Workshop Session 8: Ponerogenic Groups

Next session: Starting chapter 5

In this session we finished Chapter 4, covering the final sections on ponerogenic associations, ideologies, and macrosocial phenomena. Some specific topics included:

  • ponerogenic groups, including gangs, mafias, activist movements, revolutionary parties, and ruling classes

  • the role of ideology in such groups—from simple motivating ideas to grand political visions—from knitting clubs to large political movements

  • two macrosocial states: hysteria and pathocracy, and how one leads to the other

  • the ponerization process, or how normal groups go bad

  • the ponerogenic group social structure, and how it mimics or caricatures normal social organization

  • old age as a ponerogenic factor and the implications for current demographic trends

  • why the populist/working class voice needs to be taken seriously—its higher resistance to elite hysteria

  • and more!

For the next session, read the first sections of Chapter 5 (stopping at the beginning of “Pathocracy and Its Ideology”). For readers with the print copy, this will be pages 179-203.

The next session is scheduled for Saturday, February 3 at 12:30 pm.

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