Sympathy for the devil (or sociopath)

Mr. Raniere has a treasure trove of teachings online that for the careful observer will give clues to what he really hopes to teach..
Keith Raniere has done a series of interviews on a website called 
During one of the interviews
  • At 2:38, Mr. Raniere describes sociopaths as seeing the world as a video game.
  • At 2:50, he describes sociopaths as genetically superior.
  • At 3:03, he describes sociopaths as not necessarily bad.
  • At 14:50, he says sociopaths cannot be changed.
  • At 15:05, he says sociopaths and others can walk hand in hand to a create a peaceful world.
  • At 15:25, he says sociopaths are necessary, because we only understand what compassion is by its absence in sociopaths.

He appears by these candid admissions to identify himself as a sociopath, which he considers to be not a bad thing, but something that makes him superior, indeed someone we should be thankful for!

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Mr. Raniere has a treasure trove of teachings online that, for the careful observer, will give clues to what he really hopes to teach..

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  • Read the “Mask of Sanity” to learn more about sociopaths. These type of individuals can mimic normal human behavior quite well and can be intelligent. They can say all the right things and charm others into believing what they say even outside of a cult context. Put them in the latter with brainwashing methods, where critical thinking is effectively castrated and their manipulation becomes even stronger, they can lay emotional devastation to people in their wake. The problem with sociopaths is that even though they may appear to be normal, they’re moral imbeciles. They simply can’t help themselves. They can’t keep up the facade of normality forever, and they eventually descend into periods of moral depravity which is their “normal”. Thus, they have very superficial relationships with people. They can’t control their desires. They have many sexual partners. They gamble a lot. They lie, manipulate, and deceive. They form groups like DOS and either are laughing privately about getting away with it, or they are so oblivious to their immorality, they simply don’t think anything is wrong with it. All these symptoms have been on display for years by the little pudgy guy who runs this cult. And of course, he has to keep all this secret and have his minions slowly recruit people who promote him as some ethical exemplar, love bomb them, boil the frog with thought reform behind the scenes, etc., because normal people would find it abhorrent if they knew all of this right away and would run as fast and far away as possible.

  • Y’all are player haters. Think about it. A man with a very small penis, who smells bad is very short and looks like a small creature out of a bad fairy tale is getting laid daily by A+ women who are his sex slaves – willingly – . he probably made a fortune off these courses that are total ballz and he says he’s a vegetarian but eats burgers. Raineere living the life of a master pimp. Y’all gotta get over your shit and accept that this ugly little guy has outsmarted the system and everyone. Just like the saying goes “don’t playa hate, participate.” If I looked and acted like a little troll, I’d want some of that action. Haterz gonna hate! Pimps gonna be pimps!!!!!!!!! Life ain’t gonna change.

    • A+? Nah. B at max. But pretty good for a F man. Also, thought reforming women who suffer from self-esteem issues or other problems, manipulating them, insincerely making them feel special to get into their pants, doesn’t make it voluntary. In fact, it makes it quite the opposite and very douchey. Your see-through, self-deprecating satire to throw backhanded complements your way is really lame.

  • It was all right in front of our faces. Keith being a sociopath. He didn’t even try to hide it that much. And this video proves that.

    The problem though with sociopaths is that they are like insects who will always turn on you. Always self destruct. There is no living with these people. They belong in jail. Me and my friends are stunned that a very stupid little man tricked all the people who took the courses. If you watch any of his videos he’s so stupid. Sooooooooooo sssssssstupid. His IQ must be very average. The only thing he had going for him is he was able to lie.

    And anyone who enrolled people should feel highly responsible and do the right thing to take this man down by all legal means.

    Now all we can hope is that the women and others he has brainwashed are able to get out and have normal lives again. Once they are de-programmed, and they realize that they were tricked by a very stupid little man as well, it will burn a lot more than the branding.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” He also appeared in "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM, and was credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premieres on May 22, 2022.

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