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Addendum: The Sociobiology of The New World Order (and the Conspiracy of Sociobiology)


The Sociobiology of The New World Order (and the Conspiracy of Sociobiology)

Sociobiology explains social organization in naturalistic terms, But it remains taboo to apply it to humans, because it implies that human society is stratified genetically. Conspiracy theories step in to concur that the ruling class indeed is an inbreeding elite. Anyone uncomfortable with the notion is free to dismiss it as "conspiracy theory." Nonetheless, genetic stratification, sets the stage for speciation.



Conspiracy theories occupy a peculiar place among the cultural storefronts. They are disreputable, because, like peep shows, they reveal naughty bits. At least they purport to reveal the naughty bits—of the body politic. Conspiracy theories titillate by inviting gawkers to indulge taboo thoughts: Who's really in charge? And how do they maintain control? Respectable folk steer clear; conspiracy talk will tarnish your reputation.

Pleasure peddlers of various stripes, shamed and shunned, defend the legitimacy of their enterprises. And, like pornographers, conspiracy theorists have found new audiences on the Internet. With a few keystrokes, anyone can retrieve and ogle any version of events, any alternative history, that tweaks his or her fantasies.


The events of 9/11, for example, continue to provide fodder. The peculiarities surrounding 911 serve as paranoid steroids for conspiracy enthusiasts. Whatever the merits of the evidence and arguments of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth and similar groups, the 911 material is fruit of one branch of the grand conspiratorial family tree.

 

"What I am asserting is that in this particular epoch a conjunction of historical circumstances has led to the rise of an elite of power; that the men of the circles composing the elite, severally and collectively, now make such key decisions as are made; and that, given the enlargement and centralization of the means of power now available, the decisions that they make and fail to make carry more consequences for more people than has ever been the case in the world history of mankind."

—- C. Wright Mills
The Power Elite

The Ruling Bloodline

Fundamental to conspiracy theories is the notion that operating behind the visible political class an oligarchy exercises ultimate control. Conspiracy theorists identify the pinnacle of power typically with two interlocked groups: (1) the royal families of Europe (possibly tracing ancestry back to the pharaohs) and (2) international banking and finance, which operates in the United States through Wall Street and the Federal Reserve and internationally through the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank for International Settlements. Freemasons, Rosicrucians, the Knights Templar, Skull and Bones and other secret societies are cast in various supporting roles that weave through plots involving Jesuits, Zionists, and the CIA and its international counterparts. Conspiracy theorists, such as Alex Jones and Webster Tarpley, present mainstream conspiracy theories that adhere roughly to this model. (The mainstream theories stop short of bringing in extraterrestrial reptiles, entities from the hollow Earth, and that sort of thing.)

As a first approximation, conspiracy theorists note that the wealthy help each other out. Wealthy people find private opportunities to work toward common goals, that is, to conspire. But such conspiring applies to the sheet metal worker and the school teacher as much as it does to the secretary of commerce and the chairman of the Federal Reserve. People of all stripes naturally find ways to cooperate with others with whom they rub elbows day to day.

"'The American elite' is a confused and confusing set of images, and yet when we hear or when we use such words as Upper Class, Big Shot, Top Brass, The Millionaire Club, The High and Mighty, we feel at least vaguely that we know what they mean, and often do. What we do not often do, however, is connect each of these images with the others; we make little effort to form a coherent picture in our minds of the elite as a whole. Even when, very occasionally, we do try to do this, we usually come to believe that it is indeed no 'whole'; that, like our images of it, there is not one elite, but many, and that they are not really connected with one another. What we must realize is that until we do try to see it as a whole, perhaps our impression that it may not be is a result merely of our lack of analytic rigor and sociological imagination."

—- C. Wright Mills
The Power Elite

The next level of conspiratorial thinking asserts, more perniciously, that the upper circles of the control elite constitute a coterie of related bloodlines. The power elite constitutes not only an invisible ruling class, but an inbreeding one. An Anglo-American genetic elite, a de facto dynasty, maintains control over the United States and Europe according to the hardline conspiracy theorists. In this view of the control structure, the American political class extends the system of British peerage.

