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)


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


Yemen: The clones of US and Western imperialism, the Saudi Arabian led Coalition, are committing similar atrocities, as those of imperialists throughout the world for centuries, with their guidance and weapons.  The whole world is watching and doing nothing.

Note by Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.   4.24.18

Some of the most horrible atrocities are being committed in the poorest country in the Middle East, Yemen, by the richest countries in that region, led by Saudi Arabia, with the support of and weapons, supplied mostly by the US and UK.  Millions of Yemenis have been displaced; their infrastructures, houses, and means of living destroyed, and are facing widespread malnutrition and famine.  It is one of the worst current multi-state terrorisms.  It is happening in front of the whole world, which is doing nothing to stop it.  Only Iran and some of its allies are opposing this assault by the Saudi led coalition, which is intoxicated with its wealth and American and Western weapons of destruction and delivery systems.  However, being bogged down in Syria, where imperialists have created another Hell on Earth, they are unable to do anything effective against it.  Yemen is a Muslim country and the colonialist and neo-colonialist atrocities against it are being committed by Saudi led Muslim coalition.  These are even worse and more brutal than those committed by Israel in Gaza.  Most Muslim countries are either silent or are actively collaborating with the Saudis, prostituted by the Saudi money.  It is one more example of corruption of Islam by modern capitalism and imperialism.  Christianity has been corrupted long time ago.  In the Islamic World, there are contradictory processes and movements at work.  While most Islamic states and governments are being corrupted and prostituted, there is diversity of reactions among the non-state organizations, with many resisting these powerfully, e.g., Taliban and their allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan,  while others collaborating with these, e.g., religious establishments in Saudi Arabia, other Gulf monarchies, and many other Muslim countries. Continue reading

The American empire: denial, delusion & deception

Note by Fazal Rahman  4.17.2018

In this video, Professor Jerry Kroth, Professor Emeritus (Psychology), Santa Clara University, California, addresses the nature of American Empire, its worldwide operations and tentacles, effects on peoples of rest of the world and on Americans, widespread delusions, lies, and deceptions about the reality of this sinister system and its motives, etc. Continue reading

New missile attack on Syria: Imperialist governments’ policies, actions, and media reports and analyses based on the premises of lies and deceptions

Fazal Rahman                 4.16.2018

If one thought that after numerous lies and fabrications by the American and European political leaders and media, during military attacks and invasions of various Third World countries, one had become resistant to being shocked by these, the elaborate constructions based upon lies and illusions, in case of the new missile attacks on Syria, certainly proves one wrong.  Not only the lies and illusions, but clone-like collaboration with and repetition of these by supposedly highly educated and experienced politicians, media reporters and writers, and academics, jolt one’s mind to dizziness by seeing such transnational mass corruptibility and insanity.  Continue reading

An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad by Professor James Petras

Note by Fazal Rahman

Excellent article by Professor James Petras, factual, logical, wise, and pessimistic about the sinister reality in the headquarters of the Devil’s Hell that this planet has been transformed into by the Homo dollarus of capitalism and imperialism.  In spite of my efforts to recover my optimism in the good part of human nature and its potentials, the increasingly sinister reality counteracts these.  Although the fears that Professor Petras talks about have been globalized, these have been created and radiated from this Center of the Devil’s Hell, the US of A.  I am aware that there are many insightful and knowledgeable individuals here, who know what is going on and are doing whatever they can to build a movement against it.  However, they are like small springs of fresh water, which the immense toxic ocean drowns into itself.

Click on the link below to read the article.


The Target Is Your Brain 1984 Soviet Documentary

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                                April 12, 2018

This is an excellent documentary, produced in the USSR in 1984, which documents some of the sinister capitalist-imperialist propaganda and various other techniques of brain-washing, mind-numbing-and-dumbing, animal and human experimentation, etc., by various institutions of American capitalism and imperialism, both domestically and internationally. Based upon diabolical applications of the discoveries of science and technology, and the research work of huge armies of psychologists and other scientists and technicians, such brain-washing has been globalized and is incomparably more effective in some areas, like advertising and mind-numbing-and-dumbing, than it was in Nazi Germany. It has been going on throughout the history of this country, and has been growing and becoming more effective. The election of a predatory, narcissistic, unstable, racist, and psychopathically militaristic oligarch, Donald Trump, to the presidency of a country that can unleash anthropocidal World War III, is the logical outcome of such mass psychology and culture, which in their turn are ultimately produced by the political economy of extremist imperialism, characteristic of US of A. Such mass psychology and culture can provide a fertile soil for the growth of fascism, under the right conditions. Continue reading

