The Scientific Dictatorship Explained

by Bassano, vintage print, 1936

Old-Thinker News | July 26, 2011

By Daniel Taylor

President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legendary farewell speech is often cited in condemnation of the Military Industrial Complex, which is intimately connected to the subject at hand. However, there is another little discussed yet vital topic in the latter half of his speech. “The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded,” warned Eisenhower. “Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.”

Who Are “They”?

I firmly believe that in the absence of historical background and full spectrum context, present day and future issues cannot be fully understood. This report will attempt to clarify the essence of the term “Scientific Dictatorship” by providing historical context and stories of the individuals involved in its modern manifestation.

The ideological roots of the Scientific Dictatorship can be traced to the works of Plato some 2,000 years ago. In truth, humanity has been battling the formation of this tyranny for much of known history. The formation of the United States Constitution created a barrier that H. G. Wells wrote in 1901, had “…to be modified or shelved at some stage…” The focus here is on the modern forms of scientific power that began in the 20th Century and are blossoming in the 21st Century. The Scientific Dictatorship is composed of unelected individuals that have access to the reigns of power. These individuals have access to undisclosed future technology, classified intelligence, and the ability to steer scientific research that impacts our entire society.

The works of Bertrand Russel, Julian Huxley, Aldous Huxley, Charles Galton Darwin, H.G. Wells and many others provide the mental framework from which this modern tyranny is based upon. The following are several examples of men who helped form the Scientific Dictatorship of the 21st Century. For readers who are new to this information, what you see here is a small portion of the full kaleidoscope of information available. This will give you a start for any in-depth research that you should decide to do.

Vannevar Bush: First Science Advisor, Founder of Raytheon

Born in 1890, Vannevar Bush would become the first Science Advisor to the United States government during World War II under President Franklin Roosevelt. Bush played a vital role in the creation of what we know today as the Military Industrial Complex. Specifically, the method of scientific research of this gargantuan organization – beginning with the Office of Scientific Research and Development – was devised by Vannevar.

The roots of the internet can be traced to Bush’s ideas in 1945. The forerunner to the computer itself can also be attributed to his early designs. With the help of the large foundations, Vennevar Bush pioneered many of the modern instruments of the Scientific Dictatorship. Bush’s most notable accomplishment was serving as the organizer of the Manhattan Project which produced the Atomic bomb.


Bush’s work with the Manhattan Project helped to cement the centralization of scientific research under the U.S. Military. This combine of research and development has since then developed into a network of contractors and various agencies. One of the world’s largest defense contractors of today is the Raytheon Company, founded by Vannevar in 1922. Much of the technology that is initially developed by the military is inevitably released into society.

One such example is the internet. Vannevar Bush’s initial ideas are considered to be the ideological roots of the internet. In a 1945 paper titled “As We May Think” Bush writes on his “memex” concept,

“The owner of the memex, let us say, is interested in the origin and properties of the bow and arrow. He has dozens of possibly pertinent books and articles in his memex. First he runs through an encyclopedia, finds an interesting but sketchy article, leaves it projected on his screen… Occasionally he inserts a comment of his own, either linking it into the main trail or joining it by a side trail to a particular item… Thus he builds a trail of his interest through the maze of materials available to him.”

DARPA would eventually develop the internet and bring it to reality. While the internet is being used today as an unprecedented tool for surveillance, it is at the same time serving as an unmatched medium for activism.

Bush with his mechanical differential analyzer

From 1935 to 1946 the Rockefeller Foundation funded Vannevar Bush’s development of the mechanical differential analyzer at MIT for a total of $230,500. This device, along with the Hollerith machine, is considered to be one of the forerunners of the desktop computer that we all know and use today.

Bush also served as president of the Carnegie Institution from 1939 to 1955, where he helped shift the organization’s focus away from old-style eugenics to population control. In A social history of anthropology in the United StatesThomas Carl Patterson writes that as President, “…Vannevar… ended its support for Davenport’s projects [The Eugenics Records Office]. The eugenics movement was transformed with Rockefeller support as its focus shifted from heredity to population control and to birth-control experiments on an international scale.”

