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The Black Dilemma?

November 2, 2017



A dear friend sent this article to me for my evaluation.

My research on the internet found the following:


“While many online postings of the above-displayed article in June 2015 claimed that it had been recently published in Baltimore Sun, this article has actually been circulating on the Internet since at least September 2014, when it was published under the title “Ten Percent Is Not Enough” in the American Renaissance blog.”

“The American Renaissance posting was originally attributed to Anthony Bryan; but his name was stripped from versions shared via Internet forums, craigslist postings, and comments sections of several race-related articles. Several different authorial names have been attached to the piece, including “John S. Mosby” (a Confederate cavalry officer) and “Edmund Hughes,” but the article didn’t truly go viral until after the Baltimore Sun attribution was tacked on.”


Further follow-up research found that the Baltimore Sun published a disclaimer indicating that it never published the article to follow. This can be confirmed by typing “Baltimore Sun, The Black Dilemma”.

Never-the-less, the following article partially conflates with the various socio-cultural realities that I have personally witnessed and what I have learned in my studies of America’s attempts to improve race relations and economic advancements for black citizens. 

Indeed, the back population has made very significant progress in past years. But, but these gains have recently stalled and I fear the progress is not yet sufficient avoid a future of great racial strife in america.

Please read the following article in black print.  I will add my personal thoughts in red print.


The Black Dilemma

For almost 150 years the United States has been conducting an interesting experiment.  The subjects of the experiment:  black people and working-class whites. The hypothesis to be tested: Can a people taken from the jungles of Africa and forced into slavery be fully integrated as citizens in a majority white population?  The whites were descendants of Europeans who had created a majestic civilization.  The former slaves had been tribal peoples with no written language and virtually no intellectual achievements.  Acting on a policy that was not fair to either group, the government released newly freed black people into a white society that saw them as inferiors.  America has struggled with racial discord ever since.

I do not think it was unfair to release blacks into into whites, nor do I think freedom was unfair to blacks. Obviously, the conscription of blacks into slavery was not only unfair, it was a immoral abomination. However, slavery was a world-wide practice in those times and blacks were complicit in capturing and selling other blacks into slavery. The systemic blatant discrimination and hostility to blacks before and following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 by whites was absolutely unfair.

The surprise for many is that the worst treatment, and greatest proportion of it, was institutionalized by the democrats.

I know it sounds outlandish, but it is the absolute truth. Please read the following short article right now, as my remarks to follow are predicated upon this easily available knowledge for those who will do their research.

For a more historical and in-depth and expose’ of democratic abuse of America’s black population, it is essential to read Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, “The Big Lie”.

Decade after decade the problems persisted but the experimenters never gave up.  They insisted that if they could find the right formula the experiment would work, and concocted program after program to get the result they wanted.  They created the Freedmans Bureau, passed civil rights laws, tried to build the Great Society, declared War on Poverty, ordered race preferences, built housing projects, and tried midnight basketball.  Their new laws intruded into peoples lives in ways that would have been otherwise unthinkable.  They called in National Guard troops to enforce school integration.  They outlawed freedom of association.  Over the protests of parents, they put white children on buses and sent them to black schools and vice-versa.  They tried with money, special programs, relaxed standards, and endless hand wringing to close the achievement gap. 

All of this is true. To the greatest extent it was the a growing and increasingly democratic government that imposed draconian and unconstitutional fascist social engineering programs under the guise of liberating the black population

The result was a great social disruption, clashing subcultures, massive appropriations for programs and entitlements run by an increasingly bloated leftist and incompetent government. 

The greatest purposeful achievement was to destroy the black family structure (as it has done to a great many white families). It further “re-enslaved” great numbers of voting, chronically dependent and economically disenfranchised blacks and poor whites to the increasingly radical liberal/progressive/fascist democratic party.

To keep white backlash in check they began punishing public and even private statements on race.  They hung up Orwellian public banners that commanded whites to Celebrate Diversity! and Say No to Racism.  Nothing was off limits if it might salvage the experiment.

This is true, but it was only part of the goals of the long-term game plan of the socialist/Marxist left in America. These goals were: Capture the poor minority’s vote, capture the news and entertainment media, capture education, capture the judicial system, weaken the family, weaken religion, grow the size of the government, increase taxes, gain control of the government and the budget, and increase the practice of socialism in America.

Implementing strong controls over what people think and are allowed to say and stamping-out religion and individualism in favor of communalism is the leftist’s goal, now largely accomplished.  The tool for cultural change has been fascism, as Mussolini first configured it leading-up to WWII. The American radical left was enamored of this form of government control and they still are: I.e.,  Private ownership of business largely controlled by the government and the enforced political philosophy; “The government and the people are one!” 

Some thought that what W.E.B. DuBois called the Talented Tenth would lead the way for black people.  A group of elite, educated blacks would knock down doors of opportunity and show the world what blacks were capable of. There is a Talented Tenth.  They are the black Americans who have become entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors and scientists  But ten percent is not enough.  For the experiment to work, the ten percent has to be followed by a critical mass of people who can hold middle-class jobs and promote social stability..  That is what is missing.

