Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Raelian Double-Speak: No governments needed, humanity’s future is cooperation

The article posted in Raelianews on 3 March 2011 is based on a speech given by Rael on Sunday February 20th where he tried to sell Geniocracy as the future of humanity. Of course his speech was riddled with Orwellian double-speak.

To start off, Geniocracy as defined by Rael's books is a framework for a system of global government based on the selective merit of intelligence. Yup, that's right Geniocracy is a form of government and here's Rael saying he thinks we won't need any government. He calls for cooperation as the way of the future giving his listeners the impression that Geniocracy is a democratic system with everyone's participation. Sadly, Rael's Geniocracy gives only those people whose intelligence are 10% above the global average to vote; only people with intelligence above 50% of the average can run for office (p. 96, Intelligent Design). Therefore, Geniocracy allows for the cooperative participation of only 27.5% of a population. But that's just talking about electoral participation. Elected representatives, i.e. the World Government, would comprise of less than 0.5% of the global population [1]! So much for the article's title.

Let's move on. Rael went on to say,
"When they hear about it, people usually think geniocracy is a political system in which geniuses have power over other people. But this interpretation is totally stupid; there is no power on Elohim planet. Nobody has power there. The Elohim have elected geniuses to be their leaders, and these geniuses guide everybody."
Yes, you heard it. Rael said, "No power". But according to his books which reinterpret the Bible, the Elohim government had the POWER to do a lot of things,
"We are talking about placing the genius in power, and you may call it 'Geniocracy" (p. 97, Intelligent Design). 
For example, their government exiled the "creator" Elohim scientists who ignored their law of never to create human beings. How could they be exiled if the Elohim government didn't have any power (p. 17, Intelligent Design)? Oh right, they must have "guided" them to exile.

Rael continued, 
"For example, I have no power over you. I don’t want power; no Buddha wants to have power. I’m just guiding you, showing you the way. And that’s how it is on the Elohim planet too. The geniocracy system is organized in such a way that the leaders show the way. They tell people, ‘This is what we should do, if you all agree we should do this."
Right. If Rael had no power, then what in eternity is the hierarchical power structure of the International Raelian Movement? Only members who are level 4 and up are authorized to "baptize" new adepts (p. 175, Intelligent Design). Orders come top-down. Referendums are not bothered with, so no decision is made unanimously. There's essentially no choice in these matters; for example, when Rael introduced the Order of Rael's Angels [2], his followers had to accept it as Elohim inspired instead of having the opportunity to vote about it. Dissidents were predictably exiled, i.e. excommunicated.

"It’s just giving ideas, and then everybody accepts," Rael explained. Yup. Just like the brilliant idea to destroy all life on Earth with nukes (this is the Raelian interpretation of the Flood, p. 18, Intelligent Design). Funny how the exiled Elohim scientists didn't accept such a geniocratic idea and didn't cooperate. According to Rael, the Elohim had already reached a state of paradise on their planet when in all their wisdom they had decided to annihilate all life on Earth. All this out of a supposedly enlightened Geniocratic society!

Rael tries to associate participatory democracy with Geniocracy when he says, "This is the future, a world governed by the people." But, we've already noted that Geniocracy is a selective form of democracy where only 27.5% of a population participates politically in elections, whereas only 0.5% have the right to call the shots, which Rael would have us see it as "guidance".

Copyright: Raelian Foundation, Geniocracy 2008, p.14

As far as participatory democracy goes, Rael writes in his first book: "Neither universal suffrage nor public opinion polls are valid ways of governing the world." (p. 194) Yet years later, with his book Yes to Human Cloning (p. 84), Rael promotes the idea of direct participatory democracy through the Internet calling it "electronic democracy".

Taking participatory democracy to its extreme, Rael tries to wrap Geniocracy around with anarchy and likens it to a cooperative society of ants and honey bees. Rael mentioned, 
"If we love each other and do the best for each other, then we don’t need laws. Then there is no need for laws. There is no need for a law saying ‘you must not kill anyone."
Oh, really? How about these statements in Rael's books:
Human laws, as already stated,are essential. But they must be improved upon because they do not take love and fraternity sufficiently into consideration. The death penalty must be abolished because no individual has the right to kill another coldly in a premeditated, organized manner. (p. 203)
If tomorrow I were to ask anyone of you to kill someone so that our movement may progress faster, you must not do it. Better still, if an Eloha were to ask you to kill another man, you should refuse to do it, for it would probably be Satan who would be trying to prove to the Eternals that all men are fundamentally bad (p. 320). You MUST develop contraception and pass STRICT LAWS authorizing women to have no more than two children" (p.106).
Rael said it is society, the government and the laws that create sick people, who then kill other people. He says only sick people kill people. Towards the end of his speech, Rael emphasizes,
 "Cooperation is the future of humanity, everybody working for the good of everybody, and without the most terrible poisons of humanity: governments, police and laws."
But, this is what we find in Rael's second book:
"The police will be essential for as long as it takes society to discover the medical means to eradicate violence and prevent criminals or those who infringe the freedom of others from acting out their antisocial impulses." (p. 195) 
Earlier in Rael's first book we find that even in the Elohim's paradisiacal world,
 "There is no criminality where we live, thus no prisons and no police. However, there are many doctors [real people or robots?] and regular medical visits for the mind." (p. 110)
"Out of seven billion inhabitants, there are only about one million inactive people, and almost all of them are under treatment for psychological disorders." (p. 111)
Looks like the doctors are the police and hospitals are the jails in the Elohim's planet. LOL

Lastly, no one reportedly works for the good of everybody in the Elohim society except members of their geniocratic government:
"Only the eternals have specific tasks" (p. 110)
"We have a leisure civilization in the full sense of the word." (p. 111)
Double-speak galore! Rael has also since been peddling a new system he calls Paradism, a vision similar to the Venus Project where everything is free and sustained by a high-tech resource-based economy, by downplaying what he originally called Humanitarianism in his first book (p. 97), a cross between Communism and Capitalism.

Advocatus Diaboli

[1] According to Rael's e-book titled "Geniocracy", p. 18 states that if we plot the intelligence, i.e. I.Q.s of whole planet, we'd arrive at a normal curve in which those with intelligence 10% above average (I.Q. 110 and above) would comprise only 27.5% of the entire population while those 50% above average (I.Q. 150 and above) would comprise only 0.5% of the entire population.

[2] Rael's personal harem: The Order of Rael's Angels

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