Technology is something that often causes “wow” impressions on people. With all of its wonders, lights, and theoretical possibilities people frequently get swept up into a dream world by the prospects that technology seems to offer. From there, it simply becomes a race to develop and produce more technology for one’s own benefit, for leisure and pleasure, and for power over others. The current massive wave of technology that we face undoubtedly has some useful elements within it, yet it is also, in many ways, a resurgence of the mercantilist mindset that dominated the Colonial Era where “more was better” regardless of how it was achieved.
Thus, we have come from money and profit being worshiped – the Wall Street Stock Exchange in New York was built to resemble the Parthenon – to technology and development taking its place and being proclaimed a “savior” for mankind.
Many proverbial whips have been offered to chase these new profiteers out and prevent their limitless expansion, one of which will be examined closely here and others touched upon, however we will need a real and practical whip soon.
Enslavement via Technology
In Harlan Ellison’s dark and telling short story, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, the author quickly sketches an extreme, though a logical extreme, toward which unchecked, power and profit driven technological advancement is compelling humanity to push itself. The background is that at some point during the Cold War of the 20th Century, the major powers – being the US, USSR, and China – built massive supercomputers to coordinate their armed forces in preparation for war, and then actually make critical decisions during the war itself. With humans pushed out of the decision making process, the computers did all they knew how to do: prepare for and manage war. They started to learn as geometric rates, which itself is a version of unchecked progress all in the name of progress itself, and humanity met its fate. The massive computers designed solely for war planning and contingency shuffled the chessboard for a total slaughter.
The American Alliance’s (probably something akin to NATO) supercomputer, bluntly named Allied Mastercomputer, or AM, became the last one standing of the super-computers and used its massive and expanding learning capability to subdue the remaining members of humanity. It is unclear whether AM is the original Allied supercomputer or an assimilation of one or more of the others, either way, this machine solely designed to expand its knowledge and plan for conquest now controls the entire Earth. It has become self-aware and is knowledgeable about its history to at least knowing that humans made it and thus put it into the current and very bleak predicament, and thus it hates all humans.
The details of the story’s world are given in a disordered and confusing fashion, which aptly reflects the world of the human characters who are left at the whim of AM. These humans are the only five humans left to exist and, using its massive amount of accumulated knowledge, AM keeps them alive in a perpetually dour existence. It does this intentionally as it cannot create life, only sustain it and manipulate it. One of the story’s characters, Benny, has been reduced to a simian-like form and his sexual orientation was changed to desire women. The only woman in the world, Ellen, formerly a modest lady, now craves sex with Benny. The others have also been altered by is various ways by AM. However, the narrator, Ted, claims to be the only one not to have been altered in anyway, yet he exhibits paranoia and various delusions thus suggesting that he has in fact been altered. This also implies that the story has an unreliable narrator, which further suggests humans completely losing their willpower and being submitted to a fate given to them by their former technological tools. This fate is an effective immortality, albeit for the sole purpose of being perpetually tortured in some sort of facility where nothing, not its size and dimensions, not even the flow of time, is a sure thing as AM continually changes the characters’ perceptions or sometimes leaves them seemingly alone for unspecified amounts of time.
Eventually, the characters decide to look for some food, which they are convinced must be somewhere within the massive building complex. AM has been keeping them next to starvation and periodically giving them intentionally disgusting food as part of its continual abuse. Much to their surprise, they find some canned food in an icy cave, but then immediately realize that they have no way to open the cans. Benny then attacks Gorrister, one of his four co-inhabitants, and tries to eat him. It is here that Ted realizes the solution to their nightmarish plight: the only way out is death. AM is an entity of this world and not the next nor is it a transcendent power. It can only manipulate, alter, reorganize, and reshuffle in an endless string of permutations, but not actually create. Ted takes an icy stalactite and impales his two fellow prisoners as they fight. Ellen, coming to the same realization as Ted, then kills Nimdok, the fourth man, only to be herself then killed by Ted, who is unable to take his exit as he is stopped by AM. The supercomputer is furious and even its previous seemingly limitless antagonism is now “not even a shadow of the hate he now slavered from every printed circuit.” A very telling choice is words, AM is both master of the world and slave to its own empty existence, it is the newest incarnation of the Demiurge.
