Bertrand Russell – The Impact of Science on Society

I recently came across Mr. Russell’s 1952 book “The Impact of Science on Society”. I had heard that it was a book that advocates of “One World” socialist government frequently referenced and I wanted to see what it was all about.  Russell begins the book by explaining how scientific breakthroughs have advanced civilization through the ages.  He comes to the conclusion that the only way to save mankind from itself is to have a totalitarian government or a “scientific dictatorship”.  On pages 29 & 30 of the Simon & Schuster hardback copy that I read he advocates the use of mass psychology to indoctrinate children especially through the education system. On page 50 he talks about the necessity of sterilizing most of the population and that in the future “diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from an 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. Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy because the government will tell them that they are so.” He continues on page 51: “Sires will be chosen for various qualities, some for muscle, some for brains. All will have to be healthy, and unless they are to be the fathers of oligarchs they will have to be of a submissive and docile disposition. Children will, as in Plato’s Republic be taken from their mothers and reared by professional nurses. 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.”

On Page 54 he states:  “When the government controls the distribution of food, its power is absolute so long as it can count on the police and the armed forces.  And their loyalty can be secured by giving them some of the privileges of the governing class.” He also talks about population control on page 103: “I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing. There are others , which one must suppose, opponents of birth control would prefer. War, as I remarked a moment ago, has hitherto been disappointing in the respect, but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once in every generation survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full.”  Disgusting. They gave this guy a Nobel prize in literature.

If he was the only person to hold these disturbing views I would not waste my time mentioning him but I believe that a large percentage of politicians and bureaucrats that control our lives through legislation and regulations share this ideology. People like Russell can be found in positions of power in every country on this planet.  Logic states that a certain Darwinistic “Dog eat Dog” attitude would be rewarded and only the truly ruthless find themselves in high-ranking positions. This is not to say that all politicians are evil or that they are even a majority but there is no doubt in my mind that people with this mindset are very active in government and have been for decades if not centuries.

I was able to get this book out of the Cincinnati library. The library has many of Russell’s books and I would encourage you to read them to gain an understanding of how the intellectual elite view the world.  For a possible different take on this book, here is a link to the reviews on Amazon:

In addition to Bertrand Russell here is a list of other intellectuals who have been linked to Fabian Socialism or Socialism in general:

Carol Quigley – Two books: Tragedy & Hope and The Anglo-American Establishment

Aldous Huxley

Julian Huxley

H.G. Wells

Maurice Strong

Sydney Webb

This is just a small list. There are many more. I would encourage you to investigate these people, read their books  and get to know what they stand for. If you find anything interesting please let me know.

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