Beyondist Guru to get 1997 Gold Medal at APA

Posted Aug. 4, 1997

"...the Atlantic democracies are bewildered, envious, and hostile at the rise of Germany, Italy, and Japan, countries in which individuals have disciplined their indulgences as to a religious purpose. These nationals fear the gods even though they are partly false gods, in comparison with the vast numbers in our democracies lacking any super-personal aim. Their rise should be welcomed by the religious man as reassuring evidence that in spite of modern wealth and ease, we shall not be allowed to sink into stagnation or adopt foolish social practices in fatal detachment from the stream of evolution."
(Cattell, Psychology and the Religious Quest: An Account of the Psychology of Religion and a Defense of Individualism. (London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1938, p. 149)

"Hitler actually shared many values of the average American. He aimed at full employment, family values, and raising the standard of living, and countless other things, including the Volkswagen, which he designed himself for the average family." (The Beyondist, 1994, p. 2)

Raymond B. Cattell, founder of the Foundation for the Advancement of Beyondism has been selected for 1997 Gold Metal Award of the American Psychological Foundation. The prestigious award will be bestowed at the American Psychological Associations annual convention in Chicago, Saturday August 16th at 5 PM in the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom III.

According to the APA Monitor (July 1997, p. 48), the award recognizes "lifetime achievement" in the science and practice of psychology as well as "lifetime contribution in the public interest."

The biography in the Monitor failed to mention that Cattell was an early supporter of German National Socialism and his work should be understood in the context of interwar fascism. The new religious movement that he founded, "Beyondism," is a neo-fascist contrivance. Cattell promulgates ideas that he formulated within a demimonde of radical eugenists and neo-fascists that includes such associates as Revilo Oliver, Roger Pearson, Wilmot Robertson and Robert K. Graham.

Beyondism: What is it?

"Beyondism," is a reformulation of theological elements in classic Galtonian eugenics. Galton, defined eugenics as a "science," which would form the foundation of a civic religion that he hoped would replace Christianity and "provide a secular substitute for traditional religion" (Kevles, In the Name of Eugenics, 1985, especially pp. 3-20; p. 68).

The basic concepts of Beyondist ideology can be found in Cattell's major publications of the 1930s. Cattell's first monograph on the topic was, A New Morality from Science: Beyondism (Cattell, 1972), followed by Beyondism: Religion from Science (Cattell, 1987). According to Cattell, Christianity is "a denial of the urge to evolution" encouraging "the increase of the unfit," and thus the destruction of western civilization (Cattell, The Fight for Our National Intelligence, 1937, p. 131). Beyondism, by contrast, purports to be a rational religion based on evolutionary theory which says the fittest should inherit the earth. Any soft-hearted amelioration of the struggle for existence can only lead to the survival of the unfit and the demise of civilization.

Cattell first outlined his "evolutionary ethic" based on natural selection in Psychology and Social Progress (1933). Expressing ideas that were commonplace among intellectuals of the 1930s, he argued that poverty and disease were part of the natural selection process that kept a race healthy. Modern social welfare simply abolishes the checks natural selection imposes on biological systems. Instilling the discipline of evolutionary ethics is essential for the health of the state.

According to Cattell, the salvation of Western society is to be found in bringing social ethics into conformity with the demands of reality by stigmatizing ignorance, lack of foresight, intellectual insincerity, mental defect, and carelessness. In his 1933 work, Cattell called for three major modifications in social mores and law: (1) The prohibition of miscegenation; (2) increasing the distance between people of dissimilar race; (3) promoting competition and eugenic selection (Psychology and Social Progress, 151).

While Cattell's Beyondist ideology is hardly original, it is striking for its extremism, racism, and virulent bias against the poor. It is extremist both in its empirical claims and in its policy recommendations. Cattell believes that people are poor largely because they are incompetent and unintelligent. Furthermore, human intelligence is declining precipitously and only extreme measures will save humanity. According to Cattell, society faces the "looming threat" of being swamped by incompetents. Fortunately, eugenics provides a humane way of promoting progressive evolution "without allowing many short and miserable lives to be sacrificed." What is demanded is "an educated control of reproduction, especially in the lower social classes" - those "with IQs in the 70 to 100 range," who "have no conception that sexual control is part of citizenship" (The Beyondist, 1994, p. 1).

Translated into policy Beyondists recommend that First World countries allow Third World countries "to go to the wall" when they collapse into chaos, mass famine, and genocide. Foreign aid to under-developed third-world countries is a mistake. Incompetent and obsolete societies are not fit for the competitive struggle for existence. "What is called for here is not genocide, the killing off of the populations of incompetent cultures. But we do need to think realistically in terms of "phasing out of such peoples" (Cattell, 1972, p. 221).

According to Richard Lynn, a close associate of Cattell, obsolete and incompetent people must "make way... Evolutionary progress means the extinction of the less competent. To think otherwise is mere sentimentality" (Lynn, Irish Journal of Psychology 1974, p. 207). This means that nations must compete in a fierce struggle for survival of the fittest. Racial and ethnic groups must preserve their purity. Immigration must be stopped. Isolation will "give rise to societies with greater diversity and individuality, both culturally and genetically. Indeed, it would be desirable if the human race could evolve several different non-interbreeding species, since this would increase the options for evolution to work on." Furthermore, immigration usually ends up encouraging "people of low genetic quality" who simply burden the genetically fit. We need to stop coddling the poor (Lynn, 1974, p. 207).

Cattell's ethic involves engineering an evolutionary jump to a new larger brained human. From Cattell's perspective the vast majority of humans on the planet are 'obsolete.' He can sympathize with the desire to save rare animals, including various primitive human groups, but the earth will be "choked with the more primitive forerunners" unless a way is found to eliminate them. "Unfortunately, wherever a question of relative reduction of a population is concerned the word 'genocide' is ... bandied about as a propaganda term. ... Clarity of discussion ... would be greatly aided if genocide were reserved for a literal killing off of all living members of a people, as in several instances in the Old Testament, and genthanasia for what has been above called 'phasing out,' in which a moribund culture is ended, by educational and birth control measures... " (Cattell, 1972, p. 220).

ISAR believes it is unconscionable to honor this man whose work helps to dignify the most destructive political ideas of the twentieth century.

(See, R.B. Cattell & Wilmot Robertson Join Forces).


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