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Some preliminary observations on the San Bernardino, California, shootings

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.             December 11, 2015

The December 2, 2015 attack on the Department of Public Health employees of San Bernardino County in California, at a gathering at the Inland Regional Center, has been alleged to have been carried out by Syed Rizwan Farook, who was also employed by the same department, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, which killed fourteen people and injured twenty-two. It is being portrayed as a terrorist act by the news media, politicians, FBI, and others. FBI has strained maximally to find a link between the alleged attackers and Islamic State or other terrorist groups. It has failed to find any credible evidence for that. Some dubious claim was made that someone had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State on the Facebook around the time of the attack. They attribute that to Tashfeen Malik, claiming that she had used a false name to do that. It is highly unlikely. She was a devout Muslim and such false impersonation would be against her beliefs. Moreover, if she was carrying out or about to carry out such a suicidal mission, she had no reason to hide her identity. Continue reading

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Report on racism and discrimination in the US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Justice, Federal court system, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, other agricultural institutions, the scientific establishment, and the US society in general

By   Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                         

Added on 8. 4. 2016

I have lost all interest in working for such demonically racist and discriminatory institutions in the US,  as the US Department of Agriculture, or trying to obtain any justice through the equally demonic classist and racist so-called equal opportunity and judicial establishments.  I have posted this article for raising awareness and consciousness in the victimized minority communities in this country.

Racism is a product of classism in class-divided societies. As class inequalities are extreme here, so are the race inequalities and racism, based on those, as well as its various manifestations

The political economy of racism in this country is the real objective basis, on which all the other subjective and objective forms of racism develop and manifest themselves. Therefore, it is also important to take that into consideration, when dealing with the problems of racism and racial inequalities.  Some excellent books have been written on that, among them, those of the late Victor Perlo (I, II).

Real democracy will only become possible when humans are freed from the slavery to and domination of The Capital and the Capitalist Class, when the greatly eroded and damaged parts of their human nature, involving both the Human Soul and Human Reason, are repaired, made wholesome, and restored, and when they become de-alienated and de-reified.  That will only become possible under socialism and communism.  Under various stages and forms of capitalism, they are condemned to remain mutilated and eroded, and to live only under the façade and illusions of “democracy”.  Capitalist democracy and human nature, mutually and dialectically, erode, distort, and pervert each other.  This process greatly intensifies and accelerates in the Advanced Capitalist-Imperialist Technocratic Societies (ACITS), in which advanced technology and technocracy inextricably intertwine and combine with the advanced capitalism and create the most powerful macro-level social forces of dehumanization; inhumanization; erosion, perversion, and transformation of the Human Soul and Human Reason; mass alienation, and mass reification, all under the façade and illusions of “democracy”.  Capitalist Democracy under these conditions inevitably transforms into Capitalist Demonocracy.  Racist police brutality against blacks and others is one of the innumerable symptoms of that.

The diabolical problems that have developed and accumulated in this society are far worse than anyone can imagine.  Continuing to float on the surface of these problems, without penetrating to their deep nature and origins, will continue to make them bigger, more complex, and multiply them.

I.  Perlo, V. Economics of Racism II: The Roots of Inequality, USA.  1996, International Publishers, New York.

II.  Perlo, V.  The Economics of Racism, U. S. A.: Roots of Black Inequality.  1975.  International Publishers, New York.

Postscript 1.1.2015

The recent repeated killings of young black males (YBMs) in several American states, like Missouri, New York, Ohio, and California -almost all of them unarmed, except in Berkeley, Missouri, where police claims that the YBM pointed a gun at the policeman, before the latter fired on him and killed him (very unlikely, as that YBM was not found to have fired any shots at the policeman.  The gun may have been planted after the killing)-and the Grand Juries’ decisions not to even indict the killer cops, have sparked nationwide protests by the Blacks and their supporters, against such monstrous classist-racist injustices.  Blacks and their supporters are focusing on a single issue in these cases, that is, the racist police brutality and killings of Blacks with impunity. However, it is essential to also place these within the context of   political economy of the interactions of racism and classism in this society, and identify and understand the precise causes that are created by these interactions, which produce all the various classist and racist institutions, including those of the law enforcement agencies and the police departments.  The police departments are not alone in inflicting monstrous injustices and atrocities on the Blacks and other minorities, even though, these become glaring and become widely publicized, because of their very nature, and the large scale protests that these provoke among the victimized and oppressed communities in the country.  Incomparably larger numbers of professional, economic, and judicial injustices and atrocities are committed against the Blacks and other minorities by almost all the various public, private, government, judicial, and other institutions, also with impunity, in most cases.  The classist and racist police brutality in the US is a product and reflection of the classist and racist politico-economic, mass psychological, and cultural brutality.

