Ponerology: the Sons of Belial and Macrosocial Evil

"Political Ponerology" is the name given by Polish psychiatrist Andrzej M. Łobaczewski to an interdisciplinary study of the founders (i.e., Karl Marx) and supporters of 20th century totalitarian political regimes.     His study utilizes data from psychology, sociology, philosophy, and history to account for the propagation of man's inhumanity to man through such phenomena as aggressive war, ethnic cleansing, ostracism, genocide, and despotism:

"As many as 7 million Ukrainians were starved in Soviet Socialist dictator Joseph Stalin's artificial, forced famine in Ukraine in 1932 and 1933. This is approximately the total population of Manitoba, Newfoundland, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island." (Inky Mark, M. P. Dauphin — Swan River House of Commons 2 June 1998, Famine-Genocide in Ukraine 1932-1933)

"Moscow employed the famine as a political weapon against the Ukrainians in the years 1932-1933. The famine was in its entirety artificially induced and organized." (ibid, F. M. Pigido -an economist who lived and worked in Ukraine during the Famine of 1932-1933, Investigation of Communist Takeover and Occupation of the Non-Russian Nations of the U.S.S.R p. 35)

"... On one side, millions of starving peasants, their bodies often swollen from lack of food; on the other, soldiers, members of the GPU carrying out the instructions of the dictatorship of the proletariat. They had gone over the country like a swarm of locusts and taken away everything edible; they had shot or exiled thousands of peasants, sometimes whole villages; they had reduced some of the most fertile land in the world to a melancholy desert." (ibid, Malcolm Muggeridge, British foreign correspondent, "War on the Peasants," Fortnightly Review, 1 May, 1933)

"Food is a weapon." (ibid, Maxim Litvinov — Soviet Commissar of Foreign Affairs)

According to the authors of "The Black Book of Communism," Communist regimes did not just commit criminal acts but were criminal enterprises in their very essence:

"...all ruled lawlessly and without regard for human life (and) one particular feature of many Communist regimes (was) their use of famine as a weapon. The Bolsheviks had decided to eliminate...any challenge or resistance, even if passive, to their absolute power. This strategy applied not only to groups with opposing political views, but also to such social groups as the nobility, the middle class, the intelligentsia...the clergy...military officers and the police." (pp. xvii, 8-9)

A coalition of atheist pagan Jews and atheist pagan Gentiles  (Marxist Communists) systematically stole the personal property of Russians, confiscated and sexually perverted their children and conditioned them to hate the Trinity but Jesus Christ God Incarnate in particular, their own parents, the Christian church and their homeland.  These sons of perdition undermined and destroyed the traditional family, homosexualized culture, desecrated and blasphemed churches, crucified thousands of nuns and priests and in general, committed monstrous crimes against humanity which took the lives of sixty-million men, women, and children. For example:

"About 200,000 clergy, many crucified, scalped and otherwise tortured, were killed during the approximately 60 years of communist rule in the former Soviet Union, a Russian commission reported this week. In addition, another 500,000 religious figures were persecuted and 40,000 churches destroyed in the period from 1922 to 1980, the report said. Half the country's mosques and more than half the synagogues were also destroyed" Clergymen were crucified on churches' holy gates, shot, scalped [and] strangled," said Alexander Yakovlev, head of the Commission for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Political Repression. The commission prepared the report for Russian President Boris Yeltsin. "I was especially shocked by accounts of priests turned into columns of ice in winter," Yakovlev said. "It was total cruelty." (paulbogdanor.com)

Lobaczewski's  original manuscript quickly went into the furnace just minutes before a secret police raid in Communist Poland.  In 1984 the manuscript was reassembled but its publication blocked by technocratic globalist Zbigniew Brzezinski.  After half a century of suppression it is finally available.

Though Lobaczewski's study is a clinically accurate description of the nature of human evil it falls into the error of attributing evil to biological causes rather than the sin nature of men.   Despite this failing, Political Ponerology is a shocking account of the large scale evil, the lack of remorse, willingness to lie, cheat, steal, torture and kill super-heated by hatred of God and burning with will to power or what Lobaczewski terms 'ponerogenic processes'  that have overtaken whole societies and nations since time immemorial.

