The Growing Tyranny of the Political Elite

What Heilbroner envisaged was the rise of a ruling elite centralized in government, media, and the universities. This group of decision-makers would operate “on behalf of” the public and on the basis of “scientific principles” of social control. As Heilbroner writes, “[n]ot alone economic affairs … but the numbers and location of the population, its genetic quality, the manner of social domestication of children, the choice of lifework — even the duration of life itself — are all apt to become subjects for scientific investigation and control” (The Limits of American Capitalism, New York, 1966, pp. 129-130).

Heilbroner’s books were bestsellers in the 1960s, widely read and admired by liberals everywhere. They were, in effect, neo-Keynesian, pro-statist instruction manuals studied by the likes of Bill Ayers and Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s tutors in state control and regulation.

[My note: One must understand when ‘scientific principles’ is mentioned it isn’t necessarily referring to science based on truth and fact & usually doesn’t but is based on necessity of corroborating information needed to further their agenda i.e. global warming perfect example]

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