Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي Singularity and Rise of New Reactionary Forces in China and Russia
Sam Ghandchi

سینگولاریته و خیزش نیروهای ارتجاعی تازه در چین و روسیه

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In the last 40 years I have written about the Intelligent Tools and their impact on redefining Progressiveness in our times! My dear friend Ray Kurzweil in his masterpiece Singularity is Near which was published in 2005 went way beyond and predicted Technological Singularity by 2045 ushering in the merger of humans with machines, and immortality (end of death) even sooner by 2030, i.e. just 7 years from now and the actual technical progress is on target! In my 2016 book entitled 'Futurist: Humanity's Nowruz in 21st Century; New Variant to Meet Human Needs,'  not only I based my predictions about fulfillment of human needs in the forthcoming Singularity, but Ray Kurzweil's comments on each chapter of the book really helped me to understand the underlying issues.


Nonetheless, during the last half century, we witnessed the rise of reactionary forces of Islamic KKK in the Middle East and elsewhere. Moreover, we witnessed similar reactionary religious currents with less intensity; and also some Ultranationalist reactionary forces in the West! Generally the strength of nationalism in any area is in direct proportion to the growth of industrialization and one can consider Ultranationalists as a form of resistance of industrial society to the postindustrial global development; whereas Islamism is more of a Medieval pre-Industrial resistance to post-industrial growth-- while the world is arriving at Technological Singularity!


Iranian Revolution of 1979 was a clear example of a retrogressive force rising to power in Iran of 1979 and the Islamists still are in control. Similarly one can mention the rise to power of Taliban in Afghanistan and their defeat after the Sept 11th , but again we saw Taliban's return to power! In the last five years a new resistance to the reactionary forces started by Iran's 21st Century Revolution and in the last six months, Iranian youth particularly young girls, and the Iranian women in general, have strongly opposed the Islamic regime in Iran calling for regime change!


Despite the progress in confronting Islamism we have seen in the last 20 years, unfortunately we are now seeing the rise of new reactionary ultranationalist forces in China and Russia although those countries are technologically advanced, but just like Daesh which also used high tech for retrogressive goals, they do not shy away from using new technologies for the reactionary goals of Ultranationalist platforms such as Russia's call for reviving the Soviet Union as we have seen in Russia's attack on Ukraine, or now as we see in China's plan to take over Taiwan by military attack while at the same time suffocating the calls for democracy inside, for the people of Russia and China!


We are now facing a reactionary trend forming globally which is new! Last year, with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and now the threats of China to Taiwan, can be as detrimental to progress, as the threats of Daesh and other Islamists has been detrimental to progress for half century, in the Middle East and other parts of the world. They depict resistance of a formidable force trying to find solace in ultranationalist dreams of the past! The reactionary trends such as threats to Ukraine by Russia, and China's threat to Taiwan should be viewed as the rise of an ultranationalist force globally which is very alarming! Putin in Russia and Xi Jinping in China are currently leading these two dangerous reactionary currents in the world.


Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,

Sam Ghandchi
March 22, 2023

























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