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I’m interested in this: “Dramatic questions such as ‘who is abnormal here, me or this world of people who feel and think differently?’ are answered in the world’s disfavor.”

I see your point completely and agree-- and yet we few who are speaking out against the bizarre excesses of gender ideology are surely doing the same thing, in the view of people who support the man with the giant prosthetic breasts?

What do we make of that?

I was surprised to read about the pedophile in the 1950s who retained his job. I had the sense that kids were protected better back then. Interesting.

I wrote to the school board, suggesting that this wasn’t a gender or DEI issue but rather a professionalism issue, since giant prosthetic breasts have never been appropriate workwear for anyone of any sex or “gender.” But I just received back the boilerplate message that they support people’s rights (the unspoken implication “unlike ogres such as you”).

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"What do we make of that?"

It's a maddening situation for sure. Dabrowski's distinction between positive and negative maladjustment comes closest. The problem is that the pathological minority has created a wide impression that they are the majority, blurring the lines.

Lobaczewski's question, however, should be seen first in the context of individualized psychopathology. The picture becomes a bit clearer on that level. A true paranoid, for example, is convinced everyone else is crazy, even though practically everyone else would disagree.

In times of mass hysteria, things become murky, and the sane people are the ones wondering wondering what the heck is going on.

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I wonder about that problem of "is it me, or everyone else?" a lot. Probably more than is healthy.

In this case, I think we can consider two aspects:

1: Does everyone treat the giant pretend bewbs as real and legit?

2a: Does everyone wear absurdly large sexual characteristic costumes to work at a school?

2b: Do people with unusually large sexual characteristics naturally emphasize those in their dress when going to work at a school?

1 is a little fuzzy, because as you say, if so many people seem to be crazy to us, maybe we are the crazy ones, and it is hard to tell if we are not the ones off base. (One could look at history and count them too, but generally we don't do that and possibly shouldn't. Different country, after all

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Fortunately for us, the question is whether or not certain behavior should be seen as crazy or abnormal, and that second layer makes a nice sandwich of "Am I crazy for thinking this behavior is crazy?" gives us something else to work with. To wit: who the hell dresses like that to work at a school?

How many teachers wear massive sexual prosthetics to school, trans or not? Seems like a very tiny number, given how often we learn of it.

How many teachers with enormous sexy bits dress such that they are obvious and, well, sexualized? Or, to put it another way, how many sane teachers dress in a sexually provocative way at school instead of playing down their sexuality? I posit extremely few.

Both suggest that the behavior in question is crazy, or at least very abnormal. Certainly the historical view has been that teachers should not be sexually provocative around students, up to quite recently. Sexual relations with minors is still illegal, and teachers have gone to jail for inappropriate relationships, so, yea, seems like "this behavior is very abnormal" is the standard majority view.

So, that suggests that the view that the behavior in question is not abnormal is most likely itself crazy as saying the noonday sky is colored orange with purple stripes. If the behavior is almost certainly abnormal those asserting that it is not in spite of that fact must, themselves, be crazy or so divorced from reality that they might as well be.

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"Or, to put it another way, how many sane teachers dress in a sexually provocative way at school instead of playing down their sexuality? I posit extremely few. Both suggest that the behavior in question is crazy, or at least very abnormal."

Exactly. Very well put, Doc! I think it really is that simple.

You go to work to do your job, not to make a sexual spectacle of yourself. Some forms of that might be less extreme than others, but the very fact that someone does so has implications. Like coming to the office in a bikini. At the very least it betrays an abnormal level of narcissism and a disregard for basic social etiquette - i.e. respect for the people around you.

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...now I am waiting for the news story about how hateful transphobes are complaining that a teacher has been going to work dressed in a thong and ass-less chaps. Or just wearing a giant strap on all day. Because if social etiquette is out the window, you really can't enforce dress codes, and even if you do, what dress code includes "removable synthetic body parts of a sexually provocative manner"? How is that line going to get drawn by HR?

Man, there are so many hilarious law suits that could come out of this. I want so badly to see how this needle gets threaded under pressure!

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I am guessing that this is why Democracy was thought to be a viable way to make political decisions at the local level. The majority of people get to say what will be "normal" in their community.

