The Scum Rises to the Top

Unsurprising newsflash of the day: the most successful and powerful people tend to be pathological liars.

My only contention with the research is the conclusion drawn that “holding power over others might make it easier for people to tell lies.” I’d guess that it’s actually the other way around, that our cutthroat business and political culture encourages the success of sociopaths and the failure of decent human beings. The old saying, “the scum rises to the top,” exists for a reason.


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