I recently looked into a book mentioned by G Manifesto, “American Desperado”, about a Mafia guy born John Riccobono who later in life went by the name Jon Roberts. It is an as-told-to by Evan Wright, who wrote “Generation Kill”, about a Marine reconnaissance battalion in the initial invasion of Iraq. That’s a good book that gives you a real sense of what the Marine Corps is like. “American Desperado” tells Roberts’ story in an excessively unapologetic and almost sympathetic way. At least giving him free reign to tell his story shows clearly what a monster he was- he has since died, thank God.
I read the first few chapters and then flipped through it. It’s a truly frightening and disgusting story. In Roberts’ defense, he saw his Mafia father kill a guy who wouldn’t get his car out of the way when he was five. The combination of genetics and environment was all against him.
One of the most interesting things was the role of hostile, sadistic humor in his activities. Many incidents of extreme cruelty are described with “I thought it was hilarious”, “I laughed my ass off”, “We laughed our asses off” or similar phrases. “Mocking” is another word for sadistic humor, and it is condemned repeatedly in the Bible.
Lawrence Auster has had some items on the extreme bad behavior of blacks, and being a religious man, has wondered if some blacks can actually lose the image of God. Christian theology is that man is made in the image of God, but has corrupted that image through sin. Even if a man is very evil he is still thought to still retain in some part the image of God; conservative Christians take this to mean he is still culpable and should still be punished, liberal Christians to mean he still has some good in him and should be pitied and spared. You find the idea that each human being has some divine spark, that people who do bad things are mistaken and not evil in the writings of Marcus Aurelius; this is not a Christian idea and when presented as such by Quakers and other liberal Christians is a heresy.
Extreme evil is hardly limited to blacks. In modern times the Nazis (and by implication Germans and white people in general) are held up as the ultimate in evil. I believe that the violence done by Nazis and other political movements described as fascist have always been in reaction to the nihilistic terror of Communism. There is a new book out describing its origins in Russia.
But was Roberts really a monster? Are especially cruel and sadistic blacks subhuman? If they are, they can be destroyed without further consideration, but they also can’t be held responsible for their actions. If you never had the image of God you can’t lose it.
In Dante’s “Inferno”, there is a part where he points out some denizens of Hell with some puzzlement to his guide, Virgil. Those men, he says to Virgil, are still alive. How can they be in Hell? Virgil explains that they committed deeds so evil that their souls were cast out of their bodies and into Hell before they died, and there bodies remain alive and inhabited by demons.
It seems to me that while humans have the image of God- or as an atheist would say, conscience and reason- they can do things so depraved that they lose this altogether. Mocking seems to be a big part of this. Degrading and dehumanizing the victim and taking pleasure in his suffering is on another level than simply deriving utility from killing, raping or robbing someone. I don’t think criminals can do what they do dispassionately. They have to provide some bogus justification for it- corrupting the image of God- or they have to actually adopt the image of Satan in sadism. But, either way, God is not mocked.