What we see the Left doing, though, is finding points in history where this broke down, and an outside power had to intervene in the name of common human dignity (the Jim Crow South, Nazi Germany) and use those instances to argue that a higher heavy hand is needed to "protect our rights" even if this means trashing local cultural norms.

We do need to deal with that argument effectively. We have to make it clear that phenomena like Jim Crow and the Holocaust were social perversions that required extreme handlings; that they are not typical of how communities or nations operate.

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I'm with you and Tucker Carlson on this. This shop teacher in Ontario is acting out sexual fantasies. He is tittilated by what he is doing, sexually. School leadership is supporting the pathological.

This is an excellent piece on the dynamics at play and I am grateful for it. I am thankfully not in a position to have to deal with this sort of madness day to day, but it is fascinating when I encounter it. The few times I have met transgender types I think, the only person mistaking you for a woman is you. I've never met a woman trying to be a man.

Normally I would be inclined to say, to each his own. But then they started taking over women' sports, and then they went all in on mutilating and castrating children, and that is leaning into the demonic.

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I watched the show Pose and enjoyed it, I thought the trannies there were sympathetic and beautiful in a way. I would like to think this is just about acceptance of differences. But trans ideology is somehow tied up with transhumanism, which is anti-human and genocidal.

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Me too. I'm of a naturally sympathetic nature, but it's not just the transhumanism. It's the attempt to forcefully impose the entire ideology on others. If it were JUST about a bit of sympathy and acceptance, but with respect for the sensibilities of everyone else, it would be fine. But as you say, there's more to it than that. And it's not pretty.

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Controlled depopulation ideology focused on children, killing and maiming with fake vaccines, and mutilation and sterilization in the name of health care, while normalizing it by coercion, is most definitely not pretty.

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... and it's not even a helpful or revelatory ideology they are trying to impose. They are as embedded in the unworkable assumptions of "traditional" psychology just as much as most people are. They would never admit that their attitude towards their current body might have something to do with the fact that they are an immortal spiritual being and that in other lives they had bodies they liked better.

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Thank you, thank you. It heartens me so much to see others get it, analyze it, and talk about it. You're among the rare set doing it, Harrison.

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You blazed the trail! And I will continue to plug your show at every opportunity. ;)

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I think you cottoned to it before I did with your knowledge of Ponerology.

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Harrison, Dr Iain McGilchrist is starting to speak out and raise the alarm much more vociferously https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=686heq5QFPk - I would love to see a post from you pondering how Iain's work fits into the topic of ponerology.

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I will definitely check this out and consider doing a post about it. Thanks, Gary.

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"As a troll, this would udderly epic."

Hahaha!

Great stuff, brother. Will respond in depth later.

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Sep 23, 2022·edited Sep 23, 2022Liked by Harrison Koehli

🗨 What is going on?

Theodore Dalrymple helpfully offers an endpoint the goings-on are going to. Today on Taki’s ↓

💬 It can’t be long before sexual relations with a person of differing political outlook come to be regarded as a sexual perversion, indeed as the *only* sexual perversion, all others being but a matter of taste.

Theophilus Chilton elaborates in generalising fashion ↓

💬 everything about Blue tribe’s culture and politics [...is] due to the desire to throw off all restraints, including that of self-control

It’s almost like they’re stuck with the first unadorned-A step in ABA’ minuet. Forever, which is plenty long time especially toward the end.

The bad cat casts some welcome light on believable mechanism how things spin out of control. True believers (~zealots?) play a crucial role. Spellbinders in Łobaczewski’s parlance, those drafted in the first round? 🤔

PS Your fruitful efforts on effrontery’s corporeal stationery naming front have been noted and duly appreciated 👌

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The world has become a giant funhouse. Those giant "girls" should never be allowed close to a circular saw.

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Sep 23, 2022·edited Sep 23, 2022Liked by Harrison Koehli

I was really hoping the video would show interaction between the bewbs and the bench grinder (edit: not angle grinder, bench grinder). It would have made my day to see one get pulled in under the guard :D

I really wish this business was an elaborate satire. Or that someone would try something similar as satire, because the comedic possibilities are immense.

Almost as immense as...

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LOL. Yes, we just need some brave souls to take one for the team by being the first to take advantage of this time of rich opportunity.

