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Economics / Federal Judge Rules Nationwide Eviction Ban Is Unconstitutional
« on: February 26, 2021, 10:25:21 AM »
Federal Judge Rules Nationwide Eviction Ban Is Unconstitutional
A  judge in Texas on Thursday ruled that the federal government does not have the authority to issue a nationwide eviction moratorium.

U.S. District Judge John Barker, a Trump appointee, ruled in favor of a group of property managers and landlords who challenged a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order that prevented them from temporarily evicting tenants for non-payment of rent during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

The CDC order in question was initially issued in September 2020 and was originally set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020. It was extended to Jan. 31 and then again until the end of March. The order aimed to mitigate the spread of the pandemic by reducing congregation in shared living settings or in unsheltered homeless areas, and support state and local responses to the disease.

The order made it a crime for a landlord or property owner to evict a “covered person” from a residence, subject to several exceptions. Tenants who are covered by the order include those who have used their best efforts to obtain government assistance for rent or housing; or whose income falls below a certain income threshold.

A person who violated the order could face up to one year of imprisonment, to be followed by up to one year of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The order only pauses evictions but does not relieve tenants from rent or housing payments.

Barker said eviction moratoriums are usually enacted by states and that the lawsuit does not question the states’ authority to do so. But plaintiffs in the case are asking the court to determine whether the U.S. Constitution allows the federal government to order or legislate a nationwide moratorium on evicting specified tenants.

“After analyzing the relevant precedents, the court concludes that the federal government’s Article I power to regulate interstate commerce and enact laws necessary and proper to that end does not include the power to impose the challenged eviction moratorium,” Barker wrote in his 21-page ruling (pdf).

The Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF) and Texas Public Policy Foundation jointly represented the plaintiffs in the case. The groups welcomed the judge’s decision.

“The court’s order today holding the CDC’s interference with private property rights under the veil of COVID-19 serves as notice to the Biden administration that the Constitution limits government power,” SLF General Counsel Kimberly Hermann said in a statement. The moratorium was first issued by the CDC under the Trump administration, and extended by Congress and then the CDC under Biden.

“The federal courts will continue to be a primary bulwark against unconstitutional overreach by federal and state governments. As our record shows, we have fought and won cases just like this for decades, and the current administration has shown no restraint. We are preparing cases across the constitutional spectrum to defend against unrestrained government action.”

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From the culture which brought us Derrida, Foucault, Lacan, etc., the very founders of the critical 'post-structural' philosophy that was imported into America and now back into France...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9242453/Out-control-woke-leftism-cancel-culture-threat-FRANCE-French-politicians-say.html
'Out-of-control woke leftism and cancel culture' from the U.S is a threat to FRANCE because it 'attacks' the nation's heritage and identity, French politicians and intellectuals say
-French politicians, prominent intellectuals, and academics are arguing against the influence of America's 'out-of-control leftism and cancel culture'
-They claim it is undermining French society and an attack on French heritage
-French President Emmanuel Macron in October cautioned against 'certain social science theories entirely imported from the United States'
-His Education Minister also warned of a 'battle to wage against an intellectual matrix from American universities'

Politicians, prominent intellectuals, and academics in France have voiced concern that 'out-of-control leftism and cancel culture' from the United States is threatening French identity.

They are arguing that American ideas on race, gender, post-colonialism – especially those coming from U.S. universities – are undermining French society and are an attack on French heritage.

The collection of intellectuals arguing that France is being contaminated by the leftism of America was buoyed on last year after French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to side with them.

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This is simply amazing - Time is admitting to unconstitutional methods of rigging the election in favor of Biden and trying to dress that up as a means of "ensuring [the election] would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted" and "saving the 2020 election". They are rubbing our noses in the fact that the election was stolen by tilting the playing field heavily in favor of Biden (who still only barely won). Either that or they somehow don't realize they are revealing a conspiracy to commit election fraud. You can't make this shit up.

https://time.com/5936036/secret-2020-election-campaign/
The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election

"A second odd thing happened amid Trump’s attempts to reverse the result: corporate America turned on him. Hundreds of major business leaders, many of whom had backed Trump’s candidacy and supported his policies, called on him to concede. To the President, something felt amiss. “It was all very, very strange,” Trump said on Dec. 2. “Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.”

In a way, Trump was right.

There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.

