In the early part of a new century, in a time marked by the ascendancy of Progressive political thought, a new Ideology emerges. With blinding speed it is normalized throughout academia, society and the political classes.
It is characterized by the use of pseudo scientific language to give it the sheen of revealed, quantifiable truth. Its adherents proselytize endlessly that this ideology represents the only way to social justice. It goes from being the musings of the pundit class to absolute dominance in Academia, Media, Law and Society within less than a decade. The leading public intellectuals and giants in the entertainment industry endorse the ideology as if it had always been apparent truth.
The ideology is used to bring in government policies aimed at breaking down traditional belief systems about society, race, and the very idea of the human family group itself. The goal, repeated endlessly with the same mindless incantation of a Gregorian monk, A more just and equitable world.
Every individual is classified and given a set position in society by the new ideology. Selective racism is openly encouraged in the name of progressive thought. The most abhorrent things, including open calls to genocide are encouraged in social discourse as long as they are directed toward the group identified as the root cause of all historical Ills. This group must become educated and conditioned to be allied in their own group demise. The population is instructed that they must ignore their own biological nature and indeed should strive to change it through medical technology. This dogma is increasingly put into Law and aimed directly at children through the calculated and intense funding of the Education System.
Control of the entire Media spectrum by the elite progenitors of the ideology is absolute. The mantra of the new social justice is endlessly repeated in news media and popular entertainment. Any questioning is labelled as the most dangerous of prohibited speech. To publicly express divergent opinions can be immediate professional / social suicide. The moral certainty of the adherents of the ideology take on the tones of religious fervor. Immense political power make the ideology the Law of the land, with little or no debate. New definitions appear and the rights of the individual, even basic parental rights over the medical treatment of their children are obliterated. Though it became organized in the US it quickly spread through intentional NGO’s and elite cultural and education networks through Canada, England, Europe, and Australia.
“This is not a description of the current condition of western societies influenced by the holy trinity of Identity Politics; Privilege theory, Intersection and Gender theory. It is a part of our history we have dangerously forgotten. It holds the key to understanding the source, and possibly the motivations, behind the forces ripping apart our social fabric today all over the west”
This is not a description of the current condition of western societies influenced by the holy trinity of Identity Politics; Privilege theory, Intersection and Gender theory. It is a part of our history we have dangerously forgotten. It holds the key to understanding the source, and possibly the motivations, behind the forces ripping apart our social fabric today all over the west. Exactly 100 Years ago a social justice policy called Eugenics. was spreading like a cancer through western societies. It was inserted by the elite class of the society during a time historians call the “Progressive Era”.
Any of this sounding familiar? It should, it is being accomplished by the same Elite group, using the exact same methods through the same conduits of astro-turf Civil society groups and International Organizations.
It was as fiercely backed by leading intellectuals, bureaucratic class, and much of the professional classes just as Identity Politics are predominately embraced and relentlessly advanced today by the exact same group. For those of us like myself barely aware of the murky ghost of Eugenics existence it is usually attribute it vaguely to the “right wing” elements of society. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. It was endorsed by leaders of left wing, Progressive, intelligentsia like J.M. Keynes, George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells. This was a phenomenon of the “Left”.
We begin in the early part of the 20th century. A group of oligarchical robber barons Rockefeller, Ford, Mellon, Carnegie and others of their class used the same cover of “social justice” and creating a more “just and equal world” to advance the theory of Eugenics. The concept had been fluttering around the European salons of the elite for some time but this bunch picked it up and ran with it. They brought it to absolute scientific dominance and complete social and political acceptance. They enacted forced sterilization Laws in 30 US states. The mantra of Eugenics was taught as unquestionable fact in every University Hall and primary schoolhouse. They could do this because they funded research institutes, International professional conferences, thousands of peer reviewed papers, and centers of excellence in Universities. They funded International NGO’s with utopian sounding aims. They used the Internationalist system of the day, the League of Nations, to advance their agenda. The media of the day was used to create acceptance in the general public. Popular magazines featured endless articles by experts informing the public and portraying questioning as regressive, unscientific and completely socially unacceptable. For a break down of how this works from the master I refer you to Chomsky’s seminal Manufacturing Consent. It is hard to imagine now but to question Eugenics at one time would elicit the same response currently meted out to those who mis-gender a fluid non-binary Demi-Boy.