Well a large mass of black people has followed. They can be seen working in America’s universities, high schools and grade schools. They are working in law enforcement, social welfare efforts, medicine/health care, business, the judicial system, government, politics, the military, and in other jobs of all sorts.

This is plain to see! There have been great gains, but there have also been some set-backs, as the following data will show.

Through the years, too many black people continue to show an inability to function and prosper in a culture unsuited to them.  

OK, but this problem has not been a result of black “inability”. As proven in my first citations at the start of this blog, it is the result of radical/liberal democratic social engineering leading to fatherless families, poverty and governmental dependency among poor blacks and whites. American blacks have been disproportionately disadvantaged because they were disproportionately disadvantages from the start.

Detroit is bankrupt, the south side of Chicago is a war zone, and the vast majority of black cities all over America are beset by degeneracy and violence.  And blacks never take responsibility for their failures.  Instead, they lash out in anger and resentment.

The author (whoever that might be) should have said “too many blacks never take responsibility”. A statement that could also be made about “too many whites”. 

 Across the generations and across the country, as we have seen in Detroit, Watts, Newark, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and now Ferguson, rioting and looting are just one racial incident away.

It is not blacks that have failed, but rather the system in these specific cities and states that have been, for generations, under the governmental control of radical liberal/ progressive politicians who have tried to implement socialistic mini-societies that predictably have failed,  just as thoroughgoing socialism eventually fails every where else in the world.

The white elite would tell us that this doesn’t mean the experiment has failed. We just have to try harder.  We need more money, more time, more understanding, more programs, and more opportunities.  But nothing changes no matter how much money is spent, no matter how many laws are passed, no matter how many black geniuses are portrayed on TV, and no matter who is president. 

But, all of this sure has captured the poor black and poor white vote, as well as the leftist-leaning population in America! The result has been more political power for the radical left.

It will never be a matter of more programs or more money. It is a matter of the motivational and administrative structure of how the money, opportunity and rewards are provided within programs. It is a matter of prompting marketable skill acquisition, work/financial opportunities and rewarding individuals who progress in achieving these goals.

Psychology’s great Law of Effect states “behavior is controlled by its consequences”. Change the consequences for a population’s actions and the populations behavior patterns will change!

Some argue its a problem of culture, as if culture creates peoples behavior instead of the other way around.

It would only take one good course in introductory sociology, anthropology, and psychology for most to realize that what we call culture is influenced by many things. Some of these things are: The physical environment, biological/health issues, war/peace, feast/famine, religion/lack of it, how citizens make their livings, science and technology, and of course the behavior of the individuals within the population.

Do not forget that cultures are also comprised of subcultures. Yes behavior creates culture, as the author so strongly states. But please never forget that there is an undeniable synergism among all components of a culture.  All components of culture interact with other components in complex feedback cycles capable of both accelerating and decelerating population behavior patterns. Cultural causes and effects are best  conceived as a great multi-layered lattis of multi-directional causal interactions both within and between these layers.

Make no mistake, culture shapes the perceptions, thoughts, beliefs, expectations and behaviors of those who live within it

Consider the infants born into the third generation families of those who have learned to live off governmental hand-outs and entitlements. That is, families that have learned it is most convenient (government rewards are most predicable and immediate)  and least effortful ( The “law” of least effort) to live the marginal life-style of a welfare recipient within the relatively deprived and dangerous environs of poverty.

These infants also tend to be born into environments that provide the quickest and easiest routs to increased status and prosperity through intimidation, violence and crime; environs in which education is viewed as useless.

From a statistical perspective, what would any psychologically knowledgeable individual predict for infants born into such conditions, other than the outcomes commented upon by the unknown author if this article sent to me?!

Would you really like to make the argument that culture does not shape such infants behavior?

Others blame white privilege.

But since 1965, when the elites opened Americas doors to the Third World, immigrants from Asia and India people who are not white, not rich, and not connected have quietly succeeded.  While the children of these people are winning spelling bees and getting top scores on the SAT, black youths are committing half the country’s violent crime, which includes viciously punching random white people on the street for the thrill of it that has nothing to do with poverty.

The subcultures brought to America by the immigrant families specified contained a successful inoculation against the American subculture of governmental dependency and behavioral degeneration. It would be wise to more closely examine what these qualities are and to strive to incorporate (I will say reincorporate) them into our own culture.

The experiment has failed.  Not because of white culture, or white privilege, or white racism.  The fundamental problem is that American black culture has evolved into an un-fixable and crime ridden mess. 

I do not think it is “un-fixable” in the long run. As a psychologist often working with middle-class black families and seeing loving, hard-working, grandparents and mothers, and sadly a fewer number of black fathers, doing their best to raise good children, I see reason for hope.