The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election–an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensuring it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted. For more than a year, a loosely organized coalition of operatives scrambled to shore up America’s institutions as they came under simultaneous attack from a remorseless pandemic and an autocratically inclined President. Though much of this activity took place on the left, it was separate from the Biden campaign and crossed ideological lines, with crucial contributions by nonpartisan and conservative actors. The scenario the shadow campaigners were desperate to stop was not a Trump victory. It was an election so calamitous that no result could be discerned at all, a failure of the central act of democratic self-governance that has been a hallmark of America since its founding.

Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears. They executed national public-awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks, preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories and false claims of victory from getting more traction. After Election Day, they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result. "

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Geopolitics / The Atlantic: The Five-Second Cancellation of Abraham Lincoln
« on: February 02, 2021, 06:02:59 PM »
The Five-Second Cancellation of Abraham Lincoln
San Francisco has issued its latest grand moral decree, and bad ex-presidents would be quaking in their coffins—if they could stop laughing.

On January 26, the San Francisco school board announced that dozens of public schools must be renamed. The figures that do not meet the board’s standards include Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, Robert Louis Stevenson, Paul Revere, and Dianne Feinstein. A panel had determined that the 44 schools—more than one-third of the city’s total—were named after figures guilty of being, variously, colonizers; slave owners; exploiters of workers; oppressors of women, children, or queer and transgender people; people connected to human rights or environmental abuses; and espousers of racist beliefs.

This holier-than-thou crusade is typical for San Francisco, which in recent years has traded in its Freak Flag to march under the banner of brain-dead political correctness. Aside from providing invaluable ammunition to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and the more than 70 million Trump supporters whose most extreme caricatures of liberals have now been confirmed, renaming the schools is likely to cost the already deeply indebted district millions of dollars, and will not help a single disadvantaged student or actually advance the cause of racial justice. The nation’s reckoning about its racist past might have positive aspects, but exercises in Maoist “constructive self-criticism” are not among them.

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The School Names Advisory Committee was created in 2018 by the San Francisco Board of Education. Although the committee of community members and school-board staff was supposed to “engage the larger San Francisco community in a sustained discussion regarding public school names,” no such engagement ever took place. The “blue-ribbon panel” did its own “research” (using that term lightly) and issued its own rulings. In keeping with the incorruptible, Robespierre-like spirit of our revolutionary times, the committee decreed that one sin (being a colonizer or slave owner, using an “inappropriate” word, and so on) was all that was required to send a figure to the guillotine. Once that decision was made, the severed heads rolled into the gutter of history. Since Washington was a slave owner and, in the words of the committee, “the majority of [Lincoln’s] policies proved detrimental” to native peoples, the leader who won America’s war of independence and the one who saved the union and issued the Emancipation Proclamation were dispatched without further discussion. The decision to rename Abraham Lincoln High took five seconds; George Washington took 12.

The decision process was a joke. The committee’s research seems to have consisted mostly of cursory Google searches, and the sources cited were primarily Wikipedia entries or similar. Historians were not consulted. Embarrassing errors of interpretation were made, as well as rudimentary factual errors. Robert Louis Stevenson, perhaps the most beloved literary figure in the city’s history, was canceled because in a poem titled “Foreign Children” in his famous collection A Child’s Garden of Verses, he used the rhyming word Japanee for Japanese. Paul Revere Elementary School ended up on the renaming list because, during the discussion, a committee member misread a History.com article as claiming that Revere had taken part in an expedition that stole the lands of the Penobscot Indians. In fact, the article described Revere’s role in the Penobscot Expedition, a disastrous American military campaign against the British during the Revolutionary War. (That expedition was named after a bay in Maine.) But no one bothered to check, the committee voted to rename the school, and by order of the San Francisco school board Paul Revere will now ride into oblivion. 