The idea is not entirely unfounded. A quick search on the Internet reveals family ties among the Bush and Kerry and the Cheney and Obama families, with links to Winston Churchill and European royalty and see THIS. (You got it. Wikipedia just decided to delete these pages. The pages were on the site for years, but, you know, the family trees of U.S. presidents just aren't interesting enough to warrant precious server space over at Wikipedia.) Even Scott Brown, the Republican elected in 2010 to fill Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat, is related to Barack Obama. Such coincidences typically are treated as light fare. But the proportions of royal genes that the candidates carry does correspond eerily to the outcomes of presidential races.

But isn’t a blueblood ruling elite the most naturalistic model of human social organization? Genes naturally will stratify in a large society, with those correlated with certain physical and mental aptitudes clustering at different levels in the social pyramid. In a technological society, genes that predispose individuals toward proficiency in managerial strategy and toward charisma, confidence and persuasiveness, and a certain Machiavellian callousness will tend to percolate to the top of the hierarchy, eventually supplanting genes that predispose individuals toward proficiency in, say, hunting or swordsmanship. Such genetic stratification is to be expected if natural selection shapes the evolution of social species. If one takes evolution theory seriously, then an implication for Homo sapiens is the emergence of a more or less genetically coherent ruling class.

Racists and elitists can cast socioeconomic stratification in terms of a genetic merit system, in which elevated socioeconomic status is claimed to derive from meritorious cognitive and/or behavioral predispositions that derive from genes. But at the end of the day, people’s strong tendency to mate with socioeconomic peers minimizes mixing across socioeconomic strata and ends up producing the same stratification that elites might rationalize in racist terms.

"Let us now consider man in the free spirit of natural history, as though we were zoologists from another planet completing a catalog of social species on Earth. In this macroscopic view the humanities and social sciences shrink to specialized branches of biology; history, biography, and fiction are the protocols of human ethology; and anthropology and sociology together constitute the sociobiology of a single primate species."

—- Edward O. Wilson
Sociobiology

Genes and socioeconomic rank are destined to stratify coextensively. And the stratification to a significant degree will be self perpetuating. And this is just to say that people tend to mate within their own socioeconomic class.

Genes, Race and Eugenics

A controversial form of sociological naturalism is called sociobiology, a science of social behavior built on evolutionary biology and genetics. Harvard entomologist Edward O. Wilson coined the term while developing an evolutionary model of animal societies. Wilson focused initially on social insects, then extrapolated the principles he developed to account for other social species. In his book Sociobiology, he argues that social behaviors evolve in those situations in which sociality confers a survival advantage. Simple Darwinism. Genes that predispose individuals toward sociality will tend to proliferate where they bestow an advantage. (Or, say the Darwin doubters, they will tend to proliferate where they proliferate.)

Sociobiology is not particularly controversial when applied to social insects or wolf packs, but applied to human beings the science aggravates sensitive nerves. Any model of human society that references genes will attract racists. Social reforms cannot resolve social class inequities, the racist argues, because the inequities are grounded—presumably unalterably—in biology. Any sociological theory that leans heavily on biology potentially legitimizes this kind of racist thinking. (Perhaps in response to such concerns, the academic world has sidelined the term sociobiology, in favor of evolutionary psychology. The justification apparently being that "social behavior arises, in a complex social context, from the psychological dispositions of individuals. Those psychological dispositions are themselves shaped not only by underlying genotypes, but also by the social and cultural environments in which people develop." -- quote from The Trouble with Scientism, by Philip Kitcher in The New Republic, 5/4/2012.)

Wilson faced the issue firsthand when he published his ideas about sociobiology. Colleagues on the Harvard campus in effect accused him of racism. Wilson describes the fallout of this episode in his book Promethean Fire, which is a summary of an earlier work, Genes, Mind, And Culture: The Coevolutionary Process. In these books, Wilson and coauthor Charles Lumsden expand the sociobiological model to include culture among evolutionary selection pressures.

