KAKISTOCRACY AND SICKNESS IN AMERICA, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

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Today, I was thinking about a geological process called tectonic plate drift. For hundreds of millions of years, the continents we live on have been drifting or floating on top of the earth’s mantle. The mantle has plasticity and is a molten rock part of the earth’s interior. It churns by the force of gravity and by the heating up and cooling down of the molten rock.

 The result of this repetitive temperature variation in the mantle is that the surface of the earth undergoes continuous change in its continental positions and thus makes different continental formations over vast periods of time. Sometimes they are together as a whole and sometimes the continents fragment into many parts. The cycle goes on and on. 

This constant flux and instability then turned my thoughts to the very complex and dysfunctional social, environmental, and political situation we live in. On all levels, the United States is in crises mode as is the entire world.

On the social horizon, there are no sound logical solutions to the countless problems we face. That is so because the dramatic stage whereon we act out our lives was founded upon false ideas. The idea that some people are born to be slaves or that society is a mirror image of predator and prey relations in the wilds. That kind of illogical thinking inevitably makes more links in a long chain of destructive decisions and actions which warp the fabric of our social relations.   

The philosopher Plato understood the inevitable end of illogical thinking. He made it clear in his ‘Allegory of the Cave’ that those who reason on false premises or shadows on the wall are doomed to spiritual emptiness and ultimate social collapse. 

I understand both scientifically and spiritually what is driving the mass dysfunction which makes America a very sick society. Increased suicide rates, increased prescription drug addiction, and a decreasing human life span are all inconsistent with the myth of what America is suppose to stand for. 

I know that most human beings are driven by their organic unconscious biological instincts namely fear and sexuality. But in combination with those basic animal instincts there generally exists very poor logical thinking exercised most of the time by most people. That is precisely why events go awry. 

For example, why would a person who is obese and at risk for dozens of diseases and a premature death continue to consume a diet that will ultimately kill him or her? Why would they allow their children to do so? Knowing full well that what confronts them are but two alternatives: change or die.

I understand that some very intelligent people understand those unconscious biological drives. They have worked hard to master methods of unconscious population manipulation for the sole purposes of economically exploiting the environment, control of mass populations of people, and ruling over them politically. Despite the intelligence of the power elite they intentionally do wrong to others for monetary profit or simply for pleasure. That fact underscores to me what their core beliefs are.

Some intelligent people who are determined to benefit themselves at the expense of others believe in and practice scientific racism or social Darwinism. Social Darwinism is predicated on the fallacious premise that there is an absolute natural standard of fitness by means of which unfit human beings can be identified. From that premise, it is deduced that once the unfit are identified they can be eliminated effectively washing the gene pool clean and making it fit.

A glaring antithesis to their claim that there is an absolute standard of natural human fitness is their claim that evolutionary change is a law of organic nature. Their argument for evolutionary change is antithetical to their idea of an absolute standard of fitness because evolutionary change presupposes genetic and phenotypical maladjustment to a broader natural environment.  In short, evolutionary change means that a specie is in a constant a state of unfitness, and thus on the chopping block, and subject for natural elimination.  

This may seem a stretch, but for example, a pattern of lowered human I.Q. in a population could be a signal of human brain adaption in reverse. A cerebral reversal in humans to restore balance between the human species and nature at large.  Such a restoration of balance in the natural environment would save both  humans and nature from technological destruction.

Put another way, if we toxify the environment, in more or less the same proportion the environment toxifies our bodies. If we make nature at large infertile, then proportionately nature makes us infertile at large. We are at a disadvantage in that kind of action and reaction contest with nature because nature is bigger than us and because nature has masterfully eliminated trillions of species before us and yet continues to move along its course. I do not suggest that nature is personal; nature is very impersonal in its relation to us. It’s just the way it does business.

