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Study: Psychopaths and Narcissists Exploit Virtue-Signaling and Victimhood | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on April 29, 2021

The paper is called Signaling Virtuous Victimhood as Indicators of Dark Triad Personalities.

The “dark triad personalities” are narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.

The research found that individuals with these three traits are more likely to signal virtuousness or victimhood.

That means psychopaths, narcissists, and shrewd opportunists often take advantage of the social climate for their own gain.

https://www.thedailybell.com/all-articles/news-analysis/study-psychopaths-and-narcissists-exploit-virtue-signaling-and-victimhood/

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Last September, a professor of African studies at George Washington University, Jessica Krug, admitted to faking African and Latina heritage for her entire adult life.

She was apparently about to be outed as a race-faker, and decided to get ahead of the news by admitting that she was “a culture leech.”

According to friends, Krug was militant and aggressive in her stances against systemic racism, going so far as to pick fights in public with other White women, and expect her Black friends to help her.

Clearly Krug thought identifying as Black allowed her to claim the moral high ground from the White devils, and lend her more expertise and street cred in her career as a Professor and author of African studies.

Rachel Dolezal, famous outted after years of pretending to be Black, also benefitted from her faked identity– she was the head of an NAACP chapter.

And who could forget Elizabeth Warren, who was listed as a minority professor at Harvard for years because she thought her high cheekbones made her a Native American. She was later hilariously trolled by Trump, who convinced her to get a DNA test, which she actually bragged about, saying it confirmed that she is at most 1/64th Native American.

This really isn’t a hard phenomenon to figure out. The more you give certain groups in society special advantages and privileges– from the moral high ground to jobs and salaries– the more this will bring the worst type of people out of the woodwork to take advantage.

In the context of two recent studies, it all makes perfect sense. Here, the science confirms what we intuitively know– that bad people take advantage of other people’s good intentions to gain power.

You’ve probably heard of “virtue signaling,” when someone tries to show how morally superior they are because of some cause they claim to care about.

For example, the Instagram influencers caught staging pictures which showed them helping to clean up a neighborhood after a riot. Or a company that tweets out support for gay rights during pride month.

They are signaling that they are virtuous, and reaping the social and material rewards of being part of the “woke” crowd.

But this new research indicates that these Social Justice Warriors might not be so well-intentioned.

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology recently published a paper which analyzed the results of a number of studies on victimhood and “virtue signaling.”

The paper is called Signaling Virtuous Victimhood as Indicators of Dark Triad Personalities.

The “dark triad personalities” are narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.

The research found that individuals with these three traits are more likely to signal virtuousness or victimhood.

That means psychopaths, narcissists, and shrewd opportunists often take advantage of the social climate for their own gain.

And it’s not just sympathy or social status they gain. The benefits of virtual signaling include real, tangible, gains in resources– as evidenced by the three White posers we discussed.

That’s because the US is now an environment in which it is, according to the study, “increasingly advantageous and even fashionable” to be considered a victim.

It is also used as a way to gain “moral immunity” for “deceit, intimidation, or even violence by alleged victims to achieve their goals.”

In other words, the ends justify the means. As long as you claim to have a noble intention, then it can excuse any amount of terrible behavior in the pursuit of that goal.

And that is why Black Lives Matters embeds its admittedly Marxist goals in the vehicle of racial justice.

Signaling support for disenfranchised groups is a shortcut to get ahead in today’s world.

This obviously doesn’t mean that every “woke” person is a psychopath. Surely some have the best intentions.

But this study confirms that when society gives some people special rights and privileges, bad people will always take advantage of it.

Coupled with another study which was released a couple years back, we can understand perfectly the woke threat coming out of the belly of the beast, Washington DC.

The study called Psychopathy By State found that the concentration of psychopaths in Washington DC was far higher than in any state.

“The presence of psychopaths in District of Columbia is consistent with the conjecture… that psychopaths are likely to be effective in the political sphere.”