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You know, if I were a billionaire, I would provide grants for that sort of thing. Kind of a "push the rules till they break grant". Pay a few teachers say $40k a year for 10 years to just do shit like this and see how far it gets, what the law suit looks like, etc. I'd bet you could find a lot of people who would troll the system if they had that kind of safety net, and you could get a lot of bad law or policy revoked that way.

It would also be useful to punish bad actors in government. In Philly, for example, you are legally allowed to carry a fire arm if you have a PA state concealed carry license. However, in numerous cases the Philly PD and DA have arrested people and confiscated their fire arms despite this. Those people sue and eventually win, but it is a long process and even though they typically come out ahead they have to deal with getting roughed up by the police, spending some time in jail, losing their weapon, etc. to get there. Hiring a few people to not break the law but then get treated as though they were, just to make it abundantly obvious that the PD and DA are breaking the law intentionally would be worth it. Pull that kind of stuff all over the country and drag every one of them through court.

I would call it "The Reductio Ad Absurdum Grant." Someone fund this program :)

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We need someone with Elon Musk's money, and Elon Musk's trolling sensibility...

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I wonder if we could start a foundation or something.... hmmmm

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Feb 9, 2023Liked by Harrison Koehli

Whole shit load of people have lost there minds to think anything with this teacher or what kids are been taught in elementary is proper Something has caused people to be blind and pathetic to what’s going on in society

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Yep. That's what ponerology is all about: figuring out the causative factors and processes that contribute to this kind of insanity and evil. Good news: there are plenty of people who have proven themselves immune.

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Oct 22, 2022·edited Oct 22, 2022Liked by Harrison Koehli

I’m writing this before having finished reading the essay. Where I come from there was a town next door, Clovis, California. Their motto was “Clovis, a way of life.” Their schools were notorious for dress codes and for the collar length hair that was enforced with boys. Fresno was not so strict. I wore my hair long starting around 4th grade. Long after I was out of school I remember various dress code subjects coming up in news. Brightly dyed hair became a no no (I think even in Fresno) as it was considered distracting to the learning environment. Other forms of appearance and dress would also fit into this. Near my last decade or so in Fresno the news was about some Clovis West students, males wearing dresses to school. I assume they thought they were doing something brave, making some kind of worthwhile stand. Ha ha, I think if I were doing life over I would have gotten a haircut. Clovis a way of life now feels like the rubble around one’s feet after the world has ended (exaggeration but…). The Kinks told us it’s a mixed up, muddled up shook up world (or something like that) and that was okay but now… now it’s a fucked up, pre-apocalyptic shit show and it has me worried. God save us. Okay, back to the essay. Finished. Man, hope that dude is playing the long game… mixed up, muddled up… mutter, mutter under my breath.

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I never had explicit dress codes growing up. Maybe there were written standards, but we never heard of them. But at the same time, there was at the very least an implicit code. And whatever those limits were, they seemed to be reasonable. So, you could wear long hair. But you couldn't come to class in your underwear. Maybe it's just common sense.

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Thanks Harrison for this focus on state sanctioned and encouraged personality disorders and reminding me again to get back into Lobaczewski with our contemporary lens (or rather our current experience of political/cultural ponerology!)

So much more to say on this topic! One of the manifestations of a cancer that is collapsing the western world. Looking forward to more on this from you.

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Thanks, Winston. Looking forward to more of your writing!

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Thanks Harrison - I do need to steal more time away from the 'day job' (a misnomer if there ever was one - it's a day and night job!) so I can write more for substack - so many ideas... so little time to write them down!!

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Thank you for this! Appreciate the upgrades to my arsenal of maps, evidence, and perspectives, esp. Josh Slocum.

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**FYI** Harrison, this didn't hit my inbox. I tried posting something new 90 mins ago and Substack's email servers didn't send it out. Test publish doesn't work either. I emailed support for information but nothing so far.

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Just checked my own email, and see that I haven't received your past 5 posts!

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Okay. That lines up with what many others have been emailing me. Thanks. I think I'm outta here.

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Thanks for the heads up. I received the email. Will see what the stats end up showing and if anyone else reports problems.

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Curious what email provider? My three proton email addresses (2 test) didn't get mine or yours. Ironically I got one from Anne Coulter four minutes after yours posted. This place is so weird.

