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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Thursday, August 29, 2002

Danger: Psychopath in the boardroom

Somehow, this doesn't surprise me. If it is the case, as criminologist Richard Hare suggests, then that does help to explain some of the shenanigans among executives. I suspect that that'll be cold comfort for those stockholders who've been left with worthless (fill in the blank) shares.

Hare has found definite presonality traits among clinical psychopaths:

Aside from having no hint of a conscience, psychopaths have a barren emotional life marked by few close relationships, impulsive behaviour and an inflated sense of self.

They are deceitful, short-tempered and display early behavioural problems that later become anti-social. They also crave excitement and are irresponsible, he said.

"These are callous, cold-blooded individuals. ... They don't care that you have thoughts and feelings. They have no sense of guilt and remorse."

Sound like some CEO's and CFO's recently in the news? Kenny Boy? Bernie? Hello-o-o?

Inteerestingly, this was presented to a Canadian Police Association meeting. Now, I haven't much use for the CPA -- I think that they're little more than a right-wing lobby group masquerading as advocates for public safety, and keeping enough things illegal so that their members have jobs. However, they occasionallt invite an interesting guest like Dr. Hare along. It doesn't make up for their calls for a regressive justice system that is focussed entirely on punishment, and not on rehabilitation. And don't even get me started on how the CPA would get rid of due-process safeguards against the accused (who are STILL legally innocent) if they could... oooh, I'm on a rant here. Let's just say that I don't think much of a bunch who believe that illegally gathered evidence should not be excluded from criminal proceedings, and who prepetuate the myth of "Club Fed" prisons.

Perhaps those who believe the CPA's mythology should pick up Justice Behind the Walls by UBC law professor Michael Jackson for a different view of what actually goes on in Canada's prisons. Or, if you'd prefer something quicker, have a look at the special that the CBC and Maclean's did on Canada's prisons last year.

Yes, I do tend to think that the likes of the John Howard and Elizabeth Fry societies have done more to ensure a safe and peaceful societies than have all the right-wing politicians and so-called victims' rights groups. So sue me.

[end rant here]
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