This social justice theory would lead directly to the Nazi death camps. As a side note most of the same people who financed Eugenics also financed a certain fledgling German political party and helped to supply their war machine. The effects would be felt through most of the 20th century, my home province of Alberta still sterilized citizens who were deemed “retarded” into the 1970’s. The Eugenics movement itself morphed into Planned Parenthood and the Environmental movement.
In the early part of the 21st Century the charitable Foundations of the Ford’s, Rockefeller’s, Mellon’s, and Carnegie’s have been joined by a new group of oligarchs. Zuckerberg and a few others who run the Tech giants that comprise the modern public space. Fellow merchant banker George Soros has taken Mellon’s place as the face of elite philanthropy. They have been quietly financing and enabling the ascendancy of Identity Politics. Control of the media has not really changed that much in 100 years and it has been used to normalize the ideology in the public mind and portray it as the prevalent point of view.
“Not only will Ford direct all of its money and influence to curbing financial, racial, gender, and other inequities, but it will give lots more money in a way grantees have been clamoring for: It hopes to double the total it gives in the form of unrestricted grants for operating support. The doubling of general operating support to 40 percent of the foundation’s grant-making budget, projected to be in excess of $1 billion over five years, will enable Ford to create what its president, Darren Walker, calls a “social-justice infrastructure” Ford Foundation ,2018 https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Ford-Shifts-Grant-Making-to/230839
Many of the basic tenants of Eugenics are being accomplished by Identity Politics. Eugenics was fundamentally based on the rigid “scientific” classification of every individual into an immutable group. We are born to this group. And it is from this group. We are born to this group. And it is from this group identity from which we must take our self image and indeed innate moral value. This is being drilled into young people on college campuses across the west under the name “Intersection”. The separation of the races was an article of faith with Eugenicists, at all costs the races should as much as possible live separately. We are recently seeing the reappearance of segregated schooling and spaces in the name of Privilege and Anti-racism. Eugenicists also believed in usurping of parents rights over their own offspring, the educated elites being more suited to see to their formation. “Gender ideology” has this as one of its foundational themes now enshrined in Law across much of the west. Gender ideology also very much mimics the perfectibility, through science and technology, of human advancement. To the extent of surrendering basic rights and mutilating surgical intervention.
For the purposes of looking in detail at the striking similarities in these two social justice theories and how they became dominant I will consider Privilege Theory, Intersection, and Gender Theory as a single ideological dogma that I will call IdPol, because I hate typing. My epistemological justification is that all three seminal papers were incredibly written and published 1989 within months of one another. They came out of the same Ivy League institutions that created Eugenics. All three authors come from the elite. The theories were quickly and forcibly inserted into our societies using limitless financial means and political clout by the same group. They are generally used together. Let me here then detail the three co-authors.
“Harvard’s role in the movement was in many ways not surprising. Eugenics attracted considerable support from progressives, reformers, and educated elites as a way of using science to make a better world. Harvard was hardly the only university that was home to prominent eugenicists. Stanford’s first president, David Starr Jordan, and Yale’s most acclaimed economist, Irving Fisher, were leaders in the movement.” …https://harvardmagazine.com/2016/03/harvards-eugenics-era
“By 1928, eugenics was a topic in 376 separate college courses, which enrolled approximately 20,000 students. A content analysis of high school science texts published between 1914 and 1948 indicates that a majority presented eugenics was as legitimate science. These texts embraced Galton’s concept of differential birthrates between the biological “fit” and “unfit,” training high school students that immigration restriction, segregation, and sterilization were worthy policies to maintain in American culture.”…http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/html/eugenics/essay6text.html
Lets first understand that theories gain precedence in Academic thought through funding. The research that gets funding produces literature, books, papers, and thus legitimacy. Whoever can set up foundations, organize international conferences and co-opt enough institutes through massive funding control can get the most incredibly questionable ideas accepted as revealed truth in Academia. The money comes from Elite controlled Foundations like Open Societies or the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations. If you have the money you can create scientific reality. Or more colloquially Money talks and bullshit walks, literally.
