In past posts, Bill Windsor has been compared to Adolph Hitler. Given Hitler’s horrific history, this appears to be an exaggerated comparison. But, it’s important to recognize classic narcissistic traits and know how the dynamic affects a group of people so that a history such as Hitler’s is not repeated. In fact, Hitler has been studied many times by many people for just that reason.
In 2007 a study on Hitler’s personality was published by the psychology department at the University of Colorado. The publication is a compilation of expert opinions formulated through various other studies and a lot of technical data I don’t begin to understand. Technical data aside, several interesting points are made. The experts opine that while there is evidence of mental illness, Hitler’s narcissistic personality was the major contributor in his ability to control the German population. More than Hitler’s psychopathology, it was the social condition of the German people that allowed Hitler’s rise to power. One expert’s opinion is that “anyone like Hitler could have accomplished the same heinous acts…”. Hitler was only the facilitator of the holocaust; he fanned the flames of nationalism that “contained the seeds of genocide from centuries of anti-Semitism”.
The publication quotes a study by John D Mayer (1993) in which Mayer makes a proposal for recognition of a dangerous leader disorder based on three major behavior categories: indifference, intolerance and grandiosity. Mayer noted “that dangerous leaders typically have apologists who discount their destructive methods in favor of viewing their behavior as consonant with “laudable” goals.” While Mayer’s study was relative to extreme behavior in preventing international incidents and a future holocaust, we see some of these behaviors in the leader of Lawless America:
Indifference towards peoples suffering: these traits were exemplified for us in the post “The eyes and lies of Bill Windsor, the narcissist” with the behaviors that are listed under “Difficulty with empathy”, “Using other people without considering the cost of doing so” and “Inability to view the world from the perspective of other people”.
Intolerance of criticism: we’ve seen many examples of Bill’s inability to reconcile criticism, attack those who criticize him, attacks on the friends of his critics, his inability to admit when he is in error, his rage when he is challenged and the most glaring evidence of this behavior is being declared a “vexatious litigant”.
Grandiosity, manifested by seeing oneself as a “uniter” of people, identification with religion/nationalism and promulgating a grand plan: Bill Windsor, united victims in all 50 states, designed and implemented TWO grand plans, Lawless America Association and Lawless America the Movie, to ‘take our country back’.
Dangerous leaders typically have apologists: comments and posts on Bill’s web sites are typically written by supporters who minimize, excuse, defend and encourage behaviors that reflect indifference and intolerance as the grand plans are executed. As the wheels have come off the Lawless America wagon one by one and stalking games have taken precedence, the supporters continue to applaud Bill’s efforts and quietly accept the change in agenda without any apparent awareness that the activity, if not illegal, is morally wrong.
As Ninja points out in her post, narcissists need a supply. Just as Hitler did, Windsor found a supply within a group that has an inflated view of itself and goals. It operates as a narcissistic entity. According to a 2009 study “Collective Narcissism and it’s Social Consequences”, collective is an alternate form of narcissism where most individual traits apply but the word ‘group’ can be substituted for ‘self’. A sub concept, The charismatic leader-follower relationship, theorized by Jerrold post appears to define Hitler and Windsor. Post theorizes that there are two types of narcissists within this group, the mirror-hungry narcissist leader and the ideal-hungry narcissist followers. Post suggests that the relationship is symbiotic as supply needs are met for both narcissistic types. The mirror-hungry leader receives the admiration he needs and his charisma provides the followers with the purpose needed by their ideal-hungry narcissism.
This is where the comparison to Hitler ends. Hitler’s collective narcissism had single purpose, national and Arian superiority. In my opinion, if there had been as many different ideals in the followers of Hitler as there were in Lawless America, Hitler’s army may not have made it across the border into Poland.