Sociobiology has a notorious predecessor that overtly emboldened racists: eugenics. During the early twentieth century, foundations and think tanks became preoccupied with applying Darwinian logic to improving the genetic profile of human beings. The Rockefeller Foundation, Carnegie Institution and other moneyed interests funded programs to promote selective breeding and the sterilization of carriers of "inferior" genes. Eugenic thinking took root and grew into organized movements in the United States and Britain, becoming a respectable part of civic life. Offshoots of the Rockefeller- and Carnegie-funded programs encouraged eugenics projects in Hitler’s Germany. Eugenics as official policy reached its tragic culmination in the genocidal savagery of the Nazis. But eugenic thinking infects policy still today, as when World Bank loans to third-world countries come with population-control strings attached. Wikipedia provides a basic introduction to the history of, and fallout from, the twentieth century's eugenics movement.

Eugenics Family TreeLeft: "Eugenics is the self-direction of human evolution": Logo from the Second International Eugenics Conference, 1921, depicting eugenics as a tree that unites a variety of disciplines.

A Natural Conspiracy

"Gradually, by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organized insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton."

—- Bertrand Russell
The Impact of Science on Society

How beehives and ant hills stay organized is not well understood. These insect societies lack universities, courts and public works departments. Maybe such institutions are more ornamental than foundational, and occult forces shape society. According to sociobiology, the secret cabal that pulls the strings comprises genes. Hard to identify, communicating in code, selfish genes act with some disregard toward the disposable, unwitting bodies that they manipulate. Clannish, genes mingle with their own kind and screen outsiders who petition for admission to the inner circles. Their machinations establish and manage human sociopolitical hierarchies. Heh-heh.

The star larvae hypothesis accommodates a naturalistic, if not necessarily sinister, account of social organization, because the hypothesis regards evolution as a developmental unfolding, programmed in whatever genetically managed way life cycles of organisms are programmed. By extension, the developmental narrative of human history should fall under the same rubric as that of ontogenetic development. To exile sociobiology from accounts of human social history, because it potentially emboldens racists, is to turn from the most naturalistic to other kinds of accounts.

Human societies differ from those of the ant or bee or wolf in a critical way: They develop in a feedback loop with their technologies in a way that protects the genetic elite from excessive inbreeding. Perpetuating an elite at the top of the control hierarchy requires maintenance. Excessive inbreeding has undermined more than one long-lived dynasty. Western society does not acknowledge overtly its caste system, yet genetic mixing between, say, the top 20 percent and the bottom 20 percent of the socioeconomic spread would seem to be minimal. The vast majority of people who find mates choose partners from their own social class. Human social organization in the context of evolution and sociobiology must include a tension between patriciate inbreeding to refine the elite pool and the admission of new genes to avoid excessive inbreeding.

"Reduction is the traditional instrument of scientific analysis, but it is feared and resented. If human behavior can be reduced and determined to any considerable degree by the laws of biology, then mankind might appear to be less than unique and to that extent dehumanized. Few social scientists and scholars in the humanities are prepared to enter such a conspiracy, let alone surrender any of their territory."

—- Edward O. Wilson
On Human Nature

Stir the Genetic Pot

Karl Marx observed that technologies upset class relations, but he lived too early to formulate the observation in genetic terms. Technology dampens the threat of excessive inbreeding in elite lines by creating profitable enterprises and thereby economically elevating the genes of successful entrepreneurs and their investors. Some genetic drift at the interface of the elite gene pool and that of high-ranking commoners is bound to occur spontaneously. But technologies facilitate this mixing by creating a class of nouveau riche from which the elite circles can draw recruits. This economic elevation creates an opportunity for lower class genes to climb socially, because it buys access to the Ivy League schools and other institutions where old bloodlines review applicants to the upper ranks. The country clubs, philanthropic societies, and private schools serve as conduits up through which genes of the newly rich can percolate. For example, the Skull and Bones secret society at Yale University apparently serves this vetting function. Wikipedia acknowledges a history of such recruitments:

Active recruitment of rich new blood was also a character of some more flexible patriciates, which drew in members of the mercantile elite, through ad hoc partnerships in ventures, which became more permanently cemented by marriage alliances. "In such cases an upper group, part feudal-aristocratic, part mercantile would arise, a group of mixed nature like the 'magnates' of Bologna, formed of nobles made bourgeois by business, and bourgeois ennobled by city decree, both fused together in law."[10]

By placing the means of production into new hands, technology facilitates marrying up.

