The Psychology of Socialism: 2 (Modernization)

January 15, 2021

The Psychology of Socialism # 2 ( Modernization)

I judge that the the social and political infestation of Marxist Socialism in America is analogues to any disease that sickens an individual.  When someone’s immune system is sufficiently weakened, they become increasingly susceptible to various diseases; some of which are lethal.

The psychological and spiritual health of our population greatly affects America’s resistance to the killing effects of Marxism on societies and their cultures. 

Factors that affect the psychological health of America’s population is the topic of what follows.

It is critically important to know about the Psychological Laws and Principles that tend to shape a population’s behavior patterns; the ones that I explained in my previous post, “The Psychology of Socialism #1 (The People)”. The psychological Laws and Principles that increase or decrease the frequency of good or bad behaviors; and useful or self-defeating behaviors in individuals and groups of individuals…including societies of individuals.

Please scroll down the list of my topics on this page to refresh or learn these Laws and Principles for the first time. Perhaps you will have to search for its #1’s title in my search box located on the upper right of my home page.

All of these Laws and Principles tend to influence the behaviors of both individuals and populations in much the same ways. They increase or decrease the frequency of occurrence of behaviors within individuals, groups, or entire societies. 

The susceptibility of humans to be influenced by these Laws and Principles of Psychology,  and to show other innate characteristics and tendencies, should be what we mean by “Human Nature”. That is, it is most common for humans to prefer faster, bigger, more frequent and more convenient rewards, rather than rewards that come slower, smaller, less frequent and more difficult to achieve. It is also human nature to tend to avoid and escape unpleasant or painful experiences by any easy and immediately effective way that works.

All of this may sound like common sense…and it is! But, it includes a heck-of-a-lot more than common sense. These scientific facts have been validated by nearly 100 years of effortful replicated psychological research. 

Also, it is easy to see that what we call common sense–is not so common as we once thought! 

Like it or not, deny it or not, these Psychological Laws and Principles are inalterable truths that can increase good behaviors in individuals, all human organizations, and societies. Unfortunately, these laws and principles can also increase harmful and even destructive behaviors in all of these venues. Like nuclear power they can sustain individuals and societies, or destroy them.

From this perspective, it should not be a surprise to learn that the strength and endurance of our behaviors are influenced by the rates and intervals governing how often, or how difficult it is to gain our rewards and avoid or escape unpleasant or painful conditions.

Citizens in primitive societies learn to work very hard to secure their rewards (safe shelter, food, water, warmth and protection from various dangers, etc.). They must learn to cope with the stresses of survival in very difficult, disease-ridden even war-torn environments. They learn, as other animals do , to work very hard to live in these circumstances that demand greater tenacity, perseverance, inventiveness, strength and courage to survive. Furthermore, they tend to adopt comforting religions that help them to cope with a great many stressors over which they have little personal control. This last matter will be discussed in greater detail in a later blog.

It is essential for parents in more primitive cultures to teach their children these skills and beliefs because, during the parent’s old age, they must rely upon their children’s care in order to survive.

As modernizing societies continue to develop through the generations of citizens, the strength and adaptive qualities of the population’s behavior tends to diminish. The once more common levels of tenacity, perseverance, inventiveness, courage to survive hardships, and the solidifying faith in historical traditions and religions tend to be weakened. People become dependent upon the  advances of knowledge, science and new technological conveniences.

However, human wisdom about how to best cope with these evolutions appears to lag very far behind.

In modernizing societies the historically greater demands of life give-way to more frequent, more plentiful, bigger and more easily gained rewards. Simultaneously, more convenient and certain strategies to escape or avoid discomfort, pain and even death become a new and comforting part of life. With these increasing advantages and without formally taught adaptive counter-measures to preserve the older self-sufficient skills; as well as the mental and physical hardiness of former populations; survival skills and abilities weaken. The new relatively easy life-style brings the tendency among an increasing percent of citizens (I.e., the prevalence) of the modernizing society’s population’s to lose former generation’s hardiness, tenacity and perseverance.  It is important to remember that the soft and easy life, is only so…relative to the demands of life-styles. Therefore, this tendency of population and cultural decline, presumably, has been a factor in the decline and collapse of societies throughout history.

The so called “law of least effort” facilitates the weakening of population behavior. This tends to show-up in behavior patterns we may label as laziness, impatience, low frustration tolerance, poor self-control, and decreased inventiveness, etc..

