A sociopathic society, paradoxically, creates dominant social norms that are antisocial— that is, norms that assault the well-being and survival of much of the population and undermine the social bonds and sustainable environmental conditions essential to any form of social order. This reign of antisocial social norms is crucial to my definition of sociopathic society. Like an autoimmune disease, such antisocial societal programming leads to behavior that weakens and can, in the most extreme scenario, kill the society itself. … One defining mark of a sociopathic society is that most sociopathic behavior is perfectly legal and conforms to social norms and expectations. As a codification of antisocial norms, the law itself becomes sociopathic in the most full-blown sociopathic societies.1
It’s as if the contemporary form of capitalist society is itself the ultimate perfection of a system of norms, laws, and practices of manipulation, corruption, and total self-destruction. Rather than sociopathic shouldn’t we understand that American Society has entered the end game of an Anti-World? Was this not the actual and intentional telos of Capital all along? The accumulation of Death Culture, a realm where time, economics, and entropy phase shift into the final form of hypernihilistic indifference, callousness, and war. America, the self-imploding vehicle for a parasitical society whose only relations are those bound to self-consumption, a diseased system feeding upon its host with extreme prejudice and finality.
- Derber, Charles. Sociopathic Society: A People’s Sociology of the United States (Kindle Locations 300-303). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.