“Political Ponerology is fascinating, essential reading.”–Philip Zimbardo, author of The Lucifer Effect. ‘This is an extraordinary book.’ –Ilan Pappe, author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. The original manuscript of this book went into the furnace minutes before a secret police raid in Communist Poland. The second copy, painfully reassembled by scientists working under impossible conditions of violence and repression, was sent via courier to the Vatican. Its receipt was never acknowledged – the manuscript and all valuable data lost. In 1984, the third and final copy was written from memory by the last survivor of the original researchers: Andrew Lobaczewski. Zbigniew Brzezinski blocked its publication. After half a century of suppression, this book is finally available. Political Ponerology is shocking in its clinically spare descriptions of the true nature of evil. It is poignant in its more literary passages revealing the immense suffering experienced by the researchers contaminated or destroyed by the disease they were studying. Political Ponerology is a study of the founders and supporters of oppressive political regimes. Lobaczewski s approach analyzes the common factors that lead to the propagation of man’s inhumanity to man. Morality and humanism cannot long withstand the predations of this evil. Knowledge of its nature and its insidious effect on both individuals and groups – is the only antidote.”
“The book you hold in your hand may be the most important book you’ll ever read; in fact, it will be. No matter who you are, what your status in life, what your age or sex or nationality or ethnic background, you will, at some point in your life, feel the touch or relentlessness grip of the cold hand of evil. Bad things happen to good people, that’s a fact.
What is evil? Historically, the question of evil has been a theological one. Generations of theological apologists have written entire libraries of books in an attempt to certify the existence of a good God that created an imperfect world. Augustine distinguished between two forms of evil: ‘moral evil’, the evil humans do, by choice, knowing that they are doing wrong; and ‘natural evil’, the bad things that just happened-the storm, the flood, volcanic eruptions, fatal disease.
And then, there is what Andrew Lobaczewski calls ‘macrosocial evil‘: large-scale evil that overtakes whole societies and nations, and has done so again and again since time immemorial. The history of mankind, when considered objectively, is a terrible thing.”