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Megalomaniacs Anonymous

Posted by Charles II on February 11, 2015

The world press delights in psychoanalyzing Vladimir Putin. Adam Taylor, Washington Post:

Just last week, we learned of a 2008 Pentagon study that concluded the Russian president’s “neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy” and that Putin probably had Aspergers. He’s also been called a narcissist, diagnosed with “pleonexia” (the insatiable desire to have what rightfully belongs to others), and simply been accused of being a “thug.”

Personally, I think anyone who wants the kind of power that most national leaders have is a bit cracked. Ronald Reagan liberated concentration camps he was never near. LBJ liked talking to aides, allies and reporters while he was taking a dump. And, of course, Nixon (“when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal”)

If those represent megalomania, what to make of this?

Israel’s most prestigious award, the Israel prize, has been plunged into controversy after the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, intervened to remove three prominent judges of whose politics he disapproves.

Netanyahu has been accused of declaring war on the country’s intellectual life, and a series of judges – including the entire literature panel – and candidates for the award’s different fields have resigned or withdrawn their candidacy amid fears that this year’s literature prize may not take place.

Set up to award excellence in the arts, science and broader cultural and social contributions, the Israel prize is one of the country’s most venerable intellectual institutions. Inaugurated in 1953, it is handed out on Israel’s Independence Day with a $20,000 award in each category.

Maybe presidents and prime ministers should form a Megalomaniacs Anonymous chapter.


3 Responses to “Megalomaniacs Anonymous”

  1. jo6pacjo6pac said

    It’s the propaganda for the day and every day Russia bad & Amerika does no wrong. It really tiresome but the corp. owned media most what they’re told to do, Lie.

    • jo6pacjo6pac said

      Just ran across this so there is no hope for change in the way Amerikan govt. looks at the world.

      • Charles II said

        They could have a hard time backing it up with anything given the rapid deterioration of the Middle East.

        In the end, Americans are only going to be persuaded to back off all the regime change nonsense if they believe that it’s not in the national interest. I have pointed out the backlash in Latin America against the coups and attempted coups. I don’t know if UNASUR will ever replace the OAS, but two decades ago, such a development would have been unthinkable. The Color Revolution thing plays well among populations that were occupied under the Tsar and then under the USSR, but could easily push Russia and China into an alliance that would significantly challenge American power. Historically, American power is maximized when it does good things–feeds people, helps nations recover from war, disaster and economic catastrophe, for example. And it is minimized when it relies on force.

        But try and convince Americans of that.

        By the way, Russia would be well-advised to consider that as well. They were doing reasonably well until they responded to the American arms buildup with a buildup of their own. The result was that incomes which had been rising started to fall, and people stopped believing that the Soviet system could deliver prosperity.

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