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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

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Effects of the contemporary technological model on the genetic regulation of inner human faculties

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.

A note on the background of this paper

The following article on the biosocial regulation of human nature was published in the interdisciplinary scientific journal, Journal of Social and Biological Structures, in 1980.  It contained a new and original theory on the interactions of science and technology, culture, human nature, capitalism etc.  Another more comprehensive paper, Biosocial regulation of human nature by social systems-science and technology-culture complexes, was written in 1982, in which the original theory and contents were refined and elaborated.  The latter paper was not published.  However, I posted it on this site in 2015, under a different title, with the following link:  

https://imperialismandthethirdworld.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/biosocial-and-epigenetic-relativity-of-human-nature-relative-to-political-economy-technology-and-culture-by-fazal-rahman-phd/ 

These papers and their theory are extremely relevant to the continuing and multiplying dehumanization, injustice, inequality, wars and conflicts, and various other sinister developments on this planet.  The priests and high priests of Advanced Capitalist-Imperialist Technocratic Civilization are blindly, demonically, and pathologically obsessed with technocracy and the profits and powers that it creates, through knowledge, information, manipulation, exploitation, and pollution of nature. Even though there is now a great deal of information on the negative and destructive effects of all this on nature, its life supporting systems, and ecology, there is almost none on the human nature and its inner ecology.  The inner ecology of human nature has been, and continues to be, disrupted, deformed, and destroyed, the Human Soul-source of the spiritual-emotional parts-being its greatest casualty.  Human Reason also underwent extreme reductionisms and is now reduced to capitalist-technological rationality, under the above civilization.  This is indeed a most sinister development, as it distorts, perverts, and deforms both the Human Soul and the Human Reason.

In the Advanced Capitalist-Imperialist Technocratic Civilization, the Human Reason is progressively transformed into Capitalist-Technological Rationality, among scientists, technicians, various types of capitalists, politico-economic leaders, and overwhelming majority of the populations.  It becomes the dominant faculty in the mass mental apparatus, on the expense of various other human faculties, especially those that are connected with and are expressions of the Human Soul.  Fragmented and abstracted from the Human Soul, and compartmentalized, the Capitalist-Technological Rationality increasingly serves and empowers capitalist-imperialist injustice, inequality, exploitation, aggression, domination, brutality, selfishness, big and small lies, hypocrisy, etc.,-in a word, Evil-both on the national and international levels.  On the international level, this is frequently manifested in brutal, atrocious, and unjust imperialist wars and conflicts.  The Advanced Capitalist-Technological Rationality becomes increasingly transformed into Sinister Insanity, which is also exported to rest of world.

Capitalism, especially the advanced capitalism, in the form of imperialism, is the greatest eroder, distorter, perverter, and destroyer of Human Soul, the seat of all the higher human qualities and values, which, in mentally and spiritually healthy, unalientated, and unreified humans, integrates and regulates all the diverse faculties, drives, needs, and actions, including those of the Reason and Intellect.  Reduction of Reason and Intellect to Capitalist Technological Rationality (CTR) and tailoring and submission of Soul to its requirements-as has been done in the Advanced Capitalist-Imperialist Technocratic Civilization (ACITC)-perverts, disrupts, and destroys the very foundation of the inner ecology of human nature.  This is the subjective basis of all the objective evils and injustices, with which the ACITC has saturated and polluted this planet, including the mass psychology and human nature of overwhelming majority of its own populations, as well as much of the rest of mankind.  Not surprisingly, the most extreme forms of these phenomena are to be found in the current leader of ACITC, the United States of America, from where these radiate to every corner of the planet.  Nothing is left untouched or alone.

Surely, the problems of conditioning and tailoring of human nature also existed in other class-divided systems and societies.  However, the particular type of tailoring being described here is unique to the ACITC, which is also the most efficient and most massive, as it is being automatically regulated and implemented by the most powerful, combined, united, and inextricably intertwined politico-economic, social, cultural, mass psychological, and epigenetic forces of capitalism and technocracy.

All the immense material powers-and systems of class-based national and international relations-of ACITC were achieved with the applications of CTR, resulting in the most diabolical association of capitalism, technological rationality, and elements, components, and forces of nature on this planet.  These powers were contained with the emergence and development of the Communist Civilization (CC) and its Socialist Technological Rationality (STR) and the development of various powers and products-and systems of national and international relations that were striving to create classless societies-with its   applications.  CC and STR had the potential to dialectically preserve and further develop the integrity of the inner ecology of human nature and create a radically new human civilization.  However, in actual practice, due to existential dangers, constant attacks, threats, conspiracies, and life and death struggle with the ACITC and CTR, this potential could only be partially realized.  The extreme hostility and dangers of highly developed technocratic militarism of ACITC did not allow this potential to develop and manifest itself, as it would have in the absence of these.  The CC had to devote large amounts of its resources on countering such mortal dangers.

The greatest setback and blow to the development of a just, good, and humane civilization occurred with the betrayal and destruction of CC and STR in the USSR, Eastern Europe, and China, where capitalism and CTR have been restored.  They are now part of ACITC, even though Russia and China have been increasingly forced into the position of opposition and competing blocks within the ACITC, by the US and EU.  The current international situation is much more dangerous than that of the cold war, as it is characterized by the inter-capitalist and inter-imperialist struggle and competition for resources, markets, exports, spheres of influence and dominance, everywhere on the planet.  The Third World War, in the face of US and NATO aggressions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Libya, was only prevented by the compromise, restraint, and retreat of Russia and China.  However, Russia has now been pushed into a corner in the new Ukrainian conflicts on its border, instigated by its rivals in the US and EU.  After the overthrow of the elected President, fascists, racists, and extremists-who want to turn Ukraine into a base of NATO against Russia-have gained control of the government machinery in Ukraine.  Russia was finally forced to draw a line there and seems to be willing to confront the NATO forces, if necessary.   As far as the Chinese are concerned, their role so far has been ambiguous, as they have been benefiting enormously in their trade and investment relations with the West and rest of the world, and have been very reluctant to rock the boat.  Capitalist westernization of Chinese political economy, society, education system, and culture is in full swing, in spite of the hypocritical admonitions of its political leaders in this regard.  Hundreds of thousands of Chinese students have been sent to the American and European universities.  When they return, most will bring back the western capitalist mass psychology, culture, and behavior.  It remains to be seen how the Chinese will act, if the push comes to shove.  They are also being pushed into a corner and may finally draw a line, like Russia did.

Many of these phenomena and processes are occurring on the mass psychological, cultural, and epigenetic levels. 

This article was written long before epigenetics, involving gene regulation, became accepted and popular among the scientific community. The research information has exploded in this area during the previous twenty years and now it is being applied in all areas of biological, medical, and social sciences, various phenomena being reinterpreted in the light of such neo-Lamarckian discoveries and theories. However, no one has yet come up with such a comprehensive and macro-level theory-integrating politico-economic systems, technocracy, culture, and human nature-as contained in these two papers.

It is self-evident that ultimately it is the humans and their evolving nature that are responsible for what is happening.  Such research is not only not funded, but is suppressed and gets the researchers blacklisted in the various institutions of the Advanced Capitalist-Imperialist Technocratic Civilization.  That is what happened to this author, who funded it from his own meager resources. Continue reading