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?