Biosocial and epigenetic relativity of human nature: Relative to political economy, technology, and culture.

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

Written 1982.     Posted on September 7, 2015

Epigenetics and epigenetic evolution stand in relation to conventional genetics and Darwinian evolution, as Einsteinian physics stands in relation to Newtonian physics. Fazal Rahman

It is a question of the Third World starting a new history of Man, a history which will have regard to the sometimes prodigious theses which Europe has put forward, but which will also not forget Europe’s crimes, of which the most horrible was committed in the heart of man, and consisted of the pathological tearing apart of his functions and the crumbling away of his unity.”
Frantz Fanon

The Wretched of the Earth, (Fanon, 1963, p. 315).

We all live under the constant threat of our own annihilation. Only by the most outrageous violation of ourselves have we achieved our capacity to live in relative adjustment to a civilization apparently driven to its own destruction.
R. D. Laing

The Politics of Experience/The Bird of Paradise (R.D. Laing, 1967)

Abstract

This and an earlier paper (Rahman 1980) have ventured into the terra incognita and focused on the effects of social environment on the epigenetic and biosocial regulation of human nature.  Undoubtedly, there are also the effects of natural and physical environment on such regulation, which are also important to investigate.  Various research studies with other forms of life, cited in the Review of Literature in these papers, reveal how changes in the internal and external physical environmental factors cause corresponding epigenetic and gene regulatory changes in various organisms.

A dialectical theory is developed in these papers on the dialectical and relative nature and regulation of human nature, in relation to and in interactions with the politico-economic, mass psychological, and cultural systems and processes of the social environment.  The main focus is on the totally un-researched and unknown areas and effects of such regulation on the epigenetic and gene regulatory dimensions. Some recent research findings which clearly demonstrate that domestication forces and pressures and directional selection (analogous to changes in the politico-economic and cultural forces and pressures in humans) bring about tangible and heritable gene regulatory changes in some animals are reviewed and correlated with the hypotheses and discoveries of our theoretical research. It is concluded that the imperialist capitalism-science and technology-culture complex, especially in its extremist forms and advanced stages, like those of the US, gives rise to extreme imbalances in the differential socio-genetic regulation of human nature.

Destruction of the ecology of nature is dialectically related to the destruction of the ecology of human nature, both being the historical products of the co-evolution of capitalism and technology. Continue reading

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Wetiko: the devastating psycho-spiritual disease of the Human Soul

Introductory Note

Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.    November 8, 2017

In the following 2012 article, “Let’s Spread the Word: Wetiko” , the author Paul Levy discusses a psycho-spiritual disease of the soul that has been wreaking havoc throughout human history that Native Americans call wetiko.  During 2013, he also wrote the following book on the same subject (1).  It was received very favorably by thoughtful and critically thinking readers, who were searching for the causes of dehumanization and inhumanization in the modern societies.  Such books and writings are very rare, indeed, as vast majorities of billions of wetikos (people inflicted with wetiko, including authors and researchers), are totally unaware of being inflicted with this most devastating disease of the Human Soul and Human Spirit, and, instead, consider themselves to be most developed forms of human nature, while, in reality, they have become the most deformed and mutilated forms of human nature.  The erosion of Human Soul in modern societies, starting with those in the West, is very real and is also becoming universal, spreading like wildfire everywhere, including the East. Continue reading

Mental illness is widespread in the US

Mental illness is widespread in the US

Fazal Rahman

The following articles show that 20 percent adults (1 in 5) and 20 percent children (1 in 5) in the US suffer from mental illness. These estimates are based on people who have sought treatment from the mental health establishment. However, there are countless others who also have mental illnesses, but have not sought such treatment. Hence, the actual percentage must be much higher.  As indicated in one of the articles below, it is also rising in the college students.  Moreover, most of those who are considered to be “normal”, within the norms of this sick society, are, in fact, even more mentally ill- like most political, government, and corporate leaders, and countless millions of their subordinates and celebrity worshipers- than those who are diagnosed as such. Unsurprisingly, the incidence of mental illness is higher among the homeless and prisoners.

Even though there are no studies to discover the deeper social causes of such high rates of mental illness in this country, it is certain that these are ultimately related to the political economy of capitalism and imperialism, and the culture and mass psychology, which originate from that. Deep down, it is the extreme forms of capitalism and imperialism, as well as racism that results from them, which are making vast numbers of people mentally ill in the US. Continue reading

China: Reformers and Compradors

China: Reformers and Compradors

By James Petras       9.11.2015

http://petras.lahaine.org/?p=2052

Introductory note by Fazal Rahman

In the article with the above link, Professor Petras, one of the most knowledgeable and eminent social scientists and political-economists in the world, has partially analyzed the Orwellian “Communism”; corruption in all layers of society; especially in the top level party, business, and government officials; and emergence of new class divisions; etc. in China.

