized as mental illness?

  13. Sorry; I wasn’t trying to attribute ALL of that to you. Sometimes I can’t help bringing in other stuff I’ve heard.

  14. Sorry; I wasn’t trying to attribute ALL of that to you. Sometimes I can’t help bringing in other stuff I’ve heard.

    No problem. I should keep in mind that you’re talking about larger conversations than this one, myself. And I know that some of the commenters in this conversation did dispute the idea of, erm, Strong Supremacy Theory. It’s an understanding of predjudice and resulting oppression–pervasive, transparent–that I’m very familiar with, though, and not a concept I have trouble accepting–at least, on an intellectual level.

  15. And by the way, Piny, I give you much credit for hanging in this conversation, revisting your and my thought. You’ll notice that everyone else has bugged out; that is white supremacy at work. These other folks didn’t like what I said and how I said it and since they were naturally white, er, right, anyway, ‘why do I have to listen to this black blowhard?’ Back turned/nothing more to learn.

    To quote our President: “I want to smoke out” and separate the pretenders from the contenders. I don’t do remedial education. And I don’t do reverse mind control experiments; if you can hang, you’ll hang around and if you can’t – you won’t. But its not entirely their fault, which was my point. This monstrous society inculcates these behaviors; it does a ‘Rosemary Woods’ on the white conscience, on the white mind. It teaches ALL of us to forget aspects of our humanity.

    So again, simply for coming back repeatedly to this site, I’ve gotta give you props. That kind of persistence in the face of the unintelligible black heat coming at you is, in my opinion, the fiery sand that whites have to cross in order to get back to feeling ‘human.’

    Piny, teach your peers that in order to really be an ally, they need to hunker down and be committed to getting an education – an education based on the REALITY of the system of Racism/White Supremacy. It ain’t in no white man’s book. It is in the people of color who live this every day; its in us who have the PHD’s.

  16. By the way, any chance you have an email address so I can ask you a question (can’t seem to find it on the site)? I wanted to ask your thinking on something related to this conversation, but didn’t want to do it in comments because it identifies what academic field of study I’m in, specifically my own research. You can reach me at k8andcat at gmail dot com…

  17. […] An entry at thefreeslave whose title explains it succinctly: “The Corporation is a Psychopath and It’s Created in the White Man’s Image.” […]

  18. “Bwana-complex”

    LOL – this is a great term! I’m going to start using it in my in-the-flesh life…

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