Look at our own behavior patterns today.

Why warm stuff in the oven when there is microwave? Why wash the dishes by hand when there is the dish washer? Why shovel the driveway when you have a snow blower? Why climb the stairs when there is an elevator? Why abstain from sex when easy birth control medication and abortions-on-demand are easily available? Why practice common courtesies when population density and mobility ensures you will never see a person again? Why not eat what you wish when there is medicine to treat high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease? Why walk when you can ride? Why take time and effort to shop at a store when you can order stuff over the internet? Why go to school when you can do computer assisted education? Why work when you can get welfare? Why get married when you can “hook-Up” and have sex, all the advantages of a home, and irresponsibly come and go as you please?  Why have children and raise them with great care, when it costs so much, is inconvenient and stressful, interferes with earning more money, and achieving a great career,  and so on?

It is often said that humanity has made great gains through science and technology. This is obviously True!

But what is also true, but not so obvious, is that science and technology have also had many negative psychological effects upon the the behavior patterns of the citizens within modernizing societies. It is essential to understand that the quality of citizen’s behavior patterns is influenced by sociocultural evolution, and Sociocultural evolution is influenced by the quality of citizen’s behavior patterns. 

All of this, and more of course, has been an important part of the rise and fall of the greatest societies in the history of planet earth.

It is now essential to further evaluate the effects of America’s cultural evolutions upon the psychological health and viability of our society’s citizens, and visa-versa. 

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 1/15/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Circumvent Marxist Censorship!

January 10, 2021

One of the foundational strategies used by America’s Marxist Revolutionary forces is Censorship.

It has been upsetting to see that many of my non-profane, patriotic posts on this blog have been censored by Face Book and perhaps in other places.

Now comes the news that Facebook and Twitter has censored the President of the United States from posting his thoughts on these social media. Also, Parler, a free social discussion platform has been closed down by Apple.

Given that the mainstream media has refused to cover President Trump’s good accomplishments, vilified and slandered him at every opportunity, he used these and other methods to speak directly to the citizens of the United States. Now these platforms have excluded him from this ability, along with many other conservative voices.

Our Founding Fathers knew that freedom of speech among citizens and the news media was the life-blood of our Constitutional Representative Republic.  The First Amendment was created to absolutely, and above all, protect free speech in America.

A great number of knowledgeable American citizens, are now traumatized by watching our mainstream media brazenly destroy our First Amendment by monopolizing and then censoring what can be printed or said in public. The leftists, in virtually every domain of of our social lives, media, law and government champion censorship through Politically Correct Speech restrictions and their so-called Cancel-Culture. As you may know, the cancel-culture uses any way possible (I.e., governmental power, media slander, and legal advantages); to ruin the lives of important conservatives and other population “speech deviants”. 

It should be obvious that America’s Modern Marxist Revolution has gained the power to destroy our Constitutional First Amendment and  accelerate the loss of individual freedoms through increasingly tyrannical governmental prohibitions and sanctions.

Our society is already in a grievous state of decline. Unless our nation’s Marxist Resolution is defeated, it will certainly cause the collapse of worlds greatest “Land of the free and the home of the brave”.

Now, please see how you can avoid Leftist/Marxist censorship and social/political persecution in cyberspace.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 1/10/20

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Democrats: We Should All Cooperate and Heal!

January 9, 2021

The Democrat Marxists now call for healing and cooperation from the conservative Republicans and their constituents.

They loudly plead to resolve our great differences through compromise and cooperation.

Astonishingly, they do this, at the same time that they support the mainstream news and social media’s censoring the thoughts of President Trump, conservative politicians and private citizens from Facebook, Twitter, Parler, and other public outlets.

They claim to worship freedom and democracy at the same time they are destroying these precious things through dictatorial means.

Unbelievably, the Democrats now call for healing and cooperation at the very same time they urgently strive to Impeach President Trump, who will leave the Presidency in less than two weeks!

What a pile of nauseating bovine scat. 

The American Democrat Marxist Revolution is hell-bent to foment division, conflict and sociocultural chaos. Their revolutionary strategy is to totally wreck our Constitutional Republic of America. This must first be done to “transform” us all it into...The Socialist States of America. 

Fools will believe what the Democrats and their captive media say.

