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Jane	
  Morton	
  
2015	
  
Or	
  ‘Social	
  Dominance	
  Orienta6on’?	
  
•  correlates	
  nega6vely	
  with	
  empathy,	
  altruism	
  and	
  honest...
“The	
  climate	
  is	
  always	
  changing.”	
  	
  
Not	
  all	
  climate	
  change	
  deniers	
  are	
  
psychopaths.	
...
Too	
  much	
  self-­‐flagella6on?	
  
Yes	
  it’s	
  important	
  to	
  test,	
  refine	
  
and	
  target	
  our	
  message.	
  But	
  …	
  
Most	
  people	
  want	
  clean	
  energy	
  and	
  a	
  safe	
  
future	
  for	
  their	
  kids.	
  Why	
  is	
  it	
  so...
We	
  are	
  up	
  against	
  possibly	
  the	
  biggest	
  
disinforma6on	
  campaign	
  in	
  history.	
  
83	
  individuals	
  own	
  more	
  than	
  	
  
half	
  the	
  world’s	
  popula6on.	
  
1000	
  corpora6ons	
  are	
  responsible	
  for	
  
most	
  of	
  the	
  world’s	
  GHG	
  emissions	
  
Psychopaths	
  tend	
  
to	
  rise	
  to	
  the	
  top	
  
in	
  organisa6ons.	
  	
  
	
  
Especially	
  in	
  
unethical...
They	
  ‘own’	
  poli6cians	
  and	
  they	
  own	
  the	
  media.	
  	
  
They	
  corrupt	
  our	
  democracy	
  
Our	
  opponents	
  use	
  strong	
  language	
  	
  
Our	
  opponents	
  lie	
  
Some	
  of	
  them	
  are	
  paid	
  to	
  lie	
  
Documenta6on,	
  obtained	
  
by	
  Greenpeace	
  under	
  the	
  
Free...
Paul	
  Singer,	
  billionaire	
  “vulture	
  capitalist”	
  and	
  	
  
major	
  backer	
  of	
  the	
  US	
  Republican	...
Mar6n	
  Ferguson,	
  now	
  chairman	
  of	
  the	
  
Australian	
  Petroleum	
  Produc6on	
  and	
  
Explora6on	
  Assoc...
They	
  take	
  advantage	
  of	
  unconscious	
  averaging	
  
We	
  are	
  omen	
  too	
  polite	
  
and	
  wishy-­‐washy	
  in	
  our	
  
language.	
  
	
  
We	
  say	
  1000	
  thing...
Recognising	
  that	
  the	
  earth	
  is	
  already	
  too	
  hot	
  
	
  
and	
  that	
  our	
  remaining	
  carbon	
  b...
Campaigning	
  is	
  easier	
  when	
  	
  
the	
  enemy	
  is	
  iden6fied	
  -­‐	
  anger	
  
Campaigning	
  from	
  the	
  	
  
moral	
  high	
  ground	
  
Divestment	
  campaign	
  –	
  harnessing	
  
strong	
  clear	
  values-­‐based	
  language	
  
 Is	
  it	
  6me	
  to	
  talk	
  about	
  	
  ‘rapacious	
  capitalism’?	
  	
  
“It	
  always	
  seems	
  impossible	
  un6l	
  it’s	
  done.”	
  
	
  	
  Nelson	
  Mandela	
  
	
  	
  	
  
We	
  are	
  the	
  99%	
  
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Are we up against psychopaths? (with notes)

  1. 1. Jane  Morton   2015  
  2. 2. Or  ‘Social  Dominance  Orienta6on’?   •  correlates  nega6vely  with  empathy,  altruism  and  honesty     •  part  of  the  ‘dark  triad’  of  personality  (narcissism,   Machiavellianism  and  psychopathy),     •  with  a  common  ‘dark  core’  consis6ng  of  manipula6on  (or   dishonesty),  and  callousness  (or  lack  of  empathy).  manifests   “at  a  group  level  with  a  poli6cally  oppressive  style.”     •  aims  to  maximize  inequality  between  social  groups     •  requires  a  capacity,  if  not  a  zeal,  to  oppress  and  subordinate   other  human  beings.       [Jones,  D.N.,  &  Figueredo,  A.J.  (2013).  The  core  of  darkness:  uncovering  the   heart  of  the  Dark  Triad.  European  Journal  of  Personality,  27,  521-­‐531.]  
  3. 3. “The  climate  is  always  changing.”     Not  all  climate  change  deniers  are   psychopaths.  Many  have  been  misled.    
  4. 4. Too  much  self-­‐flagella6on?  
  5. 5. Yes  it’s  important  to  test,  refine   and  target  our  message.  But  …  
  6. 6. Most  people  want  clean  energy  and  a  safe   future  for  their  kids.  Why  is  it  so  hard?  
  7. 7. We  are  up  against  possibly  the  biggest   disinforma6on  campaign  in  history.  
  8. 8. 83  individuals  own  more  than     half  the  world’s  popula6on.  
  9. 9. 1000  corpora6ons  are  responsible  for   most  of  the  world’s  GHG  emissions  
  10. 10. Psychopaths  tend   to  rise  to  the  top   in  organisa6ons.       Especially  in   unethical   businesses?     [Clive  et  al  (2010)  greater  levels  of  psychopathy  at   more  senior  levels  of  corpora6ons  than  at  more   junior  levels.]  
  11. 11. They  ‘own’  poli6cians  and  they  own  the  media.    
  12. 12. They  corrupt  our  democracy  
  13. 13. Our  opponents  use  strong  language    
  14. 14. Our  opponents  lie  
  15. 15. Some  of  them  are  paid  to  lie   Documenta6on,  obtained   by  Greenpeace  under  the   Freedom  of  Informa6on   Act,  also  includes   correspondence  between   Willie  Soon  and  the   corporate  interests  calling   many  of  the  studies   "deliverables"  -­‐  scien6fic   papers  completed  in   exchange  for  money.   Soon  also  referred  to  his   Congressional  tes6mony   as  a  "deliverable,"   according  to  The  Seahle   Times.  
  16. 16. Paul  Singer,  billionaire  “vulture  capitalist”  and     major  backer  of  the  US  Republican  Party,  is  also  a     major  funder  of  the  think  tank  of  Bjørn  Lomborg.    
  17. 17. Mar6n  Ferguson,  now  chairman  of  the   Australian  Petroleum  Produc6on  and   Explora6on  Associa6on,  and  an     advocate  for  the  gas  industry    
  18. 18. They  take  advantage  of  unconscious  averaging  
  19. 19. We  are  omen  too  polite   and  wishy-­‐washy  in  our   language.     We  say  1000  things   once.  We  need  to  say   one  thing  1000  6mes.      
  20. 20. Recognising  that  the  earth  is  already  too  hot     and  that  our  remaining  carbon  budget  is  zero,     we  will  phase  out  fossil  fuels  at  emergency  speed,     move  rapidly  to  a  zero  emissions  economy,  and       draw-­‐down  the  excess  GHGs  using  safe  methods.   “Only  568  gigatonnes  can  safely  be  burnt”???!!!       OR  …      
  21. 21. Campaigning  is  easier  when     the  enemy  is  iden6fied  -­‐  anger  
  22. 22. Campaigning  from  the     moral  high  ground  
  23. 23. Divestment  campaign  –  harnessing   strong  clear  values-­‐based  language  
  24. 24.  Is  it  6me  to  talk  about    ‘rapacious  capitalism’?    
  25. 25. “It  always  seems  impossible  un6l  it’s  done.”      Nelson  Mandela        
  26. 26. We  are  the  99%  

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