It is obvious that China has achieved astounding economic, technological, and military development during the last few decades. However, it is also self-evident that it has sacrificed and betrayed socialism and communism in that process, which is clearly manifested in its domestic as well as international policies and realities. It is bending over backwards all the way to appease the current Godfather of capitalism and imperialism, the US of A, with which it has developed enormous trade, financial, and educational relations, stampeding over all the fundamental economic laws and processes, requirements, and principles of socialism and communism. Objectively, the current politico-economic system in China can only be describes as state capitalism, run by a state capitalist government and state capitalist party, still calling itself “Communist Party”! Chinese “Communism”, “Communist Party”, and “Socialism” are all phony and Orwellian.

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Story of a Pakistani prisoner being held at Guantanamo

I’m a Pakistani inmate at Guantanamo and here’s why I’m on hunger strike since 2013

Ahmed Rabbani    Updated October 17, 2017

https://www.dawn.com/news/1364407/im-a-pakistani-inmate-at-guantanamo-and-heres-why-im-on-hunger-strike-since-2013

 Ahmed Rabbani was arrested by Pakistani authorities in 2002 and handed over to the US Government under the claim that he was Hassan Ghul, a known Al-Qaeda operative.

The US Senate Select Committee that looked into the CIA’s torture and rendition programme has confirmed that his was a case of mistaken identity (see here at page 325). In fact, Hassan Ghul was killed in 2012 by a CIA drone.

Rabbani has not been charged with any criminal offences and has never had the opportunity to prove his innocence in court. Continue reading

The war of US and NATO imperialism in Afghanistan

Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.             October 14, 2017

Sixteen years of war in Afghanistan by US and NATO imperialism is the longest in their history. In spite of their incomparable high tech military and economic superiority, and after gathering the military forces of 50 client countries there, committing diabolical atrocities, and spending close to a trillion dollars, they have essentially lost the war against the poorly equipped Taliban and their allies that have been waging an effective and experienced guerrilla warfare against the invaders and becoming stronger in the process, again demonstrating the accuracy of dialectical theories of guerrilla warfare by Mao Zedong , Vo Nguyen Giap , and Ernesto Che Guevara. Continue reading

A critique of contemporary leftist and Marxist political scene: Underestimation of the Subjective Dimension and theoretical development and renewal

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                                       Written in June 2017

What have centuries of capitalism and imperialism done to human nature and mass psychology?  Why is there so little discussion on this and associated problems of alienation, reification, and dehumanization, which are complex and multidimensional phenomena, requiring great deal of research and thought?  Are leftists, Marxists, and working class immune to these?  Marx frequently commented passionately and eloquently on these issues.  He and some insightful Marxists that followed him, like Che Guevara, put great emphasis on the creation of a New Man, as one of the most important goals of the socialist revolution and building of a socialist and communist society, and considered the human nature, developed under capitalism, to be dehumanized and subhuman. Continue reading

The 2009 speech of the late Brother Leader Moammar Gadhafi at the UN and the Libyan counter-revolution implemented by the US and NATO imperialism

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                      June 4, 2017

 In March 2011, around seven months before the brutal and sadistic murder of Brother Leader of Libya (that is what he preferred to be called), Moammar Gadhafi, I had written an article, “Gadhafi, Libya, counter-revolution, and the imperialist pack of hyenas”, which was first posted on http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com  and later posted on my own web site https://imperialismandthethirdworld.wordpress.com (1) .  That article had briefly described the great accomplishments of the 1969 Libyan Revolution, which was brought about under the leadership of Gadhafi.  It also analyzed the nature and causes of some radical changes and contradictions in the Libyan policies and actions, in the aftermath of the Grand Betrayal of Socialism in the former USSR and China.  Another article also included relevant information about some of these matters (2).

Gadhafi was forced to bend over backwards all the way, in order to adjust to the new international situation and balance of forces and to try to save Libya from the same kind of devastation, as was inflicted on Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yugoslavia.  However, none of his compromises and adjustments were enough to prevent the American and NATO aggression against him, his country, and his people.  In retrospect, it would have been far better if he had stuck to his revolutionary principles, and policies based upon them.  He was a strong supporter of many national liberation movements, and had extended crucial economic and military assistance to them in their struggle against imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism.  However, in face of US and NATO imperialist aggression against him and Libya, no one came to his aid.  Everyone betrayed him, including the African Union, in the establishment and development of which, he had played a crucial role.  Even Russia and China, with whom Libya had important political and economic relations, did nothing to counteract the imperialist aggression.  The UN allowed itself to be used as a cover and tool for that aggression.  Just like in Afghanistan and Iraq, most of the NATO and other European countries either participated in that imperialist war or condoned it.  Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich monarchies were always against the progressive, socialist, and democratic ideas, policies, and actions of Gadhafi, and were happy to see him and Libya destroyed by imperialism. Continue reading