“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. . . .”

― Bertrand Russell,1953

In The Scientific Outlook [PDF] Russell does us a great service decoding the complex and varied DNA of genetically modified fascism (as opposed to Rousseau’s state of nature giving rise to the organic social contract).  Two things really jump out at me, and both give me hope and inspiration.  Relatedly, I’m a huge fan of Ralph Nader’s vote with your dollars mantra, which I ironically heard defended yesterday on NPR by an American Enterprise Institute brain-truster.

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