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Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Philosophical Quotes Worth Remembering
« on: February 02, 2021, 11:42:12 AM »
"Popular socialism is prone to this mistake of arranging education on the basis of everyday life. This is how the current Marxist socialism would like to establish the education of the future. In Russia, this has already happened. In the Lunatscharsky school reform there is something terrible. It is the death of all culture. Many dreadful things have come out of Bolshevism but the most dreadful of all is the Bolshevist method of education, which would entirely eradicate all that former ages have contributed to human culture. This will not be achieved in the first generation but will certainly be attained in following generations, with the result that all culture will soon vanish from the face of the earth. People must see this. You have heard in this very room people singing a song of praise to Bolshevism who have not the faintest idea that through it the devil has entered socialism. We must take great care that there are men who know that progress in the social sphere demands and depends upon more intimate understanding of the human being in the sphere of education. Hence, it must be known that the educator and the teacher of the future must understand the innermost being of man, must live with this inner being and that the ordinary intercourse which takes place between adults cannot be applied to education. What do the ordinary Marxists want? They want to run the schools socialistically; they want to do away with all authority and let the children educate themselves. Something dreadful would come out of this!"
Rudolf Steiner, Study of Man

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Geopolitics / Jordan Peterson and Douglas Murray Discuss Current Politics
« on: January 25, 2021, 08:52:12 PM »
Around the 1:18:00 mark, JP says something that couldn't be more on the money - 'Biden had an opportunity to avoid pandering to the identity politics groups [referencing a Biden tweet which outlines his proposals for helping small businesses, which almost exclusively focusedon identarian classifications], he was at the height of his ability to set his own agenda; if he couldn't do it then, he will never be able to do it' (not exact quote). The rest of the interview is excellent. JP is fully restored to his usual sharp and critical mind, and Douglas Murray makes a ton of great points as well.

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And I know someone will bring this up if I don't - they talk a fair amount about how it was unwise for people to throw their support behind Trump in the last few months. Towards the end, JP says 'if you are going to support Trump under these circumstances, you are becoming a lot more politically radical than you were two years ago'. Fair enough, and I agree that is true for a lot of people out there. But there are also plenty of critically minded people who can dispel outright lies about Trump, or completely unsubstantiated claims, without actually "supporting him". We can recognize that Trump is a terribly divisive and populist President who amped up the craziness with his loose rhetoric for 4 years while ALSO recognizing that Biden-Harris and Democrats will be MUCH more divisive and dangerous.

Murray's comments re: the pandemic around 1:25:00 are also spot on, sacrificing GDP wholesale for dubious promises of public health gains is not a solution. Fortunately, and predictably, the American left has suddenly 'discovered' widescale lockdowns are no longer necessary once Biden got into office.


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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/business/china-travel-coronavirus.html

"At this point, sharply curtailing air travel to and from China is more of an emotional or political reaction, said Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

“The cow’s already out of the barn,” he said, ”and we’re now talking about shutting the barn door.”


Oh wait, MY BAD, that was a NYT article from Jan 2020 about Trump... here's the new one:

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/01/24/world/covid-19-coronavirus?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes#travel-from-south-africa-to-the-us-will-be-banned-to-curb-spread-of-variant

"On his last full day in office, Mr. Trump tried to eliminate the Covid-19-related ban on travel from Europe and Brazil, saying it was no longer necessary. Jen Psaki, now the White House press secretary, said at the time that ending the ban was the wrong thing to do and she indicated that Mr. Biden would not allow that to happen.

A White House official said on Sunday that Mr. Biden would extend the travel ban on those areas in the coming days.

On Monday, health authorities announced a case of the so-called South African variant had been recorded in New Zealand in a returned traveler who had been released from hotel quarantine after twice testing negative. Over two dozen countries have now reported cases of the variant.

In addition to the travel bans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already said that everyone over age 2 will be required to present a negative coronavirus test taken within three days of attempting to travel into the United States.

A White House official said Sunday that the C.D.C. will not issue waivers from that policy as some airlines had requested."

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And that goes beyond the COVID restrictions freshly introduced for the event – with even the near-side of the National Mall which is allowed to be occupied – empty.


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https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/people-are-nearing-rock-bottom-fed-policy-keeps-wealthy-afloat-while-brutalizing-nations

The report goes on to note how mortgage refinancing, working from home and the stock market has helped along the "haves" while the "have nots" continue to struggle. These wealth gains "obscure" the plight of the middle and lower class, which has seen hundreds of thousands of businesses shut down and more than 10 million unemployed.

Peter Atwater, an adjunct professor at William & Mary, said: “There has probably not been a better time to be wealthy in America than today. So much of what policy makers did was to enable those that were wealthiest to rebound fastest from the pandemic.”

