Bertrand Russell, who always reminded me of an indignant ostrich, is portrayed as one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century, a philosopher, peace activist, humanist, socialist. It's also claimed that he was an Illuminati (Illuminatum?) but I don't see how anyone would know this. I was always torn between two interpretations of his forecasts for society's future. Was he advocating the largely dystopian world he envisaged, or was he trying to warn us? In any event he was remarkably prescient, whatever you think of him.
He was also, although he wouldn't have admitted it as such, very much into eugenics. He detested 'stupidity' and wanted to breed it out of the community. Well, then again, maybe not the whole community.
'The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.'
'Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. Most people would rather die than think, in fact they do.'
"Gradually, by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organised insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton."
“The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated.Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible.”
This theme has been constant throughout his writings....that the plebs will be dumbed down by selective breeding and the planned degradation of 'education' and the media. Was he not on the button with that? The dumbing down has reached terrifying levels, especially in the USA. The 'equality' agenda and affirmative action have all contributed mightily to the destruction of real education, but the media takes pride of place. Did you know that CNN, Fox and MSNBC all interrupted their news (ok, ok) programs to announce the arrest of Justin Bieber for drag racing?
The future looks grim, and Russell could see it almost a century ago.