Social Change Message: Ending Predatory Leadership

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Social Change Message & Individual Impact
Matt Kramer
Walden University
Communication for Social Change
Dr. Dorcas Francisco
May 12, 2013

At this time, research on the hypothesis of predatory leadership (PL) indicates that one to four percent of the general population, identified as narcissistic and/or psychopathic, is responsible for initiating and sustaining the majority of humanity’s greatest problems including war, genocide, slavery, poverty, famine and oppressive/exploitive economic practices. Independent researchers confirm that over fifty percent of violent crimes are committed by psychopaths (Hare, 1999). Furthermore, indications are that the pathology is not limited to any particular race, class, ethnicity or gender. Long term consequences of PL include political and military campaigns that cause divisions between particular groups of people as a means for controlling the population and for inciting wars as part of political and economic agendas; the use of rape, slavery and child soldiers as military tactics (Tyne, 2008); patriarchal norms limiting opportunities for women; social barriers limiting educational and employment opportunities for minorities, and harsh practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) honor killings and the use of morality police are rationalized as culturally legitimate and relevant (Kazem, 2013). Current research suggests that general public awareness of the nature and impact of PL upon the evolution of civilization is either negligible or erroneous (Slack, 2011). Subsequently when considering the longevity and repetitive nature of the major problems listed above, the lack of a tangible source contributes to a perception of inevitability in the persistence of the problems and a pervasive cynicism regarding our ability to permanently eradicate them. A desirable social change would result in a ubiquitous…...

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