B. F. Skinner: Why America’s Decline

December 6, 2022

The following long quote is from one of the greatest Psychologist of the 20th century, and perhaps of all time. This is the stunning truth about the problems that face all humanity. As a professor, I read this warning to nearly all of the students taking my classes for over 30 years. It has a prominent place in the book I am writing entitled: The Psychology of America’s Decline: And How Reverse It.

I have not blogged in many days, I am too busy working on this book. I may not get it finished and published before I am finished. We shall see about that!

Regarding the past and present quality of our environment and the quality of life for all, Skinner wrote the following (p. 5) in his 1971 book entitled Beyond Freedom and Dignity, published by Alfred A Knopf.

I quote the following.

In trying to solve the terrifying problems that face us in the world today, we naturally turn to the things we do best. We play from strength, and our strength is science and technology. To contain a population explosion we look for better methods of birth control. Threatened by a nuclear holocaust, we build bigger deterrent forces and anti-ballistic-missile systems. We try to stave off world famine with new foods and better ways of growing them. Improved sanitation and medicine will, we hope, control disease, better housing and transportation will solve the problems of the ghettos, and new ways of reducing or disposing of waste will stop the pollution of the environment. We can point to remarkable achievements in all these fields, and it is not surprising that we should try to extend them. But things grow steadily worse, and it is disheartening to find that technology itself is increasingly at fault. Sanitation and medicine have made the problems of population more acute, war has acquired a new horror with the invention of nuclear weapons, and the affluent pursuit of happiness is largely responsible for pollution. As Darlington has said, ‘Every new source from which man has increased his power on the earth has been used to diminish the prospects of his successors. All his progress has been made at the expense of damage to his environment which he cannot repair and could not foresee.’
Whether or not he could have foreseen the damage, man must repair it or all is lost. And he can do so if he will recognize the nature of the difficulty. The application of the physical and biological sciences alone will not solve our problems because the solutions lie in another field. Better contraceptives will control population only if people use them. New weapons may offset new defenses and vice versa, but a nuclear holocaust can be prevented only if the conditions under which nations make war can be changed. New methods of agriculture and medicine will not help if they are not practiced, and housing is a matter not only of buildings and cities but of how people live. Overcrowding can be corrected only by inducing people not to crowd, and the environment will continue to deteriorate until polluting practices are abandoned.
In short, we need to make vast changes in human behavior, and we cannot make them with the help of nothing more than physics or biology, no matter how hard we try.

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The truth is that the solutions to our social and political problems lay in the wise use of well known scientifically validated psychological laws and principles that influence the quality of human behavior.

In America people vote for representatives who promise to make rules about rewarding and punishing (i.e., strengthening and weakening) the behavior patterns of America’s countless citizens, and other inhabitants. This now includes millions of unvetted individuals who illegally flood across our borders.

Skinner names nearly every environmental and behavioral problem that is now killing record numbers of our population, destroying the quality of our lives, and weakening our ability to survive as an effectively self-regulating nation. A nation capable of defend its self against powerful forces now in the process of destroying our Constitutional Republic by attacking it and us all from outside and from within.

In our Constitutional Republic increasing numbers of our people have long been voting for governmental rules, laws, and regulations that are destroying their own home land’s way of life. If only they knew enough about the laws and principles of psychology that influencing the quality of our own populations behaviors, they would understand that they are voting for the self-destruction of America as well as their own, and their loved one’s safety, security, and prosperity.

It is essential that voters understand the psychological laws and principles that increase good prosocial behaviors and decrease bad antisocial behaviors among our citizens; and then vote accordingly!

The basic laws and principles must be taught to all future voters in America’s private and public schools.

12/6/22

V. Thomas Mawhinney Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychology and a Practicing Psychologist.

2022 Mid-Term Election

November 21, 2022

An open letter to Huck (my submarine mate) and my readers.

I have read that the liberal, socialist, progressive movement started around 1920 with the philosopher John Dewey who was a professor at U. of Chicago.

Dewey wrote extensively to start moving education from a traditional liberal one (the three R’s, History, Classic Literature, Philosophy, etc., to a more utilitarian work oriented curriculum. Also, he influenced education departments at Colleges to teach student teachers for schools and universities to buy-into socialism and this has had a lasting effect. He was an atheist and pushed no-God in Schools and the Separation of church and state. He understood that if he could get separation of church and state; the separation of church and society would soon follow. Sure as as the devil it did and that was the beginning America’s downfall. But, that is much more to this sad story than can be covered here.

The 2022 mid-term “Red Wave” was certainly not that, and I am fearful of the consequences of this failure. I agree with several thoughts on this matter. The Republicans flubbed and did not get the vote out. They did not extensively use mail-in ballots and mules to deliver them and to match other common democrat irregularities. And they did not open early voting and greatly extend the voting voting opportunities. In short, they did not open easy opportunities for voter fraud.

The rest of the Mid-Term story is that too many voters are now dependent upon the government’s socialist wealth-transfers and other giveaways to vote conservative. Too many voters are plain stupid (i.e., they are not intellectually competent enough to learn the truth about America’s damages by any of the following failed political philosophies; radical liberalism/socialism/progressivism/Marxism). Too many voters are simply ignorant (i.e., they are smart enough to understand and identify the political pathologies, but they have not done their research on this topic). Too may voters are out-and-out socialists who hate our Constitution, founding Fathers, America’s traditional values, morals, ethics, and religiosity.