Whether stratified genes associated with stratified social rank might ever spin off a terrestrial post-human species seems doubtful. But the possibility has not escaped the literary imagination. H. G. Wells described a prospective outcome of post-human speciation in his novel, The Time Machine. In the story, an inventor, designated only as The Time Traveler, journeys to the year 802,701; where he finds a world in which humanity has split into two species. The Morlocks, descendants of the working class, inhabit a subterranean world and have degenerated into brutes. The descendants of the managerial class, the Eloi, have evolved neotenously—becoming androgynous, small of stature, and sporting big eyes—and enjoy an idyllic life of playful innocence. Having failed to move off-planet, they become easy prey and constitute the Morlock diet, in a Marxist fantasy of poetic justice.

Stratification of genes by class will tend also to coincide with stratification by geography, a coincidence that lays the groundwork for speciation, particularly if the stratification includes an extreme geographical separation, such as that between Earth and space..

The End of Evolution?

Some thinkers propose that human biological evolution has ceased and been supercede by cultural evolution. Philosopher Richard Rorty favored this interpretation. In Philosophy and Social Hope he asserts,

"The story of how we got from Neanderthal grunts and nudges to German philosophical treatises is no more discontinuous that the story of how we got from the amoebae to the anthropoids. The two stories are parts of one larger story. Cultural evolution takes over from biological evolution without a break."
"We now have a global overclass which makes all the major economic decisions, and makes them in entire independence of the legislatures, and a fortiori of the will of the voters, of any given country. The money accumulated by this overclass is as easily used for illegal purposes, such as supplying land mines to the latest entrepreneurial warlord or financing gangster takeovers of trade unions, as it is for legal ones. The absence of a global polity means that the super-rich can operate without any thought of any interests save their own."

—- Richard Rorty
Philosophy and Social Hope

"Almost everywhere in America, the metropolitan upper classes have in common, more or less, race, religion, and nativity. Even if they are not of long family descent, they are uniformly of longer American origin than the underlying population. There are, of course, exceptions, some of them important exceptions. In various cities, Italian and Jewish and Irish Catholic families—having become wealthy and powerful—have risen high in status. But however important, these are still exceptions: the model of the upper social classes is still 'pure' by race, by ethnic group, by national extraction. In each city, they tend to be Protestant; moreover Protestants of class-church denominations, Episcopalian mainly, or Unitarian, or Presbyterian."

—- C. Wright Mills
The Power Elite

With ease of travel stirring the gene pool geographically and modern medicine keeping genes in circulation that otherwise would be filtered out, the case can be made that modernity undermines the genetic stratification that encourages evolution. Ergo, the case can be made that the torch of human advancement has been passed from biological adapters to cultural innovators.

This is the point of view underscored in a New York Times article, "Evolution of Humans May at Last Be Faltering," (Mar. 14, 1995, p. B10):

"A number of experts say that Homo sapiens is becoming increasingly disengaged from the forces of natural selection and speciation, the key processes that brought humankind into existence. [. . . .] Humans, some evolutionists say, have wrapped themselves in such a snug cocoon, from clothing to central heating to hurricane warning systems, that populations are largely insulated from the environmental stresses that drive evolution. Technology and medicine also tend to cancel out inherited genetic defects. [. . . .] Humans are intermixing more than ever before, marrying people born in locations farther away and generally eliminating the isolation of populations that leads to speciation."

The article quotes Ian Tattersall, a paleoanthropologist at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, from his book, The Fossil Trail: "Homo sapiens today is in a mode of intermixing rather than of differentiation, and the conditions for significant evolutionary change simply don’t exist—and won’t, short of some all-too-imaginable calamity."

