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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

Communism = Starvation = Bizarre Foods

March 28, 2020

Communism = Starvation = Bizarre Foods

This should be a no-brainer!

Of course, there are other causes, but historically, Socialism and Communism have yielded poverty, starvation, death and disease.

Poverty and starvation, over many generations can yield very bizarre appetites and eating habits the among surviving populations.

So, why would anyone expect that bizarre “foods” would not populate their market places?!

They do. See for yourself!

10 bizarre foods of China.

10 Bizarre Foods to Eat in China

Also, they really do eat bats in China!

https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-itm-001&hsimp=yhs-001&hspart=itm&p=videos+of+chines+eating+bats#id=1&vid=502828e15128492e7438df73001eaf28&action=click

See why eating bats is a very dangerous thing for humans to do.

https://www.livescience.com/44870-bats-viruses-flight.html

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 3/28/20

Threats To America: Laughing All The Way!

February 27, 2020

Threats To America: Laughing All The Way!

Well, no! Threats to America are not funny.

But, around the world, ridicule and laughter is a historically successful propagandistic technique used by totalitarians, socialists and communists to smear, marginalize, and stigmatize their opposition; namely the advocates of freedom and democracy.

It is right an fitting that I, and other like-minded patriots of America’s Constitutional Republic, would finally give these political vultures among us a dose of their own poisonous medicine.

Medicines, never to be administered to our honorable representatives dedicated to keeping AMERICA ALIVE, FREE and PROSPEROUS!

P.S. Depicting a destructive political force using humor is not real propaganda because it is based upon the truth

V. Thomas Mawhinney, 2/27/20

 

 

Why Not Socialism ? # 1

October 7, 2019

Why Not Socialism? # 1

Wake-Up America!

America’s Government funded and socialized public education system is not acculturating your children to our historical ways of life, economy and government.

As a result, increasing numbers of your children and youth have learned that socialism is the best form of economy and government on earth. Therefore America should become a socialist society. 

The following series will demonstrate, with facts and examples, that socialism is awful and tends to progress to communism, which is even worse yet! 

Thanks to Prager University for creating the videos that will be displayed in this series about the universal failure of socialism. 

Please share this blog with everyone you know.

Then do your duty! Go to the polls and vote the socialists out of all levels of America’s government!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 10/17/18, 10/6/19

America: French Revolution Lessons

February 12, 2019

America: French Revolution Lessons.

I am posting an excellent authoritative review of conditions that preceded and unfolded during the historic French Revolution, starting in 1789 and ending in 1799. 

Most Americans have some awareness of the occurrence of this stunning and cataclysmic historic event. However, it is likely that very few understand the many social, economic, political, religious and cultural factors that were involved in this bloody implosion of France. 

I have read about the French Revolution in numerous places. But, never have I encountered the vivid cascade of historical details of the French Revolution in the way that author James Watkins has provided in his 2016 article on this topic.

James Watkins writes with an unflinchingly detailed style that almost drags the reader into the terrifying events of this human catastrophe. Yet, Watkins artistically writes in a way that does not sacrifice a rigorous scholarly treatment of the French Revolution. 

This article is an important work not because I believe America is poised to under-go a French-like Revolution.

It is important because many similar elements of decline are now increasingly apparent in our own socioculture. There are enough similarities to spark intelligent concern that our Founding Father’s America may not long endure.

Please give James Watkins’ article a thoughtful review and see what you think.

Take note of the economic problems that France faced at the time of its great revolution; corruption, widespread sexual licentiousness, sociopathic personalities of the revolutionaries and anarchists, atheism, persecution and murder of believers and clergy, and the spread of superstitious beliefs within the population.

See that a small cadre of leader’s gave many speeches to citizens that were designed to raise their emotional passions against “traitors”. Traitors were defined as, among other things; the rich, intellectuals, influential people and anyone who was identified as opposed to the revolution and its egalitarian/communist ideology. 

Finally, do not over-look that in the end, the revolution consumed itself with the murder of approximately 300,000 citizens; including many of its own revolutionary leaders.

https://owlcation.com/humanities/The-FRench-Revolution-Cause-and-Effect

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/12/19

Why Not Socialism?! #3

October 22, 2018

Why Not Socialism?! #3

You will note that the man in today’s video, sponsored through Prager University, does not use the word socialism. He is speaking of “the left” and it’s historical movement called “progressivism”. You should know that the left, progressivism, and socialism are all synonyms for the goals and actions of America’s modern democratic party!

Don’t be fooled. So-called progressivism is just another name for socialism. Calling their goals and actions “progressivism” is simply the democratic parties’ way of making sweet-sounding incremental steps toward socialism; which is a big step towards communism. 

The modern democratic party has moved all-the-way to the radical-left and many Americans are oblivious to this fact and its bleak delayed consequences. A large segment of America’s population has not been educated about the horrors of socialism and communism.

The democratic party, and its deep-state operatives, are in the process of transforming America to a repressive, anti-Constitutional, socialist state; just as former President Obama promised it would.  

Wake-Up America!

See the following short video and send it to everyone you know.

https://www.prageru.com/playlists/most-popular#4

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 10/22/18

Why Not Socialism ? # 1

October 17, 2018

Why Not Socialism? # 1

Wake-Up America!

America’s Government funded and socialized public education system is not acculturating your children to our historical ways of life, economy and government.

As a result, increasing numbers of your children and youth have learned that socialism is the best form of economy and government on earth. Therefore America should become a socialist society. 

The following series will demonstrate, with facts and examples, that socialism is awful and tends to progress to communism, which is even worse yet! 

Thanks to Prager University for creating the videos that will be displayed in this series about the universal failure of socialism. 