Psychos are drawn to power. It is not just that power corrupts, it is that already corrupt people seek power. Government is the best industry to be in for someone with no morals.

The study surveyed samples from the lower 48 states and Washington D.C. to find the prevalence of personality traits which correspond to psychopathy.

Of course, D.C. came in first by far. But as the author notes, that this is not exactly a fair comparison, as it is a city being compared to entire states. The study finds that urban areas, in general, correspond to more psychopathic personality traits.

Another interesting finding is that a higher concentration of lawyers predicts higher psychopathy prevalence. Shocking, I know.

So removing D.C. can you guess which states come in the top three for concentrations of psychopaths?

  1. Connecticut
  2. California
  3. New Jersey

The least psychopathic states are:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Vermont
  3. Tennessee
  4. North Carolina
  5. New Mexico

And it should not be surprising that the main correlation was that state with the lowest percentage of people living in urban areas also had the lowest concentration of psychopaths.

Perhaps psychopaths need to be around more victims, or constantly switch out their friends and acquaintances as they become wise to their antisocial behaviors.

It is possible that psychopaths are more easily recognized and ostracized in smaller communities and rural settings.

The study concludes:

Areas of the United States that are measured to be most psychopathic are those in the Northeast and other similarly populated regions. The least psychopathic are predominantly rural areas. The District of Columbia is measured to be far more psychopathic than any individual state in the country, a fact that can be readily explained either by its very high population density or by the type of person who may be drawn [to] a literal seat of power (as in Murphy 2016).

Hailing originally from Massachusetts, I can attest to the highest corresponding personality trait being “Temperamental & Uninhibited.” Where did you think the term Masshole came from?

If you aren’t a psychopath when you enter the state, you soon become one from the traffic alone. And I wonder if just being in such close proximity to people makes it a necessary adaptation to care a little less about how your actions affect others.

The solution is to not give a single inch to these virtue signaling psychopaths.

Don’t engage them. Don’t fall into their traps, don’t denounce your Whiteness, or apologize for being straight, Christian, rich, privileged, or whatever. That’s a race to the bottom, and the best thing we can do is either ignore them, or relentlessly make fun of them with memes.

What you don’t want to do is go in the other direction, and become the self-fulfilling prophecy by actually becoming racist. Remember, this is a small group of people trying to make everyone else self segregate or identify with a victim group. Just keep it in mind that this narrative is being driven by elitist White liberals, some of whom will go so far as to fake being victims themselves.

The other thing you can do is self-select the group you associate with, and live around. I’ve been doing this for years, and the only time I ever see these ridiculous race baiters and woke mobsters is online.

Remember, the media will take a tiny minority opinion, present it as if it is mainstream, and try to build it into a movement. It’s still dangerous, since the minority can, and does in many cases, take over and set policy. You still have to call attention to the cult to make sure it doesn’t catch on.

But I don’t actually know any woke mobsters in real life, which is either a testament to the power of selecting the people you surround yourself with, or it means, as I suspect, that there actually aren’t that many people who think like this.

And finally, living in a more rural place, or a tight-knit suburban community– which again, you have specifically selected– can also solve a lot of these problems.

Like the study says, these people concentrate in cities, so being rural does get you out of their reach to some extent.

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Newsom Urges Double-Masking For All Californians, Will Not Make “Terrible Mistake” Like Texas | ZeroHedge

Posted by M. C. on March 5, 2021

https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/newsom-urges-double-masking-all-californians-will-not-make-terrible-mistake-texas

Tyler Durden's Photoby Tyler DurdenFriday, Mar 05, 2021 – 4:25

Having immediately decried the actions of Texas and Mississippi – in giving their citizens back some freedom and the ability to think for themselves – as “absolutely reckless,” California Governor Gavin Newsom has doubled-down (literally) on the virtue-signaling.

“We will be doubling down on mask wearing,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday, “not arguing to follow the example of Texas and other states that I think are making a terrible mistake.”

