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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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Occupy Wall Street: Potentials and limitations of the 2011 American Protests

 Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                                          Completed October 10, 2011

First posted on Dandelion Salad

Spontaneous nature and origin of the protests

In absence of organization or direction from a political party or organization, the 2011 American Protests-being called the Occupy Wall Street-can only be described as spontaneous in their origin and nature, a manifestation of rage against high unemployment; extremist economic injustices and inequalities, adversely affecting countless millions of people, in all areas of life; and demonic self-righteous, selfish, and insatiable accumulation and enjoyment of wealth and greed by a tiny minority of the wealthy and the corporations, in the midst of all this misery.  As such, these mass protests are essentially the bursting out of the accumulated mass pressures and tensions, which have built up over the years of rapidly increasing misery and deprivations, engulfing vast numbers of people, in a country that constantly boasts of being the most democratic and richest in the world. Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street: Problems of the dialectics of diversity, uniformity, and unity

Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                                                  Completed on October 20, 2011

First posted on Dandelion Salad

A brief note on the origins of the protests

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and the related protests have been centered around the rage of the unemployed, poor, those burdened with exorbitant amounts of student loans in the most expensive higher education system in the world-the total amount of student loans in the US has now exceeded $1 trillion!-, and other victims of the rapidly disintegrating capitalist-imperialist politico-economic system, in the worst all-round structural crisis of its history, against the insatiable corporate greed and corruption, which have always been there, but, at this stage, are eliciting larger rage and revulsion, because of the much larger numbers of people suffering the deprivations for a prolonged time, with no end in sight and no effective solutions.  The protesters are rightly enraged at the tiny islands of super-wealth and super-luxury in the huge ocean of want, misery, and suffering.  As, under capitalism, wealth empowers its possessors and concomitantly disempowers those who lack it, the protesters are also expressing their collective rage and frustration over their systematic disempowerment and feel somewhat empowered by coming together in significant numbers, in the advanced alienated society that systematically destroys all the higher and positive human qualities, values, instincts, and bonds; pits individual against individual;  group against group; and makes them worship and crave for money and things.  The natural human bonds are replaced by the bonds of Capital.  The mass psychology thus created is, in its essence, a reified mass psychology, which is the dominant mass psychology in the contemporary Advanced Capitalist-Imperialist Technocratic Society (ACITS) of the US.  Similar mass psychology also exists in other ACITS, even though it is not as extreme in those as in the US. Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street-On the strategy and tactics of non-forceful and forceful responses to the violence of the capitalist-imperialist state

Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                                                    Completed on November 10, 2011

First posted on Dandelion Salad

Abstract:

In this article, a dialectical approach to the strategy and tactics of non-forceful and forceful forms of struggle, in face of the all-round violence of the capitalist-imperialist state, is proposed.  As some of the pacifist, progressive, and anarchist or anarchist-like speakers and writers of the 2011 American Protests (Occupy Protests) are absolutizing the non-violence-not only as a tactic, but also as a permanent strategy and philosophy of the struggle-a brief critique of them is also included in this paper.  Also as some, like Chris Hedges, are misrepresenting the meanings, relevance, and role of Marx and Marxism, Bakunin and Anarchism, 1960s anti-Vietnam War Movement, and Black Panthers struggles etc., specific refutations of their specific distortions have also been presented here. Continue reading