WHY I WROTE "THE HATE FACTORY"
October 7, 2008
From WISCONSIN REPORT, January 3, 1980
Some years ago I researched an article that involved learning about a 19th Century writer named Edward Bellamy. Bellamy’s science fiction novel, Looking Backward was a futuristic projection into the Year 2000.
The wealthy young hero of the novel, Julian West, had trouble sleeping, so when exhausted would retire to a specially constructed, sound proofed vault under his Boston home. A hypnotist would then put him into a deep sleep. When the hero had had enough rest his valet would enter the vault and awaken him.
On a particular night in 1887 the hypnotist left town immediately after inducing the trance. During the night the house burned down taking the life of the valet, and also—everyone understandably presumed—that of Julian West.
The scene changes to the Year 2000. Workers, while excavating for the foundation of a private laboratory in the garden of Dr. Leete of Boston come upon the 19th Century underground bed chamber and the body of a young man looking as if he had just lain down to sleep. Dr. Leete attempts resuscitation, and to his own astonishment the efforts prove successful.
LIFE IN THE YEAR 2000
After recovering from the shock of discovering that he has been asleep for more than 100 years, Julian West learns about the changes that have taken place during his sleep. In the Year 2000 no one has personal independence of any kind. Private capitalism has evolved into public capitalism; and everybody is represented as blissfully happy with universal equality and with being KEPT by the SYSTEM. Everybody belongs to the SYSTEM and receives maintenance from the SYSTEM. No one is separate. No one is special. No one is richer or poorer than anyone else. There is a universal distribution SYSTEM and everybody is delighted with what he receives and the occupation he is assigned by the SYSTEM. The only religion is the Religion of Solidarity or Universal Brotherhood.
SUCCESS OF LOOKING BACKWARD
Millions of copies of Looking Backward were sold in countries all over the world. It was an inspirational document for communists, socialists, corporate collectivists, revolutionaries, Theosophists, and other people-pushers of all types. It was read by Americans, Russians, Chinese, English, French, Africans, South Americans, etc., etc., etc…Bellamy clubs sprang up all over the world.
Some critics pointed out, however, that Bellamy had used literary trickery. He had put his hero to sleep in 1887, and then awakened him AFTER all the changes had taken place. How were the changes accomplished? How did the transition from the society of 1887 to the controlled society of the Year 2000 come about?
SEQUEL – EQUALITY
In 1897 Bellamy’s sequel, Equality, was published. It took up where Looking Backward left off. It revealed through conversations between the main characters and through their visits to classrooms of the Year 2000 how the intellectual, religious, moral, political, educational, and social changes were brought about by sociologists, economists, and social planners.
It is an unsettling experience to read Equality today because it reads almost like history, rather than fiction. Many of the devices and techniques have actually been used to bring about the changes. It is even possible to predict future manipulations from the blueprint Bellamy drew in the year 1897 because it has been followed so faithfully.
AN INFLUENCE ON BELLAMY
In seeking to learn more about Bellamy and the influences that helped to shape his thoughts, I discovered that he had been profoundly affected by the writings of a man named Auguste Comte. Having never heard of Comte, I went to my 1910 Werner Encyclopædia (American edition of Britannica) , and had my second unsettling experience.
Comte devoted his entire life to blueprinting a philosophical SYSTEM which could be used to sanction total control over all the people of the world for all time—eliminating and/or destroying all contrary philosophies and religions, particularly Christianity.
First Comte arranged all the sciences according to what he believed to be their relative importance and stage of development. Above all the sciences, and directing all human activities was to be Comte’s new science, sociology or social science. Replacing and uniting all religions was to be Comte’s new religion, the Religion of Humanity, or, as his early teacher Saint Simon had termed it, Humanitarianism. The Encyclopædia quoted Comte:
the name of the Past and of the Future, the servants of Humanity—both
its philosophical and its practical servants—come forward to claim
as their due the general direction of this world. Their object is to
constitute at length a real Providence in all departments-- moral, intellectual,
and material. Consequently they exclude once for all from political
supremacy all the different servants of God—Catholic, Protestant,
or Deist--as being at once behindhand, and a cause of disturbance.”
