January 15, 2008
Truth in Advertising

KNOWING YOUR PLACE
(v 1.0.2)

By Morley Evans


T ANADA is advertised as a free and democratic modern nation where everyone is equal: men, women, white, black, aboriginal, asian, old, young, rich, and poor. Everyone has an equal opportunity, they say. In Canada no one is left to fall through the cracks even if he doesn't measure up. Canadians enjoy fairness and justice. Canadians have free speech, free and honest elections, a free press and a social safety net. You will rise or fall on your own merits here.

The truth is actually quite different from what is advertised. Early on in my career at Lakeview Public School I became aware that there were people who belonged to groups with privilages. I was not a member of such a group and nothing I could do would ever change things. No one would come right out and say that's how it is, of course. They would vigorously deny such assertions. These differences didn't become glaringly apparent until I entered high school. They provide an insight into what would happen to me.

My childhood premonition about how things are would prove correct — ironically here in Saskatchewan, the land of the CCF whose leader would be proclaimed as the conscience of Canada. Not all the animals on the farm are created equal as George Orwell illustrated in Animal Farm. Some animals are more equal than others.

Today, half a century later at Amazon.com, I find what Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, had been thinking about such things at the time I was entering Grade One to be tutored by people who were enamoured with, or in awe of, geniuses like Russell.

"Dan" writes:


Bertrand Russell

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....


The scary part about Russell's ideas is that they aren't confined to collecting dust in archives.  He was one of the top Royal Chartered social planners of the 20th century.  His ideas and methods run through our public educational and welfare bureaucracies like virulent cancer. And this man continues to be esteemed in academia world wide.

It gets worse.  Here's the real Lord Russell unmasked, speaking to his peers:

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

Crystal clear:  he's talking about killing any exceptional commoner, simply for the 'crime' of intelligence equal to the rulers, if the said commoner won't betray his class and be brought on board.

Every time I worked for large corporations in my youth, I found that promotion is offered with a test: privately they ask you to do something unethical - betray your co-workers, or carry out an unethical task for them with plausible denial.  I always failed this test and shortly after got fired. Imagine what Lord Russell is saying here - he'd execute those failing the promotion test.

Important to be aware of: John Dewey was the 'father of modern education' and author of The Humanist Manifesto.  He and Russell were well acquainted with one another.

DEWEY, JOHN. "the Case for Bertrand Russell" in the Nation (June 15, 1940)
http://www.antiqbook.com/boox/librar/7868.shtml

The American, Dewey, was supported by the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations, and was a socialist like Russell and the rest of them.
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Andrew Replies:
I wish someone had explained to me (when I was 14 or 15 yrs old) what Dan wrote here:
 
Every time I worked for large corporations in my youth, I found that promotion is offered with a test: privately they ask you to do something unethical - betray your co-workers, or carry out an unethical task for them with plausible denial.  I always failed this test and shortly after got fired. Imagine what Lord Russell is saying here - he'd execute those failing the promotion test.
 
This is true to my experience too.
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And mine too. 

- Morley Evans
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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

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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

 

http://www.modernhistoryproject.org/mhp/ArticleDisplay.php?Article=Quotes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_russell


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