This report concretely documents and analyzes the nature and causes of these sinister problems in this sinister classist and racist political economy, system, and society, illustrating these with specific examples of the USDA, EEOC, USDOJ, and the Federal Court system.

Single issue foci cannot even make a dent, much less solve these colossal and complex problems.  Only when the single and individual issues and problems are comprehended in their accurate politico-economic and social context, the discovery of their real meanings, nature, causes, and solutions becomes possible. The powers-that-be and the status quo want to prevent this from happening at all costs, as their continued domination and control depend on the continuation of fragmentations and mutilations of and disconnections between various parts of reality, problems, and issues.  The single-issue approaches play right into their hands.

Blacks and other minorities are facing huge problems of multidimensional oppression, repression, discrimination, impoverishment, and criminalization in the classist-racist politico-economic structure of this society, as well as betrayal by the organizations and leaders that claim to represent their interests.  When these organizations and leaders are allowed to cross the class barriers and become part of the upper economic classes, they melt into that class structure and, both consciously and unconsciously, strive to preserve that classist status quo.  By doing that, objectively, they end up also preserving the racist status quo, whether they realize it or not.

At this stage of the developments, it is essential for the minorities to create new organizations, new leadership, new unities, new programs, new strategies and tactics, new strength and vigor-all on the basis of new insights, knowledge, and understanding of the classist and racist politico-economic structure, which objectively generates all the problems, issues, causes, and effects and that are then reflected, on the subjective level, in the mass psychologies and cultures of various institutions, as well as in the mass psychologies and cultures of various classes and races, in this society.

End of Postscript 1.1.15

The following report was written on May 19, 1999, and copies were sent to the USDA and EEOC, which made them even more viciously hostile towards me.  I was forced to leave the US for a few years, but returned because of the US and NATO invasion of Afghanistan and related civil war and other conflicts on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, where I had moved to.  On my return, the racist, politico-economic, and philosophical discriminatory destruction of my career continued unabated.  Not a finger was lifted to help me in my struggle for justice and fairness against the cross-institutional networks of the powerful giant bureaucracies of USDA, USDOJ, EEOC, and the Federal court system, the various officials of which collaborated with each other in a clone-like fashion.  I have added those experiences under “2013 additions to the report”, at the end of the 1999 Report, on pages 63 to 112. 

The politico-economic and racist oppression and exclusion of and discrimination against the minorities, under the administration of the first so-called Black President of the US, Barack  Obama, not only continues unabated, but has actually worsened and increased.

USDA was forced into $3.5 billion settlements with hundreds of thousands of minority farmers for decades of discriminatory practices against them.  More details can be found under Item Numbers 4, 5, and 7 at the end of this report.

I feel as if I have landed on a Planet of the Demons.  Only the most wicked and evil demons can do what has been done to me here, in the “Home of the Brave”, and “Land of the Free”.  My own personal experience is a miniscule part of this country’s long diabolical history of genocides-starting with that of the Native Americans and theft of their whole country-, slavery of and discrimination against the Blacks and other minorities, constant invasions and robbery of the resources of numerous Third World countries-most recently of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya-, plunder of the resources of other nations through neocolonialism, globalization of classist and racist injustice and inequality, and transformation of Homo sapiens into Homo dollarus in its own territory, as well as globally.

One of the  fundamental causes of this demonic reality is the mass slavery to totalitarian capital and capitalism and, in the state of extreme alienation and reification, experiencing it as freedom, when, in fact, the whole individual being-mind, body, and soul-as well as the whole social being, are engulfed and regulated by the totalitarian capital.  Mass and individual human mental apparatus in such conditions becomes a reflection of the relations of capital and things and their alienated and alienating powers.  There is very little, if any, free and unalienated and unreified space left there.  The more developed capitalism is in a given society, the more predominant and engulfing this particular type of slavery is in that society. Continue reading