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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.

https://petras.lahaine.org/an-empire-built-on-fear-at/

 

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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

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

Historical transformations of knowledge in political economy: minimally necessary information

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                  March 1, 2016

Knowledge and understanding of political economy are fundamental to understanding the nature, processes, and developments of any politico-economic and social systems, including capitalism, imperialism, socialism, and communism. After Marx, Engels, and Lenin, the most comprehensive, truthful, and in-depth works on this and related subjects were published by the Soviet political economists and social scientists, who had done thorough studies in these areas and had integrated and incorporated the contemporary data, information, and developments into their publications (see for example, 1, 2, 3, 4). Soviet philosophers and sociologists had also made such contributions in the closely related, intertwined, and important areas of philosophy and sociology (example, 4). After the capitalist counter-revolution and restoration of capitalism in Russia and other former Soviet republics, along with socialism, such works and their authors have also disappeared from the literary and intellectual horizons. Overwhelming majority of American and European “leftists”, “socialists”, and even “Marxists”, were always astoundingly ignorant of such works, and had very limited acquaintance with even the voluminous writings of Marx, Engels, and Lenin. And yet, they have no hesitation in passing wholesale, contentless, and empty judgments on the nature of the politico-economic system of the former USSR and other former socialist countries, which they brand as “state capitalist”, parroting some of the equally ignoramus and/or biased leftist stars, like Noam Chomsky, Richard Wolff, Howard Zinn, and Stephen Resnick, some of whom have written sharp and accurate empirical and factual critiques of American capitalism and imperialism, but integrated them in erroneous, flawed, biased, ineffective, and solutionless theoretical frameworks (see my critique in this regard, 5).  Criticism and identification of the existing problems, no matter how accurate, are only of limited use at best, if effective and feasible solutions are not proposed.  Solutions of such macro-level politico-economic and social problems also require accurate theoretical framework and foundations.  These and other such writers lack such theoretical framework and foundations, and not only fail to propose any effective and feasible solutions, but preach against those discovered by the founders of Marxism-Leninism-the only effective, necessary, and feasible solutions- the implementation of which had resulted in successful socialist revolutions in Russia, China, Eastern Europe, Cuba, Vietnam and other countries.   Their betrayals and capitalist counterrevolutions in Russia and China-the former giants of socialism-also led to the betrayals and capitalist counterrevolutions in most other former socialist countries.  It is beyond the scope of this brief article to identify and analyze the nature and causes and the transient successes of these betrayals and capitalist counterrevolutions. Continue reading

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

Brief, partial, and necessary critical reviews of some of the stars of American Left: Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Richard Wolff, Stephen Resnick, Noam Chomsky, and Chris Hedges

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.   Completed August 16, 2015

“To leave error unrefuted is to encourage intellectual immorality.”-Karl Marx

“Dug up a mountain, looking for gold. Only found a mouse. Even that was dead.”-A proverb of South Asia.

“…Fuller of words and emptier.” -Holderlin

Introduction

After the Grand Betrayals of socialism in the USSR, Eastern Europe, and China, all types of opportunists, charlatans, speculators, and slanderers have been trying to jump to the center of the leftist political arena, masquerading as “Marxists”, “socialists”, “anti-capitalists”, and “revolutionaries” etc. Many of them have academic backgrounds and are using their academic, oratorical, and demagogic skills to concoct all types of distortions, corruptions, and perversions of Marxian and Leninian political economy, philosophy, and thought. In doing so, they are taking the utmost advantage of the prevalent ignorance of Marxism, Socialism, Communism, and Politico-economic Revolutions, not only in the general society, but also in most of the academics, intellectuals, and leftists. Some of them are wearing the personae of Marxism, while others are anarchists and anti-communists. They are getting away with astounding slanders, ignorance, falsehoods, and distortions in such an environment. Continue reading