Paradox of loving .01% psychopath-War Criminal-looting-liars (Red team) as worthy competitors in a game for Virtue

“Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.” – Virgil’s Aeneid (book 1, line 203), “This suffering will yield us yet a pleasant tale to tell.” Or: “A joy it will be, perhaps, to remember even this.”


paradox: a proposition that seems self-contradictory, and is possibly true.

Red team: an independent group that challenges an organization to improve effectiveness.

compete (and here): to strive to outdo another; etymology: (Latin) coming together for a mutual quest.

virtue: moral excellence.

moral: principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong.

psychopath: a person with a veneer of socially-acceptable behaviors masking viciously destructive behaviors.


“There is no substitute for competition” is a long-standing axiom I learned playing competitive tennis, and applicable to many areas of life with competing people and ideas. You value competition/choice in various markets for products, you observe children finding their own self-expressions from experiencing and expressing competing values, and likely have personal history of investing heightened attention and energy for improvement beyond what you would ever be willing to do without some kind of competitive force inspiring you. Consider this 5-minute video:

If it’s true that competition inspires greater accomplishment of our own experience and expression of virtues, then consider this:

What if Life has allowed Earth’s .01% oligarchs to be evil competitors to virtue in order to awaken/cause unimaginable and unprecedented human virtue?

The .01% evil oligarchs: Among literally ~100 areas of crucial concern, the .01% do the following as usual business in Emperor’s New Clothes fashion anyone can verify who simply looks:

These crimes annually cost millions killed, billions harmed, and trillions looted, with recent history continuing literal centuries of US lie-began Wars of Aggression that involved your families in two horrific previous global wars.

This 01% evil rules, with 30,000 children dying daily from preventable poverty, despite since 1969 these so-called “developed” and “former” colonial powers have promised to “end poverty once and for all, forever.” The total poverty deaths since just 1995 are ~400 million; more than all wars and violent deaths in recorded human history.

Please take a moment to experience that death from poverty is almost always gruesomely slow and painful, both for the victims and all who love them.

Please also note that “inhumane acts intentionally causing great suffering or serious bodily injury” is the legal definition of “Crimes against humanity.” Given several world summits for presidents, prime ministers, and royalty that all global poverty can be ended with provable and simple methods, and for less than 1% of developed nations’ income (appropriately less than 1% of profits extracted from areas suffering poverty during colonialism), and that the end of poverty has been promised at the highest levels of government multiple times only to be reneged, current policies that allow ongoing poverty-deaths are intentional and therefore criminal.

For Americans still zombiefied to “believe” in America, please embrace the reality that 40% of US children live at least one year of their lives in under-measured poverty, while oligarchs most responsible literally laugh in grandiose glee of the poverty they euphemise as “income inequality.” Please absorb this 1-minute reality check:

Again, this is Emperor’s New Clothes obvious now to all who care to look.

The 99.99% awakening to unleash unimaginable and unprecedented virtue for all Earth’s inhabitants: those of us engaged for Earth’s victory have had our attention focused more than we ever could imagine in the face of the evil we’ve discovered, more so than we ever would outside this competition.

And we do have solutions:

The future, upon victory, will be unprecedentedly and unimaginably bright.

Therefore: Life is providing a playing field for competition and choice. The history of empire and evil has dominated Earth, and moves toward ever-greater destruction unless revealed and recognized by a critical mass of our population.

Game on.


Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.


Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at

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