As I wrote in “Neither Left nor Right,” before there can be a rational way to deal with the political troubles that are currently escalating in the Middle East, there must first be an understanding of Arab societies and their culture. This requires an understanding of tribalism and its relationship to the states in the Middle East.
From a historical perspective, tribal societies existed for millennia in the Middle East long before Arabs began converting to Mohammedanism in the seventh century and long before modern states with their precise boundaries were formed. In many ways these tribal roots are deeper than the Arab’s religious and political beliefs and they determine their behavior to a far greater extent. Tribal loyalties in the Middle East cut across the national boundaries that were arbitrarily laid down by England and France during the early part of the twentieth century. Furthermore, from a characterological perspective, Arabs belong in various degrees to the far right of the political center. These are important but frequently overlooked considerations at a time when America is struggling to work out a diplomatic resolution to the conflicts in that region.
As in the case of a medical disease there must first be an understanding of the disease before a rational treatment can be instituted. Symptomatic measures without knowledge of the underlying pathology are guaranteed to fail.
Politics today consists of a confused mixture of irrational and rational human ideas and drives. This hodgepodge is erroneously called ” political science.” However, it is now possible with our political knowledge of orgonomic sociology to have a genuine science of politics. There are two requirements that must be fulfilled for this to happen: 1) A capacity to think functionally about natural, including political, processes. 2) An in-depth knowledge of socio-political characterology including an understanding of the emotional plague of mankind and the effect that people’s various socio-political character types have on social processes. These requirements are necessary to separate the rational function of politics from the irrationality and the widespread destructiveness of socio-politics.
When President Obama learned that the Syrians were using poison gas on their people he had two options: either to respond in some way militarily or to do nothing and say it was not America’s business to interfere. Instead, he expressed outrage at what the Syrians did and handed the problem of responding over to the Congress. In a way that is typical of him, he said one thing and did another.
In effect, Obama is saying now that “the American people” should lead America in this matter of what is to be done since he is not up to doing his job as leader of his country. Putting the problem in the hands of Congress turns it into a political issue between those who are for responding and those who are against doing anything. This is an example of how socio-politics enters into politics and covers up the original problem which as President of the United States is the responsibility of Barack Obama.
It is also typical of Obama to conceal himself behind the social confusion and divisiveness that he , himself, generates by politicizing the problem.
A front page article in the May 18, 2010 issue of The Wall Street Journal shows a photograph of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvia, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinajad and Turkish Prime Minister Recap Tayyip Erdogan smiling in a group hug to celebrate a nuclear-fuel exchange deal between Iran and Brazil. The alleged reason given for the move is to “build peace and development with dialogue.” The real reason is to gather political support from other nations to block Americam led U.N. sanctions against Iran in its effort to build a nuclear arsenal.
This is a classic example of the emotional plague in action…the alleged reason given for an act and the true reason are never the same. However, without knowledge of the existence and operation of the emotional plague, the free world is completely at a loss to prevent its destructiveness. The problem is that by remaining hidden from human awareness this pestilence is wrecking its havoc on society. The reason that the disease remains hidden is discussed in my book on the emotional plague.
The red-shift refers to the shift of the spectral lines of stars to the red end of the spectrum. The sociopolitical red-shift refers to the shift of the political mainstream to the extreme left of center. Ideas and actions that were considered mainstream in political thinking only fifty years ago are now viewed as the ravings of a right wing extremist. Consider the following statements made recently by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as an example:
“Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicles in a bid to head off potential terror attacks…’IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT…TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trails and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!…We will accept your beliefs and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us. This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, Our Way of LIFE. I highly encourage ypu to take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.’ If you are not happy here then LEAVE. We did not force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.”
The sociopolitical red-shift is discussed in my book, The Emotional Plague:The Root of All Evil.
There are an increasing number of psychiatrists who are becoming dissatisfied with the symptom-based direction that present-day psychiatry has taken. An example is to be found in an article written in the April 19, 2010 Magazine section of the New York Times, in which the author, a practicing psychiatrist, states that no longer are psychiatrists interested in understanding the patient’s emotional problem. In knee-jerk fashion they fit the patient into one of many symptom-based diagnostic categories and promptly find the appropriate medication that is supposed to suppress it. In this process the patient and his emotional life are completely ignored. There is no recognition of a satisfactory explanation as to why this degradation in psychiatric practice has taken place. This is because Wilhelm Reich’s contributions to psychiatry have been consistently ignored by the psychiatric establishment. Careful examination of his discoveries by any serious student of psychiatry will show that his discoveries, which include the physical energy that governs all biological functions (biological orgone energy), the existence of energy blocks, human armor, that impedes its flow resulting in mental and physical illnesses and the orgasm function that regulates the biological energy economy of the organism, provide the solution that was required to place psychiatry on a natural scientific foundation. Without this in-depth understanding of these crucial biological functions it was only a matter of time before psychiatry would degenerate into the present state that it is in today.