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I use my hotmail address for substack. Stats are telling me that about 110 subscribers didn't get the email delivered, so it might be a localized problem. Don't know enough tech to know what's going on for sure, though. I'm guessing some of those would be "mailbox full" situations, or something of the sort.

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Thanks. I'm going to send out a test request to see if it's service specific or if any other writers are having issues. Most people don't use the app or come to the site so if emails are kaput then that's thousands of subs not getting content. Been getting emailed complaints from paid subs for weeks now who say they haven't been getting posts to their inbox. Lioness of Judah Ministry just hit my inbox, so it's working for some newsletters but not others. Bizarro.

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Sep 23, 2022Liked by Harrison Koehli

FYI I subscribe to both of you, and both of you have been sorted to the junk folder for some time. Now, when I click the link to your actual substack post, both are initially blocked as a "dangerous link". This started about 2-3 days ago. Something has definitely been switched, and it isn't a good omen.

I will continue to scour through the trash folder to find your articles.

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First I've heard of this. Thanks for the heads up, John, and for going the extra mile to read our posts!

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Thanks for that John. I figured something has been going on behind the scenes. I'm already hunting for a new service.

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Huh, that's really odd. I use gmail still and have never had a problem with that, but I have heard other people talk about it.

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It's long been my suspicion that the trans explosion has run in lockstep with the steady insertion of of GMO's and EDC's into the food chain. Is it a coincidence that the Russians banned GMO's years ago and don't appear to have any tranny issues?

https://odysee.com/@TLAVagabond:5/TDWU-6-11-23:7

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Another excellent and insightful post (I was also going to say "brave" - which it is - but this just speaks to how well the psychopaths are at cowing us). When was Political Ponerology first published? It seems awfully prophetic of todays world? So I am getting the picture... Evil is real; evil is the coercion and removal of people's freedoms; psychopaths are everywhere and gaming all our systems to gain power; the modus operandi of psychopaths is force others to conform to their mad patterns...?

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First written in 1984, translated into English in 1985, published in 2006, then again in 2022.

As for the rest, that's a decent summary!

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Well of course you make a very good point. I wish, though, that it were as cut-and-dried as we would like it to be.

What we seem to be seeing is a gradual wearing down of society by persons who society would like to deal with but simply does not know how to, within the framework of, say, modern secular liberalism.

One indication of how odd this is, is that most people still agree on certain basic moral (and legal) principles, while many "pro Democracy" persons wish to raise dissenting voices to some level of authority over the majority. In a "democracy" does not the majority have the right to rule?

But more to the point, these widely held agreements are the basis for what might be called a "sane" game of life on Earth. They have resulted in periods of general happiness, even economic growth, on several occasions, and thus could be considered "workable."

To abandon these agreements because some individuals feel abused by them is to turn our backs on a workable system. It many not be a perfect system, but it has proven to be workable. And I think that should be the only test of it. There should be no ideological test for any human system beyond asking the question of how many can attain some degree of happiness by following it.

If Hubbard is correct about the psychopath being stuck in some past incident where he was so thoroughly attacked that he now harbors an intense fear of everyone around him, including even his "fellow" psychopaths, then we see how he could conclude that our workable system should be fought against. This would be a totally irrational conclusion based on unfounded fears, but of course the psychopath has no way to realize that and resolve it for himself.

That most of psychology still sees mental unwellness as a problem that must have somehow developed in this lifetime, or if not is "genetic" and therefore unsolvable, has become a major impediment to handling this situation. In fact, it has put many of them, willingly or not, on the side of those who want to "let it all hang out." If psychology cannot get through this and rise to a clearer awareness about this, it will be no help to the majority who wish Earth to remain sane, and may even become antagonistic to us, as many individual psychologists and psychiatrists already are.

But if we take the meaning of "psychology" seriously, then that is definitely where we will find the answer. While I can say that Hubbard has already found the answer, that does not totally remedy the situation, as he only went so far as to make it possible to operate an organization that could detect and remove psychopaths, not one that could handle them in the context of broader society.

If we are serious about saving the game of life on Earth (and many, even Hubbard, question the ultimate value of doing that) then we need to extend the reach of our secular humanism to include a total appreciation of what Lobaczewski and others have been writing about AND a workable handling for the most demented people of this planet. They are far from a majority, but they possess enough nervous mental energy to do great harm, or even end life here, and that only becomes more clear every day.

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