The Sacramento Bee is reporting tonight that new state health guidelines announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday recommend that Californians wear two cloth masks or one filtered mask when going out in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We are encouraging people basically to double down on mask wearing, particularly in light of all what I would argue is bad information coming from at least four states in this country. We will not be walking down their path, we’re mindful of your health and our future,” Newsom said.

To Newsom’s point about doubling down, California updated its recommendations for mask wearing on Thursday with the following:

“‘Double masking’ is an effective way to improve fit and filtration. A close-fitting cloth mask can be worn on top of a surgical/disposable mask to improve the seal of the mask to the face.”

Interestingly, Newsom also announced Thursday that counties across the state could be cleared to open more businesses and lift other restrictions sooner than anticipated under an update that loosens some requirements in his Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

So he is easing restrictions (cough recall pandering cough), like Texas; and at the same time urging ‘double masking’?

Of course, he will claim he is ‘just following the science’ but as AIER’s Paul Alexander detailed at length, why the CDC’s mask-mandate study is fault-ridden:

Based on our assessment of this CDC mask mandate report, we find ourselves troubled by the study methods themselves and by extension, the conclusions drawn. The real-world evidence exists and indicates that in various countries and US states, when mask mandates were followed consistently, there was an inexorable increase in case counts. We have seen that in states and countries that already have a high frequency of mask wearing that adding mandates had little effect. There was no (zero) benefit of adding a mask mandate in Austria, Germany, France, Spain, UK, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, and Italy, and states like California, Hawaii, and Texas. Importantly, we do not ascribe a cause-effect relationship between the implementation of mask mandates and the rise in case rates, but we also demand the same approach when it comes to claiming some sort of causal relationship between the introduction of mask mandates and likely claims by the CDC that their findings could support their implementation countrywide. 

We think that inclusion of such evidence on the failures of masks mandates globally and states within the US would have made for more balanced, comprehensive, and fully-informed reporting.

Trusting the science means relying on the scientific process and method and not merely ‘following the leader.’ It is not the same as trusting, without verification, the conclusory statements of human beings simply because they have scientific training or credentials.

Read more here…

History does not bode well for times that politics meddles with science. Martin Kulldorff, a professor at Harvard Medical School and a leader in disease surveillance methods and infectious disease outbreaks, describes the current COVID scientific environment this way: “After 300 years, the Age of Enlightenment has ended.

We wonder how a citizenry that is already demanding his recall will react to this latest escalation in restrictions.

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RT’s The Wokies: America’s politicians had a busy 2020 virtue-signaling. Here are the top 10 — RT Op-ed

Posted by M. C. on December 28, 2020

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/510675-wokies-america-politicians-virtue-signaling/

Nebojsa Malic

Nebojsa Malic

is a Serbian-American journalist, blogger and translator, who wrote a regular column for Antiwar.com from 2000 to 2015, and is now senior writer at RT. Follow him on Twitter @NebojsaMalic

Amid the pandemic lockdowns, riots and a very controversial election, America’s politicians raced to out-woke each other. From the obscure to the obvious, all listed here pledge allegiance to the flag…of critical social justice.

Here they are, starting on the local level and going all the way up to the top.

10. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Minneapolis, Minnesota Mayor Jacob Frey simply must be mentioned in any review of performative wokeness in 2020. After the death of George Floyd – an African-American man whose death during a botched arrest was attributed to an officer kneeling on him, rather than Covid-19 or fentanyl present in his system – rioters set a police station and the surrounding block on fire. From there, the riots spread to the neighboring St. Paul and then across America.

Frey’s reaction was to take a knee and wail like a professional mourner at Floyd’s funeral, as if he were best friends with the man. He also tried to join the “protesters” two days later and declare his devotion to social justice, only to be chased off by demonstrators calling on him to resign. He hasn’t been heard from much since. 