Please share this blog with everyone you know.

Then do your duty! Go to the polls and vote the socialists out of all levels of America’s government!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 10/17/18, 10/6/19

Socialism vs. Capitalism

June 6, 2018

Socialism vs. Capitalism

If a culture does not teach its basic principles: ethics, morals, economics and political philosophy to its children it will perish.

America’s educational system has increasingly failed to acculturate our children starting in primary schools and continuing through college since sometime in the 1950’s.  

As a result, a large proportion of our youth now favors socialism over capitalism as an economic system for America. 

Tragically, our youth knows little to nothing about the fact that socialism tends to evolve in the direction of communism. Furthermore, socialism generally produces poorly motivated citizens, who are taxed to-the-max who become dependent upon governmental support, in this political system prone to great corruption and failure. 

The most recent example of the abject failure of socialism is Venezuela. 

Please see this video about the now unfolding failure of Venezuela and then read the short article below.

Here is a quote taken from the article below. It is essential for America’s voting adult population to understand how socialism is becoming increasingly attractive to America’s youthful voters. 

“As Dr. Thomas Sowell says”, ‘Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.’

https://patriotpost.us/opinion/56199-capitalism-vs-socialism

Please send this blog to everyone you know. Wake-Up America!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 6/6/18

August 14, 2016

Why Americans Should Hate Liberalism #3

Why Americans Should Hate Liberalism #3

The following is a direct quote from Dr. Michael G. Martin’s book: Liberalism: The Demise of America .

Not only will it be well worth your time to read and think about these two paragraphs: It is your patriotic duty to do so.

America’s future hangs in the balance of a general understanding of the following  perceptions of reality.

Quote:

Liberals want to change society so that there are no longer losers, malcontents, or the irresponsible. It is strange that the policies they tout involve perverse incentives, so these bad behaviors are actually promoted and incentivized. This applies to drug addiction, hard work, sexual responsibility, and the like. Liberals think compassion will change everything. They believe people are malleable and plastic, susceptible to change—but even if this were true, it must be accomplished though the proper incentives and social and economic context. They appear to be behaviorists, but yet they are employing perverse incentives to get change. This is a puzzle that defies comprehension.

It’s interesting that liberals believe they can change society and the nature of individuals when they don’t believe in individual responsibility or accountability for individuals. They see the life of the individual as being largely deterministic. That is to say, their behavior is shaped by social and environmental forces beyond their control. If an individual can’t affect his own life, how can liberals argue that they can change the nature of society and individuals? On the scale of the collective, then, they are basically acknowledging that they escape the thrall of determinism.

Perhaps the explanation is that they believe the common man is too stupid to affect his life, but that the elite—the smart people—can basically re-engineer not only themselves, the society, and the very nature of human beings themselves. Liberals are saying in effect, then, that the common man—really the stupid people—is totally malleable. He can be made into anything the liberal elite want, good or bad. There are strong assumptions here about not only human nature, but the influence of other unseen and not-understood forces that shape human behavior, as well as the ability of the liberal elite to engineer the wrenching change that they desire.

Kindle pages 261 and 262.

End Quote:

I am a behavioral psychologist and a great admirer of B. F. Skinner, perhaps the greatest psychologist of the 20th century.

Skinner and other behaviorists rightfully ascribe great power to the environment to shape the behavior patterns of humans and other animals. Furthermore, Skinner, as well as many behaviorists acknowledge the strength of genetic determinants upon human psychological adaptations as they interact and are influenced, in very complex ways, by a plethora of environmental influences.

It is important for Americans to understand that is no “free will”, in the sense that humans are totally free from genetic and environmental influences.

No population can escape the influences of their genetics, social and physical environments. The best that can be done, in my judgment, is to educate citizens about the scientific principles of these influences and also teach them to come under the control of the imperatives of survival for their own society, their own loved ones who will outlive them and their loved-ones who are yet to be born.

This bright future will require that Americans relearn the advantages of forsaking immediate gratifications in favor of highly beneficial long-term outcomes. It will also require that we again venerate and teach the compliance with rules of living and conduct that insure such future benefits.

My reading of American and World History has led me to conclude that the “Wisdom of the Ages” resides in the Judeo/Christian precepts and values for personal conduct that once helped make America great. The same can be said of other compatible religions of the world.

The teaching of, and compliance to, these precious guides for life are powerfully augmented when a society encourages the belief in a Higher Power than that of the self-destructive philosophy of secular humanism which forms the basis of liberalism,  progressivism, socialism and communism.

Only then we can we hope that our Constitutional Republic might endure thorough our representative democratic political process and citizen voter counter-controls on governmental actions.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/19/16

Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Indiana University South Bend

More Killed In Name of Religion?!

January 5, 2012

More Killed In Name of Religion?!

I have heard this statement flippantly and confidently quipped by many. Much as if it is a self-evident Truth. I have heard this said, in all seriousness, by those who consider themselves to be religious people.

I generally dispute these statements. My first concern is where is the evidence of this and who did the math to prove that slanderous assertion. The answer is normally a passing reference to the Crusades or the Inquisitions. The debate then fades to what is essentially a matter of incalculable clashing, but incalculable opinions.

I want to thank Gonzo for sending me the following article. It provides some interesting (though I am sure, debatable) logic and  statistics with which to arm one’s self when debating the “More Killed By Religion” slander.

Whether you are religious or not, it is your responsibility to evaluate this issue carefully before you enter the debate.

Given the protracted secular humanist war on religion in Europe and America, and the continuing decline of these civilizations, I think the whole of Western Culture is at stake.

Evaluate the following and then have the courage to speak-up!

http://conservapedia.com/Atheism_and_Mass_Murder

VTM


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