As G. Pascal Zachary documents in his book Endless Frontier, Bush gave lip service to the importance of the individual, but he was an advocate of a type of technocracy in which society is ruled “…by the well-to-do and highly educated.” He also saw “…populism and the widening participation of citizens in the machinery of government as a recipe for decline.” Zachary comments that “Bush’s fear of the ‘blind mass’ was widely shared in his circle of senior scientists and engineers.” Also documented in Endless Frontier,

“As the years went on, the prevailing respect for experts emboldened Bush to advocate technocracy even more unabashedly. In the mid 1950s, he made headlines by calling for a “natural aristocracy” that would govern “the climate of opinion” in the country out of which politics and values arise.”

Much of what Vannevar Bush set in motion led directly to the explosion of technological advancement that we are witnessing today. While technology itself is neutral, the elites that are directing its development are doing so with specific agendas in mind, and we are not being asked to debate it.

Herman Kahn: Father of Scenario Planning

“Herman Kahn has been a major figure in one of the most fascinating shifts of power in U.S. History: from identifiable public leaders to the ‘action intellectuals.’” – Life Magazine, December 6, 1968

Herman Kahn is known as one of the founding fathers of future studies. After working for the RAND Corporation, Kahn founded the Hudson Institute in 1961. The satirical film Dr. Strangelove is largely based on real documents and ideas that came from RAND. The December 6, 1968 edition of Life Magazine details Kahn’s career, and the larger implications of an unprecedented shift of power to unelected “action intellectuals.” As Life Magainze reports,

“…Herman Kahn has been a major figure in one of the most fascinating shifts of power in U.S. History: from identifiable public leaders to the ‘action intellectuals.’ As counselors to the decision-makers, men such as Kahn often have access to future technology (what is known, but not yet disclosed) and official intelligence (what is known, but not yet revealed, about the capacities and plans of other nations).

Thus, decisions – based on private knowledge, analyzed by private consultants and debated in private – can become public policy. This is a process of invisible power. At its extreme this influence can commit a nation to social programs and military actions which have neither been fully explained nor publicly debated. One day, as that power pervades and grows more sophisticated, it may so affect the course of government that any nation’s policies may be locked in, as if by automatic pilot, years before the men who are elected to govern ever take office.”

This process of invisible power is further enabled by the annual secret gatherings of the Bilderberg Group – founded in 1954 – which consist of international bankers, CEO’s of major tech corporations, editors of major news outlets, and other power brokers.

An historical example of this process in action is the formation of the European Union’s common market, which was developed behind closed doors at a 1955 Bilderberg conference in Germany.

Ivy Lee and Edward Bernays: Modern public relations and perception management

Ivy Lee is considered to be the first public relations man. Lee was hired by John D. Rockefeller Jr. to recast the family’s image after the infamous Ludlow massacre. A more widely recognized figure in PR is Edward L. Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud, who helped to significantly advance the study of propaganda into the 20th Century.

In his 1928 book Propaganda, Bernays informs readers about the true ruling class in our society.

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”

In 1953 Bernays aided the United States government in its overthrow of Guatemala. As Mark Crispin Miller notes in the introduction of Propaganda, “Bernays was… employed by the United Fruit Company, at whose behest the Eisenhower administration used the CIA to overthrow the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz.”

This clip form the documentary Century of the Self details the incident:

Water Fluoridation was also sold to America with the help of Bernays. As detailed in The Fluoride Deception, Christopher Bryson explains Bernays’ connection with the National Institute of Dental Research.

The study of the mind of man has enabled advanced forms of subtle influence, of “manufacturing consent.” The U.S. Army War College noted in 1998 that the “Mind has no firewall,” and that “We are on the threshold of an era in which these data processors of the human body may be manipulated or debilitated.”