But, I also see the influences upon these growing children who are affected by the entertainment media and peers who have embraced the immorality, irresponsibility and  barbarianism of “the hood” and the Godless leftist secular humanist philosophy. Many black families, along with what is left of their families are fighting with all of their might to raise a future wonderful black American population.

They do not want to change their culture or society, and expect others to tolerate their violence and amoral behavior.  They have become socially incompatible with other races by their own design, not because of the racism of others – but by their own hatred of non blacks. 

This is true of many in all races.

Our leaders don’t seem to understand just how tired their white subjects are with this experiment.  They don’t understand that white people aren’t out to get black people; they are just exhausted with them.  They are exhausted by the social pathologies, the violence, the endless complaints, and the blind racial solidarity, the bottomless pit of grievances, the excuses, and the reflexive animosity! The elites explain everything with racism, and refuse to believe that white frustration could soon reach the boiling point.”—“You can’t legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom.  What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.  The government can’t give to anybody anything that the government doesn’t first take from somebody else.  When half of the people get the idea that they don’t have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

Author Unknown

Yes, Socialism in America is destroying America. Vote the radical liberal/socialist/progressives out of office. Vote for Constitutional conservatives or see more and more of what the this article is complaining about. 

Someone once said, “In a Democracy (America is really a Republic) the people get exactly what they deserve”.

It will be so.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 10/30/17


Reparations for American Slavery?

October 22, 2017

 Reparations for American Slavery?

A dear friend sent me the following article. It focuses upon the demand by some black citizens for reparations “due them” for America’s early history of slavery.

That is a preposterous demand in my view and the following will address this demand.

The Article is, entitled “Slavery Reparations”, and is written by Fred Reed.

I view this and many other demands from the radical left as scurrilous subterfuge . There is not an ounce of rationality in this demand. Therefore, it is most sensible to view this demand as one of many, in a class of demands, that is a continuing battle plan by the progressive/socialist/Marxist radical left. The ultimate of this cabal is social chaos and upheaval sufficient to spark an American transformation to thoroughgoing socialism.

The opposition to this often disguised movement is composed of true conservatives working against an increasingly entitlement-dependent voting population in order to return to the Constitutional governance and traditional values that made America great.

While I agree with the logical objections to leftist blacks, and others, demands for paid reparations for slavery, I do not like the tone (snotty and condescending as it is), of Fred Reed’s venomous diatribe.

Never-the-less, his main points are spot-on about the problem behaviors of many blacks (absolutely not all) who mindlessly play the race and victim “card” to gain political, material and economic advantages. They are not alone as leftist political forces in America are complicit.

It is well documented that following America’s Civil War and Reconstruction, many Black families were largely intact and slowly making headway in America. This was occurring in spite of a long history of the evil systemic and stultifying racism that persisted for many decades.

If you will please read Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, “The Big Lie” you will learn that this horrific brand of racism was perpetrated by left-wing democrats. While this assertion may its self sound like a big lie, as well as a false politically motivated conspiracy theory, the rational reader will be astonished at the level of scholarly documentation used to prove this stunning allegation.

In spite of the great gains that blacks in America have made, it would appear that far too many are trapped in festering expanses of ghetto quicksand. For these Americans the promise of advancement to prosperity has become the reality of regression.

This tragedy, along with many other indications of America’s great cultural decline, suggests a looming danger for every citizen.

Psychology’s premier law of behavior is the Law of Effect. This states that consequences control behavior and its power to shape and predict human behavior is as good as gold.

If America will only stop rewarding dependency among all races and redouble efforts to encourage and reward those who strive to break their history of poverty, under achievement and dependency, perhaps we can avert America’s looming cultural disaster.

Please read the following for its factual content and not its inflammatory style.

Rest assured that my next few blogs on this sad matter will bolster only the facts that follow. I will do so using a civil and respectful communication style.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 10/22/17


Slavery Reparations  …………by Fred Reed!

On the Web I find that Henry Louis Gates Jr., the chairman of Afro-American Studies at Harvard, is demanding that whites pay reparations to blacks..  It’s because of slavery,see. He is joined in this endeavor by a gaggle of other professional blacks. I guess he’ll send me a bill, huh?

 I feel like saying, “Let me get this straight, Hank.  I’m slow.  Be patient.

You want free money because of slavery, right?  I don’t blame you..” I’d like free money too. Tell you what.  I believe in justice.  I’ll give you a million dollars for every slave I own, and another million for every year you were a slave.  Fair enough? 

But tell me, how many slaves do you suppose I have? In round numbers, I mean…say to the nearest dozen.  And how long were you a slave?

Oh. In other words, I owe you reparations for something that I didn’t do and didn’t happen to you. That makes sense.  Like lug nuts on a birthday cake..

Personally, I think you owe me reparations for things you didn’t do and never happened to me.  I’ve never been coated in Dutch chocolate and thrown from the Eiffel Tower.  I’ll bet you’ve never done it to anyone.  I want reparations.  Kind of silly, isn’t it?

But if we’re going to talk about reparations, that’s a street that runs in two directions.  You want money from me for what some other whites did to some other blacks in another century?

