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A psychopath is someone who has no conscience, and psychopathy is the condition of being without conscience. There is a phenomenon known as 'institutional psychopathy', this being the process whereby an entire institution becomes psychopathic, in the sense that the institution as a whole is without principle and also in the sense that the people composing it are without principle. Once an institution becomes just slightly psychopathized, it quickly succumbs to wholesale psychopathization. And a number of institutions and professions have become, or are in the process of becoming, psychopathic. This main reason for this is that, owing to technological advances, many institutions are not only obsolete and therefore serve no positive function, but actually thwart progress and prevent people doing what those same institutions are supposed to do. This is glaringly obvious in where academia is concerned, especially, though by no means exclusively, where the humanities and social sciences are concerned. Because psychopathy is now being spread by psychopathic institutions and professions, it is dramatically more widespread than it used to be. Consequently, the old saw that only 1%-3% of the population consists of psychopaths is now pathetically outdated, and also presupposes a narrow as well as antiquated conception of what a psychopath is. Most psychopaths in our time are not slick con-men but are rather bureaucrats, who discharge their psychopathy not by running Madoff-style swindles but by misdeploying educational and professional resources.
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