What is Malignant Narcissism?

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A definition for January 6, 2021.

Malignant narcissism provides a specific framework for analyzing recent violent events in Washington D.C. It is defined as:

“…a murderous egotism, incapable of empathy with others, that considers human destruction inconsequential if it increases personal power and glory.”

Using speech to encourage others to engage in violence is not a new phenomenon. For example, the radio station RTLM (Radio-Télévision-Libre De Mille Collines) deliberately broadcast hate speech and messages leading to the violence that occurred during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

Freedom of speech is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It prevents government restrictions upon speech. It does not preclude private corporations from placing restrictions on speech or from limiting services to individuals to enforce a restriction. 

Therefore, private companies, such as Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook have the right to determine if a person or persons utilizing their services need to be prevented from doing so.  

The decision to ban a person or individuals from utilizing social media services is not necessarily altruistic. Media companies enact bans to avoid litigation if someone is harmed or injured by utilizing their services.

Notably, some of the most inflammatory speeches and rhetoric of the past four years of governance in the United States were either uttered in public or through private media companies such as Twitter. The inflammatory viewpoints were not always launched on government property or from the White House Press Room.

Britannica.com, First Amendment, United States Constitution.  Accessed January 11, 2021 at First Amendment | Contents, Freedoms, Rights, & Facts | Britannica

Jones, Adam (2011).  Genocide, a Comprehensive Introduction, Second Edition. New York: Routlege.  351, 385. 

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