Is the Age of the Psychopath Over?

Mark Chadbourn
8 min readAug 11, 2014

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Look around you. Out on the street, all those faces. They look just like you. But some of them aren’t like you at all. They’re so different, they might as well be another species. They are the secret masters of this world, and they always have been.

If you think there’s something fundamentally wrong with the way we live our lives…if you think the game is rigged…that politics, business, commerce, warfare, produce terrible, unnecessary outcomes…it’s probably down to them.

There’s a very good reason why you instinctively recognize it (no, you’re not being paranoid). But now, after thousands of years of civilization, we might be moving into an age where you’re not beaten down, hounded, tricked and marched towards the sound of gunfire. And it’s happening for the same technology-driven reasons that every other aspect of life is being disrupted in this modern communication age.

Google’s corporate motto – Don’t Be Evil – may actually turn out to be of greater importance than anyone imagined.

Who are the Psychopaths?

The word ‘psychopath’ summons up images of Hannibal Lecter’s dead eyes in the depths of his shadowy cell. The truth is more mundane, but just as frightening.

Psychopaths are everywhere in life.

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Mark Chadbourn

Author at Penguin Random House, screenwriter at the BBC, journalist at The Guardian, Times, Telegraph. Runs with scissors. Site: www.markchadbourn.co.uk