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The dawn of the age of “psychopathocracy”

I am not a political scientist, but I felt compelled to coin a new term to describe the new form of governance we see emerging around the world.

I refer to this model as “psychopathocracy” a term which describes the rule by psychopaths, those who are mentally unstable in a sense that strips them of their humanity and makes them incapable of determining what is in their own interests, or in the interests of others.


This state often features paranoid obsessions.

When Donald Trump’s National Paranoia Advisor John Bolton spoke with Martha Raddatz  of ABC News and stated that he was convinced that not only Russia, but Iran, China and North Korea would meddle in the Midterm Election, he was giving voice to precisely such paranoid views (granted their political value to him).

Bolton stated,

“I can say definitively that it’s a sufficient national security concern about [in addition to Russia] Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling and North Korean meddling [in the coming election] that we’re taking steps to try to prevent it, so it’s all four of those countries, really. I’m not going to get into the – what I’ve seen or haven’t seen, but I’m telling you, looking at the 2018 election, those are the four countries that we’re most concerned about.”

We have to wonder whether that election will ever take place.


I also want to mention Thomas Mann’s insight:

“The insipid is not synonymous with the harmless”

Mann suggests that many mistakenly assume that because the actions of certain people are foolish, dreary and banal they are therefore of little consequence. But as Mann learned in Germany of the 1930s, the banality of political discourse has nothing to do with its potency, or with its destructiveness.


Asia Institute releases white paper on the Fukushima crisis

“Open-Source Reasoning and Open Mindedness as a Strategy for Responding to the Fukushima Crisis”
White Paper of the Asia Institute
June 7, 2014


This paper is an expansion of some of the central ideas that were articulated by Emanuel Pastreich and Layne Hartsell in an article published in Foreign Policy in Focus in September, 2013 concerning the response to the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The article, titled “The Century-Long Challenge to Respond to Fukushima,”called for an international collaborative response to the ecological, social and economic crisis left to the world after the disaster of March, 2011.

The article briefly outlined the potential role of wide scale collaboration across the globe between stakeholders and Institutions (public and private) across diverse disciplines to formulate and implement solutions to this on-going Fukushima nuclear disaster, radiation leakage from which has found its way into the food chain and even into products that sourced from Japan.


For more information on the initiative and a download of the white paper in PDF format:



“Six Months After Korea’s West Coast Oil Spill” (article translated by Emanuel Pastreich)

I translated this article about the Taean oil spill on behalf of a friend who works at Eco-Horizon Institute (Saengtae Jipyeong) as part of my efforts on the critical issue of what to do in the aftermath of this ecological disaster.

The Taean spill blends together in my mind with Hurricane Katherina, the Deep Horizon oil spill and the Fukushima disaster. All are examples of ecological disasters, the biggest security challenge we face today. I must say that most of the security budget we spend is not much use for responding to these terrible threats, and that their frequency seems to be increasing.

Six Months After Korea’s West Coast Oil Spill – Need exists for new effort to stave off a social and ecological disaster

August 8, 2008
By Seung-hwa Lee
(translated by Emanuel Pastreich)

A horrific collision between a crane and an oil tanker off the coast of Korea’s Taean Peninsula last December resulted in over 10,000 tons of crude oil being dumped into ocean just off the coast of one of Asia’s most important marine preserves. The striking coastline where pristine waves crashed on rugged rocks was transformed into a sea of oozing black goop.

The animals and plants of the coast were not the only ones devastated. The residents of Taean have found themselves in a life and death struggle for economic and psychological survival. A dark shadow hangs over their lives and has driven some to despair.

Now that the summer season has returned, there is much talk in the Korean media about the reopening of the beaches and the miracle of the Taean recovery. After all, when over a million people from all over Korea came to help clean the coast of oil in the months after the spill many predicted a quick return to normal. But although the beaches may appear clean, traces of oil can still be found.

The roads once packed with tourists during the summer have little traffic. And the generations of families whose livelihood depended on fishing or tourism wonder what they should do. They watch the bills pile up, getting into unpleasant fights about possible compensation money.

Report on Non-traditional Security threats in East Asia (in Japanese)

This paper is was presented in November, 2009 at an international conference held at Dokkyo University. The points remain relevant.







2008年 11月

Ⅰ 東アジアの当面する新たな課題





For a full version please download this PDF:



パストリッチ論文 globalization

“International Collaboration in Korean Biotechnology”

“International Collaboration in Korean Biotechnology”

May, 2009

This official report was  submitted to the Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology after six months of research and interviews by Emanuel Pastreich and Ian Simon, senior scholar of the Asia Institute. “International Collaboration in Korean Biotechnology” is a study of international collaboration in Korean biotechnology commissioned by the Korea Research Institute for Korean Bioscience and Biotechnology. The report includes a list of suggestions for future cooperation strategies.