How about you guys paying whites reparations for current expenses caused by blacks?  

Not long ago blacks burned down half of Los Angeles, a city in my country.  Cities are expensive, Hank.  

Build one sometime and you’ll see what I mean.  Whites had to pay taxes to repair Los Angeles for you.  You can send me a check.

Now, yes, I know you burned LA because you didn’t like the verdict in the trial of those police officers.  Well, I didn’t like the verdict in the Simpson trial. But I didn’t burn my house and loot Korean grocers, or burn down a city.

Over the years blacks have burned a lot of American cities: Newark, Detroit, Watts, on and on.  Now add in the fantastic cost over the years of welfare in all its forms, the cost of all of those police calls people had to make, for cells and jails and security systems in department stores.

I can’t live in the capital city of my own country because of crime committed by blacks. 

Toss in the cultural cost of lowering standards in everything for the benefit of blacks.  

See what I mean?

Now, I’d view things differently if you said to me, “Fred, blacks can’t get anywhere in a modern country without education.  

We know that.  We need better schools, smarter teachers, harder courses, books with smaller pictures and bigger words.  Can you help us?”

I’d say, “Hallelujah! Hoo-ahh!  Not just yes, but hell yes.  Let’s sell an aircraft carrier and get these folks some real schools and get them into the economic main-stream.’ 

I’d say it is partly because it would be the right thing to do, and partly because I’d like to add you guys to the tax base.

The current custodial state is expensive.  I’d just love for blacks to study and learn to compete and stop burning places.  But is it going to happen?  

You may not believe it, but I, and most whites, don’t like seeing blacks as miserable and screwed up as they are..

I spend a fair amount of time in the projects. Those places are ugly.  It’s no fun watching perfectly good kids turn into semi-literate dope dealers who barely speak English.  It just plain ain’t right.  But, Hank, what am I supposed to do about it? 

I can’t do your children’s homework.  At some point, people have to do things for themselves, or they don’t get done..  Maybe it’s time.

I’ll tell you what I see out in the world, Hank…. I think blacks are too accustomed to getting anything they want by just demanding it.  True, it has worked for over half a century.  

Get a few hundred people in the street, implicitly threaten to loot and burn, holler about slavery, and sadly the Great White Cash Spigot turns on.

Thing is, whites don’t much buy it any longer.  Most recognize that what once was a civil-rights movement has become a shakedown game.  Few people still feel responsible for the failings and inadequacies of blacks.  Political correctness keeps the lid on — but everyone knows the score….  Which scares me, Hank.

On one hand, blacks hate whites and incline toward looting and burning.  (The whites you hate are the ones who marched in the civil-rights movement..  Ever think about that?)

On the other hand, whites quietly grow wearier and wearier of it.  Not good, Hank.

On the third hand (allow me three hands, for rhetorical convenience), blacks keep demanding things.  As I write, you demand reparations for slavery.  Blacks in Oklahoma (I think it was) want money for some ancient race riot).

Other blacks reject the Declaration of Independence.  Blacks in New York hint broadly at burning and looting over a trial, yet more demand the elimination of the Confederate flag, and the federal equal opportunity apparatus, which means blacks, want to sue Silicon Valley for not hiring nonexistent black engineers.  That’s a lot of demanding for one month, Hank.

What happens if whites ever say, “No”?

Now, how about you?  You’ve got a cushy job up there at Harvard, and you can hoot and holler about what swine and bandits whites are.  I guess it’s lots of fun, and you get a salary for it to boot.  But don’t you think you might do blacks more good if you told them to complain less and study more?

 For example, if you want blacks to work in Silicon Gulch, the best approach might be to find some really smart black guys, and get them to study digital design ~ not Black Studies (as  you teach).  That’s how everybody else does it.  It works.  Then blacks wouldn’t feel left out, and racial tensions would decline.  Sound like a plan?

Just out of curiosity, how many hours a week do professors of Afro-American Studies spend in the projects, encouraging poor black kids to study real-life sho-nuf subjects?


P.S. Snopes (a liberal fact check site) questions the existence of Fred Reed and the veracity of this article.

Like him or not, Fred’s gene pool is alive and kicking. I found this article republished, with permission from the author, under a different title on a legitimate web cite.

See for yourself.

Why Progressive/Socialism (A Forshadow of Communism in Disguise) Always Fails and Always Will: A Psychological Perspective

July 9, 2014

Why Progressivism/Socialism (Communism in Disguise) Aways Fails and Always Will: A Psychological Perspective

I am representing an older blog today because it is particularly Germane and it is the truth that underlays almost all of America’s problems now reaching horrific proportions.

Those who will not admit this truth are dishonest, rendered ignorant by public education’s propaganda machine, blinded by the lies of liberal dogma, or perhaps they are already effortlessly suckling copious rewards from the many giant governmental teats aggressively extended for their pleasure (sorry, I just could not help myself regarding this last metaphor).

Please read the following explanation of America’s present steep social and cultural decline. It all has to do with the psychopathology of Liberal Ideology and the individuals who practice it.