In 1907 the Cold Spring Harbor Institute is opened under the direction of Eugenicist Charles Benedict Davenport fully and massively funded by the Ford’s, Carnegie’s and Rockefeller’s. Davenport produced massive waves of papers and studies that were eagerly adopted as fact by the major Universities. The Universities then as now got a huge amount of their basic funding from the same place. Research was funded across the Ivy League. This produced even more papers and studies and gave it the unquestioned imprimatur of accepted science. These experts then developed best practices and curriculum packages that pervaded education from medical schools to elementary classes.
Eugenics was closely linked to the idea that humans could now shape their own destiny through scientific and technical progress and that social science ideology trumped biological reality. Another very familiar base ideology.
The American Eugenics Society and other civil society groups, heavily funded and politically connected, set up in every state to ensure state Education and Medical boards complied with Eugenic ideology. Teachers colleges indoctrinated their nascent teachers endlessly to insert the ideology into lessons in every field of study. They insured that legislation was passed at the state level and that Eugenics was inserted into civil service professional codes and guidelines so that all public services were delivered through a Eugenic centered lens.
Identity Politics has the same trajectory of heavily funded Elite backed Foundations. Like Cold Springs these produce masses of peer reviewed papers and textbooks. They have names like the Seed Foundation, the Center for Intersectionality. They have the veneer of the Ivy League Universities they Inhabit. Mountains of data are accumulated through self directed studies with predetermined outcomes. The mountain of subjective social science data is then used to further legitimize the dogma. It becomes the dominant and only accepted way of viewing of social sciences. Any dissent is career ending and even students can be punished for voicing any divergent view. The actual emptyness of the dogma was actually shown by the brilliant scholars of the Sokal 2.0 Hoax
If you think the idea of social justice being used to advance corporate interests is a wild tin foil hat theory then you should familiarize yourself with how the cousin of Sigmund Freud father of advertising and communication studies, Edward Bearnaise used the women’s rights movement to market cigarettes.by turning them into “Torches of Freedom”. One supposes he did indeed give women equal access to lung cancer. The man himself explains how he did it.
In 1919 you could go out to a movie and see dramas with eugenic themes. Pick up a magazine in the waiting room and glossy photo spreads in endless articles published in magazines and newspapers would extol the virtues brought to society by this incredible new social science . Eugenics was used to sell products from hairstyles to children’s toys. The Ideologies sponsors used the media of their day, setting up in county fairs with “Fitter Families contests”. Social standing could be improved by public adherence to Eugenic ideology and destroyed by questioning it.
It was forcibly inserted into every social movement. If one wanted to to advance the causes of Racial equality, Public health, housing, education, poverty it had to be centered on Eugenic principles. The Women’s Rights movement was heavily infiltrated by the ideology even though it was deeply misogynistic and dismissive of Women’s most basic rights. It was so ingrained and accepted that any one disagreeing was simply uneducated, scared of progress, to invested in their selfish privilege. It was socially acceptable and expected for people to report aberrant behavior or procreation to the proper authorities. People accepted the restriction of speech and basic rights for the sake of the ideological goals. These idea had so much mainstream power that people actually volunteered to be medically mutilated by being sterilized.
In 2019 it is hard to look at today’s social media without being inundated by IdPol. It is pushed in mainstream entertainment. The Online media is a thunderous chorus of virtue signaling. Any disagreement is attacked in a coordinated fashion. It is social and professional suicide to show even the most subtle deviance. IdPol has been forced into workplaces across the economic spectrum through increasingly mandatory Inclusion training. Non profit groups and charitable societies funnel millions of dollars into “public education” campaigns and political action groups. Legislators are backed or viciously attacked based on their willingness to advance the “woke” legislative agenda. Even the mechanisms of the state are used to ensure compliance on social media to the doctrine. Progressives cheer on the restriction and criminalization of speech. The media from news outlets to popular entertainment repeat the IdPol mantra endlessly and portray any questioning as fascist, exclusionary, something-phobic. Below is a chilling statistical representation of Manufacturing consent in a population. Think of the wall to wall coverage a washed up Olympian got, and why.
