Saturday, 2 November 2013
A Debate About The Future
Dalgetty: The way to oppose a political opponent is to change the conditions under which he must work.
Elena: Change them to what?
Dalgetty: A sane world.
Elena: Maybe I agree with your opponent.
Dalgetty: Libertarian government has always broken down because there have not been enough people intelligent, alert and tough enough to resist the encroachments of power on liberty. The Psychotechnic Institute is trying to create such a citizenry and to build a society which produces such people but this will take more than three centuries.
Elena: You want to remake the world to your ideal whether they like it or not.
Dalgetty: The process will make them like it.
Elena: That is a worse tyranny...You are using your psychotechnic knowledge secretly instead of sharing it.
Dalgetty: We have to. Otherwise, people would resist what we are doing.
Elena: You are a clique of about a hundred.
Dalgetty: Our numbers are bigger than that.
Elena: It is the dictatorship of the intellectuals.
Dalgetty: We had to decide whether to destroy, publish or use our new knowledge. We know that freedom is metastable, not natural. Our opponent would use psychotechnics to make people want to end freedom and his goal is more easily attainable. Publishing our findings would lead to a war for control of the mind. That conflict would end in an undefeatable psychotechnic dictatorship.
Elena: You could inform the present government.
Dalgetty: Too risky.
Elena: How do you know the Institute won't become an oligarchy?
Dalgetty: I don't but it is improbable. We indoctrinate our recruits. Meanwhile, society is being modified. Critical thinking rejects propaganda.
Elena: The world is big and unpredictable.
Dalgetty: We take that chance.