The following is a re-blog from 9/24/12.

The answer is clear and simple. The psychological contingencies of positive reinforcement (rewards), punishment (painful consequences) and extinction (no rewards) that are governmentally imposed are ass-backward and they produce incompetent and self-defeating behavior patterns within populations. The Law of Effect will provide no other outcome. Consequences control behavior.

This assertion can be illustrated with two basic psychological principles, from among others.

The first is the Law of Effect. This Law states that behavior (a great deal of very important human behavior) is controlled by its consequences.

The Second is the Principle of Least Effort. The principle of least effort states that animals and humans tend to learn to obtain their rewards, or escape and avoid pain, in the least effortful ways available.

When the rewards of the have-more people who have worked very hard for delayed rewards, behaved responsibly and avoided the many human foibles (immediately rewarding sex, drugs, alcohol, other self-destructive and irresponsible behaviors, that do immediate or delayed damage) are confiscated through taxation and given freely (i.e., non­-contingently) to the have-nots…..the have-nots will increase in frequency. This will occur simply because the government has reinforced the population’s have-not behavior patterns and this will predictably strengthen the have-not behavior patterns and lead to more have-not people applying to the government for free rewards. Modeling and imitation and direct reinforcement of have-not behavior patterns will predictably increase the future frequency of such behaviors within the population.

Also, increasing numbers of new people will join the have-not undereducated, low socioeconomic class because the have-nots are more likely to reproduce at higher rates than the have-more people. This outcome is dramatically increased when the government pays various material rewards to those have-nots for having children that they cannot afford.

It is just this simple, when the wealth-maker’s money is given to the wealth-takers for simply having more babies, they predictably have more babies than the wealth-makers do. The wealth-makers are just too busy getting educated, working in professions and businesses, making money and behaving responsibly to match the wealth-takers reproductive rates.

Now the plot thickens again. The basic psychological principles of Modeling and Imitation insure that the majority of children raised by have­-not/wealth­-taking parents will watch and learn to think, believe and to behave much as their parents do.

Within the span of several generations, this complex and spreading vicious cycle of bad behavioral contagion will shift the socio/political demographics and power to a rapidly growing proportion of the have-not/wealth­-taking population. Unfortunately, this undereducated group will believe almost anything they are told by their political curators. After-all the have-not/wealth-takers are under-educated in reading, writing, math, science, history and economics, etc., they have been taught by their families and the government to behave in these ways.  On what basis would anyone expect otherwise?

Initially, the political outcome for a voting Democratic Republic such as America, will be that increasing numbers have-not/wealth-takers will vote increasing numbers of their intelligent, but devious, political curators into office. In this way political curators can take more from the have-more/wealth-makers and give it to them. In this way they will rapidly grow their have-not/wealth-taking constituents . Of course the political curators are doing this at this moment, to solidify their own political base and power.

Over time the productivity of the have-more/wealth-makers will be reduced due to political contingencies of response cost punishment (the more you work the more the government takes to give away) focused upon them by the dominant have-not/wealth-takers and their increasingly dominant political representatives­.

Of course there must be a mathematical end to this form of social, political and economic psychopathology. When the money runs out, there will most likely be hell to pay in the currency of social rioting resulting from the psychological principle of extinction-produced aggression, as is now seen in Europe in the first decade of the 21st Century.

Basic 20th Century principles of human behavior (the science of psychology), easily predicts such socioculturally destructive outcomes. The history of failed Marxist/Leninist-Communist, Socialist, Progressive revolutions and evolutions provide strong corroborating testimony to these psychological predictions.

So now the greatest question emerges: Why do obviously intelligent social and political social leaders embrace the unattainable Marxist/Leninist­­-Communist, Socialist, Progressive pipe-dream?

The obvious answer is that they are not interested in long-term outcomes for their Socioculture. Rather, they are interested in the personal gains of power and self-aggrandizement. But there is a much more elemental problem involved.

I judge that the most fundamental answer is that they disproportionately suffer from psychological disorders that predispose them to such irrational behavior.

Certain forms of human psychopathology best fit with the Marxist/Leninist/progressive impossible dream.  Where reality-testing, the human conscience, and social reciprocity fails, human psychopathology too often succeeds.

Psychopathology can take many forms and I will only mention the forms that appear to me to be most frequently associated with both the impossible dream-leaders and their followers. No one that I know of has done systematic norm-referenced personality testing on these populations to empirically derive such information. Therefore, my theory is only based upon my readings in history, training and experiences as an academic and practicing psychologist, and my 70 years of life-experiences.   I suggest the following:

Marxist/Leninist/socialist leaders frequently show an all-consuming obsessive/compulsive quest for domination and control of the masses. They seek self-aggrandizement, as most leaders do, but they commonly show Narcissistic Personality Disorder levels of self-love, adoration and the need to be worshipped by others.