Much of the Scientific Dictatorship’s agenda would stop dead in its tracks in response to the simple act of the people becoming aware that there are attempts to manipulate our minds.

How does the Scientific Dictatorship operate?

Eisenhower’s warning is especially prescient here. “The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded,” he warned. Tax-exempt foundations have played a critical role in directing society and technological development. For example, as president of the Carnegie Institution, Vannevar Bush “…was able to influence research in the U.S. towards military objectives and could informally advise the government on scientific matters.”

As Dr. Lily E. Kay has documented in her book The Molecular Vision of Life: Caltech, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Rise of the New Biology, large foundations effectively set in motion the entire scientific technological agenda for the 20th Century. Under the “Science of Man” agenda, the physical makeup of human beings was studied, and methods to alter various biological processes were devised. This inertia rippled throughout society and impacted the minds of the intelligentsia that were totally unconnected to the core group responsible for organizing the central project.

The Scientific Dictatorship often operates under the cover of darkness, under national security, private contractors, and deep levels of government secrecy.

One area of operations for this group is in bio weapons laboratories across the globe. As revealed by The Age, Nobel prize winning Australian microbiologist Sir Macfarlane Burnet secretly urged the Australian government in 1947 to develop bio weapons for use against the “overpopulated countries of South-East Asia.” In a 1947 meeting with the New Weapons and Equipment Development Committee, the group recommended that “the possibilities of an attack on the food supplies of S-E Asia and Indonesia using B.W. agents should be considered by a small study group.”

The anthrax attacks that occurred shortly after 9/11 have exposed the underbelly of this system, along with the murder of Dr. David Kelly in 2003. Investigative journalist and film maker Bob Coen examined the anthrax case and concluded that an “international biological weapons mafia” is operating in total secrecy.

How can such a vast project go seemingly un-noticed? Why don’t I know about this?

The professional classes of society have largely been schooled and specialized to a degree that limits their perspective on the full spectrum view of society; That is, until they are “brought into the fold.” This is not by accident or happenstance. Just as Vannevar Bush desired rule by the “…well-to-do and highly educated,” Bertrand Russel, in his 1954 book The Scientific Outlook writes,

“…the scientific rulers will provide one kind of education for ordinary men and women, and another for those who are to become holders of scientific power. Ordinary men and women will be expected to be docile, industrious, punctual, thoughtless, and contented.”

To a great extent we are facing an open conspiracy, which H. G. Wells aptly named one of his many books. Herein lies one of our greatest challenges. We are not facing a clear and present danger that would normally trigger natural human instinct to fight back. It is a creeping death that is subtly eroding the human species.

13 Comments on "The Scientific Dictatorship Explained"

  1. Rudderless i doubt it.

  2. for Mr. rudderless -and all the rest in his chaotic mess – hope when late in the night they steer there butts a right and not miss the bowl so more to add in the ship they captain going nowhere – ha ha -who’s on the cover of this months FOOL magazine =

  3. I can see how the “scientific dictatorship” is an attractive idea to many. But it suffers the same flaws as most fringe conspiracies: historical facts and half-truths littered amongst outright speculation, massive oversimplifications, vague associations, leaps of logic, intuitions masquerading as evidence.

    The internet is chock full of armchair conspiracy theorists. They inform their beliefs with google, selective reading, and undue weight & credulity of their own imagination and intuition. The attraction is quite understandable: the unthinking masses are ignorant and naive, and we are the enlightened few who have perceived beyond the veil. And even better, we have outwitted the conspirators, the so-called “elite”. We are the underground freedom fighters against the tyrannical dictatorship.

    Of course, it’s an ego-driven fantasy. That isn’t to say there aren’t real conspiracies and real oppression in the world. It’s just that the armchair conspiracy theorist will never see them clearly. They cannot distinguish the real from the imagined. Their goal is not truth-seeking, but rather intellectual masturbation.