Employment for the bottom quartile of workers, making less than $27,000 per year, remains 20% lower than January 2020 levels. 30 million adults lived in households where there wasn't enough to eat, according to the report - up 28% since prior to the pandemic. In Louisiana, 1 in 5 citizens faces food scarcity.

Meanwhile, employment for the top quartile of workers earning over $60,000 per year has "already recovered to levels from a year ago". Many of Americans were also able to redirect money they would have used on entertainment and travel to savings and investments. Thanks to the Fed, these types of redirections have paid off well.

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But time is not on the side of the middle and lower class. Bradford Botes, a principal at bankruptcy law firm Bond & Botes in Birmingham, said: “People simply feel that they are nearing or at rock bottom. We are hearing a lot more hopelessness. [Stimulus] money was used by people just to get by. The additional stimulus has not been sufficient to make any type of difference for average Americans.”

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Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Schizophrenia, Sin and the Self
« on: January 16, 2021, 09:12:04 PM »
Owen Barfield explores the phenomenon of modern mental illness, such as Schizophrenia, and how it reveals a fundamental alienation of the 'self' from the surrounding world and from the true Self in all of human society, with the Schizophrenics being the ones who are most aware of the alienation. Moderns experience this alienation as varying forms and degrees of insanity, while our ancestors experienced it as "sin". The former feels it is something that is happening to them, while the latter felt it was something they were actively involved in and, therefore, needed to take responsibility for.

And, in the process, he predicts the mentality endemic to the collectivist left with concepts like "white guilt" which will only serve to justify totalitarian goals.

History, Guilt and Habit - Chapter 2 - Modern Idolatry (excerpts)

There are two things that are noticeable about the modern psychology... the first is that the root, the subconscious root, of schizophrenia is increasingly being traced to the experience of what I will for the moment call "cut-offness". The second is that the experience is increasingly being regarded, not as one that is peculiar to the patient, but in a greater or less degree as one that is the predicament of humanity, or certainly Western humanity, as a whole.
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The clinically schizoid are simply the ones who are becoming most sharply aware of it. Thus, they speak of the personality, or the self, as being isolated, encapsulated, excluded, estranged, alienated. There are many different ways of putting it. But what the self of each of us feels isolated from, cut off from, by its encapsulation in the nakedly physical reality presented to it by the common sense of contemporary culture, is precisely its own existential source [the 'true Self'].

Sin and Madness, by Dr. Shirley Sugerman... argues, convincingly to my mind, that what is now conceived and felt as insanity can only be properly understood as the evolutionary metamorphosis of what was formerly conceived and felt as sin.
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But can there by sin without guilt? Paul Ricouer, in his book The Symbolism of Evil, observes, rightly I think, that a feeling of guilt is the fundamental experience of sin. If so, how can this contemporary madness, from which there is evidence that we all suffer, but about which we certainly do not feel guilty, have anything to do with sin? Perhaps because, although we do not feel guilty about the sin, we do feel guilty because of it.
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There is atmosphere of guilt. Take for instance the issue of racialism, the relation between the advanced and the so-called "backward nations", or between white and colored... what was until recently called "the white man's burden" was a burden of responsibility, not of guilt.
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People seem almost to go out of their way to find things to feel guilty about, or to encourage others to feel guilty about. I can think of two reasons in particular why it is bad... such confused feelings of guilt tend to beget paralysis rather than energy... when they do not beget paralysis, feelings of guilt tend to turn rather easily into feelings of hatred and contempt. We may feel a bit guilty ourselves, but we are very sure that a whole lot of other people are much more guilty, and probably ought to be destroyed.
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And just this darker side to the experience of guilt seems to be even more evident when the experience is collective rather than when it is the individual. 'All are responsible for all', said Alyosha in The Brothers Karamazov. A noble, a truly human sentiment - perhaps the only absolutely human sentiment there is... It is the irritation of guilt that turns it into the impulse to compel, into a determination to use every kind of violence, every device of indoctrination, in order to enforce on all a systematic equality that must entail a mechanical and inhuman uniformity.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-capitol-arrests/u-s-says-capitol-rioters-meant-to-capture-and-assassinate-officials-filing-idUSKBN29K0K7

And when Sean Hannity is the one propagandizing the headline, you know we have gone off the deep end...