That they often lie, cheat, and deceive; or persecute, imprison and kill their opposition; or foment civil or interstate war to achieve their goals is suggestive of Antisocial Personality Disorder. That they often torture and even kill thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions of their fellow-citizens who they suspect may threaten their dream suggests features of Paranoid Personality Disorder, and also Sadistic Personality Disorder.

Marxist/Leninist Followers seek to have their pathological dependency (Dependent Personality Disorder) needs met by relying on others for their sustenance and well-fare. There are numerous psychopathologies that tend to be associated with Dependent Personality Disorder. These are Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, and Alcohol or Substance Abuse and Dependency Disorders to name only a few.

I am deeply saddened that the science of psychology commonly does not get the attention and respect that it deserves and that it’s products are not more often used to improve our lives. You may wonder why I am deeply saddened, rather than just simply saddened.

I am deeply saddened that humanity’s ignorance about psychology’s basic principles of human conditioning, learning and motivation condemns countless billions of humans to tragic, even horrific sociocultural outcomes, over and over again, like a broken record…with no end in sight.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.


Increasingly Marxist-Socialist America Advertises Food-Stamps

November 17, 2013

Increasingly Marxist-Socialist America Advertises Food-Stamps

Ancient Judeo/Christian values of personal responsibility, hard work, and thrift are part of the philosophical mosaic that propelled Western Civilization to world greatness.

America remains the brilliant light of Western Civilization, though its “rheostat” is being dimmed by its own rejection of this precious Judeo/Christian ethos.

There are many forces involved in this loss and even the benefits of modernity have had a corrosive effect.

Among these forces is the surreptitious creeping growth of Godless Marxist-Socialist political  influences, catalyzed by both internal and foreign aid, now brought to greater public acceptance by our own unscrupulous Obama Presidential regime.

I am not a biblical scholar, so I and am left to trust respected historians who have described the Judeo/Christian roots of America’s greatness. However, I endorse president Ronald Reagan’s mentally healthy reality-testing motto: “Trust but verify”! All that I have learned, over my years of research supports the wisdom of this assertion.

Today, in our Church program, I found more supporting evidence in the form of a Biblical quote located in our second reading:

It was there presented that: “Some members of the Thessalonian community, because of their belief in the nearness of Christ’s return, had ceased to work, living off the generosity of other members of the community. Paul warns them bluntly that if they want to eat, they need to work.”

Second Reading           2 Thessalonians 3;6-13

“Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labor we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. This is not because we did not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. For even when we were with you we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling  to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers, do not be weary in doing what is right”.

VTM, 11/17/13

P.S., The following is evidence that America is increasingly rewarding its citizens for adopting a lifestyle which is dependent upon State support.

Not only is this Anti-American, if you are a person of Judeo/Christian Faith, it is a sin against God.

If you are a secular humanist, consider that it is a self-destructive application of psychology’s Law of Effect: I.e., Rewarding dependent behavior with increase the rate of occurrence of dependent behavior!

America’s Transracial Bad Behavior: It’s The Metacontingencies Stupid!

August 29, 2013

America’s Transracial Bad Behavior: It’s The Metacontingencies Stupid!

Well, it is true that our black population is suffering the highest rates of births out-of-wedlock, school failure, unemployment, and crime, etc..

But whites and other ethnic groups also have nothing to be proud of, in light of these and other measures of their bad behavior.

I listen to the pundits and talking heads discuss what has gone wrong in the black community, and in America at large. They sound like a bunch of birds squawking in a remote rain forest.

  • “We need more dialog on this topic.”
  • “People have to take responsibility at some point.”
  • “We need more money for education.”
  • “We need to take more pride in our communities.”
  • “It takes a village to raise a child.”
  • “People must be held accountable”.
  • “We need a National conversation on race”.
  • Squawk, squawk, squawk………….

More dialogue is worthless. It is not likely to change “set minds” and behavior patterns. The real pain of our deteriorating socioculture may help motivate change, but that motivation for change may come too late. In fact, we might already be beyond repair. Future events in time will tell our story.

Say your prayers, folks, and consider a different way to think about our problems. This is the key to different solutions and outcomes.

There is no singular cause for our transracial bad behaviors. There are a multiplicity of interacting causes that have all been catalyzed and exponentially multiplied because of Federal, State and local rule changes governing what we as a culture reward and punish in the actions of our citizens.

Always remember that B.S. walks and contingencies talk.

A contingency is a rule statement that if someone does A, then B is their consequence. For example, in my family if you (A) told a lie, you would be (B) punished severely. If you (A) worked hard, (B) you would be rewarded.

However, many hugely powerful “atomic bomb-like” contingencies originate, and are imposed on the whole, or parts of the population from higher governmental levels. These  population-transforming superordinate over-arching rule changes are technically called “metacontingencies“.

It is here we see the rule-changes that have destroyed great numbers of families of all races. Blacks have been disproportionately damaged, to be sure. But make no mistake about it, a great number of poor white families (and other ethnic groups) have also been similarly torn asunder with similar bad and culture damaging outcomes.

