“What is evil? Historically, the question of evil has been a theological one. Generations of theological apologists have written entire libraries of books in an attempt to certify the existence of a Good God that created an imperfect world. Saint Augustine distinguished between two forms of evil: “moral evil”, the evil humans do, by choice, knowing that they are doing wrong; and “natural evil”, the bad things that just happen – the storm, the flood, volcanic eruptions, fatal disease. And then, there is what Andrew Łobaczewski calls “macrosocial evil”: large-scale evil that overtakes whole societies and nations, and has done so again and again since time immemorial. The history of mankind, when considered objectively, is a terrible thing.”
“Imagine – if you can – not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken. And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.
Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless. You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience, that they seldom even guess at your condition.”
Lord Acton’s understanding of the corruption and evil that seems to almost autogenously arise from the wielders of power, whether it be institutions or individuals remains one of the absolutes of human existence. The shifting tides of all of humankind’s history can be simmered down to the rise of power, its inevitable corruption and the revolt against both, concentrated power and its affiliated corruption. “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still, more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.” Lord Acton also added an important and less quoted insight, that “Despotic power is always accompanied by a corruption of morality.”
What is not as clearly stated, and which the evidence by now should be overwhelming, is that unrestrained power, immune from legal and political constraints or any adverse repercussions not only corrupts, more importantly, it acts as a powerful magnet for the corrupt, for the pychopath. They are drawn to it like a moth to a glowing light. The American government and its agencies of coercive power have become a quasar.
A decorated FBI agent just went on the record to reveal what it’s like to work for one of the most dangerous gangs in the United States — the FBI. Extortion, retaliation, and threats leading to agent suicides. This is not pretty, folks. And it gets worse.
You will not read or hear an interview like this anywhere else, one from a decorated federal agent who blows the whistle on the chaos inside the FBI — that goes soft on criminals and hard against FBI agents themselves. Thomas Paine detailed the controversial revelations on the recent Thomas Paine Podcast. A top FBI agent spills the beans on the dark hell of working under Andrew McCabe. (Listen below)
Warning: Some explicit language in this episode.