I HAD NEVER HEARD OF COMTE
I guess the thing that shocked me the most after learning about Comte’s intentions was that in spite of the fact that I had taken sociology both in high school and in college; in spite of the fact that Comte, more than anyone else deserved to be called the ‘father’ of sociology; despite the fact that innumerable undesirable changes had already been brought about in education, religion, and government through the machinations of Comte’s sociology and Religion of Humanity, I had not even heard of the man. His work and his followers had had a greater effect on our lives than any person I could think of in recent history, and I had NEVER HEARD so much as HIS NAME!
HOW WAS IT POSSIBLE?
How could I have lived so long and gone through as much schooling as I had, and still never have heard the name of the man who had perhaps had the greatest destructive influence on government, education, religion, and against world peace of any single person in the past 200 years? It was mind boggling, to say the least. Where had I been all my life? Where had anybody been? My friends, acquaintances, and relatives had never mentioned Comte.
DID COMTE HAVE FOLLOWERS?
I studied books written by 19th and early 20th Century sociologists to see if they were carrying on in the same spirit as Comte. They were! Their lust for power over people and events was as great or greater than that of Comte himself. They said such things as:
“It is indeed an ambitious conception, this idea of blueprinting the outlines of a truly worthful society for the future and then politicing social evolution deliberately and intelligently toward that goal. There are those who regard such an ambition as ludicrously impossible. Yet this is the supreme aspiration of social science.” -- ROSS FINNEY
“If it were possible to control the learning of all individuals, in the way both of ideas and of emotional attitudes, as they come on to the stage of life, it would be possible to modify the whole complex of our social life, or our civilization, within the comparatively short space of one or two generations.” -- CHARLES A. ELLWOOD
“The school is the germ plasm of the higher civilization. Teachers are, therefore, in charge of social selection at the source of origins for each new generation; they can even introduce at will mutatiions of their own invention.” -- ROSS L. FINNEY
“Oh, you blind leaders who seek to convert the world by laboured disputations! Step out of the way or the world must fling you aside. Give us the young. Give us the young and we will create a new mind and a new earth in a single generation.” -- BENJAMIN KIDD
PEOPLE OUGHT TO KNOW
I wrote articles about sociology and the Religion of Humanity and tried to sell them to some of the leading conservative publications. I was sure they would be interested—even grateful, to have one of the most important sources of destructive teaching and legislation pin-pointed and exposed. They were not! Article after article came back with comments like, “We found your article interesting, but it just does not fill our needs at this time.”
Well, I thought, they just didn’t like my style of writing; but perhaps they will find someone on their staff to do some research on the subject and come up with a really GOOD article. That would be OK with me. At least the information will get out and be available to parents, teachers, ministers, and students. But it didn’t happen.
Then I began thinking that perhaps there was just too much information for an article. A book might be better. About that time we moved to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Wauwatosa had a reputation for running an excellent school system, and I wondered what they might be teaching in sociology classes at that time. I went to the high school and bought a copy of the sociology textbook. I didn’t expect it to be wonderful., but neither did I expect it to be as awful as it was. I was shocked at the misinformation, the efforts to lead students to respond emotionally to political and social situations that required cool, clear thinking. I was shocked at the subtle suggestions and soft sell, which could lead impressionable young people toward foolish and even immoral or criminal behavior. I was shocked at the little digs against parent and family life.
People had to be warned. The danger had to be explained in a way they could understand. I would have been more than happy if someone else would make the effort, but it didn’t look like that was going to be done.
The Hate Factory was an attempt to explain to parents, preachers, teachers, and students what is being done through sociology. The book begins with a brief explanation of the history, goals, and methods of sociology. Then there is an explanation of how sociology is used in the schools of today to change the behavior of students, and even alienate them from their parents. Finally there is a plea to parents to inform, stand behind, and stand up for their children in what could be the most important battle of their lives—the battle for their own minds and wills against the heaviest artillery that has ever been assembled for their destruction. The defenders of Truth and freedom need ammunition. That is why I wrote The Hate Factory.
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