Android, psycho CEO, or just a liar?


Do androids dream of electric sheep?

From Dr. Kevin Barrett, in Veterans Today:

Is [Mitt] Romney a plastic shell, operated in real time by a gray alien equivalent of Karl Rove? Possibly. But it seems far more likely that he is, like [Ted] Bundy, an inhuman human: one of the 2% of males who are clinical psychopaths.

Interesting. On the one hand, it’s tempting to conclude Mittens is an android, capable of only the crudest simulations of spontaneity and empathy. If you prick him, will he not bleed some sort of industrial coolant?

On the other, he might simply be one of those people who “present themselves as glibly unbothered by the chaos around them, unconcerned about those who have lost their jobs, savings and investments, and as lacking any regrets about what they have done.”

The latter quote is from Prof. Clive R. Boddy, who argues in a piece published in the Journal of Business Ethics that “corporate psychopaths” in executive positions played a large role in creating the global financial crisis that began in 2008.

Robert Parry’s argument, that Mittens is a “professional liar,” seems to owe something to the corporate psycho theory advanced by Boddy and more than a few other academics. Parry writes:

In Romney’s previous career – as a corporate raider – lying may have been a part of the job, in lulling a company’s long-time owners into complacency or convincing some well-meaning investors that massive layoffs won’t be necessary. Then, wham-o, the company founders are out, their loyal workforce is on the street, and the company can be “reorganized” for a big profit.

Arguably, Romney learned his skill as a liar from those days at Bain Capital – and he has put it to good use as a politician, taking opposite sides of issue after issue, from abortion rights to global warming to government mandates that citizens buy health insurance to whether stay-at-home mothers “work” or not…

I don’t know, Bob. Did Romney learn to lie at Bain or merely cultivate his innate talent there? And I’m not ready to rule out the sci-fi scenario, either. Mittens seems in many ways a throwback to the Gilded Age — like someone who has mutated in reverse, into the sort of primitive political animal I discussed in a previous post. But there’s something special about him that makes me wonder what, if anything, goes on in his subconscious mind, and whether he assumes Americans have become so robotic they’re ready to be snookered by a guy who makes Richard Nixon seem like a mensch.

As Philip K. Dick wrote, do androids dream of electric sheep?

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3 Responses to Android, psycho CEO, or just a liar?

  1. robinhood63 says:

    Mr. dog-on-car can’t seem to help lying every time he opens his mouth. His wife seems just as clueless as he is when it comes to connecting with anyone that doesn’t have a few million dollars for pin money. They don’t seem to realize that they don’t connect with everyday people.

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  3. Ten Bears says:

    This isn’t an election, it’s a Media Event. An ongoing choreographing of content for delivery to the Kool-Aid drinkers. The barefoot rubes blindly following a charismatic “leader” to suicide, the Kool-Aid of course Ambien, Prozac, Viagra – or any other chemical, notably fluoride, cocktail – and crotch-shots on Faux News. And I don’t doubt the Multi-Millionaire Bimbo Bottle-Blonde Bobble-Heads spreading their legs on the Corporate Mainstream Media are as barefoot as the rubes, emersed as they are, afterall, in the Media “Medicine” Military Industrial Complex.

    It is not entirely tongue-in-cheek when I posit that something happens to people when they go to Washington, as if illegal aliens were cooking up Stepford Clones in some vast subterranean complex beneath the Capitol. It is perhaps more notable to we of the hinterlands who have seen people we’ve known out entire lives go out there and come back not who we knew.

    Comes to mind by way of the Ann Romney’s Stepford Wive “career choice” hoopla of the past few days that we are actually witnessing the cloning process, witnessing Willard’s evolution into a Stepford Clone. Into a carefully choreographed charismatic “leader”.

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