The Scientific Dictatorship Explained

President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legendary farewell speech is often cited in condemnation of the Military Industrial Complex, which is intimately connected to the subject at hand. However, there is another little discussed yet vital topic in the latter half of his speech. “The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded,” warned Eisenhower. “Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.”

Who Are “They”?

I firmly believe that in the absence of historical background and full spectrum context, present day and future issues cannot be fully understood. This report will attempt to clarify the essence of the term “Scientific Dictatorship” by providing historical context and stories of the individuals involved in its modern manifestation.

The ideological roots of the Scientific Dictatorship can be traced to the works of Plato some 2,000 years ago. In truth, humanity has been battling the formation of this tyranny for much of known history. The formation of the United States Constitution created a barrier that H. G. Wells wrote in 1901, had “…to be modified or shelved at some stage…” The focus here is on the modern forms of scientific power that began in the 20th Century and are blossoming in the 21st Century. The Scientific Dictatorship is composed of unelected individuals that have access to the reigns of power. These individuals have access to undisclosed future technology, classified intelligence, and the ability to steer scientific research that impacts our entire society.

The works of Bertrand Russel, Julian Huxley, Aldous Huxley, Charles Galton Darwin, H.G. Wells and many others provide the mental framework from which this modern tyranny is based upon. The following are several examples of men who helped form the Scientific Dictatorship of the 21st Century. For readers who are new to this information, what you see here is a small portion of the full kaleidoscope of information available. This will give you a start for any in-depth research that you should decide to do.

Vannevar Bush: First Science Advisor, Founder of Raytheon

Born in 1890, Vannevar Bush would become the first Science Advisor to the United States government during World War II under President Franklin Roosevelt. Bush played a vital role in the creation of what we know today as the Military Industrial Complex. Specifically, the method of scientific research of this gargantuan organization – beginning with the Office of Scientific Research and Development – was devised by Vannevar.

The roots of the internet can be traced to Bush’s ideas in 1945. The forerunner to the computer itself can also be attributed to his early designs. With the help of the large foundations, Vennevar Bush pioneered many of the modern instruments of the Scientific Dictatorship. Bush’s most notable accomplishment was serving as the organizer of the Manhattan Project which produced the Atomic bomb.


Bush’s work with the Manhattan Project helped to cement the centralization of scientific research under the U.S. Military. This combine of research and development has since then developed into a network of contractors and various agencies. One of the world’s largest defense contractors of today is the Raytheon Company, founded by Vannevar in 1922. Much of the technology that is initially developed by the military is inevitably released into society.

One such example is the internet. Vannevar Bush’s initial ideas are considered to be the ideological roots of the internet. In a 1945 paper titled “As We May Think” Bush writes on his “memex” concept,

“The owner of the memex, let us say, is interested in the origin and properties of the bow and arrow. He has dozens of possibly pertinent books and articles in his memex. First he runs through an encyclopedia, finds an interesting but sketchy article, leaves it projected on his screen… Occasionally he inserts a comment of his own, either linking it into the main trail or joining it by a side trail to a particular item… Thus he builds a trail of his interest through the maze of materials available to him.”

DARPA would eventually develop the internet and bring it to reality. While the internet is being used today as an unprecedented tool for surveillance, it is at the same time serving as an unmatched medium for activism.

Bush with his mechanical differential analyzer

From 1935 to 1946 the Rockefeller Foundation funded Vannevar Bush’s development of the mechanical differential analyzer at MIT for a total of $230,500. This device, along with the Hollerith machine, is considered to be one of the forerunners of the desktop computer that we all know and use today.

Bush also served as president of the Carnegie Institution from 1939 to 1955, where he helped shift the organization’s focus away from old-style eugenics to population control. In A social history of anthropology in the United StatesThomas Carl Patterson writes that as President, “…Vannevar… ended its support for Davenport’s projects [The Eugenics Records Office]. The eugenics movement was transformed with Rockefeller support as its focus shifted from heredity to population control and to birth-control experiments on an international scale.”

As G. Pascal Zachary documents in his book Endless Frontier, Bush gave lip service to the importance of the individual, but he was an advocate of a type of technocracy in which society is ruled “…by the well-to-do and highly educated.” He also saw ”…populism and the widening participation of citizens in the machinery of government as a recipe for decline.” Zachary comments that “Bush’s fear of the ‘blind mass’ was widely shared in his circle of senior scientists and engineers.” Also documented in Endless Frontier,

“As the years went on, the prevailing respect for experts emboldened Bush to advocate technocracy even more unabashedly. In the mid 1950s, he made headlines by calling for a “natural aristocracy” that would govern “the climate of opinion” in the country out of which politics and values arise.”

Much of what Vannevar Bush set in motion led directly to the explosion of technological advancement that we are witnessing today. While technology itself is neutral, the elites that are directing its development are doing so with specific agendas in mind, and we are not being asked to debate it.

Herman Kahn: Father of Scenario Planning

“Herman Kahn has been a major figure in one of the most fascinating shifts of power in U.S. History: from identifiable public leaders to the ‘action intellectuals.’” – Life Magazine, December 6, 1968

Herman Kahn is known as one of the founding fathers of future studies. After working for the RAND Corporation, Kahn founded the Hudson Institute in 1961. The satirical film Dr. Strangelove is largely based on real documents and ideas that came from RAND. The December 6, 1968 edition of Life Magazine details Kahn’s career, and the larger implications of an unprecedented shift of power to unelected “action intellectuals.” As Life Magainze reports,

“…Herman Kahn has been a major figure in one of the most fascinating shifts of power in U.S. History: from identifiable public leaders to the ‘action intellectuals.’ As counselors to the decision-makers, men such as Kahn often have access to future technology (what is known, but not yet disclosed) and official intelligence (what is known, but not yet revealed, about the capacities and plans of other nations).Thus, decisions – based on private knowledge, analyzed by private consultants and debated in private – can become public policy. This is a process of invisible power. At its extreme this influence can commit a nation to social programs and military actions which have neither been fully explained nor publicly debated. One day, as that power pervades and grows more sophisticated, it may so affect the course of government that any nation’s policies may be locked in, as if by automatic pilot, years before the men who are elected to govern ever take office.”




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2 responses to “The Scientific Dictatorship Explained

  1. Interesting and informative. I wouldn’t say we have a dictatorship going on now tho, things wouldn’t get done!

    • Oh, I agree with that statement, but from what I have learned, those in ultimate positions of power and influence, know that the public wouldn’t go for an abrupt change; from a democratic republic to a tyrannical dictatorship. It has to be done incrementally, over a few generations, even, so that, like a frog cooking gradually in the boiling pot, we don’t resist. Staying aware, keeping a lookout and being skeptical will serve the people better than accepting the reassuring lies we are fed by politicians, and the richest of the world through the corporate, mainstream media. So, while we might not have a blatant dictatorship right now, we are inching closer towards one, and in this information age, it’s all out in the open.

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