From a psychological (conditioning and learning/social learning perspective), the explosive start of our great cultural decline can be found in the progressive/liberal metacontingency changes imposed First by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and then by Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society war on poverty.

These similar metacontingencie changes imposed by our elected politicians have twice yielded similar damaging results to America’s socioculture.  The question is: Can American voters learn this lesson before it’s too late?!

Psychology’s great Law of Effect states that behavior is controlled by its consequences.

If any government sets its rules (metacontingencies) so that dependence, irresponsible behavior, and crime is quickly, certainly and strongly rewarded, these behavior patterns will rapidly increase in rates of occurrence within its population. With each passing generation the rates of bad behavior will tend to escalate in rates of occurrence.

Do you not see this occurring before your own aging eyes?

Do not ask youthful America this question, they only see their generations norm. It is only the aging population that can perceive the reality of such changes over the course of their life-times. Statistics do not impress most people as much as actual witnessed and felt changes in their lives.

Read the following to see the truth of it all.

It’s the metacontingencies stupid!

Read about the damaging metatcontingency changes of the LBJ administration.

Now, read about the damaging metacontingency changes of the FDR administration.

In fact there is evidence that FDR’s Progressive/Liberal policies prolonged the Great Depression by about 7 years.

President Obama’s Progressive/Liberal policies is much more of the same.

No wonder America is in a state of dramatic decline.

Vote for governmental metacontingencies that powerfully reward independence, hard work, responsible behavior, law-abiding actions, as well as close-knit families and watch our population’s behaviors begin to change in desirable directions.

The only down-side to this strategy is that it may take more generations to reconstruct these desirable behavior patterns than it did to destroy them. However, there are no other viable options and we are running out of time.

Wake-Up America! It’s the Metacontingencies Stupid!

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

Repeat After Me: Its The Culture, Not the Gun!

January 8, 2013

Repeat After  Me: Its The Culture, Not the Gun!

What will it take to convince Americans that they need to mass their voting power to enact many traditionally conservative practices to stem the horrors of life in modern liberal/progressive/socialist America.

I simply ask my readers to come under the control of the data and then use whatever political power they have to modifyour government’s behavior. See what a history of gun control has failed to accompished in America!

Use psychology’s famous and powerful law of effect.

Punish the libreal/progressive/socialist candidates: Vote against them!

Positively reinforce the very conservative candidates: Vote for them!


Choices, Decisions and Consequences

November 26, 2012

Choices, Decisions and Consequences – I

A dear and very intelligent friend of mine chides me for saying that humans make choices and decisions. He maintains, from a strictly environmental deterministic philosophical position, that all of our behavior is determined by our history of learning. Therefore, and I paraphrase, the individual does not make choices: His or her history of learning exclusively determines the individual’s behavior.

I don’t think that most of you who read this blog will find that to be a very heart-warming point of view. But to a great, though precisely undetermined extent, he is correct.

The behavioral position, which I endorse, is what people think without speaking, writing, or behaving is simply unknown and unknowable. But behavioral science has taught us that our genetics, environmental history, current biological state, and the state of our immediate environment strongly appear to account for both our thoughts and actions.

Never-the-less, something of individual creativity remains. We can learn a language, we learn about history, and we can be taught to think consequentially. Thinking consequentially occurs anytime one thinks about doing something and then considers the probable consequences of doing that thing. This could include consequences to themselves, to those around them and to their society. It could also include immediate consequences, intermediate consequences and long-term consequences in countless contexts.

When you admonish yourself, or others, to “think it through” before making a decision or a choice, between available options, you are illustrating Psychology’s powerful Law of Effect that states  “Consequences Control Behavior”. There are notable exceptions to this rule. But when an individual’s behavior does not come under the control of the consequences of their actions, this generally appears to be a result of a defective teaching/learning environment or some developmental/neurological problem. Some exceptions take the form of readily identifiable mental disorders.

Thinking things through before choosing or deciding what to do does not always yield predictable results, in view of one’s history of learning. Sometimes when we think things through, we can imagine, or actually do old actions  (sometimes without thinking) in circumstances that we have not yet exactly-precisely experienced.  The conditioning and learning scientific term for this sort of cognitive event (behavioral, if we act upon it) is, Stimulus generalization.

In a second cognitive and/or behavioral case, we may inexplicably respond to new or similar conditions with slight or large variations of old behavior patterns. This is called Response Induction.

Finally, humans can well imagine and anticipate consequences that they have never actually experienced..but would be motivated to escape or avoid (electrocution or drowning), or to obtain reinforcers they never sampled (visit places they have never been or have new sexual experiences). Such imaginal consequences can alter ones choices. These examples appear to relate to Modeling and Imitation, Vicarious Learning and Generalization processes.

Behavioral scientists have observed that animals often do actions that they have not directly been taught and that they have not done before.

Humans are animals with language and that makes matters all-the-more complex. Humans can think, and talk about what they think, to others. They can think and talk about what they think to themselves. They can learn to write what they think to themselves and they can then read what they wrote and they can critically evaluate their own writing…and then edit their writing. They can consider what they thought and wrote, based upon their own environmental histories and that of others who they have watched, read about, or those who choose to give them critical feed-back about what they wrote.