An increasingly large part of this problem is that too many of our voters have not been acculturated by our parents, schools and media as they once were and they now prefer to behave in ways that are hedonistic; loving formerly illicit activities prohibited by law and judged Sinful by our historical Judeo/Christian standards.

Blessings! Moe

Ya Got What Ya Had Comin!

November 15, 2022

In America’s Constitutional Republic; The People Get Exactly What They Deserve.

The Main Problem !

October 27, 2022

I will credit Frederick Douglas with identifying the solution to all of America’s current problems.

You know…The main problem that threatens our very existence as the Constitutional Republic of America.

Frederick Douglas (1818? -1895) wrote:

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

P.S., I trust any woke readers that I might have will forgive Mr. Douglas for his sexist language. Today I am certain he would say “broken men” in his quote. Rather he would say “broken men and womenand the whole LGBTQ+ clan as well“.

Please read about this amazing man and American Patriot.

V,. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 10/27/22

Communist Rules for Revolution & America’s destruction

October 20, 2022

I saw it coming. Did you?!

Cultural Survival Skills

Communist Rules for Revolution & America’s Destruction!

I found the following rules floating around in cyberspace and I took the time to try to validate the authorship of them. They appear to not have any known author.

Snopes reports that the authorship of these rules is unknown. They were reported to have been discovered in post-war Germany, but their actual origin is unknown.

However, the following rules are in accord with those that I have encountered in my reading about socialist and communist tactics in fomenting revolutions and securing political power. 

So, I will ask you dear reader: Do you recognize any of the following rules for revolution? Have you seen them unfolding anywhere in history?  Do you see them unfolding in America, before your very eyes?! Have you ever been personally impacted by any of these strategies for producing a revolution?

Let me know, I would love to hear…

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Protect America’s Children!

October 19, 2022

Today we rightfully worry about conserving the earth’s energy supplies and finding more renewable energy resources for our future. Tragically, there is one precious source of renewable energy that is already “discovered”. But we have taken it for granted and squandered it shamelessly.

That renewable human energy resource is our America’s children. Nothing better can ever replace our intellectually, physically, and emotionally healthy children. No other source of pure and renewable energy will ever reduce America’s crippling high rates of psychologically disordered adults with socially damaging emotional and behavior problems as quickly, significantly and cost-effectively as having and raising increasing numbers of our own healthy developing children. It is appropriate that we think of damaged children and youth as “damaged cells” in the socio-cultural animal that we are. It is essential that we prevent damage to this, our precious renewable life-source, in every way we can.

An old saying is: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Prevention is the most efficient, certain and cost-effective way to ,over-time, increase the percent of mentally healthy and effective adults in America. Understand that a great many social and family “risk factors” for psychopathology in children are well identified. These are only associations, or correlations. However, the causal factors are likely to be found somewhere within these “risk factors”, or perhaps within the psychological or biological make-up of the children exposed to them.

For America to live long and well we must protect our children and youth from the many developmental risk-factors associated with the expensive and difficult-to-fix emotional harms they have suffered. Very often these psychological and behavioral problems continue into their adult years; creating more risk-factors for their own children and others with whom they interact.

I judge that all of this is one major source of America’s increasingly behaviorally debilitated population, society, and culture.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D. 10/19/22

Cartoons Tell Truth: It’s All On Purpose!

October 9, 2022

If you can’t see that this is so, have your eyes checked.

Tom Mawhinney. 10/9/22

Gambling Damages Our People and Our Socioculture

October 6, 2022

With sports gambling, children gaining access to on-line gambling and child-care centers in casinos, things have gotten much worse in this domain of America’s decline. VTM

Cultural Survival Skills

Gambling Damages Our People and Our Socioculture 

The following is an article that I wrote for Indiana’s South Bend Tribune’s Michiana Point Of View published Sunday, July 22, 2001.

There have been many changes since I wrote this article. The gambling industry has continued to grow. The number of our citizens who gamble and who show various gambling-related behavior problems have continued to grow. Our National financial disaster has worsened. Now in the year 2009, it is known to world. Our problems continue to grow.

The following is a shortened version this newspaper article.

Our National gambling revolution did not result from a populace movement. It emerged almost exclusively through the combined efforts of the gambling industry, its wealthy lobbyists and our desperately receptive legislators and politicians.

The critics of behavioral psychology have long predicted that its principles would someday be used by governments to coerce and exploit their…

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Picture=1000 Words of Woe!

September 30, 2022

I am working diligently on a book and so my blogs are, to the best of my ability, short and to the point. All the better, when they can be short and to a large number of points!

As is this one.

Wake-Up America and vote accordingly, at every opportunity.

Blessings, Tom Mawhinney, 9/30/22

Root Causes of American Misery

September 21, 2022

This says much of it. But not all.

Remember, in a democracy (and a Representative Republic like ours), THE PEOPLE GET EXACTLY WHAT THEY DESERVE!

Selfishness and immediate gratification do have their immediate rewarding consequences.

But now you see the delayed punishing consequences…you dummies’. Was it worth it?!

Call it the tyranny of delayed consequences! Next time, don’t be a sucker.

Thanks to the Patriot Post Cartoons.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 9/21/22


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