Old-Thinker News | October 8, 2010
By Daniel Taylor
The refinement of tyranny and control into a science is the dream to which the 21st century scientific dictator aspires. The study of human nature, psychology and biology aid him in his pursuit. What you will read here is a small window into the dark mind of a scientific dictator. In combination with increasingly centralized power and rapidly advancing technology, the ability of smaller and smaller groups to exercise power and effect greater numbers of people is a real danger. C.S. Lewis wrote in 1944, “The real picture is that of one dominant age… which resists all previous ages most successfully… Man’s conquest of nature, if the dreams of some scientific planners are realized, means the rule of a few hundreds of men over billions upon billions of men.”
“…the biological, psychological, moral, and economic destruction of this majority of normal people is a “biological” necessity to the pathocrats…”
Within the field of political science is a study called political ponerology, the study of evil applied to politics. Every time a society falls into the hands of a brutal dictator, nearly identical patterns can be observed. The scientific dictatorships of today and those that may come in the future will follow in the same vein. This is not by accident. Andrew M. Lobaczewski’s ground breaking 1998 book entitled Political Ponerology (A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes) discusses in depth the nature of psychopaths and their exploits when in positions of power.
The image of psychopathy that Hollywood has imposed on society is that of a crazed axe murderer, an easily identifiable enemy. While psychopaths do sometimes manifest themselves in this way, there is another more sophisticated type that has not received as much attention. Psychopaths are exceptional at climbing the rungs of power because of their lack of empathy and remorse. Back stabbing and manipulation are done without effort, all the while putting on a front of surprisingly convincing charm. When these individuals gain control of corporations, government institutions and the very foundations of society, millions of people are psychologically and physically destroyed. Lobaczewski calls this group the “Pathocracy”. He writes,
“Pathocracy is a disease of great social movements followed by entire societies, nations, and empires. In the course of human history, it has affected social, political, and religious movements as well as the accompanying ideologies… and turned them into caricatures of themselves. That explains why all the pathocracies of the world are, and have been, so similar in their essential properties”
“The following question thus suggests itself: what happens if the network of understandings among psychopaths achieves power in leadership positions with international exposure? This can happen, especially during the later phases of the phenomenon. Goaded by their character, such people thirst for just that even though it would conflict with their own life interest… They do not understand that a catastrophe would ensue. Germs are not aware that they will be burned alive or buried deep in the ground along with the human body whose death they are causing.”
“The actions of [pathocracy] affect an entire society, starting with the leaders and infiltrating every town, business, and institution. The pathological social structure gradually covers the entire country creating a “new class” within that nation. This privileged class feels permanently threatened by the “others”, i.e. by the majority of normal people. Neither do the pathocrats entertain any illusions about their personal fate should there be a return to the system of normal man.”
“Thus, the biological, psychological, moral, and economic destruction of this majority of normal people is a “biological” necessity to the pathocrats. Many means serve this end, starting with concentration camps and including warfare with an obstinate, well-armed foe who will devastate and debilitate the human power thrown at him…”
“Any war waged by a pathocratic nation has two fronts, the internal and the external. The internal front is more important for the leaders and the governing elite…”
This abhorrent element of humanity seeks to spread their disease to the wider society, because as Lebaczewski states, “normal man” represents a grave danger to their pathological system. The scientific dictatorship is an attempt at the “ultimate revolution“, an assurance of domination for the Pathocracy.
H. G. Wells and the Men of the New Republic
“…They will have an ideal that will make killing worth the while…”
The drive for social control and eugenics was largely responsible for the emergence and growth of the scientific study of molecular biology. This came about when large foundations, primarily the Rockefeller enterprises, set out in the United States in the early 20th Century to engage in a massive research campaign to discover the inner workings of man and in turn devise methods of social-biological control. Thus the United States became the 20th Century progenitor of eugenics.
The belief that mankind’s rational and scientific control of nature will lead to a kind of Biocratic Utopia is found throughout the writings of H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and others. These works themselves (which have become often cited examples of the Biocratic Utopian’s ideal world) are based on what where present day trends in science, along with the stated goals of the world’s elite. The “scientific dictatorship” that Aldous Huxley spoke of is the natural modern extension to the age old practice of tyranny.
H. G. Wells brushed shoulders with and had intimate relationships with some of the most prominent people of his day, including outspoken eugenicist Margaret Sanger, Fabian socialist George Bernard Shaw, and the Huxley family. Thomas Henry Huxley, often referred to as “Darwin’s Bulldog” for his strong promotion of Darwinian ideals, tutored H.G. Wells and taught him biology. Aldous Huxley and Julian Huxley were T.H. Huxley’s grandsons.
As the first director general of UNESCO, Aldous’ brother Julian Huxley wrote in the organization’s 1947 mission statement, “…it will be important for UNESCO to see that the eugenic problem is examined with the greatest care, and that the public mind is informed of the issues at stake so that much that now is unthinkable may at least become thinkable.”