All of this is normally called the “creative process” because the thinker/writer/actor sometimes does not know what they will think, write or do, and the outcome of their thoughts or actions is actually a surprise to them.  Much as this writing is a surprise to me today. Of course one can conclude that this is all a result of the four factors that I listed at the beginning of this thesis, but that does not invalidate the unique creative process which still resides with the individual.

To say that people do not make choices or decisions because what they said and did was learned is not a wrong statement. It is just an incomplete and insulting (to a great many) over-simplification of what humans do when they think, behave and generate novel outcomes.

When we tell people that they do not make choices or decisions, the vast majority are immediately alienated from, and hostile to, that message. They therefore become alienated and hostile to our marvelous behavioral laws and principles that they and their socioculture must embrace in order to survive.

People actually do make real choices and decisions. They are based upon learning, and at least the three other factors mentioned previously. These known factors also comprise the basis for human’s projected considerations of actions and consequences within in various physical and temporal contexts in both real and imagined worlds.

Therefore, each individual should be respected and cherished for the unique histories and the unique futures that they bring to us all.

While this is a heart-warming reality, it is countered by another frightening reality.  Our American socioculture retains a great and undeniable responsibility for the quality of the histories and futures of all of its citizens.

In this sacred responsibility, we are failing.  Open your eyes to the declining quality of various behaviors within our population.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Health Services Provider in Psychology


Wake-Up America–Rules Rule!

December 19, 2009

Wake-up America—Rules Rule!

Whether you are a Christian, a member of some other God-Fearing (where did the fear go)  belief system, an agnostic or an atheist, rules are rules. In the world, when you break its’ rules for survival, you will suffer the consequences.

And it matters not, whether you see the world as a happy confluence of improbable events, or as the act of a Supreme Being. If you jump off the Empire State building, without a parachute, you will go splat.

You may rage at the rules of the universe, or you may pray to God on your way down, but you will go splat.

What happens to you after you go splat  is a debatable issue, and I will not debate it here. You may believe what you will on the matter of an after-life with no argument from me.

Whether a confluence of improbable events or an act of God, you and I are here together and so are around 308  million of our fellow Americans. The rules upon which this  great Nation was created were thought by our founding father to be God’ rules. You may view them as “rules of nature”, if you so choose.

Being a little ol’ fashioned, I prefer the former assumption to the later.

Anyway, make your own choice. Because with respect to what governs the quality of our collective behavior, good or bad, the rules and consequences that we apply to ourselves through our elected local, state, and federal  governments will determine our success or failure in the world. These rules and consequences that we apply to ourselves will have a very large  impact upon the future viability of our culture.

To live well requires that you learn God’s (or Nature”s) physical rules and the rules of human behavior.  The physical sciences and the behavioral sciences have discovered much that we need to know. Now, what we must do is live by those rules  and also help others learn to live by them.

I cannot discuss all of the rules in this short posting, but the following few Principles of behavior are a good start.

The Law of Effect: Consequences control behavior. Reward bad behavior and it will increase in frequency. Reward good behavior and it will increase in frequency. Punish good or bad behavior (or withhold rewards from them) and these behaviors will decrease in frequency.

The Law of Contiguity:  Those stimuli that are paired or associated together tend to occur together more often in the future. In other words the infidelity, sex, drugs, violence, irreverence, disrespect and violence shown in our entertainment media will occur in certain situations or contexts and all of this will be associated with and the feelings we have when watching them (happy, excited or titillated).  What is called Propaganda affects the  ways humans think, feel,  and behave in the same ways. Also, through repeated presentations and  the behavioral principle Habituation, we naturally adapt to or  “get used to” that which formerly offended, upset or disturbed us.

Through rules and Principles of Social Learning a great deal more of what we see and experience affects our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.  In short we tend to remember and  imitate the behavioral patterns of those with power, those with fame, and those who we find attractive. They become our models and we are inclined to imitate their actions.  Contrary to modern thought,” the whole” of the  behavior patterns of our media-popularized celebrities (entertainment, sports, political) do matter.  We are inclined to imitate much more of what they do than their ability to sing or dance,  make a basket, make a touchdown, swing a golf club, or look good and talk persuasively.  On this issue, you can fill-in your own celebrity names and think about their effects upon the behavior of our youth and impressionable adults. I will say no more on this,  you know exactly what I am talking about.

Beyond God’s-Given rules to live by, or Nature’s rules  if you prefer, is another matter.

This matter is one of motivation. What will best motivate a great population to follow certain rules that bring increasing patterns of good behavior?

If you think that the best strategy is to simply teach humans that they should be good and treat the earth and other living things with kindness and respect, you had better think some more.

Please take the time to view the following video on the role of faith in America’s past successes.

I want to thank Linda Mawhinney for forwarding this video to me.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.  12/19/09

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