Though such beliefs and practices expressed in mythological form by people date back far into ancient human history long before Charles Darwin wrote his book which gave rise to the phrase: “Survival of the Fit.”, power elites down through the ages have practiced the survival of the fit ideology on the premise that human reason or rationality are necessarily to be driven by human unconscious instincts. The general acceptance of social Darwinism by most people today has made a wide pathway for the worst kind of people to ascend to the top of our social hierarchies where decisions affecting billions of people are made. The result is now a disaster.

For example, it has become an established fact that human industries have released billions of tons of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere for over the last one hundred years. Those gases in the atmosphere are correlated with a 1-degree Celsius rise in global warming and extreme weather climate change over the last 100 years. Industries which polluted the atmosphere were allowed to operate despite the fact that it was reported by the Journal of Science in 1896 that the release of those gases caused by burning fossil fuels would cause a greenhouse effect thus making the earth surface temperature warmer. Why?

If we assume that intelligent people who owned those industries and politicians who legally sanctioned toxic industries knew how to do a basic scientific cost/benefit analysis or a risk analysis of the long term consequences of ‘the greenhouse effect’ on the global environment, that begs the question: why did they persist in doing what they knew would eventually cause a global crisis and death to billions of people in the future?

That answer is simple. Those intelligent psychopaths didn’t give a flying ducks quack about the future of billions of people nor the planet earth hundreds of years into the future after they are dead. They viewed only short term benefits and costs to them during their life time.

They rationally concluded that what happens to the planet and the animals on it after they are dead is irrelevant to what they wanted in their life time. They are attracted to money, fame, power, control, status, prestige, and all other possible pleasures in their life time or in the here and now. They figured that once they were dead that nothing on earth or for that matter in the universe could either benefit or cost them nor put them at risk of harm because they believed that at death they simply cease to exist. They were selfish. It’s that simple.

All intelligent psychopathic power elite, oligarchs, or tyrants operate on that same premise because they have no conscience nor the compassion or empathetic feelings associated with what we know to be human conscience. As a consequence, most people suffer politically from what is known as a kakistocracy. Kakistocracy means government controlled by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. Eventually, such people destroy other people along with themselves and are now working on the destruction of the world we have come to know as our home.

The Burned earth

I understand that the kind of economic exploitation we suffer overlaps all societies and exists within every class or caste level, ethnicity or race everywhere in the world and that it has existed throughout history. It simply underscores the fact that we have yet to find a way to vet psychopaths out of our economic and political systems or to prevent them from infiltrating into our political systems.

I understand the connection between humans’ biological instincts and social/economic slavery. Intelligent people who are also psychopathic know that they can enslave most people to do their will by addicting them to substances of all kinds ranging from food to drugs, material possessions and status, or false beliefs.  Or they can enslave most people by instilling in them fear of pain and or death.

Yet, people are at least minimally rational unless they are intellectually defective. So, most people are able to understand when they are being short changed and by whom as one would feel when he or she is cheated in a supermarket because they do not receive the correct change in exchange for a purchase.

But most people tacitly accept servitude to a power elite rather than choose to be free. In other words, they internalize subconsciously a self-image of being a slave and then through that internalized image interpret their social relations as inferior to the political and economic power elite. They then go about acting out accordingly. This is true everywhere despite the fact that cultures differ more or less throughout the world.

I started this talk with some thoughts I had on geographical continental drift. For me it indicates that no matter how powerful or large a thing may appear to be whether it be empires, nations, clans, tribes, and individuals, each and every one of them will come to its end and be destroyed.

If you are a scientist or scholar, then you know that that which begins in one form must end in another form according to the law of thermodynamics. If you are a follower of Jesus, then you know of the famous quote: “I am the Alpha and the Omega…the beginning and the end; the first and the last.” If you are a Muslim, then you know the verse in the Quran: “We are not to be frustrated in changing your forms and creating you again in forms that you know not.”.

