Schadenfreude means taking pleasure in the misfortune of others. Whether we are willing to admit it or not, we have been at war since WWII. This is because we are after resources, human and precious: Check your gas tank, computer, and now your pay check (if you get one). We have been the aggressors as only good (global) capitalist can be. Now, the corporations are moving overseas and ignoring the USA, for cheaper labor and resources.
What the SDS and even the Weather Underground were, were canaries in the coal mine. They were guilt-ridden, upper-class, elite college and university students who were warning us of what would come if we did nothing. We did nothing. We were busy smiling through the smaller problems that have now become huge. Back to my point. Every dominant culture can’t remain so. We are heading down which means we are going to catch ours.
Those we thought were our friends were so for dark reasons we forced on them, and so they will suffer schadenfreude and watch from the sidelines. My point: It is time that we learn to be grownups and not the helpless children that our leaders taught us to be via the manipulation of positive psychology’s tools. See their influence on torture techniques to get my point: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/02/25/the-psychologists-take-power/.