When ponerogenic processes have finally encompassed a society's entire ruling class and opposition from morally convicted people has been crushed, then we are dealing with what Lobaczewski calls Macrosocial Evil or a "macrosocial ponerologic phenomenon." (p. 121)

Ponerogenic processes are synonymous with inflated pride issuing in covetousness, selfishness, ingratitude, jealousy, resentment and hate, all of which early Church Fathers combined into the cold-blooded vice known as envy.   Thus when 'macrosocial ponerologic phenomenon' have encompassed a nation's  ruling class and most of its society it means that a tyranny of madness and murderous envy have overtaken it.  

Envy, said St. Gregory of Nyssa is,

"The passion which causes evil, the father of death, the first entrance for sin, the root of wickedness, the birth of sorrow, the mother of misfortune, the basis of disobedience, the beginning of shame. Envy banishes us from paradise....Envy made Joseph a slave. Envy is the death-dealing sting, the hidden weapon, the sickness of nature, the bitter poison, the self-willed emaciation, the bitter dart, the nail of the soul, the fire in the heart, the flame burning on the inside..." (Life of Moses, quoted in Death by Envy, Fr. George RA Aquaro, p. 74)

"Scripture combines envy with jealousy, covetousness and stinginess, into a single concept that is a manifestation of idolatry (narcissism) of self and belief that there is a limited supply of good," wrote Fr. George R. A. Aquaro.

Scripture attributes poneros to the Evil One, the leader of all forces of evil.   The Evil One is the spirit of rebellion and negation, the father of lies, "the adversary" "the accuser,"  "calumniator" and undiluted essence of envy who works through the principle of negation and rebellion in the fallen souls of lawless natural men:

"The evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil (poneros) things" Matthew 12:35

Poneros  has played a part in human dynamics ever since the Spirit of Envy persuaded the envy-bitten Cain to murder his brother Abel, Judas to betray Jesus Christ and Saul to suddenly throw his spear at David in a murderous attempt at pinning him to a wall (1 Sam. 18:11).  In fact, the envy-bitten Saul tried three times to kill David with a javelin (1 Sam. 18:10-11, 19: 9-10) and to bring about David's death by the Philistines (1 Sam. 18:25)  

Poneros is also the spirit animating British philosopher Adam Smith's shamelessly phony concern posed in questions and 'evidence' such as,

"Is having a loving family an unfair advantage?"  “Should parents snuggling up for one last story before lights out be even a little concerned about the advantage they might be conferring?” 

“Evidence shows that the difference between those who get bedtime stories and those who don’t – the difference in their life chances – is bigger than the difference between those who get elite private schooling and those that don’t." (Parents reading to kids blasted as 'unfair,' Joe Kovacs, WND, May, 2015)

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. brilliantly captures the spirit of poneros in his short story, "Harrison Bergeron,"

"THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General."   

As a tyranny of poneros had  finally overtaken and led to the degradation and implosion of ancient Greek society an exploration of Greek thought with regard to types of envy will prove enlightening.

The first type is 'zelos,' a kind of envy stirred up by any perceived superiority.  In the poem, 'Work and Days,' Isocrates presents the spirit of zelos as "with grim face and screaming voice, who delights in evil" and causes Decency and Respect to flee.  In a widely circulated article called "Gay Revolutionary," the anonymous author "Michael Swift" warns the envied straight community in prose that chills the spine:

"We shall be victorious because we are filled with the ferocious bitterness of the oppressed who have been forced to play seemingly bit parts in your dumb, heterosexual shows throughout the ages...We too are capable of firing guns and manning barricades of the ultimate revolution....Tremble, hetero swine, when we appear before you without our masks."  (Spirit Wars: Pagan Revival in Christian America, Peter Jones, p. 255)

Empowered by spineless jellies throughout our government, the envy-bitten men and women of modern Sodom maliciously terrorize Christian bakers, florists, bed and breakfast owners and other decent, law-abiding straights, forcing them to either submit or lose everything even as the men of Sodom openly rape the souls and bodies of their sons and daughters in our American Sodom and Gomorrah. (Envy and the Greeks: A Study of Human Behavior, Peter Walcot, pp. 2-3 from Death by Envy, Fr. George R. A. Aquaro, p. 12)

As the Holy Triune God is the moral monster responsible for the poor choices, weaknesses, and failures of the self-absorbed, Zelos is also the spirit behind the 'murder' of the Christian God, the closing off of the supernatural dimension and the Way to Paradise with the requisite suppression of His Revelation to man, the miracle of Special Creation and Original Sin. Thus zelos is the lying, hateful, intolerant spirit behind the elevation of evolutionary scientism above the inerrant Word of God. 

