Comments on The Open Conspiracy by H. G. Wells, Part 4
By Alan Mercer
From The Open Conspiracy and Other Writings, 1933, Waterlow & Sons Ltd., London
Continuing from Part 3…
“..it is possible now to imagine an order in human affairs from which these evils [referring to tyranny, sickness, famine] have been largely or entirely eliminated.” (p. 28)
His utopian dictatorship is dressed up with idealism. Godlike intentions from people with godlike power. Nothing reality-based about it. Think of all the evil that has been done by governments in the name of eliminating evil.
On p. 28, he also talks about how good deeds and consolatory activities are no longer good enough. His open conspiracy needs to fix up the world.
“The way in which our activities conduce to the realization of that conceivable better order in human affairs, becomes the new criterion of conduct…”
So Wells is saying that it’s not about how you treat individuals any longer. It’s about doing whatever it takes to achieve the “better order”. So the conspirators will judge each other on how effectively they undermined resistance from the old system.
He plays the pacifist as usual and calls for totalitarian domination at the same time:
We “have to make an end to war, and to make an end to war we must be cosmopolitan in our politics. It is impossible for any clear-headed person to suppose that the ever more destructive stupidities of war can be eliminated from human affairs until some common political control dominates the earth, and unless certain pressures due to the growth of populations, due to the enlarging scope of economic operations or due to conflicting standards and traditions of life, are disposed of.” (p. 28)
And it makes you wonder just how much violence and underhandedness would be unleashed by the Open Conspirators to break down population numbers and to break down traditions that stand in their way, including the traditions of sovereignty and self-determination.
So we accumulate some of the themes of The Open Conspiracy: “reform” of education, “reform” of religion, curtailing population, fighting tradition, “eliminating evils”, world government.
What makes some of us imagine that an earth-dominating common political control will be benevolent? Just propaganda and wishful thinking. Seriously, did you get a personal vote during the last G20 meeting – and other international meetings that you pay for with taxes?
“To avoid the positive evils of war, and to attain the new levels of prosperity and power [prosperity and power for who?] that now come into view, an effective world control, not merely of armed force, but of the production and main movements of staple commodities and the drift and expansion of population is required. It is absurd to dream of peace and world-wide progress without that much control . …” (p. 28)
Wells is talking about world government control of armed force, control of population numbers, and control over the production and distribution of staple commodities. “Staple commodity” can be defined as “any basic food or a raw material which is important in a country’s economy”.
So in other words, as Wells implies, there can’t be world “peace” and “progress” (!) until a group of people – with only end-justifies-means behavior criteria – called a “world government”, has total control over global production and distribution of basic foods and other essentials. Such power could be used to to force policies such as population reduction, and to bring rebellious nations to their knees.
Continued: Part 5
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