Harvard Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould apparently shared the view that evolutionary pressures no longer apply to the human species. Commenting on genetic mixing among geographically separated populations, he says in the same article, "We are not likely to speciate unless we send up some space colonies." Gould never cultivated his fertile insight.

Or, the Acceleration of Evolution?

But evolution-is-over conclusions sidestep the issue of adaptation. Evolution is supposed to involve adaptation to environments. So long as environments change, evolution will have to proceed. Otherwise, the theory is incoherent. Technology not only modifies environments, but does so radically and at an accelerating rate. As a result, humans should be evolving faster, which is what more recent research reveals.

An AP article from January 2008 summarizes the new thinking: "Science fiction writers have suggested a future Earth populated by a blend of all races into a common human form. In real life, the reverse seems to be happening. People are evolving more rapidly than in the distant past, with residents of various continents becoming increasingly different from one another, researchers say." An audio interview with one of the researchers is available HERE. (Curiously, no one seems to want to comment on the lack of mixing among socioeconomic strata.)

NEWSWEEK (Jan 28, 2008, p.49) summarized the findings this way, "A study published in the December Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences found that not only are humans still evolving, but we are doing so at a faster rate than ever before, with genes that affect our diets and brains leading the race. [. . . .] The findings have turned some traditional assumptions on their heads." (Curiously, no one seems to want to comment on the lack of mixing among socioeconomic strata.)

This is an odd turn of events. How many sciences, in making predictions and establishing their street cred, enjoy so much leeway to get things so wrong? How can evolution theory get away with predictions that oscillate so wildly—from the cessation of human evolution to its acceleration—within the span of a single generation of researchers? Can a theory so erratic in its conclusions rest on a solid theoretical ground? (Then again, a profligate prognosticator is bound to get something right.)

Modes of Speciation
Geographic illustration of SPATIAL ASPECTS OF SPECIATION:

1. allopatric speciation - physical barrier divides population

2. peripatric speciation - small founding population enters isolated niche

3. parapatric speciation - new niche found adjacent to original one

4. sympatric speciation - speciation occurs without physical separation

But let's give the wobbly theory a break and work within the accepted paradigm.

Speciation in normal evolutionary theory is thought to occur by various modes, which have in common a small inbreeding population that develops within or geographically separated from its parent population. The geographical separation of the space colony from Earth would seem to create the perfect opportunity for speciation to occur. And it must be more likely to occur if an isolated group, such as in a space colony, represents a genetically thin slice of the parent population, rather than a broad cross section (see also, "the founder effect.") The diagram above illustrates various modes of genetic separation that can lead to speciation.  

 

The prospective New World Order of which conspiracy theorists warn might not be of this world at all. The prospect of elite genes conspiring to escape Earth to form extraterrestrial societies has occurred to at least one conspiracy theorist (and probably countless science fiction fans). In this video, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones concludes his assessment of the power elite's eugenics campaigns by raising the specter of an elite flight from Earth, involving immortal transhumanists. (For all his ingenuity in connecting the dots, Jones fails to note that transhuman [or post-human] immortality in Heaven is also the central theme and promise of the Christian faith to which he says he subscribes.)

 

The naturalness of human societies does not mean that cruelty from the ruling elite should be tolerated or rationalized in terms of a "natural order." An ethic of noblesse oblige seems a reasonable expectation to impose on privileged classes. Munificence needs to stand in opposition to social Darwinism and eugenics. Why shouldn’t the natural order's natural ethic be one of largesse, to keep the peace if nothing else? Popular revolutions might be the natural corrective to abuses of power. Conspiracy theories, then, might have value as a social safety valve, because they vent intrigues and frustrations that otherwise would fester. The taboo against conspiracy theories mitigates against inspections of the status quo. In so doing it stabilizes society.

Then again, maybe it's time the naughty bits at the top of the pyramid were exposed, in their full anatomical correctness. Maybe it's time for the body politic to treat the citizenry to a sociopolitical Full Monty and leave nothing to the imagination. Then democratic ideals might seize the opportunity to re-invigorate themselves..

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