|Narcissus by Caravaggio c. 1599|
* ‘Narcissistic Personality Disorder,’ is a psychological term first used in 1971 by Dr. Heinz Kohut (1913-1981). It was recognised as the name for a form of pathological narcissism in ‘The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 1980.’ Narcissistic traits (where a person talks highly of himself/herself to eliminate feelings of worthlessness) are common in, and considered ‘normal’ to, human psychological development. When these traits become accentuated by a failure of the social environment and persist into adulthood, they can intensify to the level of a severe mental disorder. Severe and inflexible NPD is thought to effect less than 1% of the general adult population. It occurs more frequently in men than women. In simple terms, NPD is reality-denying, total self-worship born of its sufferers’ unconscious belief that they are flawed in a way that makes them fundamentally unacceptable to others. In order to shield themselves from the intolerable rejection and isolation which they unconsciously believe would follow if others recognised their defective nature, NPD sufferers go to almost any lengths to control others’ view of, and behaviour towards, them. NPD sufferers often choose partners, and raise children, who exhibit ‘co-narcissism’ (a co-dependent personality disorder like co-alcoholism). Co-narcissists organize themselves around the needs of others (to whom they feel responsible), they accept blame easily, are eager to please, defer to others’ opinions and fear being seen as selfish if they act assertively. NPD was observed, and apparently well-understood, in ancient times. Self-evidently, the term, ‘narcissism,’ comes from the allegorical myth of Narcissus, the beautiful Greek youth who falls in love with his own reflection.
|Charles Ponzi Bernard Madoff|
Imagine if a leading financial journalist had been granted an interview with either the high and mighty Charles Ponzi or Bernie Madoff, prior to them being exposed as absurd, but dangerous, economic alchemists running variations of the same outrageous, fake 'investment scheme' without any external source of revenue other than that deriving their own so-called 'investors.' Imagine if that journalist had been given a complete prior-explanation (at his own request) of what Mr. Ponzi or Mr. Madoff was doing, but then failed to ask the obvious key-questions which would have revealed their hidden criminal objectives.
With the benefit of hindsight, what conclusions would any free-thinking observer of such a friendly interview be forced to draw?
In reality, from what we now know of Mr. Ponzi and Mr. Madoff, neither of these severe and inflexible narcissists would have agreed to take part in any interview unless he was confident that the interviewer was financially illiterate, or unless the interview itself was part of the economic hocus-pocus and the interviewer a stooge.
|Reed Elliot Slatkin, admired and respected 'Scientology Minister,' |
sentenced in California in 2003 to 14 years prison for
mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and obstructing justice.
Perhaps a more revealing analogy would be to imagine if a leading financial journalist had been granted an interview with Reed Slatkin, prior to him being exposed as a psychotic economic alchemist who secretly justified 25 years of financial crimes with the scripted lie that he was an enlightened 'Scientologist' - a superior being struggling to clear planet Earth of the invisible forces of evil.
So, how can the following be explained?
It is now one month since this 30 minute propaganda broadcast for the 'Amway' fraud, in the form of an 'interview' appeared on the Net.
|Dennis K. Berman|
Let's be quite clear about this, unless he really is a financially illiterate dope (which is very difficult to believe, considering his job), Dennis Berman (Deputy Bureau Chief, Money and Investing, at Rupert Murdoch's 'Wall Street Journal') conducted a sham interview maliciously designed to obstruct justice and cover up ongoing major racketeering activity; for despite being supplied (at his own request) with a full and accurate deconstruction of how all so-called 'MLM income opportunities' have actually been closed-market swindles (a.k.a. Ponzi schemes, dissimulated behind effectively-unsaleable products, and or services, and based on the specious economic theory that endless-chain recruitment + endless purchases by the recruits = endless profits for the recruits), Dennis Berman failed to ask Messrs. DeVos and Van Andel the obvious questions that might have revealed their hidden criminal objectives:
After Dennis Berman's comic charade with the billionaire 'Amway' bosses appeared on the WSJ Website, for obvious reasons, both Robert FitzPatrick (President of the Pyramid Scheme Alert http://pyramidschemealert.org/) and I contacted him with our many concerns. Furthermore, we also contacted Dennis Berman's Bureau Chief at the WSJ, and I took the trouble to contact Rupert Murdoch (the billionaire boss of 'News Corporation'). Indeed, I spoke to Rupert Murdoch's personal assistant, Nancy Porto, at length, and she requested that I send my concerns about Dennis Berman (in the form of an e-mail) to her, to be given to her boss.
In this instance, Rupert Murdoch cannot say that he was completely unaware that a 'News Corporation' employee has been participating in corrupt activities.
|William H. McMasters|
In the case of Bernie Madoff, as most people now know, no one seems to have taken much notice of the independent whistle-blower, Harry Markopolos, who applied common sense and came up with essentially the same absurd explanation as McMasters had, 80 years previously.
Bernie Madoff's narcissistic lie entitled, 'the world's largest hedge fund' (but which appears almost insignificant in comparison with the narcissistic lie entitled 'MLM income opportunity'), had been allowed to grow to such titanic proportions, that the truth had become almost unthinkable.
David Brear (copyright 2012)