Towards an understanding of injustice, inequality, violence and social problems that block human progress | Counter-currents


Our human culture and our problems

Logic seeks truth – the principle and strategy of rational thought. If the leaders of the knowledge-based society of the 21st century used the natural faculties of mind, vision and intellect, we could imagine having public institutions (systematic governance) to deal with problems of racial discrimination , inequality and social injustice, violence and societal degradation leading to irresponsible behavior. True knowledge is always benevolent and not cruel or retaliatory in human pursuits. We humans are adaptive to wisdom, courage and benevolence, but we have fallen victim to modern ignorance and man-made socio-economic superstitions, creating social discord, disorder and dehumanization. . Thus, we have blocked ourselves with our own weaknesses and our cynicism to move forward towards change, progress and universal brotherhood. As educators and truth tellers, we people of knowledge have an obligation to share the truth and not the lies. Morally conscientious people would always care about the facts of life – when the facts of life warrant a change, they will follow the facts, not feelings as attributes of human character. Sometimes our societies are overwhelmed with socio-economic and political slavery to ignore the truth and a truth-teller might become discouraged in pursuit of societal change and reform for the better. Time and history show that when a society embraces lies and deception, it develops a culture of delusion with false thoughts, values ​​and beliefs as emotional crutches. To rejoice in truth and social harmony, human dignity and soul seek a balanced tranquility of the true characteristics of truth and wisdom for human progress and success.

Caitlin Johnston (“Our Entire Civilization Is Fake and Stupid”, Clearinghouse: 9/13/2022), a thought-provoking Australian writer explains the reality of our contemporary mainstream culture:

Your eyes probably found this text because you are the kind of person who tries to make sense of the world in a sea of ​​propaganda and deception, often resulting in a growing disgust not only for power structures that oppress and tyrannize humanity, but with all of our civilization………From the very beginning, human civilization was built to serve the interests of the powerful………..Thus, the dominant culture presents a fraudulent picture of reality. It’s in the code of everything mass-produced – not just in Prager University lectures on the evils of socialism or propaganda reports on weapons of mass destruction, but in sitcoms, advertisements, clothing brands, pop music, manuals, in trends. When it’s not a constant message that capitalism totally works and the world is ordered in some more or less sensible and truth-based way, it’s manipulations designed to shaping our values ​​and measures of self-esteem to make us better gear turners.

Social inequality exists in all human cultures with material, financial, psychological and technological resources that enhance individual capacity to meet all wants and needs. (1) Thus having resources, a person could enjoy a higher social status and exercise power over others. (2). And the quest for power and control leads to discrimination and social inequality. (3)

To legitimize control, they divide society into several segments to be treated unequally. (4) It will be my interest to explain how human behavior is shaped and what leads to the perception of injustice and inequality and how these primary elements correlate with crime, violence and other social issues. (5)

Sociology, Crimes and the Canadian Criminal Code

In sociobiology, human behavior is explained by two distinct arguments:

  1. This evolutionary process of adaptation accounts for complex social activities that seemed to be learned and results in the triumph of reason, science and order. (6).
  2. Another triumph of knowledge and reason over ignorance and violence is the path of functional perspective. A society consists of interdependent parts – each serves and supports the stability of the society. These institutions include family, education, government, religion, economy, and health care. (seven)

A prevailing view in sociology is that cultural life is created by culture itself. Although human nature has the ability to imprint culture on its own, human nature is an empty vessel and therefore devoid of bias, prejudice and other preferences related to cultural influence. (8)

Sometimes sociologists pin crimes down to cultural or environmental factors, but some models look inside criminals’ heads for answers. Jack Katz studied the biographies of convicted criminals and concluded that the causes of crime are constructed by the offenders themselves. Imagine and tell their own life stories that appeal to the primal elements of machismo, aggression and emotionally create a life story that reinforces and justifies their criminal choices. The four major themes found in crime stories are humiliation, righteousness, hard man and hedonism. According to Katz, criminals sometimes act out these fantasies in real life if given the opportunity. The Canadian Criminal Code offenses seem to share some common elements. However, the courts have had great difficulty defining what they are. (9) People assume that a great principle underlies the whole penal code, such as evil or evil. (ten) In sociology, this powerful but false assumption of unity is called essentialism. Essentialism regard as criminal acts as inherently evil or absolutely evil and as participating in primary violations that do not simply violate the norms and rules of society, but violate the very laws of nature, science, or God. (11)

Defining crime as a typically criminal act of public interest is not helpful, but it does not undermine the belief that all of the offenses set forth in the Canadian Criminal Code seem to share some common elements.

