Not scientifically-based, meaning verifiable, but *scientifically-organized*
Years ago, G. K. Chesterton warned what would happen if government and governing agencies were allowed to rule us as a “scientifically-organized State” as we have started to see here in the US under the pandemic. Not scientifically-based, meaning verifiable but scientifically-organized and what he meant by that distinction was the dictatorship that the world saw happen in both Germany and Italy under Hitler and Mussolini.
What many do not realize is that the basis for ideas in running a State formally as “scientifically organized” came not from Hitler himself but from the US based scientific community along with the intellegentsia and academia of the time. They did the original abstracts on eugenics and its application on a State-wide governing scale.
Science, as Chesterton noted, is the thing that is really trying to tyrannize through government. Why does it want to do this? Because, as he goes on to explain, it wants to be our established Church. It marries all arms of secularism, with Materialism being first and foremost, and by doing so gains great power. It’s man making himself god and what he can accomplish a thing to be worshipped.
“The thing that really is trying to tyrannize through government is Science. The thing that really does use the secular arm is Science. And the creed that really is levying tithes and capturing schools, the creed that really is enforced by fine and imprisonment, the creed that really is proclaimed not in sermons but in statues, and spread not by pilgrims but by policemen—that creed is the great but disputed system of thought which began with Evolution and has ended in Eugenics. Materialism is really our established Church; for the government will really help it to persecute its heretics…I am not frightened of the word ‘persecution’…It is a term of legal fact. If it means the imposition by the police of a widely disputed theory, incapable of final proof—then our priests are not now persecuting, but our doctors are.”
Even though certain restrictions stemming from the COVID pandemic seem to be lifting through government mandate, perversely, at the same time, they seem to be tightening in the job world through secular pressure. The arms of the scientifically organized State are showing that its power is subtle ( always implied) and far reaching (punitive from a civil stance in the private sector).
Chesterton predicted this change in his book, Eugenics and Other Evils: The Case Against the Scientifically Organized State, written in 1922. He noted that language would be used inside the legal and outside of it as a weapon. A very important point as it pertains to euthanasia and abortion as methods of population reduction by the ruling class and the mindset that is pushing for both – look at the way the corruption of language (the twisting of words to mean other than what their original meanings intended) is used to indoctrinate not only our young through public schooling but the mainstream pubic through the news media. This is what Chesterton is getting at especially when it pertains to the scientifically-organized State.
“Most Eugenists are Euphemists. I mean merely that short words startle them, while long words soothe them. And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously they mean the same thing. Say to them “The persuasive and even coercive powers of the citizen should enable him to make sure that the burden of longevity in the previous generation does not become disproportionate and intolerable, especially to the females”; say this to them and they will sway slightly to and fro like babies sent to sleep in cradles. Say to them “Murder your mother,” and they sit up quite suddenly. Yet the two sentences, in cold logic, are exactly the same. Say to them “It is not improbable that a period may arrive when the narrow if once useful distinction between the anthropoid homo and the other animals, which has been modified on so many moral points, may be modified also even in regard to the important question of the extension of human diet”; say this to them, and beauty born of murmuring sound will pass into their face. But say to them, in a simple, manly, hearty way “Let’s eat a man!” and their surprise is quite surprising. Yet the sentences say just the same thing.”
I cannot urge what a crucial time it is to read Eugenics and Other Evils. It’s warning to us will hopefully still be in time.
You can read a few of Chesterton’s quotes below from his book, the only one to stand up against Eugenics and the scientifically-organized state in his time. The only journalist to do so in 1922. (right after the Spanish Flu pandemic which was the instigator for this type of thinking)
As you read these startling quotes, see if you see anything familiar in comparison to what’s happening now under this current administration and these conditions.
“The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt. It is no good to cry out after you are hurt; especially after you are mortally hurt. People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late. it is often essential to resist a tyranny before it exists.”
“Government has become ungovernable; that is, it cannot leave off governing. Law has become lawless; that is, it cannot see where laws should stop. The chief feature of our time is the meekness of the mob and the madness of the government.”
“Evil always wins through the strength of its splendid dupes; and there has in all ages been a disastrous alliance between abnormal innocence and abnormal sin.”
“The modern materialists are not permitted to doubt; they are forbidden to believe.”
“It may be said of Socialism, therefore, that its friends recommended it as increasing equality, while its foes resisted it as decreasing liberty….The compromise eventually made was one of the most interesting and even curious cases in history. It was decided to do everything that had ever been denounced in Socialism, and nothing that had ever been desired in it…we proceeded to prove that it was possible to sacrifice liberty without gaining equality….In short, people decided that it was impossible to achieve any of the good of Socialism, but they comforted themselves by achieving all the bad.”
“The modern world is insane, not so much because it admits the abnormal as because it cannot recover the normal.”