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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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

American provocations and threats against North Korea: The danger of thermo-nuclear war is real

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

After the missile attack on a Syrian airbase, on the basis of phony and fake pretexts, masked with arrogant imperialist self-confidence, and repeated and reproduced in clone-like manner, by all the major media, politicians, government officials, and countless millions of ordinary people, not only in the US, but in other NATO countries, as well as in their Third World clients, the US is now undertaking extremely provocative and war-mongering actions against North Korea, which has nuclear weapons and has threatened to use them if subjected to aggression by the Americans or South Koreans.  Unlike the other victims of relatively recent US military  invasions, aggression, or intimidation, like Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, and Iran, North Korea has nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, and can wreak havoc on the aggressors and their accomplices, if cornered and pushed too far.  Nuclear weapons were introduced into South Korea by the US in the 1950s.  Thousands of them were deployed there.  North Korean development of nuclear weapons technology was undoubtedly in reaction that.  These are supposed to have been withdrawn in 1991.  Even if that is the case, US does not really need them there, as it has the ability to target any area of the world from multiple sources and locations.  Also, these can be redeployed and reassembled in South Korea rapidly.  Their storage facilities there have been preserved.   Moreover, the planned installation of the THAAD missile system (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) in South Korea poses a great new danger to the security of North Korea, China, and Russia.  North Korea has repeatedly stated its willingness for real, mutual, and equitable denuclearization.  However, the US and South Korea insist on imposing a unilateral denuclearization, one-sidedly, only on North Korea, a most unfair, unacceptable, and arrogant imperialist demand (1). Continue reading

The US missile attack on a Syrian airbase: the most dangerous escalation in Syria

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                  April 8, 2017

In some earlier articles (1, 2), I had described the dangers of escalations of wars and civil wars in Syria and Middle East by provocative military actions of Turkey, US, NATO, their so-called Coalition Forces, and foreign and domestic terrorists, financed, trained, and armed by them.  In Syria, in opposition to them, and in support of the legitimate government of Syria, which they have been trying to overthrow since 2011, the superpower of Russia and the great regional power of Iran have also intervened very effectively, and have been crucial in turning the tide in favor of the Syrian government.  All the major anti-state terrorist groups in Syria are in retreat and the Syrian government forces are getting closer to complete victory and establishment of control over all of its territory. Continue reading

Continued killings of blacks in the US by police: Some essential objective requirements for analyzing and understanding their nature and causes

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                      July 10, 2016

Philando Castile's racist murder by cops in Minnesota

Philando Castile’s racist murder by cops in Minnesota

Alton Sterling murdered by white cops

Alton Sterling murdered by White cops in Louisiana

“Would this have happened if the driver and the passengers were white? I don’t think it would have.  So I’m forced to confront that this kind of racism exists, and it’s incumbent upon all of us to vow and ensure that it doesn’t happen and doesn’t continue to happen.” (Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton, on the police killing of Philando Castile, in his state.)

 “I was already fuming when I woke up this morning over Baton Rouge, but for it to happen here again just pushed me right over the edge,” said truck driver Thomas Michaels, 42, who was among the protesters in St. Paul.

“We live in a racist society where black lives don’t matter, my kids lives don’t matter and I’m sick of it. I don’t even know if it can be fixed,” he said.

 Another protester, retail worker Tanya McDonald, 28, said: “What gets me is how many people are failing to see that this is happening almost every day. We’re dying, we’re being killed off by people hiding behind a badge and no one’s doing anything to stop it.” (1) Continue reading