STALK THEM, AND KILL THEM, By Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

Stalk and Kill

Stalk them, and kill them. That is the subtext of Charles Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection. In 1859, Charles Darwin published what would come to be one of the most influential books in human history. It was entitled: ‘The Preservation of Favored Races in The Struggle for Life’.  The basic premise of his theory of Natural selection is that both environmental challenges and a race’s genetic makeup cause some races to lose in the competition for resources and to eventually become extinct.

At the same time, those same conditions can cause other races to win in the competition for resources and to increase their population numbers because  their genetic makeup is more adapted to the unique challenges in their environment.

Thus, Darwin argued that all races are involved in a naturally determined zero sum game; in that game there can be only winners and losers. His vision was one which saw all life forms in a state of perpetual warfare and wherein human codes of morality are nothing more than instruments used by races on the cut list of nature.

More specifically, what is relevant for us today about Darwin’s theory is a prediction he made. He predicted: “At some future period, not to very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races.” I have some questions concerning his predictions.

One, just who are the savage races he identified as facing inevitable extermination? Two, just who are the civilized races he identified as the exterminators? And third, is the prediction he made not a law of nature but rather what sociologists call a self-fulfilling prophesy?

In order to identify savage races which Darwin identified as facing inevitable extermination, all we need to do is survey the years since the publication of his book in 1859 and to find so called savage peoples defined by him as well as by the U.S. Federal and State governments, and the European nations. Let’s look at three such peoples.

One example is the Tasmanian people. They were black people who lived in Australia. They numbered in the thousands before the arrival of the British but by 1847 they had been virtually wiped out off the surface of the earth. They were shot dead, their women raped, and their children were knowingly and purposely infected with smallpox. Charles Darwin had visited Australia in 1836 and defined the Tasmanian people as savages. The last Tasmanian person died in 1869. The Tasmanian people are extinct.  

The Namibian people of South Africa are another example. They were experimented upon and murdered by German colonists. Their bones were buried in mass graves. This was done to them up to the year 1907. First, the Hereo (He-re-o) tribe which totaled 80,000 people was ultimately reduced to 15,000 people.  They were shot and starved to death. Their land was taken by the German government and distributed to German citizens in South Africa.

Next, the Nama tribe of Namibia were attacked. They fought back but half of their 20,000 population were killed. The remaining 10,000 Nama people were put into concentration camps where they were put into laboratories and experimented upon and where they died of malnourishment and starvation. Some of the remains of Nama people were sent to Europe for display in museums.  Some others were put in cages for public viewing in Belgium and German zoos.

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Others were put into concentration camps, their women were used as sex slaves and their mixed offspring were used as experimental guinea pigs by a German eugenicist named Eugen Fischer. Fischer was a student of Charles Darwin.

Based upon his experiments with the Namibian people, he wrote and published an influential book entitled: ‘The Principles of Human Heredity and Race Hygiene’.  Adolf Hitler cited Fischer’s book in his own book: My Struggle. Both the Nama people and the Hereo (He-re-o) people were defined by Fischer as subhuman savages. But this kind of scientific racism was not limited to Germans in South Africa. Similar forms of repressions were taking place in the United States and throughout the Americas by France, the Dutch, Spain, Portugal, and British governments.

For example, there were approximately 15,000,000 (Million) indigenous peoples in the continental United States before it was colonized by Western Europe. By 1924, there were only 224,000 Native Americans who remained alive in the United States. Similarly, there were over one million Hawaiian people when Captain Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands in 1778. By 1900, there were 50,000 native Hawaiian people left; today there are about 5,000.

In the continental United Stated, ninety three Native American tribes were exterminated by the western powers before and after the newly formed colonies and United States. The exterminations began before Darwin’s book was published but the exterminations were given scientific justification after 1859 and picked up momentum by means of shootings, knowingly an purposely exposing Native Americans to smallpox, and by starvation in Federal government concentration camps.

So determined where Federal and State Governments such as California to exterminate Native peoples that they paid individual white men for each bullet used to stalk, kill, and scalp men, women, and children upon proof of showing a native scalp or head.

