by L. Wolfe
In May 1967, a “war council” in Tavistock’s battle against western civilization was convened in DeauvilIe, France under the auspices of the Scientific and Technological Committee of the North Atlantic Assembly and the U.S. based Foreign Policy Research Institute, headed by U.S. NATO Ambassador Robert Strauz-Hupe.
With the title “Conference on Transatlantic Technological Imbalance and Collaboration,” it featured the participation of Harland Cleveland, a future NATO ambassador and leading coordinator of Tavistock’s futurist networks; Willis Harman, of the Tavistock-connected Stanford Research Institute (SRI); and Trist collaborator Fred Emery.
Also participating were Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, the future Carter national security ad viser then working out of the State Department Policy Planning Council, and Dr. Aurelio Peccei, the future head of the Club of Rome, the leading Malthusian organization, and then-chairman of NATO’s most important think-tank, the Economic Committee of the Atlantic Institute.
Sir Solly Zuckerman and Sir Alexander King, top advisers to the British Crown, were also reported to be active participants. According to participants who were interviewed later, the conference served to update the Tavistock network on various “works in progress,” and to help further define them.
Emery reported on the work of Trist and himself on “social turbulence” theories. Harman discussed the ongoing SRITavistock “The Images of Man” project, which sought to define the new paradigm in terms and methods developed by Kenneth and Elise Boulding a decade earlier.
A general consensus reportedly was achieved on certain “principles”:
1) The promotion of the rock-drug-sex counterculture would, over a span of little more than a generation, lead to its becoming the dominant global culture; this would mark the end of western Christian civilization, ending what was referred to as the “Age of Pisces” and ushering in the “Age of Aquarius.”
2) “Scientific progress,” as defined by man’s successive mastery of ever-higher laws of the universe, giving him dominion over nature, was to give way to man reduced to being part of nature, whose laws were unchangeable and unknowable.
3) The term “science” was to be substituted with the loosely defined term “technology,” which was to be given a meaning separated from physical economy.
Hence, Harman and Emery both spoke of “science” creating a new “technological age,” in which man was no longer bound to the production of material goods, but in which “information” and “ideas” were the new “commodities.”
4) Systems of government, founded for the previous, industrial and pre-industrial paradigms, would no longer function in this “post-industrial” New Age. Government would have to give way, nation-states fall aside, as man found new, more “empathetic ways” to deal with each other.
Taken as a whole, the reports from participants and the conference documents are a statement of a new “ethic” for the post-industrial age, or, as Boulding and Harman referred to it, an “image” for the coming Age of Aquarius.
Under the psychological pressure of the terror of the Cuban missile crisis, the Kennedy assassination and its coverup, the Vietnam War, and the assault by the rock-drug-sex counterculture, the shift to this new paradigm was already well under way.
In 1968, Brzezinski published The Technetronic Age, an almost unreadable work which, in its more lucid passages, argues that the new “technetronic age” will lay the basis for a “benevolent” dictatorship by a world elite.
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Society, he states, will be characterized by an “information revolution,” “cybernetics,” and the replacement of “achievement orientation” by an “amusement focus,” based on “spectator spectacles (mass sports and TV) providing an opiate for increasingly purposeless masses …
New forms of social control may be needed to limit the indiscriminate exercise by the individual of their new powers. The possibility of extensive chemical mind control. . . will call for a social definition of the common criteria of restraint as well as of utilization.”
…Brzezinski’s declarations are echoed in The Chasm Ahead, a book by Aurelio Peccei, the man assigned by Tavistock to create the Club of Rome, the super-organization for the worldwide promotion of Malthusianism.
…In another ideological document for the Club of Rome, titled The Human Quality, Peccei argues in the same vein as does Prince Philip, that man has too high an opinion of himself. Man is part of nature, and but an animal, who, through his arrogance, places all of nature in danger.
Man, says Peccei, is “the enemy or tyrant of most forms of life …. Man invented the story of the bad dragon, but if ever there was a bad dragon on earth, it is man himself.”
Man must reject “technology” as a solution, since it is technology that has created this “problem”; he must find new systems, new ways of understanding himself, and must accept his subservience to “nature.” …
THE AQUARIAN CONSPIRACY
Six years later, in February 1980, Willis Harman had the Images of Man report reworked into a popularized form and published under the name of his assistant, Marilyn Ferguson, under the title The Aquarian Conspiracy. The book, heavily promoted by the media, became a bestseller;
.. Wrote Ferguson: “Our crises show us the way in which we have betrayed nature. We have equated the good life with material consumption, we have dehumanized work and made it needlessly competitive …. Our support system is breaking at every stress point. . . . “. . . We can intentionally realign ourselves with nature for a rapid remaking of ourselves and our collapsing institutions.
”The paradigm of the Aquarian Conspiracy see humankind embedded in nature. It promotes the autonomous individual in decentralized society. It sees us as stewards of all our resources, inner and outer …. Only through a new mind can humanity remake itself.”
The 1980 LaRouche campaign pamphlet warned that what the Aquarians were proposing was to rob mankind of its sacred soul, man’s inner sense of true human identity, his belief in his powers of creative reason, and to replace it with an artificial “pseudo soul”-the Aquarian paradigm.
“The very existence of our nation-perhaps all of western civilization-stands in immediate jeopardy unless we rid ourselves of the Malthusian forces reflected in Zbigniew Brzezinski’s ‘technetronic’ obsessions,” LaRouche wrote.