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Analysis posted Jun 19 2007, 12:21 PM Category: Brave New World Source: InformationLiberation Print

Life under the World State

A Philosopher King speaks

"Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do."

"I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is mass psychology.... Its importance has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda. Of these the most influential is what is called 'education.' Religion plays a part, though a diminishing one; the press, the cinema, and the radio play an increasing part.... It may be hoped that in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if he can catch the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment."

"Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen."
- Bertrand Russell, "The Impact of Science on Society", 1953

"Scientific societies are as yet in their infancy. . . . It is to be expected that advances in physiology and psychology will give governments much more control over individual mentality than they now have even in totalitarian countries. Fitche laid it down that education should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished."

"Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible."

"Gradually, by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organized insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton."
- Bertrand Russell, "The Impact of Science on Society", 1953, pg 49-50

"In like manner, 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. Of these qualities, probably contentment will be considered the most important. In order to produce it, all the researches of psycho-analysis, behaviourism, and biochemistry will be brought into play.... All the boys and girls will learn from an early age to be what is called 'co-operative,' i.e., to do exactly what everybody is doing. Initiative will be discouraged in these children, and insubordination, without being punished, will be scientifically trained out of them."

"Except for the one matter of loyalty to the World State and to their own order, members of the governing class will be encouraged to be adventurous and full of initiative...."

"On those rare occasions, when a boy or girl who has passed the age at which it is usual to determine social status shows such marked ability as to seem the intellectual equal of the rulers, a difficult situation will arise, requiring serious consideration. If the youth is content to abandon his previous associates and to throw in his lot whole-heartedly with the rulers, he may, after suitable tests, be promoted, but if he shows any regrettable solidarity with his previous associates, the rulers will reluctantly conclude that there is nothing to be done with him except to send him to the lethal chamber before his ill-disciplined intelligence has had time to spread revolt. This will be a painful duty to the rulers, but I think they will not shrink from performing it."
- Bertrand Russell, "The Scientific Outlook", 1931

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Posted: Nov 05 2007, 2:48 PM

this website only shared with us some quotes from various essays by Russell. It is up to each of us what to do with that information. Whether to just blindly accept it, or to dig deeper and find the context and meaning behind the words.

It is my personal opinion, but not exactly an uneducated guess, that Russell intended his words to be a warning to society. Giving people the truth about the ruling elite isn't as effective as leading them to find it themselves (especially when Russell was himself born into that elite class).

this website shares with us articles from all different sources, it is up to us what we do with that information, keeping in mind the source from which it originated.
Tuur Demeester

Posted: Nov 11 2007, 6:15 AM

88197 He was in a favor of the world state. Check this quote from "Education and the Social Order":

"I think this (...) will demand, as a minimum condition, the establishment of a world State and the subsequent institution of a world-wide system of education designed to produce loyalty to the world State. No doubt such a system of education will entail, at any rate for a century or two, certain crudities which will militate agains the development of the individual. But if the alternative is chaos and the death of civilisation, the price will be worth paying."


Posted: Nov 11 2007, 8:37 AM

also take into account the audience for which he was writing. This same short quote means something totally different in light of who is reading it. If those in power read it, it is about how to use people as a means to an end. BUT, if common people read it, it is a warning to us to not allow ourselves to be used in such a way.

Now take a look at who it is that generally studies philosophy in college. Besides the few freaks, like myself, who just want to learn, you have the students who take philosophy classes to help them pass the LSAT and get into law school, and those who are being groomed to rule. Poor kids don't study this stuff, they gotta work. When most kids go to college it's so they can get a better paying job. Only rich folks (and oddballs like myself) go to college because they love learning.

Posted: Nov 15 2007, 11:15 AM

6749 Just to clarify things, Russell believed that the education system needed to teach people to think for themselves. He thought that workers should own the factories and that the time spent working should be reduced to four hours a day so that people could spend the majority of their time pursuing what interests them. Below is his Liberal Decalogue which gives you a very good idea of his beliefs:

Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:

1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.