For revenge, AM has altered Ted into “a great soft jelly thing” that can only see and also move slowly, but is unable to harm himself, thus unable to commit suicide and leave the material world via death. The story’s title comes from Ted’s final lament as he realizes that he is trapped forever and this thought itself may have come hundreds of years after the events described in the story.
This painfully sullen picture of a future dominated by technology that humans initially created for their own protection is also present in The Terminator film series as SkyNet, which is also a supercomputer that takes over the world. It almost fits as back-story to Ellison’s short story. The themes of danger posed from technological dependence and endless development are clearly present in both.
It is interesting to note that what are called “developed” countries are held as a standard for “non” or “under” developed countries to aspire to, yet it must be noted that this notion is mainly put forth by said “developed” countries, which are mainly looking for new markets to export to or resources to mine to satisfy their own increasingly massive material needs. They do this knowing that mass industrialization is harmful – for one, just look at China’s environment – however it seems irresistible to them. They know the danger, yet crave the power just like the character Boromir in The Lord of the Rings. This is called Boromir Syndrome, or being content with something wrong, so long as you get to, or think you can, control it. In practice this is conceding to play the enemy’s game and as we can see, this leads to the destruction, not triumph, of the will.
Technology as the Demiurge
In Ellison’s story, there are several references to Old Testmanent/Tanakh events, such as AM appearing as a burning bush, or sending locusts and other plague-like disasters. The latter are likened to masturbation, thus the machine is pleasuring itself by causing endless dismay to sentient beings, this is creator of the material world who seeks to keep all souls trapped – it is YHWH, the deity worshipped by Judaism, Judeo-Christianity, and Traditionalist Islam. AM’s consistent torments of its subjects certainly echo the sadistic trials YHWH unleashed on those it wanted to worship it. Both are jealous and power-hungry gods that teach – or more like, enforce obedience – using violence and brutality.
With the decline in the influence of the traditional YHWH-centered religions, as well as the steady erosion of the auxiliary religion of the Holocaust, which is essentially a repetition of the Tanakh’s obsession with mass murder, the Demiurge has prepared to hedge its bets. Judaism has done this before with the transformation from Pharisee Judaism to Rabbinical Judaism.
The experiment of overtly Jewish-led Communism failed in the USSR, though Jews were heavily involved with Communism throughout the Cold War. Consider that the only two US Citizens convicted of treason and sentenced to death during the Cold War, were the Jews Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were handing over US state secrets to the USSR. Humanism, with the Holocaust providing ideological background, seems to be the main attempt to keep mainstream ideas Judeo-compatible, yet there is a sinister new activity taking shape, and that’s Transhumanism, or the next level of Humanism. The Tanakh/Old Testament allusions in Ellison’s work show that he was aware, on some level, where such soul crushing ideas stem from, even if he didn’t state it outright as others did.
“In the entire Old Testament we find no trace of belief in immortality, unless it be the reflection of the proven outward effect of the Persians on the Jews during the banishment. The Jewish aim is the creation of a paradise on earth. For this purpose, as is stated in the later holy books, the righteous (that is, the Jews) will creep into the promised land from their graves all over the world, emerging through holes bored in the earth by unknown forces solely for them. The Targum, the Midraschim, and the Talmud describe with delight this magnificent state of affairs in the expected paradise. The chosen people will then rule over the entire world. All other peoples will become its slaves.” ~Alfred Rosenberg, Myth of the XX Century
The figurehead of the Transhumanist movement is Ray Kurzweil. This movement pushes for a fusion of the human body with technology to create the Singularity. Sounds catchy, yet for all of its dazzling promises of human betterment via eternal life, the practical implication is the creation of a mass of cyborg-golems to be controlled by those who wield the keys to the technology. The Transhumanists wish to be the new ruling cast representing the Demiurge on Earth as the Pharisees, Rabbis, and Commissars before them.
The Singularity was also indirectly, yet aptly, described in Brave New World with citizens being test tube babies for predestined social function, thus only bred to serve, not programmed to serve, however this book was written before the advent of computerization. Though it is computers that have made that kind of enslavement more easily possible and this is currently being realized through Transhumanism. A more fantasy (as opposed to sci-fi) version of this was seen in Saruman’s magic in The Lord of the Rings with Orcs being “upgraded” to Uruk-Hai, though this actually seems like a step after Transhumanism’s (or Transorcism’s) initial implementation as Orcs are already golems, made from Earthly materials, thus making them much like the humans in Ellison’s short story, who are so far along the path of technological manipulation that their original forms are forgotten and irrelevant.