Smart citizens will only watch what they do…and then behave accordingly!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 1/9/21

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Progressives/Socialist/Communists Creating American An Leviathan

January 8, 2021

I wrote the following Blog in 2014.
For generations many Americans have been propagandized into favoring Marxism. This was made possible by Marxist revolutionaries slowly, but steadily, gaining more and more control over many sectors of our culture (Education, Mainstream Media, Entertainment, Jurisprudence, the Electoral Process, and much more. America is in big trouble and many people believe Socialism is the solution; this when it is actually the cause! Tom Mawhinney, 1/8/2021

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Progressives/Socialist/Communists Creating American Leviathan

Rules for Revolution

Snopes reports that both of the lists that I will present below are false. They do this because the attributed authorship of these two sets of rules is unknown. Therefore, the “falseness” Snopes proclaims is only because these lists have been falsely attributed to their supposed authors.

I will submit to you that even though the authors were falsely attributed, and in the final analysis unknown, these lists are absolutely true of the age-old progressive/socialist/ communist strategies used to destroy democracies and democratic republics.

Historically, as is the case with Putin’s Russia invading Ukraine to squelch the advancement of democracy, these strategies have been employed at the barrel of guns. This is ongoing as I write.

However, thanks to our Constitution’s Second Amendment, such an attack is not so likely to work in America. Therefore, as Antonio Gramsci has recommended, progressive/socialist/ communist forces…

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Tucker: The Capitol Riot

January 8, 2021

Tucker: The Capitol Riot

This is the biggest of many blows against America’s Constitutional Republic by the perpetrators of our ongoing Marxist Revolution!

This fact should be as vividly clear to us a the sight and smell of a dog turd in the middle of our living rooms.

I am in total agreement with Tucker. 

Are You?!

If not, tell me why not, please.

Tom Mawhinney, 1’8/21

Alinsky: Dress Up As Members of The Ku Klux Klan

January 7, 2021

Please see my blog from 2010 in order to begin to understand what has happened to America in 2021.

It was the plan to cause rioting in Washington D.C. that ended up storming our Capitol building, leading to the to the death of a female participate (shot by Capitol police). It was the catalytic strategy of America’s Marxist Revolution to disenfranchise President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” crusade and the Constitutionally Conservative Republicans that supported him. As so often it does, this Leftist strategy achieved its goal: Political Chaos and Cultural Revolution!
V. Thomas Mawhinney, 1/7/2021

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Alinsky: “Dress Up As Members Of The Ku Klux Klan”.

In his pamphlet on this topic, “Rules for Revolution”, David Horiwitz documents the strong connection between President Obama and Saul Alinsky, the radical revolutionary.

On pages 42 and 43, he quotes and interprets Alinsky:

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Sanford Horwitt prefaces his biography of Alinski, “Let Them Call Me Rebel”, with an anecdote he felt illuminated Alinsky’s method. In this anecdote, Alinsky shares his wisdom with students wishing to protest the appearance on their campus of the first George Bush, then America’s representative to the UN during the  Vietnam War:

College student activists in the 1960s and 1970s sought out Alinsky for advice about tactics and strategy. On one such occasion in the spring of 1972 at Tulane University’s annual week-long series of events featuring leading public figures, students asked Alinsky to help plan a protest for a scheduled speech by George Bush, then U. S. representative to the…

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America’s Tipping Point?!

January 6, 2021

We told you so.

Cultural Survival Skills

America’s Tipping Point?!

America’s tipping point will come when the gains of the Marxist/Leninist “Deep-State operatives, who have infiltrated our law enforcement, judiciary, education (at all levels), social welfare system, entertainment and news media, and all levels of government achieve the power necessary to “Transform America” (as Barrack Obama promised to do).

I suspect that the final break-point will  occur when the generations of our propagandized youth, evolving since before the 1960’s finally achieve the numbers necessary to consistently out-vote the diminishing proportion of patriotic, conservative, freedom-loving, U. S. Constitution-supporting senior citizens.

Within great civilizations, mature populations with culturally ingrained adaptive and successful thoughts, emotions, values and behaviors normally do not change their philosophies of life. Instead, as life gets more prosperous, complex, simultaneously more and less difficult (due to advancing technology), indigenous religions begin to fade and population fecundity weakens, etc., the youth becomes less and less acculturated to…

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The Psychology of Socialism #1 (The People )

January 3, 2021

The Psychology of Socialism #1 (The People)

Why is Socialism so resurgently popular around the world?!

How could this ever happen in America…”The Land of The Free and The Home of The Brave”?!

