Beyondist Guru to get 1997 Gold Medal
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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