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Anyways, I am gonna copy it to here.
Somebody in Gail Tverberg’s blog mentioned “A High Wind in Jamaica”, a 1929 book which fell into the memory hole because it was very politically incorrect.
Tl, dr, a bunch of children of plantation owners (huge landowners with lots of ‘indentured workers) are shipped to England for study. Their ship is taken by a down-of-luck pirate ship whose captain tries to treat them as well as he could.
Long story short, the children participate in violence, murder and orgy in the ship, but after they are rescued they accuse the pirates who were caught. All of them are hanged , and the oldest one, who personally stabbed a captain (but blamed it to her sister who becomes insane), ends the book, playing with a bunch of other upper- and upper-middle class kids as if nothing happened.
The children were all able to block the naughty deeds they had done in the ship by selective memory. They suffer no PTSD, guilt or regret about the fate of the pirates which they led to their deaths.
That book’s author Richard Hughes’ mother, who grew up in Jamaica, probably supplied the gist of the story, which might have been that of herself, or at least someone she knew firsthand. In other words it was probably not entirely fiction, although he made no mention of its reality for rest of his life.
Such kind of behavior is quite common upon the upper and upper middle class, who take others’ sacrifice for granted, and they tend to feel nothing about those who are under them.
They are also pretty good adapting to new environments, like some Russian nobles I mentioned in my post about Gagarin, and lie low until their time comes. When that comes they do not feel anything about those who helped them when they were down, and tend to eliminate them to eradicate any memories of their bad days.
Also, upper class officers tend to suffer little PTSD. Other than Freud not too many psychiatrists are likely to publish their posh clients’ psychohistory, since their clients will know whom they are talking about, but in general the upper class tends to forget their bad histories quite easily, and are also quite good justifying them.
I have dealt with some lower members of the rich myself and although they are a bit less shameless than their higher-ups, I saw such tendency among them.
In the history of the world only Soviet Union was able to largely eliminate the old upper class, and that was because Stalin was even more heartless, shameless and free of guilt than the former nobles. Stalin was one of a kind, the only person the violent Caucasian tribes could not f’k with. (Compared to him Putin is a pushover.)
In almost all other cases, like England during Charles II, France after 1815 or Eastern Europe after 1991 the old order quickly took over, and the feudal lords quickly restored the old balance of power. Only in Russia, where a lot of the upper class had been killed and the remainder mostly reduced to marginal status with very little memory of their ancestors, the old order has not returned, having been replaced by the order of Oligarchs.
The upper class tends to be good at manipulation at convincing less privileged people to help them, and also good at discarding them without impunity. That’s how they are, and that’s how they will survive collapse- they had done it many times before.