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But do they see themselves as causing it to happen? Or are they each just dealing with their little part of a bad situation?

Psychopaths exist and are over-represented at high levels of power (but do they get along with each other?), but we also know that ordinary people are capable of performing horrendous acts if someone in authority tells them to or they perceive that their group loyalty and institutional role demands it. Being a minister even in normal times involves a responsibility for people dying but I don't think anyone who accepts that responsibility is going to be a minister. Swedish movie/theater writer/director Lukas Moodysson (most famous for Show me love or Fucking Åmål in original Swedish) wrote a play about 23 people died at the same day as Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh was murdered, except they died trying to get into Europe. This was the year after the murder and writing a play that highlighted the murderous consequences of Anna Lindh was to sensitive so I don't think it was ever performed. Nobody (except fringe people like Moodysson) saw her as a murderer and I doubt she did either.

If most in the ruling group are not psychopaths but acting on perceived institutional restraints (for example a lot of parliamentarians probably believes that the state is out of money) then analysing the restraints does matter. Or well it does if a way is found to act upon them.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Nov 2nd, 2012 at 04:09:48 PM EST
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