The Economics of Hate

The Economics of Hate

Samuel Cameron

This important and highly original book explores the application of economics to the subject of hate via such diverse topics as war, terrorism, road rage, witchcraft mania, marriage and divorce, and bullying and harassment.

Chapter 6: Hate in the Air: The Economics of Psychic Possession

Samuel Cameron

Subjects: economics and finance, economic psychology, public sector economics


INTRODUCTION We have discussed in previous chapters the rational basis for individual interpersonal hatred and have also considered means of expressing it and strategies for attempting to satisfy its needs. These were in the domain of the material world, for example if one bullies someone at work, such as refusing to allow them a lunch break, then direct material support is being overtly withdrawn from the victim. In this chapter, we move beyond the material world into the realm of using purely mental force to impose the pain costs of being hated on the victim and also to satisfy the needs of the hate emotion by causing discomfort and resource loss to the person, and in the limit killing them possibly in a painful and horrible manner. CLARIFICATION AND DEFINITION This chapter title contains the term ‘psychic possession’ because I would argue that the underlying core of all para-material hatred projection is psychic possession. That is, the true apex of hate towards someone is the desire to be totally in control of their destiny. In the material realm, this would be reflected by not simply wanting to kill someone but to prolong a period of suffering and mental anguish. This would particularly typify ideas about revenge. Psychic possession thus covers what has traditionally been called in various times and places: magic, magick (Aleister Crowley’s term to distinguish occult practice from stage magic), sorcery, wizardry, shamanism, occultism, Satanism, demonology and paganism. There is one small matter to clear up...

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