Do Laws and History compel us to Rethink and REVISE the Imperatives of Social, Moral and Legal Justice?

Do laws, rules and regulations change over time? Some acts we commit today may become a crime in the future, and some acts we commit now may have been a crime in the past. (12) Laurent Lessig in his book Free Culture shows that technologies such as motion pictures, cable TV, VCRs, and even file sharing were once considered illegal.(13) Centuries later, we now know that time, social change and the efforts of citizen activism have made most of these technologies legal and commonplace. Are we very different in American morality, faith, values ​​and slavery laws? Few could justify that the US government’s execution of 277 African Americans participating in the revolt and 20 others assisting runaway slaves were morally and legally justified murders. In Canada, Louis Riel (the native Métis leader) hanged by the British for revolt deserves historical reference for political injustice. Ongoing investigations into the mass murders of Indigenous schoolchildren by Catholics and other Church missionaries in Western Canada and the United States; and Laws and preferential treatment of ethnically superior races and black slavery practices still persist in Europe and North America. George Floyd died last year pleading, “I can’t breathe…I can’t breathe…”

We continue to reflect on the movement of time, history and our culture to foster human equality, dignity, equal justice and human unity for all as one people and one human being. But the contrasts and conflicts continue to divide us, weakening our human strength and our unity as One People. Caitlin Johnston (“Our Entire Civilization Is Fake and Stupid”, Clearinghouse: 9/13/2022), shares his intellectual foresight to keep us alert to follow change and human progress:

You can see it in the sky. You can see it in the bushes and the pigeons……. And you can see it in the bipedal, giant-brained primates you are surrounded by every day……. Once you learn to see it, you can watch nature wink at you, even from the inside of the most furious experts and the most egocentric social chatterboxes. It’s here.

In reality, this sense of alienation is just a delicate transition phase between buying into the Imperial dream world and a deep, deep intimacy with humanity as it actually finds itself beneath all the heinous programming. . Beyond the revulsion in the face of fake puppets, something old, authentic and exuberant is dancing. And it is more real and truer than our disgust for this civilization.

Take a closer look and you see the fraud. Look even closer and you see what is real. Your sense of alienation is entirely valid and grounded in truth, but we are not meant to leave it at that. Truth beckons us forward. Truth beckons us all forward. And these mental cages they built for us ain’t real enough to hold us down any longer

Mohammad Momin Khawaja is a Canadian prisoner and university student from his jail cell and writes about the real issues faced by legal injustice. He claims his innocence and has not committed any crime against anyone on this Earth but is accused of “terrorism” by the criminal legislation. The trial judge acquitted him of ‘involvement in UK-related terrorism’ but was sentenced to 10.5 years later five counts (sending money to a charity for food and medicine for Afghan women and children; making a cell phone jammer; emailing his girlfriend; and traveling abroad) then to Life -24 by Supreme Court appeal without any evidence. He plans to take a law degree program soon.


  1. SOCIO 2656, Social inequality, gender, race, class and power, Laurentian University, 2022, page 1
  2. Same
  3. Socio 2656, Introduction to social inequalities”, page 1
  4. Murray, Linden, Kendall, Sociology in Our Time, 2012: pp; 12-13
  5. Leahy, T. “The Elephant in the Room.” Current sociology, V. 60, 2012 pp: 810-812
  6. Socio 2066, Module 2, “Essentialism”, Laurentian University, 2022, page 1.
  7. Socio 2066, Module 2, Critical Critiques of Crime, “Crimes Across Time”, Laurentian University, 2022, page. 1

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