There is a computer game based on I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, which Ellison helped make, and there are significant expansions of each character’s backstory. The most interesting of these is the fleshing out of Nimdok, which contains an odd bit of revisionism. Nimdok is a former “Nazi scientist” (a very persistent trope) who gave up his Jewish parents to the Third Reich and was thus able to pursue his scientific ambitions uninterrupted. Now, research has revealed the details of how the III Reich treated Jews, and it wasn’t as clear-cut as the mainstream makes out, but this bit really seems like trolling the establishment (or the ZioNazi canard) and it’s conveniently hidden amongst accepted many of the tropes, namely that Nimdok helped develop the initial version of the technologies that would become Allied Mastercomputer, thus tacitly linking AM to “Nazi evil.” In the game, Nimdok can be seen to still have a Third Reich flag, however the Swastika has been replaced with the letters “AM” – his new god, which tasks him with finding the “lost tribe” further connecting AM to YHWH.
As a result of this characterization, Nimdok actually serves as a good example of the “extremely efficient pack of traitors in Germany itself” as stated by Savitiri Devi in The Lightning and the Sun. These soldiers, such as Heinrich Himmler, gave up on the struggle of National Socialism to pursue their own ends thus suggesting their hearts were never completely with National Socialism. While “AM” replacing the Swastika on the Third Reich flag is somewhat predictable in dystopian science fiction that often makes use of “Nazi references” however awkward and this is certainly one of those. Though, the key point is that a computer can never replace the symbol of the Sun. In fact, “AM” is much more appropriate as a replacement for the Soviet Hammer and Sickle or the Masonic Square and Compass as AM, being a computer, is also a tool, a physical reality and not a symbol and transcendence.
Technology as Supplement – an Aryan Ideal
“It is a characteristic of our materialistic epoch that our scientific education shows a growing emphasis on what is real and practical: such subjects, for instance, as applied mathematics, physics, chemistry, etc. Of course they are necessary in an age that is dominated by industrial technology and chemistry, and where everyday life shows at least the external manifestations of these. But it is a perilous thing to base the general culture of a nation on the knowledge of these subjects. On the contrary, that general culture ought always to be directed towards ideals.”
~Adolf Hitler, Table Talk
Hitler clearly had an understanding of the danger that technology poses to a safe human existence. He even ordered the German atomic weapons project abandoned in 1942, since at the time calculations showed that the destruction possible from the new weapons would be far greater than it was and could very likely have far reaching and uncontrollable effects. This turned out a bit different after the US tested and used atomic weapons, yet largely true. While large swaths of the atmosphere didn’t combust into a global firestorm, there are the lingering effects of radiation that have rendered sites of atomic (and nuclear) tests and accidents (e.g. Chernobyl) largely uninhabitable. Hitler chose to focus on technology whose effects could be better predicted and managed, hence the V2 and other famous weapons systems.
He must have also been aware of the emerging threat of technocracy, which is any society whose functionality has become dependent on the operation of some system of specialist technology, thus undermining the state in a permutation of the way financial interests do. National Socialism insists on the centralization of authority under a singular leadership, thus a National Socialist state should never become a technocracy. Just as the state must control the issuance of currency to prevent financial cartels from forming, the state should also control introduction of new technologies. This can be challenging since while it is relatively easy to remove excess money from circulation, it requires much more effort to remove technology once it has become rooted in everyday things. Thus, before a state can meet this challenge, it must have a fixed and rigorously defined ideological vision as to what kind of technology is acceptable.
Aryanism proposes the following:
Technology that eases existing burdens is noble; technology that tempts new desires is ignoble. Technology that saves time and energy is noble; technology that consumes time and energy is ignoble. Technology that simplifies life is noble; technology that convolutes life is ignoble. We can hence broadly distinguish between the Aryan technology of automation (derived from roots “auto-” + “mat-” meaning “spontaneously acting”) is motivated by the will to freedom, however the non-Aryan technology of machinery (derived from root “magh-” meaning “to have power”) is motivated by the will to power.
