The Beyondist, the official
"Quarterly Organ of The Beyondist Foundation," looks
and reads like many of the small extremist publications of the
radical right. It is extremely difficult to acquire. It carries
no ISBN number, is not deposited in any major research libraries,
including the Library of Congress. It circulates through the extremist
network and is virtually invisible to the outside world. In a
phone interview with Joseph Matarazzo, chair of the American Psychological
Foundation's awards committee, (7/31/97) none of the seven past
Presidents of the APA, who chose Cattell for the award, knew anything
about Cattell's Beyondist Foundation. "This foundation was
totally unknown to me and the other six presidents of the APA.
We never heard of it," he said emphatically. Matarazzo said
that he subscribed to 39 journals and "I'm telling you I
have never heard of Beyondism, never read a
word on it
in a journal or anything."
The first edition of The Beyondist
newsletter appeared in November 1993. It described a Beyondist
meeting in August 1993 in San Pedro, California at which a "constitution"
for the Beyondist Foundation was adopted. Since there are no copyright
restrictions stated, we will quote liberally from the issue. The
following is a direct quote from The Beyondist. Since the
text is filled with grammatical errors. Every effort has been
made to transcribe the text exactly as it appears. We have inserted
(sic!) where the errors are obvious. While no author is credited,
Dr. Cattell's distinctive style is clear throughout.
- That the most important scientific generalization
in the last two hundred years is the theory of Evolution (organic
and inorganic) and that mankind can logically only adopt and
adapt to its principles.
The need is especially for an increase in the genetic level
of human intelligence because our discoveries are exceeding
our capacity to understand (Schrödinger) and because defense
of mankind on earth is becoming an urgent problem.
- The three requirements for evolution to proceed
are a) a (sic!) diversity - inequality - of individuals, genetically,
(b) an action of international selection that increases the
ratio of well adapted to the unadapted, and (c) more understanding
of the roots of mutation.
- Natural selection should operate on unities
(sic!) constituted by genetic and culturally unique groups.
The Nietzschean Superman has to be replaced by the superior
- Ideally we need about 150 ethno-states, in
a sate of cooperative competition (meaning with war outlawed,
and exchange of culturo-genetic experience freely given),
There are presently about 150 independent countries, and many,
such as Holland, Iceland, Denmark, New Zealand, Burma, Sweden,
Taiwan and Zaire are the size and the integration to be testable
unities in comparative national selection. The argument of
Robertson in Ethnostates, is that large countries,
like the U.S.A. and the 1990 Soviet Russia (sic!), are too
internally diverse to constitute a test for any one cultural
pattern. Internal diversity beyond a certain point, causes
difficulties and disintegration (sic!). The ideal condition
for cooperative competition is a number of smaller states
of approximately equal size, each master of its own experiment.
- The ultimate objective criterion of failure
under natural selection is a complete breakdown of a culture.
As in eugenics, however, we would prefer a more humane selection,
in which there is foreknowledge that a culture is heading
for dissolution. A developed social psychology could tell
us something of the relative health of communities but not
on a total culture, for by design, each culture adventures
into its own special experiment, culturally, and genetically.
And no numerical comparison can be made among qualitatively
- One dimension can for certain be used as
a measure of health and survival, namely Morals - vs. - Immorality,
already confirmed by Cattell and Gorsuch. The argument is
that moral behavior on a sound ethical basis is what preserves
a group from failure. The factor covers murder per 100,000,
venereal disease, neglect of public needs, corruption in government,
licensing of prostitution, and so on. An increase in all of
these points leads toward a breakdown of national vitality.
It follows that the basis for ethical laws lies not in superstitious
religious origins but in a capacity to calculate the effect
of moral laws on national survival. The ten commandments,
for example, could be modified and extended by such scientific
research, making science the core of the functions presently
left to religious institution (sic!). For example, the present
hesitation over approval of homosexuality could be ended by
comparative research on states which do and which do not permit
- It follows from the needs for guidance in
morals and in natural selection procedures that a great increase
in endowment of scientific social psychology (including economics
and political science) is necessary. The Institute of Beyondist
Research must be an essentially international body, both to
guarantee balance and to facilitate data gathering.
- Though we have to encourage experiments in
cultural growth, in genetic matters we have to try to lessen
the gap between culture and genetic bases by raising the latter
to better agreement with the former, by eugenic practices.
Due to the present resistance, at the journalist level, to
the concepts of eugenics and particularly the inheritance
of intelligence, Beyondism's first efforts must be devoted
to overcoming prejudice by strong education. It is intelligence
that shows the greatest lag behind an advancing culture. Whether
we call the movement positive or negative eugenics the need
to lessen the excessive birth rate among parents above the
100 IQ range and to increase the birth rate among parents
above the 100 IQ level.
- In pursuit of the above objectives it is
decided that a newsletter, The Beyondist, shall be
circulated dealing with these objectives, and to a minor degree
impinging on current socio-political movements to get recognition
of eugenic principles.
The Beyondist (November 1993) pp. 1-2.
The newsletter's book review section reviewed
Wilmot Robertson's The Ethnostate: An Unblinking Prospectus
for an Advanced Statecraft (Cape Canaveral: Howard Allen,
1992), calling it "a very timely supplement to the Beyondist.
The Anti-Defamation League described Robertson as an "anti-Jewish
and anti-black propagandist." They describe his magazine,
Instauration as "racist and anti-Semitic."
Under the heading, "Circulation"
on page five, readers are informed that "The treasurer of
the Beyondist Foundation, Professor Jack McArdle will appreciate
very much any early contributions to the society's funds. He is
exploring whether they are tax deductible."
Contacted in July 1994, Dr. McArdle stated
I am not now, nor was I ever before, the
Treasurer of such a foundation, and I do not believe such
a foundation actually exists. My name was mentioned by mistake
and without my permission by Dr. Cattell and he immediately
agreed to remove my name early last November. Although I
have studied with Dr. Cattell on his multivariate methods,
I do not agree with Dr. Cattell's views on eugenics
(McArdle to Mehler, 14 July 1994).
It should be noted that Dr. McArdle was also listed
as a member of the Executive Committee of the Beyondist Foundation
on a September 1993 memo written by McArdle's protégé, friend
and long time associate, John Horn. (J.L. Horn, 1993. Memo to
Members of the Executive committee of the Beyondist Foundation.
In J. Hirsch Papers, University of Illinois Archives, No. 15/19/22).