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Jun 25 2018

Washington, DC Is National Capital for Psychopaths

Washington, DC isn’t just the national capital for government; uncoincidentally, it is also the national capital for psychopaths:

Ryan Murphy, an economist at Southern Methodist University, recently published a working paper in which he ranked each of the states by the predominance of—there’s no nice way to put it—psychopaths. The winner? Washington in a walk. In fact, the capital scored higher on Murphy’s scale than the next two runners-up combined. …

When Murphy matched up the “constellation of disinhibition, boldness and meanness” that marks psychopathy with a previously existing map of the states’ predominant personality traits, he found that dense, coastal areas scored highest by far—with Washington dominant among them.

Murphy theorizes on why the political capital would also be the psychopath capital:

This, Murphy hypothesizes, is because psychopaths are attracted to the kinds of jobs Washington offers—jobs that reward raw ambition, a relentless single-mindedness and, let’s admit it, the willingness to step over a few bodies along the way. … “The presence of psychopaths in the District of Columbia is consistent with the conjecture … that psychopaths are likely to be effective in the political sphere,” Murphy writes in the paper.

Keep this in mind as politicians shed their crocodile tears and pose self-righteously as people who only impose an agenda that increases the wealth and power of Big Government because they care about the put-upon.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

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