Mary Edna Tobias Marcy, A great writer and fighter of the American working class in the early 20th Century

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.              December 26, 2017

Mary Edna Tobias Marcy (May 8, 1877 – December 8, 1922) was an American
socialist author, pamphleteer, poet, and magazine editor. She is best remembered for her muckraking series of magazine articles on the meat industry, “Letters of a Pork Packer’s Stenographer,” as author of a widely translated socialist propaganda pamphlet regarded as a classic of the genre, Shop Talks on Economics, and as an assistant editor of the International Socialist Review, one of the most influential leftist journals.


My Review of her book.

Shop Talk on Economics by Mary Marcy

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Reviewer: Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. – July 16, 2014

Subject: Mary Marcy: Victim of US capitalist-imperialist repression

The author, Mary Marcy, was gifted with intelligence, integrity, honesty, courage, simplicity, selflessness, and other higher human qualities. This book was the result of those qualities. In it, she attempted to simplify the complex theories, concepts, and language of Marx and Marxism to make it easier and understandable to common working class and other men and women. She did an excellent job in doing that. This was a great service to them as well as to socialism. Capitalist and imperialist government repression and persecution ruined her career and life and the ungrateful American nation lost a great and passionate fighter and writer for justice and truth.

Demoralized by the disintegration of the American left in the years after the conclusion of World War I and suffering depression exacerbated by the loss of her Bowmanville, Illinois home, Mary Marcy committed suicide by poison on December 8, 1922, when she was 45. Her last words were recorded as follows: “I want rest. No funeral, no flowers, cremation.

My review of her book.

Out of the Dump by Mary Marcy  Mary Marcy-Out_of_the_Dump

Reviewer: Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. – July 30, 2014

Subject: A great soul and talent extinguished by American capitalism

This book is truly inspiring, especially in the current age of all-round decadence and mutilations of human nature. Mary overcame so many barriers and hardships so courageously, against all odds, and became such a great writer and fighter of and for the working class and for creating a classless society. Even though she was active in far more hopeful times, still the depravity, politico-economic ignorance, greed, selfishness, and decadence of human nature in the American society were incomparably more widespread in the population than the qualities of politico-economic knowledge and depth, working class consciousness, justice, truth, goodness, equality, and peacefulness. Extremist capitalist repression ruined her career, hopes, and life.



Rise and Decline of the Welfare State: Class Struggle and Imperial Wars as the Motor Force of US History

Introductory Note

by Fazal Rahman 12.16.2017

The following article by Professor James Petras summarizes the overall nature of the dynamics of American capitalist-imperialist political economy and the role of American labor, trade unions, and the working class, within it. It hits many big nails on the heads. The objective truths contained in it, on the collaborative and self-destructive role of the American trade unions and mainstream working class, in lockstep march with the American capitalist and imperialist class, are very rare, not only in the writings of mainstream writers on these issues, but also in the writings of progressives, leftists, Marxists, and communists. American politico-economic landscape has always been extremely sinister, frustrating, and disgusting. It should be self-evident that without the truthful diagnoses, as contained in this article, no remedies or solutions to these great and sinister problems are possible.

It is most important not to idealize the working classes and trade unions in general- especially those in the imperialist centers- and to document and analyze their actual policies, actions, and roles within the national and international contexts, as truthfully, factually, and logically as possible. Only in this way, their shortcomings and flaws can come to light and the possibilities for their reduction and removal and necessary transformations and improvements can open up.

Click on the links below to read the full article.

End of Introductory Note

Rise and Decline of the Welfare State: Class Struggle and Imperial Wars as the Motor Force of US History

By Professor James Petras

12.11.2017 :: United States

The American welfare state was created in 1935 and continued to develop through 1973. Since then, over a prolonged period, the capitalist class has been steadily dismantling the entire welfare state.

Between the mid 1970’s to the present (2017) labor laws, welfare rights and benefits and the construction of and subsidies for affordable housing have been gutted. ‘Workfare’ (under President ‘Bill’ Clinton) ended welfare for the poor and displaced workers. Meanwhile the shift to regressive taxation and the steadily declining real wages have increased corporate profits to an astronomical degree.