By Oliver Thomson
This can be a candid, occasionally debatable examine of the mental or different flaws of political, non secular and monetary leaders from precedent days to the current day: from Rameses II to Colonel Gaddafi, from Genghis Khan to Stalin and Hitler, from Buddha or Saint Paul to Martin Luther or Ron Hubbard, from bipolar, insecure, asthmatic or sex-addicted presidents to alcoholic best ministers, mad kings, overweight emperors and kleptomaniac dictators. among their fans we discover psychopathic police chiefs, homosexual generals, crazed philosophers, epileptic prophets and ludomaniac enterprise- males. we glance at how the minor character issues and illnesses of the few have led usually to huge distress for the various. with no slavish adherence to the newest psychiatric models the writer makes use of not less than a few of these recommendations to aid examine the anti-social behaviour qualities of leaders prior and current and to evaluate the measure to which their psychological or actual nation contributed to lots of the world's worst man-made mess ups: wars, genocides, famines, persecutions, enslavements and recessions. We contemplate the questions: what number thousands died as the Archangel Gabriel supposedly seemed to either the Virgin Mary and Mohammed? what percentage hundreds of thousands died simply because Napoleon used to be bullied in school, simply because Hitler did not get into the Vienna Academy, simply because Stalin had an alcoholic father or simply because Mao suffered from consciousness deficit hyperactivity affliction? ' it's not reasonable that the lives of hundreds of thousands depend upon the judgement of a guy whose brain is warped via arteriosclerosis.' C.MacLaurin,1925 'Civilization as we all know it truly is mostly the production of psychopaths' Clinton Callaghan
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A century or so later it was the turn of the Romans, a people whose only route to progress was by robbery, who began stealing gold from Spain around 220BC and Julius Caesar bought his way to power by looting huge quantities of gold from his conquest of Gaul. Then from 410 AD onwards it was Rome's turn to be looted by the Goths and Vandals. Attila the Hun (406-52 AD) a man allegedly of short stature, known as Flagellum Dei/ Scourge of God, came from a Turkic nomadic tribe east of the Volga whose natural ethic was to condone theft from neighbouring peoples as a respectable way of earning a livelihood.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:(i) Alexander the Great (ii) Peter the Great (iii) Robert Clive (iv) Horatio Nelson (v) Osama bin Laden 6. Sexual Sublimation: (1) Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror (ii)King James VI&I (iii)Queen Kristina of Sweden (iv) King Karl XII of Sweden (v) Frederick the Great of Prussia 7. Spiritual and Intellectual Narcissism: (i) along with with Post Traumatic Stress: St. Ignatius Loyola (ii) Karl Marx (iii) Jim Jones of the People's Temple (iv) Ayatollah Khomeini (iv) Jim Jones of the People's Temple.
Napoleon ( 1769-1821 - see also under various other headings) not only stole entire nations but combed them for valuable works of art, money, stores and conscripts, turning plundering into an organised system. This led directly to the death of around 6 million people, half of them French. One of the great political examples of unbridled greed was King Leopold II of Belgium (1835-1909) who developed a private empire in the Congo where his officials often flogged the native population to death as they extracted the huge mineral wealth or worked in his rubber plantations.
A Short History of Human Error by Oliver Thomson