Comment: It's called "charisma".

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It's called "charisma".

Salesmen often have such talents. Politicians usually do, and not just the figures out front. "Political operatives" often have it, in spades.

Susceptibility to it is one of the downsides of having your software running on a primate for hardware.

Occultists consider it to be a form of black magic: Controlling the minds of others, appearing to be a friend to enemies, getting them to make decisions and engage in behaviors that sacrifice their own interests in favor of the charismatic's and expend their own resources advancing his cause.

Being a psychopath helps pull this off. They can lie without being stressed, so they appear honest. They seem to be helping you achieve mutual goals when they're in fact playing a zero-sum (or negative-sum) game, sabotaging you to promote their own interests. They can harm others without any inhibition because they don't empathize with their victims' pain or feel any guilt for what they've done. Like a casino operator, they get fat on the self-destructive behavior of others, while reveling in it.

Their victims' antics and eventual suffering is just a matter of curiosity and interest to them. Think of a two year old, playing with ants. Laying or breaking trails to see what they'll do. Kicking over their hills. Applying a magnifying glass on a sunny day while watching the shriveling and trying to make a popping sound.

You're the ant.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.