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(From Argentina, Published @ Chicago)

The Kirchners and the nature of thieves

By Marcelo Lopez Masia

I traveled to Argentine Province of Santa Cruz for the first time, ten years ago, to find out what happened to the missing billions of dollars that the Province of Santa Cruz should have from oil royalties, the very famous Santa Cruz Missing funds.

By then, the recently deceased journalist Daniel Gatti, (author of the first biography of former Argentina Presidente, Nestor Kirchner) called: “El Amo Del Feudo” (The Master Of The Manor), gave me a very special perspective about the marriage ruling from Rio Gallegos then; and Argentina later and now.

They are not rightist, nor leftist; not statist, nor privatizing. Essentially, they are thieves,” he told me.

From his point of view, it was irrelevant to search for the destination of those funds because he was convinced we would never find out what happened to such a huge mass of money.

Since then, I tried to understand the psychology of these two guys, who early in the ’80s already owned more than 20 properties, but whose greed, far away from dwindling, grew and grew, as more goods and money they possessed.

A decade ago, I hear the gullible or complicit opposition politicians repeat phrases such as: “We must make it clear to Cristina…” or “sure that the president will realize and correct… this or… that…  mistake.”

In recent weeks, I began to dive into the psychology of thieves, so I met an American writer, born in Augusta, which enlightens the key to understand this type of psychopath behavior.

Dr. Hervey Cleckley established, more than 70 years ago, how this antisocial personality disorder is generated and what the main characteristics of these criminals delinquents are. Specifically, the thieves are aggressive and irresponsible people, Dr. Hervey Cleckley states in his work “The Mask of Sanity”.

The author explains that these are people who “suffer from a pathological egocentricity and incapacity to respect, and to love others.”

Dr. Cleckley indicates: The American professional thief is “highly aggressive, impulsive, lacks feelings of guilt or remorse and are unable to create lasting bonds of affection with others (…) have emotional shallowness, and inability to learn from experience.

This sort of Yankee Nostradamus, described as early as 1941 the psychopathology acting out personality of Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. This is how individuals internalize neurotic actions, and particularly hostile fantasies. Acting out refers to the free, deliberate and often malicious self-indulgence in the momentum, “particularly in the area of ​​aggression”

Have you hear any Cristina’s speeches where she ends without insults and aggressions to someone, either partners or opponents?

Conclusion: “Almost all this criminal behavior is supported by a magical significance to booster and enhance a primitive feeling of omnipotence”. This gives the thief a distorted view of reality, where the projected hostility is as a mechanism of repetitive compulsion.

Despite their ability to learn things, they do not gain from their own experience. He/she lies even when there is no logical reason to do so. The criminal-thief goal is to get more and more power, which makes him feel that he/she can decide what is bad and what is good”

To end all this with a real pearl: To understand the insane behavior of the Kirhners about their illegal income feelings by stealing rather than by effort: “the thief seems to get no satisfaction from productive work, on the contrary he/she despises and hate it!

We jump from Dr. Cleckley now, to return to the beginning, to our friend the late Daniel Gatti. He said:  “This is not a political issue, this is a matter of thieves and law; “Who wants to hear it, good! … 

Who wants to continue negotiating with them … God help us all!

Marcelo Lopez Masia.


 The Mask of Sanity

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Mask of Sanity, 1982 edition

The Mask of Sanity is a book written by Hervey Cleckley, M.D., first published in 1941, describing Cleckley’s clinical interviews with incarcerated psychopaths. It is considered a seminal work and the most influential clinical description of psychopathy in the 20th century. The basic elements of psychopathy outlined by Cleckley are still relevant today.[1] The title refers to the normal “mask” that conceals the mental disorder of the psychopathic person in Cleckley’s conceptualization.[2]

Cleckley describes the psychopathic person as outwardly a perfect mimic of a normally functioning person, able to mask or disguise the fundamental lack of internal personality structure, an internal chaos that results in repeatedly purposeful destructive behavior, often more self-destructive than destructive to others. Despite the seemingly sincere, intelligent, even charming external presentation, internally the psychopathic person does not have the ability to experience genuine emotions. Cleckley questions whether this mask of sanity is voluntarily assumed intentionally to hide the lack of internal structure, or if the mask hides a serious, but yet unidentified, psychiatric defect.[3]

An expanded edition of the book was published in 1982, after the DSM, the manual used in the United States for categorizing psychiatric disorders, had changed the name and standards for the classification of psychopathy to antisocial personality disorder, incorporating most of Cleckley’s 16 characteristics of a psychopath listed below.[4] The original edition of the book is no longer available.


Cleckley introduced 16 behavioral characteristics of a psychopath: [5]

  1. Superficial charm and good intelligence
  2. Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
  3. Absence of nervousness or psychoneurotic manifestations
  4. Unreliability
  5. Untruthfulness and insincerity
  6. Lack of remorse and shame
  7. Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
  8. Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
  9. Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
  10. General poverty in major affective reactions
  11. Specific loss of insight
  12. Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations
  13. Fantastic and uninviting behavior with drink and sometimes without
  14. Suicide threats rarely carried out
  15. Sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated
  16. Failure to follow any life plan.




One Comment

  1. G Wiz. Classic text which seems to only have been picked up through the new emphasis on this topic, as highlighted by literature such as “Political Ponerology” etc

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