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 achievements of Dr. A. Q. Khan in the development of nuclear technology and nuclear deterrence in Pakistan have been of unmatchable service to the country and its people. In his various articles, he has identified some of the major debilitating and disastrous problems that have developed there, more critically, honestly, and courageously than most others. However, he has mostly stayed on the surface of these problems and has failed to identify their deeper causes and nature. Moreover, when it comes to the proposed solutions or course of actions, he misfires and misses not only the eye of the target but the whole board. Continue reading
Posted in capitalism, Human Nature, Pakistan, political economy
Tagged Abdul Qadeer Khan, capitalism, Europe, Fazal Rahman Ph.D., Pakistan, philosophy, political economy, Science, scientists, technology, Tehrik Tahaffuze Pakistan
Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. Completed on March 25, 2011
First posted on Dandelion Salad, from where it was copied and posted on numerous sites in many countries. This version is in British English.
Guarantee 10 percent and capital will do anything, guarantee 20 percent and it really comes to life, at 50 percent, it is ready to cut off its own head, at 100 percent, it will trample every human law, and at 300 percent, there is no crime it will not risk, even if it means the hangman’s noose. English publicist T. J. Dunning, quoted by Marx and cited by Gromyko in his book, Memories: From Stalin to Gorbachev. P. 186, 1989.
The invasion and destruction of Afghanistan and Iraq, by the forces of imperialism, have been thoroughly analyzed, documented, and publicized by numerous authors, including this one (1). Numerous publications have also already appeared on the recent uprisings in the Middle East and their connections to imperialism, including this author’s (2), in which he stressed the ongoing and developing nature of these uprisings, their continuity with previous historical developments, and their potential for developing into genuine and profound social and politico-economic revolutions. Within that general context, the Libyan situation and uprisings represent particularly complex and contradictory issues and problems for all the progressive and anti-imperialist writers and analysts. As these contradictions are real, it is important to identify and explain them accurately, truthfully, and dialectically, and not to gloss over them for the sake of developing and maintaining a straight-line and contradiction-free position. Continue reading
Posted in Gadhafi, Imperialism, Libya
Tagged capitalism, fazal rahman, Fazal Rahman Ph.D., gadhafi, Green Revolution, history, imperialism, Iran, Libya, marcuse, Massadegh, NATO, political economy