Zelos animates gossip, slander, the politics of personal destruction, special rights and privileges for the so-called oppressed (envy-bitten), inclusion and the absolutism of tolerance. It demands redistribution of wealth, egalitarian sameness, loss of gender identity in favor of gender-neutral identification, same-sex marriage, 'legalized' illegal immigration, the mandated sexualization and perversion of our youth by pan-sexual and omni-gendered sexologists, and a boot heel viciously crushing the faces of all  envied "oppressors."  Morally zelos is the venom behind America's reigning legalism: political correctness, hate crime laws, speech codes, and sensitivity training.  In 'political' terms, zelos is the spirit of multiculturalism, green ecology, green sustainability, global warming/cooling/change, diversity, and socialism.

In "Diversity’: The Idol of Academia," Jack Kerwick describes diversity as a 'god' that is as educationally invidious as it is false:

“Diversity” is not just a good in the academic world. It is the supreme good, the one good before which all other considerations must yield....“cultural diversity” not only doesn’t correspond to a rise in intellectual diversity; it invariably corresponds to a rise in political uniformity. This is crucial, for the promotion of “cultural diversity” is nothing more or less than the promotion of a left-wing ideological agenda."  (June 26, 2014 Jack Kerwick, Front Page Magazine)

Zelos in its every hateful, sadistic permutation is the evil spirit behind left-wing ideology and its' totalitarian fantasy:

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." (Winston Churchill, British orator, author and Prime Minister during World War II, 1874-1965)

"When I say that Marxism is based on envy, I mean that the glorious revolution of the proletariat...was really a promise to put a final end to all the conditions that make for envy." (Joseph Epstein, author and former editor of The American Scholar, from Truths about Socialism, Coral Ridge Ministries, p. 66)

Philotimia and hybris are next.   In Greek mythology, philotimia is narcissism--love of self, love of attention, love of self-affirmation, love of self-gratification-- while hybris is the arrogance, insolence, contempt, insult, shame , hatred and mistreatment of a perceived inferior by a sadistic narcissist. In Greece, philotemia and hybris  were seen when the gods and their earthly counterparts punished inferior for usurping their authority as well as when they struggled amongst themselves for positions of primacy.   In America, philotimia and hybris are seen in America's left-right 'ruling class,' god-men, their liberal proletariat and their lapdog media in their vicious psychological bullying, and other forms of mistreatment of the hard-working middle class, especially the morally informed such as God-fearing faithful Christians and Jews and the Tea Party.   Philotimia/hybris is likewise the spirit animating the intolerant attitudes of evolutionary theologians toward defenders of the faith once given. 

Phthonos is the fourth type of envy/covetousness.  Phthonos seeks to deprive  the envied 'other' of possessions, honor, status, and spiritual virtues.  Phthonos, for example, is the totalitarian spirit of Agenda 21, carbon footprints, population control schemes, passive euthanasia, the attempted theft of Bundy's ranch and other private property, and global change.  Phthonos is driven not just to ostracize and confiscate but to use terroristic force to take or deprive 'other' of whatever is envied.  Phthonos can drive a man (i.e., Cain) to murder his own brother and even to "kill" God (i.e., Nimrod, Karl Marx).

As ancient Greece had been overtaken by the spirit of envy,

"...one had to watch not only the malevolent actions of envious friends and enemies, but the very real threat of ostracism by the democratic community.  Philanthropy had much less to do with (love of man) as it had with....avoiding other people's phthonos of one's success."  (Death by Envy, p. 14)

In Athens, the egalitarian, or leveling impulse, served to help relieve an envy-torn culture by leveling all men down.  This was enforced by character destruction and the threat of ostracism.

The fifth type of envy is vaskonia or Evil Eye (ophthalmos poneros, Sauron) and means something even more malignant than phthonos.    Vaskonia is expressive of an evil spirit associated with possession and the malign touch or glance of which leaves a soiled imprint and implies instant victimization and death.   Vaskonia is inherently sudden, meaning one wrong word, one wrong look on one's face, or the impulse of a momentary passion is all it takes to become its' victim.