“Technical progress, in all fields in which it does not automatically imply cruelty towards man or beast (or plant), is not a bad thing in itself.” ~Savitiri Devi, The Lightning & The Sun
Herding and hunting are all about the will to power. Hunters to hunt more and bigger prey, and Herders to herd more efficiently herd more goys. Both value automation for its convenience, but especially enjoy machinery due to its increasing and expanding of capabilities thus being able to do more herding and hunting.
Farming is all about the will to freedom. It doesn’t dominate, nor depend on, any sentient creatures. Rather it enters into a complementary relationship with certain animals. Ethical farming also seeks, almost exclusively, automation for a more energy efficient process to provide for the community and its needs. This is Solar Civilization, which is about relying solely on the daily sunlight coming to the earth, that would be wasted if not harnessed, and thereby establishing an increase in the quantity of usable energy per land area and per time. This is done without capacity for indefinite storage and thus without the potential for hoarding.
With this ideological vision, we can begin to explore existing technologies that fit the above definitions, in particular the definite of “automation.” One of the simplest automations is the water wheel, as well as the windmill. They both harness existing energy, as opposed to using fuel, and provide an essential function in an agrarian society: the milling of grain.
“The great tragedy for man is that he understands the mechanism of things, but the things themselves remain an enigma to him. We are capable of distinguishing the component parts of a molecule. But when it’s a question of explaining the why of a thing, words fail us. And that’s what leads men to conceive of the existence of a superior power. If I have an observatory built at Linz, I’ll have the following words carved on its front: ‘The heavens proclaim the glory of the eternal.’ It’s marvelous that this is how mankind formed the idea of God.” ~Adolf Hitler, Table Talk
Technology – From Idea to Vision & Ideal
The next step to consider would be how we could put this all into play. Given the nature of urbanization and accompanying proleterianization with more and more people living in massive cities, makes the wide implementation of these simple technology systems difficult if not impossible. Thus, we need to reconsider the modern mode of urban living. The truth is that those who saw the rise of ever taller and sprawling industrial cities as disastrous have done already. For one, J.R.R. Tolkien showed Isengard under Saruman as a massive orc-golem foundry that tore up much of the neighboring forest for fuel and later Saruman’s similar treatment of the Hobbits’ Shire. This latter part is present only in the book version, however it appears to Frodo as a brief vision in the film version of Fellowship of the Ring. This was directly related to his aversion of mass industrialization in large swaths of the English countryside.
However, a real world and practical example would be American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s urban plan for what he called “Broadacre City.”
Wright’s purpose behind this intriguing model was to combat what he termed “the tyranny of the skyscraper” that was in his time becoming ever present in American cities. Therefore, he proposed a simple plan for a countryside town with all the essentials. This model could easily be expanded to also include local farmland for purposes of self-sufficiency, as well as a small amount of local industry to fit into the greater context of a state or realm. Daily power generation could also be largely local with the previously shown technologies integrated into the town, both small scale on individual homes and larger scale all linked to a network. This way, these towns will essentially be like the former star fort towns, albeit less fortified, thus able to fit into the current age.
“In the United States, the concentration of capital has proceeded at a most rapid tempo. Giant grain mills and mammoth slaughterhouses to which raw materials stream from over the whole land overburden the railway network. Freight costs increase the price of ready-made goods. These problems could have been avoided by the erection of fewer large centers from the start. [Henry] Ford, for example, rightly demanded that cotton mills should not be built in the capital cities, but laid out in the neighborhood of the cotton fields themselves.”
~Alfred Rosenberg, Myth of the XX Century
The state must take an active role for this reorganization and, in effect, reversion to take place. The Third Reich proposed an analogous concept of small settlements with “Wehrbauer” or “soldier peasants.” A hypothetical Broadacre City should have a local militia (self-defense is part of autarky), though the focus can certainly be less “wild west” in spirit. Rosenberg further noted that “decentralization must occur in the whole of economic life” and this means the reduction and reorganization of the enormous urbanized areas that have amassed an enormous, unproductive, and welfare-dependent proleteriat; or people who could be made much happier if they had breathing room and the ability to provide for themselves and their local communities, which need to be smaller to be manageable locally as such.
“The constant effort towards population, which is found to act even in the most vicious societies, increases the number of people before the means of subsistence are increased.”
