The Beyondist

 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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Natural selection should operate on unities (sic!) constituted by genetic and culturally unique groups. The Nietzschean Superman has to be replaced by the superior group.
    4. 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), (sic!)

      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.
    5. 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 different values.
    6. 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 homosexuality.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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 that:

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).