The Biocratic Utopians Part I: Prussian Grenadiers

“Biocracy is as old as the Apple of Knowledge, shared in the Garden of Eden- and as new as a genetically engineered mouse, patented by Harvard University.”
David N. Leff`(Editor-in-Chief Biotechnology Newswatch)

In a series of lectures on the subject of eugenics (ironically) organized by UNESCO’s Science and Ethics Commission, researcher Gwen Terrenoire elaborates on the practice and philosophy of eugenics in France before 1945. In the course of the lecture, Terrenoire touches on the desire of many eugenicists to create a scientific dictatorship needed to orderly carry out eugenics. She mentions top-eugenicist Alexis Carrel:

Charles Darwin wrote that human beings, unlike livestock, had never been forcibly bred for select characteristics, ‘except in the well-known case of the Prussian grenadiers.’

“Carrel expresses more clearly than other eugenicists the dream of a State governed by eugenics, what Muchielli calls a biocratic utopia, where public policy is inspired by the scientific elite, with medicine prevailing over all other disciplines. He believed that his scientific approach would enable social and moral problems to be solved, and with this aim he recommended not only measures relating to hygiene and the protection of childhood but also the elimination, occasionally directly by euthanasia, more often indirectly by the sterilization of thousands of individuals judged to be dangerous for the future of the human race and an obstacle to the success of socalled biologically superior people.”

This statement reveals the ambitions of the biocrats, namely to create a “superior” class of men. By on the one hand selectively breeding new men, destined to be the slaves of the future, and on the other exterminating the “inferior”, deemed as obstacles on the road to achieving their goal. The first to wield this double-edged sword were, as one would expect, the aristocrats. Royalty is the name, eugenics their game.


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