Editor’s Note: Eugenics at its finest, the rise of technology, and in particular, genetic “reprogramming”, is justifying the engulfing wealth gap, and the revolutionary coup of the TechnoElite.
Just as 20th Century eugenicist H.G. Wells foresaw a split in the human race in the Time Machine that dooms the lower classes to become neo-troglodytes, today’s futurists foresee a scenario where those who can afford genetic screenings, DNA and gene “upgrades,” replacement organs and implants and the like, become superior and dominant.
“Naturals” who have neither the money nor the inclination to modify their bodies are left to serve those who do or perish. As John Rappoport notes below, it will all somehow be skewed as the “freedom of the market,” while social-systems administered under crony capitalism and oligarchical collectivism force the population to lose out under the dictates of socialized medicine, a narrow job market and out-of-reach opportunity barricaded by unequally-applied regulations.
Bioethics rules the day – today with ObamaCare and shadowy “death panels” and later with the idea that replacing and even wiping out the weak, backwards and un-advanced is morally strong and ethically superior. (See: foundational bioethicist Joseph Fletcher’s The Ethics of Genetic Control for reference.) Behold: we have already been warned that the future doesn’t need us, and in fact, the transhumanists can hardly be bothered to give pause at all for our human moments of apprehension.
By John Rappoport
Originally published at his blog No More Fake News
Genetic Programming For The Brave New Utopia
First, read these two quotes from highly regarded academic scientists, to catch the flavor of the genetic revolution. Be prepared for staggering pronouncements.
From Lee Silver, Princeton, molecular biologist and author of Remaking Eden:
“The GenRich—who account for ten percent of the American population—[will] all carry synthetic genes. All aspects of the economy, the media, the entertainment industry, and the knowledge industry are controlled by members of the GenRich class…
“Naturals work as low-paid service providers or as laborers. [Eventually] the GenRich class and the Natural class will become entirely separate species with no ability to crossbreed, and with as much romantic interest in each other as a current human would have for a chimpanzee.
“Many think that it is inherently unfair for some people to have access to technologies that can provide advantages while others, less well-off, are forced to depend on chance alone, [but] American society adheres to the principle that personal liberty and personal fortune are the primary determinants of what individuals are allowed and able to do.
“Indeed, in a society that values individual freedom above all else, it is hard to find any legitimate basis for restricting the use of repro[grammed]-genetics. I will argue [that] the use of reprogenetic technologies is inevitable. [W]hether we like it or not, the global marketplace will reign supreme.”
Here is another gem, from Gregory Stock, former director of the program in Medicine, Technology, and Society at the UCLA School of Medicine:
“Even if half the world’s species were lost [during genetic experiments], enormous diversity would still remain. When those in the distant future look back on this period of history, they will likely see it not as the era when the natural environment was impoverished, but as the age when a plethora of new forms—some biological, some technological, some a combination of the two—burst onto the scene. We best serve ourselves, as well as future generations, by focusing on the short-term consequences of our actions rather than our vague notions about the needs of the distant future.”
One scientist says we might lose half of all species getting where we “want to go,” genetically speaking, and the other says the process will inevitably be guided by wealth and the free market, thus creating two distinct classes of humans, the higher of which has far superior abilities—and they’ll run things.
Aren’t you thrilled? If your children make it through, they may turn out to be half-biological, half-technological.
Plexiglass head, two cameras for eyes, titanium feet. Whatever.
They were aiming to become the next Mozart? And instead they wound up burning down half the city? Just a glitch in the research. Take the long view. Don’t worry, be happy.
The debate comes down to who controls, yes, the philosophy. Not the science. Is each human merely and only a system, or is he something more, inhabiting a physical form?
We already know what the vast majority of brain researchers and geneticists believe, as well as the governments and corporations and universities and foundations that make important decisions.
Of course, these days, the college faculty department considered to be the least important, the most useless, a mere appendage waiting for those with wisdom to put it out of its misery and kill it off…is the philosophy department.
That leaves us to take up the philosophic argument.
Not Lee Silver at Princeton or Gregory Stock or Bill Gates or George Soros or David Rockefeller or the Pope or Stephen Hawking or Obama or the Clintons or Monsanto or Dow or the Bush family or PBS or FOX or socialists or Communists or liberals or conservatives or some wackadoodle at Harvard or MIT or UCLA.
Notice this: Nowhere in the scenarios for a brave new utopia do we see mention of the human creative impulse. That’s ignored. Instead, somehow, new genes will take care of the whole issue. Those who receive the right ones will suddenly spring full-blown, as Michelangelos.
This is sheer nonsense.
The truth is, thousands and thousands of genetic experiments will continue to be performed, in the dark, based on a very small amount of knowledge. The grotesque results will be cast aside as unfortunate casualties in the march toward The New World.
DNA isn’t the key to “a better human.” Individual freedom and power are, and they launch a process of living and thinking and imagining and creating that can’t be short-circuited. Can’t be synthesized or fabricated.
The philosophy of Scientism is the current paradigm. It extrapolates from the sciences and molds political, economic, and psychological norms that propagate totalitarian societies, based on an absurd materialist view of the human.
The awareness you have, at this moment, of being alive is not a function of DNA or the brain. Nothing contained in those structures can account for such awareness. Not the atoms, the electrons, the protons, the nuclei, the quarks, mesons, wavicles…
But genetic research can be used a cover story to demand a planet with one huge underclass and a few “enlightened” rulers. Which is what is happening now.