H. G. Wells’ 1901 book Anticipations: Of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human life and Thought describes what Wells calls the “New Republic”. In this book, Wells bluntly states the goals and intentions of his envisioned New Republic that will, among many other things, “…have an ideal that will make killing worth the while,” and inflict upon deviants, “good scientifically caused pain, that will leave nothing but a memory.” Wells even predicts the rise of a union of European states complete with “…homologization of laws and coinage and measures…” through which “…the final peace of the world may be assured for ever.”
The supposed superiority of the scientific elite, who have purified themselves of ancient, outdated ideas and restraining morality, places them in a position of dominance in Wells’ New Republic. The Pathocratic mindset is clearly seen. Wells writes, “…the ethical system of these men of the New Republic, the ethical system which will dominate the world state, will be shaped primarily to favour the procreation of what is fine and efficient…” Death, writes Wells, is “…the method that must in some cases still be called in to the help of man…” The ethical system of the world state will “…make killing worth the while.”
“The men of the New Republic will not be squeamish, either, in facing or inflicting death, because they will have a fuller sense of the possibilities of life than we possess. They will have an ideal that will make killing worth the while…”
Wells wrote the introduction for Margaret Sanger’s 1922 book Pivot of Civilization, where he portrays a hypothetical conversation between the “New civilization” and the old. He writes that the elite cannot go on giving the gifts of freedom, wealth and prosperity to the world if “…all our gifts to you are to be swamped by an indiscriminate torrent of progeny.” He continues, “…we cannot make the social life and the world-peace we are determined to make, with the ill-bred, ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens that you inflict upon us.”
Several decades after Wells’ Anticipations, the eugenics of America had spread overseas with the help of the Rockefeller Foundation. The New York Times reported on November 24th, 1936; “Rockefeller Gift Aids Reich Science.” The $655,000 grant, reports the Times, was used to build the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, which became the center for the Nazi regime’s eugenics program.
George Bernard Shaw, who H.G. Wells corresponded with frequently, praised the brutal actions Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini. In this speech, Shaw echoes the “ethical system” of the “Men of the New Republic” that Wells penned 30 years earlier:
“…these ideas might end up essentially built into the software that runs our society and our lives…”
As we progress into a time of exponential development of technology, an elite within the technological community is seeking to control humanity through the control of technology. Computer scientist Jaron Lanier, named in Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people for 2010, calls this group Cybernetic totalists. Lanier points out that this elite group may “…cause suffering for millions of people.” Lanier writes in his “One Half A Manifesto”,
“There is a real chance that evolutionary psychology, artificial intelligence, Moore’s Law fetishizing, and the rest of the package, will catch on in a big way, as big as Freud or Marx did in their times. Or bigger, since these ideas might end up essentially built into the software that runs our society and our lives. If that happens, the ideology of cybernetic totalist intellectuals will be amplified from novelty into a force that could cause suffering for millions of people.”
Lanier concludes, “The greatest crime of Marxism wasn’t simply that much of what it claimed was false, but that it claimed to be the sole and utterly complete path to understanding life and reality.” and, “There is nothing more gray, stultifying, or dreary than a life lived inside the confines of a theory. Let us hope that the cybernetic totalists learn humility before their day in the sun arrives.”
Lanier also mentions life extension technology, stating that the vast majority of the population could be priced out of the technology with only a small elite having access. Lanier himself comes across as an establishment figurehead when he proposes that the elite keep the technology secret. This, according to Lanier, is in an attempt to keep the rest of the world walled off to the life-extending technologies because there “isn’t enough room” on the planet. He states,
“Cheap near-immortality for everyone is a self-limiting proposition. There isn’t enough room to accommodate such an adventure… On the other hand, expensive near immortality is something the world could absorb, at least for a good long while, because there would be fewer people involved. Maybe they could even keep the effort quiet.”
Arthur Kroker, Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria and Director of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture also identified an abhorrent element within the technological community. “Suicidal nihilists”, states Kroker, “…occupy the commanding heights of digital reality…” He elaborates, “They can very happily ally themselves with a notion of nuclear holocaust or perfect exterminism… They’re creating again and again the exterminism of human memory, the exterminism of human sensibility, the exterminism of individuated human intelligence, the exterminism of human morality itself.”
Top A.I. researcher Hugo de Garis is yet another example. In this clip he explains that the development of super-intelligent A.I. may lead to a devastating world war that could kill billions of people. He adds that he is more than willing to take the risk, saying, “As a brain builder myself, am I prepared to risk the extinction of the human species for the sake of building an artilect? … yep.”
There is a reason that our culture is saturated with degrading imagery and self-esteem destroying filth. Our very human fiber is being targeted. Every day more people are coming to mirror the demoralized and decadent elite Pathocracy. This is not by accident. In every case civilizations fall when humanity is debased and loses touch with themselves, their neighbors and the wider world. The worst expression of humanity and evil flows in like a flood. Our solution lies in re-claiming our very souls and reconnecting with humanity, turning yourself into an antibody against the Pathocratic virus.
In the words of C.S. Lewis, writing in his 1944 book The Abolition of Man, “…we may well thank the beneficent obstinacy of real mothers, real nurses, and (above all) real children for preserving the human race in such sanity as it still possesses. But the man-moulders of the new age will be armed with the powers of an omnicompetent state and an irresistible scientific technique…”