DEPT OF JUSTICE: Capitol Rioters Intended to ‘Capture and Assassinate’ US Officials During Assault - https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/1350301981605298176?s=20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday ordered a far-right conspiracy theorist who left an ominous note for Vice President Mike Pence inside the U.S. Capitol to be detained pending trial, saying he participated in a “violent insurrection.”

In U.S. District Court in Phoenix, Arizona, Magistrate Judge Deborah Fine ruled that Jacob Chansley, who was famously photographed inside the U.S. Senate Chamber wearing horns during the Capitol riots, should not be released from custody.

Chansley, a Navy veteran and follower of QAnon, allegedly left a note for Pence warning: “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.” QAnon is a conspiracy theory that casts Trump as a savior figure and elite Democrats as a cabal of Satanist pedophiles and cannibals,

Fine on Friday called Chansley “an active participant in a violent insurrection that attempted to overthrow the United States government” and said she fears he is a danger to the community and a flight risk.

As she made her ruling, Chansley interjected and tried to speak, but the judge cut him off, saying he should avoid making statements.

Her ruling came shortly after prosecutors in Arizona walked back sweeping statements they made just a day earlier in their memo seeking detention, claiming the government had “strong evidence” that the “intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government.”

Earlier in the day, the top federal prosecutor overseeing the sweeping probe of the riots at the Capitol told reporters that at this stage, they had no “direct evidence” that rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol had formed “kill capture teams.”

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https://twitter.com/jackmurphylive/status/1350050053088546816

At the same time as 20,000 armed troops occupy DC, the Mayor requested there be ZERO first amendment permits this weekend.

- Armed troops.
- No free speech.
- No free movement.
- No 2A rights.

Sources at DC MPD tell me they are baffled by the armed troops in the city. Usually the National Guard is equipped with a gas mask, a flash light, and not much else. But right now they're in full kit and there's a massive vehicular presence as well.

Check points everywhere.

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Medicine & Health / China's Clampdown On COVID-19 Origins Exposed
« on: December 31, 2020, 02:45:06 PM »
I guess the AP is now in on the conspiracy theories too...

https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/chinas-clampdown-covid-19-origins-exposed-ap-journalists-tailed-samples-seized
China's Clampdown On COVID-19 Origins Exposed As AP Journalists Tailed, Samples Seized

As the World Health Organization and other China puppets struggle to assemble a 'natural origin' theory for COVID-19, the CCP has been going to great lengths to quash non-sanctioned investigations that may instead point to a lab escape from research facilities which made international headlines in 2015 for dangerous 'gain-of-function' research - by which they were manipulating coronaviruses to better infect humans.

And while mainstream news outlets spent the better part of 2019 flatly rejecting lab-origin evidence as 'debunked conspiracy theories' - which earned ZeroHedge a temporary Twitter ban and a plethora of social media warning labels and 'fact checks' (including one from a former Wuhan Lab worker) the same mainstream outlets are now finding China's suppression of COVID-19 origin theories suspicious.

As part of their investigation, AP interviewed dozens of Chinese and foreign scientists and officials, while also reviewing leaked emails, internal data, as well as documents from China's CDC and cabinet. And what did they find? "A pattern of government secrecy and top-down control that has been evident throughout the pandemic."

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https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32614222/
Abstract

We investigate the consequences and predictors of emitting signals of victimhood and virtue. In our first three studies, we show that the virtuous victim signal can facilitate nonreciprocal resource transfer from others to the signaler. Next, we develop and validate a victim signaling scale that we combine with an established measure of virtue signaling to operationalize the virtuous victim construct. We show that individuals with Dark Triad traits-Machiavellianism, Narcissism, Psychopathy-more frequently signal virtuous victimhood, controlling for demographic and socioeconomic variables that are commonly associated with victimization in Western societies. In Study 5, we show that a specific dimension of Machiavellianism-amoral manipulation-and a form of narcissism that reflects a person's belief in their superior prosociality predict more frequent virtuous victim signaling. Studies 3, 4, and 6 test our hypothesis that the frequency of emitting virtuous victim signal predicts a person's willingness to engage in and endorse ethically questionable behaviors, such as lying to earn a bonus, intention to purchase counterfeit products and moral judgments of counterfeiters, and making exaggerated claims about being harmed in an organizational context. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).

Psychopathy (r = .58), Machiavellianism (r = .43) and narcissism (r = .30)


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