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Native American land was stolen based upon the fallacious claims made on philosophical  grounds put forth by John Locke. He made the claim that Native Americans were not using the land productively and therefore had no right to recognizable title to it.  Native Americans had also been defined as savages and thus on the pale of humanity by the United States Supreme Court in the famous 1823 case: Johnson v. M’Intosh. The court decision was written by Chief Justice John Marshall.

In writing for the court, he states that the Federal Government was justified and excused in taking possession and title to all Native American land based upon White Supremacy and Native American racial and cultural inferiority.

Historically, there is a common political, legal, literary, scientific, and military strategy played out by Europe and the United States worldwide.

In each example, it was the European exterminators who claimed to be civilized and superior by race and thus justified and excused to murder and commit larceny on all people defined by them as savages according to the theory social Darwinists called: “Survival of the fittest.” 

For social Darwinists, survival of the fittest is a condition driven by a natural law and cannot be changed by secular convention. The theory of survival of the fittest necessarily causes conflict between different races as well as between rich and poor; intelligent and less intelligent, strong and weak.  But at the time Darwin wrote his theory there were differing theories in the market place of ideas.

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Charles Darwin did not claim the only global theory of evolution. A Russian anthropologist named Peter Kro-pot-kin wrote a book entitled: ‘Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution’. His theory is based upon the premise that ‘mutual aid’ or ‘cooperation within groups’ and between different groups, though not the only factors, are the greater factors associated with whether or not a species survives, thrives, and evolves.

If we accept Darwin’s theory as absolutely correct then we would be forced to justify and excuse injustice and ultimately slavery, murder, and genocide. We would have to accept the many injuries committed against us as the normal course of affairs; at the end of the day, we would have to approve and admit our racial inferiority. We would have to admit that reparations for past injuries to a whole people are never justified under the theory of survival of the fittest.

However, if we accept theories like Kro-pot-kin’s theory of ‘mutual aid’ then we must necessarily conclude that human beings are not only driven by changes in their environmental conditions and their genetic make-up but that also they are driven by something more.

What we would be forced to do is to analyze race relations not only in terms of conflict but also in terms of prospects for reasonable accommodation, constructive competition, and mutual aid or cooperation.

That is what makes the difference between all other animals who ‘stalk and kill’ and human beings who are not only animal but also rational. Human beings endowed by their Creator with the rational capacity to rise above the compulsions of natural law and in so doing to make peace by imposing upon natural law the ideals of human cooperation and mutual aid.

Only human beings can apply such ideals of reasoned justice for all people in spite of the fact that we have in common with all other animals the same unconscious instinctual drives which make fear and therefore social and global conflict a constant danger to us all.

So now you should know who the real savages have been in the past and who they are today. The Western European nations and United States and all those who have condoned their murderous acts and larcenies are the real savages not the innocent people enslaved or made extinct by them in Australia, Namibia, and in the Americas and throughout the world.

They are those who have failed the high standard that defines what it means to be a rational human being and instead they are comfortable moving along upon all fours in the role of predatory beasts.

They, like all non-rational animals, are driven by unconscious forces of greed which prevents peace in the world. They are those who ‘stalk and kill’ innocent people ‘under the color of political authority’ and the use of state police force.

Their institutionalized ideology of racism generates self-fulfilling prophesy in all social relations between citizens and non-citizens. 

Self-fulfilling prophesy is a social theory expressed by Robert Merton. It is defined as: “A prediction we make at the start of individual or collective social performance which affects our behavior in such a way that we make the prediction happen.” The prediction which triggers behavior can be based upon a myth like racial inferiority but that myth once it becomes institutionalized and universally taught triggers behavior which makes the false myth real in everyday social relations.  

Throughout our nation, when you see police officers ‘stalk and kill’ innocent black people at a rate of 1 per every 28 hours you are witnessing ‘self-fulfilling prophesy.” You are witnessing acts of savagery.