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The Scientific Dictatorship

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In his 1951 essay, The Impact of Science on Society, Bertrand Russell wrote that the most important science of the future would be ”mass psychology … taken up by scientists under a scientific dictatorship.” He said that ”the influence of [the] home is obstructive” and that ”indoctrination” must begin ”before the age of ten.” He warned, ”Although this science of mass psychology will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions are 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…”