Evil, part 4: the social dimension

GuardianClare Carlisle Does contemporary society give rise to conditions more conducive to evil than in the past? November 5, 2012 So far in this series I’ve considered evil as if it were an individual matter – a question of personal virtue, or the lack of it. In emphasising the relationship between sin and freedom, Christian philosophers such ...

Ethical Standards for Thought Reform Consultants

Cult Intervention, deprogramming, exit counseling RATIONALE (History of cult interventions, deprogramming, exit counseling) Thought reform includes the use of highly manipulative methods and processes such as undue social and psychological influence, behavioral modification techniques, disguised hypnosis and trance induction, and other physiological and psychological influence techniques. These techniques are used in a coordinated and systematic way ...

Ayn Rand on Human Nature

Scientific American Eric Michael Johnson October 5, 2012 “Every political philosophy has to begin with a theory of human nature,” wrote Harvard evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin in his book Biology as Ideology. Thomas Hobbes, for example, believed that humans in a “state of nature,” or what today we would call hunter-gatherer societies, lived a life that ...

The MEK Is Bad News, But Delisting Them Was A Good Decision

Huffington Post, October 1, 2012 Members of the Iranian dissident group known as the Mujahedin e-Khalq, or MEK, really don’t like me. I don’t trust them, either. I’ve been reporting on the MEK for the Huffington Post since last summer, and members of the group have threatened my house and hacked my email. Still, I ...