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A few months ago, author William Gumede described Zuma as someone with a narcissistic personality disorder — a set of traits defined by Austrian psychoanalyst Heinz Kohut as “including an exaggerated sense of superiority, a lack of self-awareness about the impact of their behaviour and having a disdain for others, who they devalue to validate their own grandiosity”. These people lack empathy, have a distorted sense of reality and are incapable of seeing anything from anyone else’s perspective. Narcissists like Zuma, Gumede argues, can’t accept responsibility and don’t care if they take down entire countries with them. The events at Nkandla, sadly for Zuma, only reinforced that perspective.

Rob Rose
Financial Mail
8 June 2007

Omnipotent God like living in North Korea. . .

I do not agree with Christopher Hitchen’s on the Iraq war, but he can be mercilessly funny and brutal in argument. Here he argues with an interviewer of right wing Fox news channel. I like the bit where he says if there really was an omnipotent God it would be like living in North Korea. . .

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