Why does it keep reoccurring in spite of Socialism’s countless failures?

Why does Socialism keep reoccurring in spite its certain progress into tyrannical and all-controlling bloated central governments.

Why does it keep reoccurring in spite of the great tendency of Socialism to morph into an even more tyrannical and murderous  form of government, called Communism?  Read: “The Road To Serfdom”, by Friedrich Hayek. 

Why does Socialism keep reoccurring in the face of indisputable historical evidence that Socialism/Communism has caused the death of around 94 million citizens (some say 100 million)?! The statistics of these victims include deaths through executions, man-made hunger, famine, war, deportations, and forced labor. See Wikipedia, “The Black Book of Communism”.

Many answers to these questions are far from simple; but they are very clear and easily found within the Laws and Principles of the Science of Psychology. One of these main Laws is the “Law of Effect”.  The Law of Effect simply states that Consequences Control Behavior.  Read: “Elementary Principles of Behavior”, by Dick Malott and Co-Authors.

These basic principles were first observed with various animals, and were found to also greatly influence the thoughts, beliefs and emotions and behaviors of humans. 

Unfortunately, our sense of superiority and vanity has historically blinded many of our leaders and the rest of us to this critically important fact-of-life. But, unless we wish to conclude that we are minerals, vegetables, fungi or bacteria, etc., we we must accept the fact that we are animals.  This perception is a great advantage because it confirms critical aspects of our nature and points the way to understanding the social, cultural, and political systems that can strengthen our best human characteristics and avoid those that catalyze our worst.

For individuals to improve themselves though cognitive behavior therapy it is important that they come to know and understand their own behaviors and the Psychological Laws and Principles of behavior that influence them. The challenge then is learn new beliefs, rewards and their environments to achieve beneficial results. It is no different with entire societies and the political systems that govern them.

Given all of the above understood, let us return to the penultimate questions:  Why do humans, like moths, repeatedly fly into the destructive fires of socialism? Why do we repeatedly leap into the deadly Venus-Fly-Traps of Socialism and Communism? 

The answers are contained within the fact that, like all other animals, we tend to work to obtain things and activities that are rewarding to us. Just as importantly, we tend to work, escape, and avoid things and activities that are unpleasant, painful, demand  greater effort, or deprive us of rewards. We move about (forage) to obtain, escape, or avoid such things and activities; just like other animals.

Moreover, we tend to forage to get, escape, or avoid such events as fast and as conveniently as possible.

When we experience pain, or the deprivation of rewards, we may be motivated to remain where we are located and try to remedy our situation. Or, we may forage in search of safer and/or more rewarding environments to inhabit. For example, observe the current movement of America’s populations from high crime, high blight and high tax-rate cities and states to more rewarding/less unpleasant social and political environments.

We love our rewards to occur as immediately as possible (i.e., fast food, microwaves, faster computers, 5g phones, etc., etc.). We do not like it when rewards are terminated, reduced, or delayed; or we experience pain (i.e., pay checks, mechanical/technological failures; or job loss, friends lost, injury, sickness, death, etc., etc.).

Tragically, humans easily fall prey to behaving in ways that bring the joys of immediate rewards, but often lead to painful delayed consequences (gambling, lying, cheating, stealing, drug/alcohol abuse, gluttony, disloyalty in social relationships/marriage, “buy now but pay later” acquisitions, and other forms of immediately rewarding; but ultimately harmful impulsive behaviors. Behavioral Psychologists refer to this all to common behavioral trap as: “The Tyranny of Deferred Consequences”. 

We easily fall prey to novel and addictive things and activities (sex, drugs, pornography, and gimbling. We also become addicted to the stimulating adrenalin and dopamine highs produced by many these and other activities such as fighting, war, rule-breaking and escape from various dangers.

Science and Technology has allowed us to experience all of the highly arousing harmful and addictive activities listed above, and more. Psychologist Albert Bandura and others have demonstrated, without a shadow of doubt, that one of the most important ways that humans learn their behaviors and appetites is through modeling and imitation.

By now, dear reader, you should be thinking about some these powerful Laws and Principles of the science of Psychology and how they can help or hurt or the successful evolution of America. 

There is more of this analysis to come. 

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 1/3/2021

Made In China!

December 28, 2020

Made In China!

Thanks to Gary Varvel and the Patriot Post for this sharp dose of reality.

Need  I say more…

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 12/28/20

 

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