As a whole, Scripture combines envy with hatred of one's brother, which means that there can be no love whatsoever where there is envy and hatred in one's heart.

Today increasing numbers of Americans at every level of society, on both left and right, Christian and secular, are controlled by their passions unfettered from the restraint of transcendent moral law.   Adding to the problem is the culturally relevant 'seeker-sensitive' church model attended by thousands of Americans that caters to felt-needs and self-indulgent emotional feel-goodism.  Thus  America  is "a nation ruled by its passions," said Reb Bradley, author of "Born Liberal Raised Right."    This is why  heinous acts,

"...of casual disregard for life, unheard of fifty years ago, have become a familiar item on the evening news; students killing classmates, children murdering their playmates....these gruesome crimes are merely symptomatic of a breakdown of moral fiber..."  (ibid, pp. 2-3)

The most frightening aspect of America's descent into moral imbecility, narcissism, sophistry, and lawlessness is that our society is being overtaken by "ponerological processes."   Through the White House, legislatures, media, Hollywood, courts, academia, pentagon, seminaries and even pulpits, the spirit of poneros, of envy and hate, is encompassing our society, suppressing morally informed people, and overspreading our nation with a "macrosocial ponerologic phenomenon" eventuating in a tyranny of evil. 

In order that we may understand the tyranny of evil sweeping over and through our post-Christian society Herbert Schlossberg proposes that we use idolatry as a framework for comprehension.   The biblical explanation of moral imbecility, lawlessness and narcissism in connection with the end of society resides in the concept of judgment upon an idolatrous people (Ro. 1:28-32)

"Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you...saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which you have not known..."   (Deut. 13: 13; Judges 19: 22, 20:13; 1 Sam. 1:16, 2:12, 10:27, 25:17, 25:25, 30:22; 2 Sam. 16:7, 20:1, 23:6; 1 Kings 21:10, 21:13; 2 Chron. 6:15, 13:7)

Scripture depicts a societies' people as either having submitted themselves to the Triune God or else as idolaters (sons of Belial) who having rebelled against Him have been delivered by Him over to worthless, useless, hardened, loveless minds.  This is how the Old Testament portrays Israel.  Israel had become an evil nation of idolaters fully deserving the judgment the Lord brought against it.  Its' rebellion  was accompanied by a turning to idols (which can also be idols of the mind such as scientism and evolutionary cosmogonies) and this idolatry brought the nation to its' end.

The Decalogue shows that the beginning of idolatry is pride (preference for self over the Holy Trinity and neighbor). The will of the proud man is not in submission to the Trinity but self, thus having made an idol out of himself he assumes he possesses honor and rights. This is why pride leads to contempt for truth, law, wisdom, norms, authority, standards, rules, institutions and other people in combination with any or all of the following vices: pathological lying, treachery, murderous thoughts, gluttony, greed, covetousness, lust, hate, cheating, promiscuity, sadism, sodomy, pederasty, pedophilia, adultery, theft and the dehumanization of other people resulting in psychological and physical slavery, population control schemes, abortion, brutality, terror, mass-murder (genocide) and man-made famines

In the final analysis, malice and envy towards the Holy Trinity compels man to destroy creation and to annihilate his God-given soul/spirit by imagining himself as 'one' with the evolving universe of matter and energy. This is the definition of damnation, said Fr. Aquaro. Hell is not a punishment meted out by a hateful Holy God as some would think, but an absolute refusal of a pardon granted all mankind. It is impossible to receive good from a person one envies, and so it is that one cannot be saved if one resents the Holy Triune God. This is the message of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32 when the elder brother refused to enter the house upon his brother's return. It is also the underlying meaning of CS Lewis's pointed observation that the door to hell will be slammed and locked from inside:

"The man wakes from the final struggle of death, in absolute loneliness...Not a hint, not a shadow of anything outside his consciousness reaches him...Soon misery will beget on his imagination a thousand shapes of woe, which he will not be able to rule, direct, or even distinguish from real presences." (C.S. Lewis: George MacDonald, an Anthology, p. 61)

@Linda Kimball