History is littered with the dregs of humanity. Taking a course in English Lit and World or American History can be a reason for anyone to drink. Then you come home and watch an episode of "Dateline NBC" or CNN or FOX and realize.... our current history isn't producing the best of the best either. Simply put, there are not nice people out there. They've always been there. And we should shame them. But then learn from them what not to do.... after the shaming.
Chucky the 1st!
Most evil would be Hitler, but you asked for a**hole. My vote for one is Charles Dickens. He wrote once that he could not care less about his new born son, cheated on his wife with an actress and eventually left his family for the actress which was 27 years younger. Since leaving his family he wrote them 2 letters. Once when he left and once before he died. He didn't even write back to his ex after she informed him that one of their sons had died.
More like biggest idiot in history. I do genuinely believe that he wanted to help Chinese society but was incredibly inept in doing so.
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Aaron Burr is up there. Died broke and alone; everybody was done with him.
I mean, we've had worse. Just look at any $20 bill...
Winnie the Bad
It's an unpopular opinion but Winston Churchill. When in 1943 a famine broke out in Bengal, up to 3 million people starved to death while British officials begged Churchill to direct food supplies to the famine stricken region. He bluntly refused and raged that it was their own fault for "breeding like rabbits".
Dude was so bad, that even the King and Queen of Spain were like, "yeah Chris, I know we're busy with the Reconquista and the Inquisition, but if you could just tone down the genocide a bit, that'd be great."
Che Guevara. Murdered thousands in the Cuban revolution. Was extremely racist and homophobic and had gays and black Cubans murdered.
And somehow has become popular among misguided college students who don't understand that when a Communist revolution occurs, its the students and intellectuals who helped start it who get put to the wall first.
Communists fool with you then chuck you. After all, once you're the one in power you don't want revolutionaries any more. You want obedience.
How this genocidal maniac ended up in so many dorms is ridiculous.
I really don't know but I'll just put Stalin up here. Killed many more than even Hitler did.
The Awful Mick
Mick Philpot notorious in the UK for being the scummiest man alive. He was an abusive father of 17 and a polygamist who refused to work instead choosing to make a living by receiving child benefits cheques. Then one of his wives got sick of his abuse and left him taking her 6 kids with her. Mick was enraged by this and burnt her house down with her and the kids inside it, killing them all. The whole country was sickened by his actions and it is very unlikely he will ever see the light of day again.
Sigmund Freud 👀
You mean the coked-up moron of a psychologist? If so, then yeah, that's the one.
Leo the Awful
King Leopold II. His very great-grandson is my best friend and he agrees with me, even wants his statues down.
He reportedly killed more people than Hitler and arguably treated the Congolese people worse than him.
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Let's just say there's a reason that both the comparison to and the phrase "literally Hitler" exist.
Now? If we're just talking "a**hole," you might check out ol' Doc Spock and the number of babies he inadvertently killed by pretending to know science.
Some that most people don't even know about:
- Shirō Ishii
- Viacheslave Molotov
- Vsevolod Balytsky bryceland23
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They are responsible for every natural disaster, the invention of the nuclear bomb, detonations of said bombs, creating hitler, Stalin, Mao, Genghis Khan, everything that has happened and everything that will happen.
Just could not stop inventing horrible things.
Freon AND leaded gas? WTF!
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Dr. Seuss cheated on his dying wife and married his mistress after she did of cancer.
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Great Britain they have committed what is basically multiple mass genocide (but no one really calls them that)...
Mother Theresa leeched off poverty like no other.
She also completely disregarded the sanctity of Indian places, I think one of her first "hospitals" was actually some kinda of temple or holy place she literally took over. She didn't try to provide any kind of healthcare or cure, only a place for people to die in.
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