4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool's paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness."

Posted: Nov 18 2007, 3:47 AM

74211 I see so few avenues for proper assembly and maintenance of our God-given rights that are inalienable. These quotes are powerful, insightful, and poignant! I am so exasperated by the manipulations... and that I have so often fallen for the liberal-conservative banter that divide/split us!


Posted: Jan 07 2008, 8:25 PM

6364 The one comment I want to make is that I would argue that "education" is a misnomer, "indoctrination" is much better description of what is happening in society today. We're not taught to think, only to obey and if you ask "why?" too many times or too loudly they pump you full of proxac and tell you to calm down that you're much too excitable

Posted: Jan 23 2008, 2:18 PM

7664 Will the real Bertrand Russell please stand up ...

Adding to the discussion on this board I offer the results of a little googling. I found this page with an excerpt and link below ...

"Begin with the Bertrand Russell of the early 1920's, the Russell who had just returned to Britain from a stint indoctrinating numerous of the future leaders of Communist China.19 Read the following gem from Russell's treasury of a liberal pacifist's sentimentalities, this from his 1923 Prospects of Industrial Civilization:20

Socialism, especially international socialism, is only possible as a stable system if the population is stationary or nearly so. A slow increase might be coped with by improvements in agricultural methods, but a rapid increase must in the end reduce the whole population to penury, ... the white population of the world will soon cease to increase. The Asiatic races will be longer, and the negroes still longer, before their birth rate falls sufficiently to make their numbers stable without help of war and pestilence. ... Until that happens, the benefits aimed at by socialism can only be partially realized, and the less prolific races will have to defend themselves against the more prolific by methods which are disgusting even if they are necessary.21"

I highly recommend the work of G. Edward Griffin to those who wish to understand better the context an cabal within Which Russell has a prominent place ... Begin with the essays at the bottom of this page ...
Anonymous UK

Posted: Aug 29 2008, 4:20 PM

805 I must say I've enjoyed reading all of these posts so much I just have to contribute.

Personally I see Bertrand Russell as a complete hero.

friendstacy - if you are a student of philosophy I must refer you to Russells 'History of Western Philosophy' a seminal sweeping text illuminating all ideas within the political context they existed.

a very relevant point as made by anonymous that should be revered is the caution to question WHY and HOW you have come to believe what you currently believe and your process of thinking about what you are presented..... below is cut & pasted from this very site from 'before you post'

"When one takes the time to research the "liberal elite," whom the conservatives oppose, and the "conservative elite," whom the liberals oppose, one finds both "elite" are one and the same. "Liberal" or "Conservative" is not a substantive choice, it is only the carefully crafted illusion of a choice"

Please remember that the issues you have all expressed about elites/commoners, education/indoctrination, right/left are human challenges that have been ongoing since and before Plato (Please read his 'Republic')

The greatest advance in understanding that we can propagate to advance humanity in unity is that there are no such things as god given rights. the only powers that can give or remove rights are human

Once we can accept this as a unified world state of mind then we shall take giant steps toward being truly be free.

Happiness to you all in pursuit of knowledge and truth.

Posted: Sep 09 2008, 5:23 AM

74130 It is true, people with opinions mostly go around bothering each other.

Posted: Oct 11 2009, 7:06 AM

86159 I sometimes wonder who comments on theese articles, how do we know, how do YOU know, that i am not working for somone who's interests it's in too disagree.

Personally from what i can deduce from russell' work, he didn't write for or against, he wrote as an observer.

Posted: Dec 08 2010, 7:00 PM

78147 Russell was up to no good.
He basically taught the Bureaucratic Class how to maintain their position, and helped those with a 'World-Plan', to further it.
He only Lectured at the Ivy Leagues.
Didn't He say, "A Scientific Dictatorship, like the one we are suggesting is inevitable, but also PREFERABLE to any other kind "
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