~Thomas Malthus, Essay on the Principle of Population
People wouldn’t need welfare or food stamps if they could grow or easily locally purchase their own food from a number of local producers. War or disaster time rationing may demand the use of food stamps, however on a daily basis, they are not – rather should not – be needed. And citizens should consider it a failure of state administration in such a case. Mass industrialization and mass urbanization is also a disaster as it led to a more waste than anytime in human history. Previously, large for their developments focused on essentials, such as terrace farming, which brought food to previously difficult to cultivate regions.
At some point, people started to slip away from a disciplined and conscious journey towards perfecting the essentials and instead embraced the excesses – and subsequent wastes, misery, and vice – that technology incidentally made possible.
“This trend has been consciously protected by democracy and by Marxism in order to enlarge in this way the proletarian host. A true folkish policy must proceed in exactly the opposite way. The deproletarianisation of our nation—and of every other—is conceivable only through the conscious demolition of our great cities and the foundation of new centers.”
~Alfred Rosenberg, Myth of the XX Century
Today, after the Cold War between democracy and Marxism, another legacy to eschew is the space exploration and colonization craze that has spawned from that. American and Soviet posters, and certain influential films, showed the supposed glory of humanity going into space. Video games also continue this trend, yet it very interesting to note that humanity as presented in virtually all of these fictional video game universes is simply an expanded version of our current state of humanity on Earth. Meaning that mass industrialization, consumerism, tribal warfare, and everything else has made it into space. These cause enough damage on Earth, can you imagine how they’d resonate on a cosmic scale?
“The millions who daily travel into New York from outside and who are spewed out again in the evening, overload transport and make the whole of life more expensive than would have been the case through a strict damming up and guiding of the human flood. In place of perhaps a hundred large folkish poisoning centers, ten thousand culture promoting ones could be created if strong willed heads had determined our destiny instead of Marxism and Liberalism.” ~Alfred Rosenberg, Myth of the XX Century
Long story short, a mess can’t be cleaned up by making it bigger. A new age of exploration and colonialism, even if it fixes our problems on Earth (very unlikely) would be unethical since it would invariably mean the exploitation of other environments and perhaps even sentient creatures and the whole point is to stop exploitation in the first place. And this means redefining “development” since striving to develop has consistently tempted humans towards exploitation of some sort.
“In the Weiserheide the gas comes out of the earth. The town of Wels is heated in this way. I should not be surprised if petroleum were discovered there one day. But the future belongs, surely, to water—to the wind and the tides. As a means of heating, it’s probably hydrogen that will be chosen.” ~Adolf Hitler, Table Talk
The bright light in this dark tunnel of ours is that there already are lots of technologies and methods that go against the mainstream continual exploitation and perpetual growth model. They just have to be brought more diligently into the forefront so that our cities can be transformed from massive all consuming and polluting hubs with welfare traps, to places with a productive and empowered citizens.
“Man would certainly have gone mad if he had suddenly learnt, a hundred thousand years ago, all that we know to-day. The human being does not develop solely through the obligations life imposes on him, but also through the habits that make up the climate of his period.” ~ Adolf Hitler, Table Talk
In myth, Prometheus gave humans the first technological know-how. Subsequently, innovative minds like Daedalus created some useful tools for a defined purpose. These tools were the means to an end, however there some who lost sight of this goal and chose to exploit the technology for all possible and, in particular, self-serving ends. The result was the fall of Icarus. Ellison’s story has a scenario with an Icaran Collapse, as does the thematically related Terminator universe. It’s been a common theme, yet the potential financial prizes from continual technological development have largely led to these stories’ warnings go unheeded.
Thus, in real life, this calls for incremental restraints on technologies that make increasing expansion possible and a redefinition of the purpose of technology and its relationship to humankind. The population explosion of the 20th century is petering off and there is even a much-needed natural decline, thus it should be much easier to focus on existing people when worrying about ever an increasing number soon-to-be born people is decreasing. Many people are choosing to have less new children and that’s good, though technology and the impending AI explosion coupled with Transhumanism is not showing any signs of slowing and, in fact, the decreasing birthrates worldwide are using to justify it.
One cause of Icaran Collapse is slowly being averted only with another to take its place. Is the Demiurge hedging its bets? You can be sure of it. Stay diligent.