9. Minneapolis City Council

Yet the 13-member city council apparently decided to outdo Frey in public displays of wokeness. Composed of twelve Democrats and one Green, the council first voted to “defund the police” – outright replace the Minneapolis PD with a “reimagined public safety” agency. Except three of them then hired private security – at taxpayer expense of $4,500 a day – for themselves, saying they had received threats. City council chair Lisa Bender famously told CNN that being able to call the police when your home is being invaded “comes from a place of privilege,” in one of the stupidest statements of 2020.

Since then, the council has voted to spend an extra $500,000 to hire new police officers, only to slash the police budget by $8 million – in the name of ‘racial justice’ and ‘equity’ of course. They did so while lamenting the 537-percent increase in carjackings and a 17-percent spike in violent crime in general, as if that was entirely unrelated.

8. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

For three weeks in June, Black Lives Matter activists and Antifa occupied several blocks of downtown Seattle, declaring it a Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), also known as Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP). Mayor Jenny Durkan, a Democrat, initially insisted it was “not a lawless wasteland of anarchist insurrection” but “a peaceful expression of our community’s collective grief and their desire to build a better world.”

“We could have the summer of love,” she told CNN. When criticized by President Donald Trump, she shot back: “Seattle is fine. Don’t be so afraid of democracy.” 

Seattle is fine. Don’t be so afraid of democracy. https://t.co/o26PkJnYhA— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) June 12, 2020

CHAZ protesters, meanwhile, stormed City Hall and demanded Durkan’s resignation. Eventually, they even showed up outside her house – whose location had been kept secret since Durkan’s days as a federal prosecutor. Only then did Mayor Jenny decide that maybe CHAZ wasn’t a summer of love and democracy, and moved to dismantle the shantytown.

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Of Two Minds – The Road to Hell Is Paved with Virtue-Signaling

Posted by M. C. on August 16, 2019

It’s impossible to even discuss issues of citizenship and immigration as they relate to the long-term impact of devaluing citizenship

https://www.oftwominds.com/blogaug19/hell-virtue-signaling8-19.html

Charles Hugh Smith

The idea that everything will be solved if we borrow a couple more trillion and give it away is the dominant paradigm.

The road to Hell is paved with virtue-signaling: rather than actually solve the knotty problems that are dragging us toward the abyss, we substitute self-righteousness for problem-solving. That is virtue-signaling in a nutshell.

Virtue-signaling goes hand in hand with the only “solution” that’s politically correct: throw a borrowed trillion dollars at the “problem”, dance the humba-humba around the bonfire at midnight and hope that magic will resolve the underlying issues.

Hence the calls for Medicare for All, Universal Basic Income, and free college for all, all paid with borrowed money, despite the virtuous bleatings that “taxes on the rich/robots” will magically pay for trillions of additional dollars to be squandered on corrupt, self-serving cartels…

As for the “defense” industry, a.k.a. the military-industrial-intelligence cartel: rather than do the hard work of redefining America’s role in the world (declining to pursue wars of choice and policing the world) and then right-sizing the armed forces for the emerging realities of automated warfare, cyber-warfare and asymmetric warfare, we spend trillions of dollars on a jumble of horribly costly legacy weaponry with a sprinkling of pixie-dust “innovation.”

This also describes the higher education cartel, a horribly costly legacy jumble that’s failing students while enriching insiders and lenders. It also describes the standard institutional response to knotty issues such as homelessness: the conventional legacy “solution” is to insist on building “affordable” housing at $400,000 per unit, which means we can build 1,000 units rather than the 100,000 units of super-low-cost housing we need…

It’s impossible to even discuss systematically downsizing America’s role and military footprint without being accused of treason, as virtue-signaling support for the Imperial Project is necessary to broadcast your membership in the politically correct camp.

It’s impossible to even discuss the connection between the high-profit snacks and sugar-water beverages that fill supermarket shelves and diabesity and metabolic disorders, or the connection between the decline of community and the rise of the Savior State…

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. The road to Hell is paved with virtue-signaling, and we are about to discover that virtue-signaling, self-righteousness and indignation are not substitutes for the difficult task of completely restructuring failing institutions, modes of production and governance.

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