Political Ponerology

“The line between good and evil is permeable and almost anyone can be induced to cross it when pressured by institutional forces.” (Philip Zimbardo)
“The wave of evil washes all of our institutions alike.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Ponerology: The study of evil (Greek: poneros=evil) is a term first used by the priests from Tyniec in New Testament Greek. In Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes, Polish psychologist Andrew Lobaczewski (1921-2007) held that this is a science, apart from supernatural imaging; born out of historical need, as well as the most recent discoveries and practices of medicine, psychology and other scientific pursuits. He believed that an understanding of this reality could very well serve to bring about a turning point in the history of civilization, which is presently on the point of self-destruction.

While evil may not be everybody’s favorite subject; from both personal and professional experience, I have come to believe that anyone who intends to become seriously involved with individual, social and/or global trauma, will, at some point, need to come to terms with their perception of evil, as at least one of the Greater Forces shaping what may be understood as destiny. Dr. Lobaczewski wrote, and I agree, that in the natural order of things, those who have suffered the most from psychopathic evil, and the bearers of other mental anomalies, are also those who are often called to work with trauma. One could say that their “terrible knowledge “ allows them to accept the burden and know that Great Values often grow from Great Suffering.

While the content of Political Ponerology is indeed fascinating, the backstory also deserves mention. The original manuscript was hurriedly tossed into a stove, just minutes ahead of a secret police search and raid in Communist Poland. The author, having already been arrested and imprisoned three times, was under constant suspicion since the ruling regime had deemed the subject of psychopathology to be absolutely taboo. While a second copy was quite painstakingly reassembled and sent to the Vatican via courier, receipt was never acknowledged and this manuscript disappeared. Finally, after immigrating to the United States in 1984, Lobaczewski reconstructed a third copy as best he could from memory, only to have its publication blocked by the presidential political advisor, Zbigniew Brezinski.

So now, after half a century of suppression this invaluable book, which analyzes common factors that lead to man’s inhumanity to man, and also studies the founders and supporters of suppressive political regimes, is finally available through Red Pill Press. Despite the horrors he witnessed and experienced, Andrew Lobaczewski’s monumental work conveys compassion, understanding and a tangible hope for a brighter future for our deeply troubled humanity. (http://ponerology.com)

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