    There is a remedy. It’s quite simple, really. 1. Practice humility. 2. Get out of your chair and get involved in the scientific community; complete a degree or PhD and learn about how the scientific community works first hand. Without that experience, your perspective will remain narrow and you cannot pretend to know the system works.

    An on-point quote from Alan Moore:

    “The main thing that I learned about conspiracy theory, is that conspiracy theorists believe in a conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is actually chaotic. The truth is that it is not The Iluminati, or The Jewish Banking Conspiracy, or the Gray Alien Theory. The truth is far more frightening – Nobody is in control. The world is rudderless.”

    • oldthinkernews | February 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm |

      Are the highly schooled just as vulnerable to having tunnel vision? Perhaps more so? This article is based on facts, often citing individuals from within this system that have “seen how the scientific community works.” The system of control described here has been institutionalized. Every scientist, researcher, and doctor is not making the conscious decision to take part in a vast conspiracy. It is merely accepted as “the way things are.” To any sane person, recognizing deep problems within our society does not bring comfort.

    • Skeptikon,
      A true skeptic neither believes not disbelieves anything. You seem to have chosen to dismiss everything that does not fit comfortable with your certainties. You might think about changing your nom-de-plume so as to avoid confusing people.
      Church of Scienceology fundameltalist would be about right.

    • To think that there is no cabal is moronic. I and a few others have a billion dollars each we are standing in a room with millions of people who have a few pennies each, we are at the back in the huddle deciding what you will eat ,do and think! If that is not obvious to all then 2+2 = 5 for you my friends and you might as well shoot yourselves or go on eating hot pockets either way get out of OUR way!

  4. And the fear of God, Allah, etc., acts as the massess pacifier, wonder who invented religion?

  5. Skinwalker | May 27, 2012 at 11:29 am |

    I have never put much thought into the idea. I enjoyed the article, very interesting. In modern times there have always been “puppets” that run any major empire. In America we elect a new presidents. This makes the population feel as though they contribute. Ancient civilizations had divine intervention and powerful gods. In modern times we are diversified and ask to many questions. More is needed to fill our curiosity. There is always a curtain that our true rulers will hid behind. And it is sad to say that the media is not any more reliable than a rumor on the street.

  6. OP I gotta say it sounds like it would be pretty badass to be part of a cabal of technocratic oligarchs. Where do I sign up, brah?

  7. The Golden Rule is to Love others as Christ loved us. Not many, if any these days, do that, nor are they capable of doing that. Why? As I said, they are governed by their “carnal nature”, which loves “its” self! To love someone as Christ did requires a change of human nature, which only God could supernaturally cause to happen. A vast majority of humanity rejects this doctrine. Am I imposing my will on someone when I tell them this? Am I attempting to expand my rule, my domain, my empire by doing this? Funny how the “empire” we live in now imposes “its” will on all of us, and is attempting to expand “its” rule, domain, and empire, by trying to make of all the world “one proselyte” just as the prophets foretold, don’t you think?

  8. I agree with Lance, noting “It” is identified as “Sin” in the Holy Bible. “It” is the egotistical desire to see oneself as always right, and wanting to impose your own will, your own sense of “right” upon others and expand your rule, your domain, in building an empire. It is the desire to rule others and subjugate others in prideful arrogance. The cure is a desire to love and let live under the “Golden Rule”, to follow Christ in giving of ourselves rather than taking from others.
    Love embodies respect and justice. “It” lacks love, and devours humanity and all the Earth. “It” leads us to Hell.

  9. Humanity has brought this upon humanity. One can blame whoever and/or whatever one wants, but the fact is, humanity is unable to alter what governs human nature. Call it the “animal”, or the “beast”, the “carnal spirit”, the “dragon”, the “serpent”, or whatever you wish, the fact is “it” exists. IT controls the imaginations of ALL human civilizations, manipulating and perverting the best of human intentions for “its” purposes. IT is descended from the establishment of the very first “civilization”, BABYLON.

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