This is a graphical presentation of Manufacturing Consent. Lexus Nexus data on the use of media to normalize thought. The Data indicates a pre-planned program not a natural phenomenon. Graphs Zach Goldberg @zachg932
The rule of Law has been one of the historic achievements of society. But the rule of Law can be bent by money and political power, Eugenics is a historical example IdPol is a modern one. Through brute political clout , media saturation, and hordes legal experts working behind the scenes ideologically driven legal frames can be inserted without public consultation. Legal Societies themselves are infiltrated and used to influence the administration of the Law. Civil society groups make back door deals with legislators using the deep pockets and connections of their backers.
Davenport had an important partner in his corporate funded Eugenic kingdom, Harry Laughlin. He created a Model Eugenic Law in 1914. His model Law was sighted by Adolf Hitler as inspiring the Racial Hygiene Laws of the Nazis. This could be inserted as boilerplate anywhere in the US, saving Legislators the noisome bother of study and debate. It was a winning strategy they enacted brutal Sterilization Laws in 30 States. Civil society groups funded by the same Elite Foundations then helped bring pressure on legislators, pointing to the social acceptability engineered through the Media. The Legislation is forced through sighting dire social need, any dissent was met with concerted attack in the editorial pages, the social media of the day. It is important to note that the Eugenics Laws survived challenge in the US Supreme Court in Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927), is a decision of the United States Supreme Court, written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., in which the Court ruled that a state statute permitting compulsory sterilization of the unfit, including the intellectually disabled, “for the protection and health of the state” did not violate the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Supreme Court has never expressly overturned Buck v. Bell.
Which means that it may be relied on in the U.S. to defend some of the Legislation now being passed under the banner of Equity.
In this centuries foray into Legal despotism we have Charles “Chuck” Williams. For 30 Years Chuck worked for US Defense Giant Sperry Corp. He bailed in 1985 during a hostile takeover that saw Perry pump its share prices, and there fore his payout, into the stratosphere. He used some of his wealth in 2001 to fund the Williams Institute which dedicates the time of 20 full time high end legal scholars to create boilerplate legislation for jurisdictions across the US and the world.
Kimberle W. Crenshaw, author of intersection, heads the Center for Intersectional Justice also in the UCLA Law school. Its stated aim is to “CIJ seeks to influence the public discourse and impact on policy making through direct advocacy, research and policy advice, as well as publications”. They are succeeding as it has become part of the law in many jurisdictions.
Astro-turf civil groups like Egalé Trust in Canada, Mermaids in the UK and hundreds of others others mostly chaired by high end lawyers and Funded by the same Foundations bring pressure on legislators to insert boilerplate “human rights” legislation pointing to the social consent manufactured by controlled Media as license.This Legislation is leading to arrests in the UK for wrong-think. Laws severely restricting social media communication and free speech in general are being passed in support of IdPol all over the west cheered on by the Progressive Left
The world has become almost unrecognizable since John Rockefeller and Andrew Mellon walked it as living men in 1919. As society has grown and fundamentally changed through the amazing revolutions in transport and communication technologies so have the desires of this class. In the early industrial age of the 1920’s they desired, through control of the mechanisms of the Nation State, to produce and control a docile race of workers who would joyfully inhabit their still mostly steam driven factories. But in the age of satellite communications and the global village the Nation Sate has outlived its usefulness and indeed become an impediment to Elite corporate control. So they have usurped Neo Marxist revolutionary theories in an effort to destabilize and destroy the Nation States of the west. As structurally corrupt and ailing as they may be our rather recently attempted experiments in democratic control are the only spark of light our species has known in its long dark history. And they are the only structures in existence able to, at least partly, withstand the globe spanning power of the Corporations controlled by a now world spanning oligarchical class. If removed then the Corporation would be the only structures large enough to manage our industrial societies. Perhaps they envision some Chinese style Red Capitalism . It matters not. Whatever their specific vision it involves the manipulation of our population to march happily into their own servitude and subjugation. It is hard at this point to say if the recent apparent crumbling seen in IdPol and its political adherents, and the quite frankly predictable movement to the perceived “right” across the west is the end or simply a planned for evolution. Let us not forget where this all ended up last time, are those Jackboots I hear approaching from the halls of history? The only way to win this game is not to play.