Tag Archives: authoritarianism

Lewis Mancini

Let us not think in the authoritarian terms of some individuals genetically engineering the characteristics of others. Instead, let us think in the egalitarian terms of each individual genetically re-engineering herself/himself according as s(he) pleases. What is being suggested here is that in the distant future, by means of in vivo genetic transformation techniques effected with recombinant DNA or some other biotechnological tool(s), it will be possible for any person (or other kind of organism) to be an introverted, academically-oriented, purple-haired, orange-eyed, 10 foot tall white male with an IQ of 160 on any given day and a party-going, humorous, green-haired, green-eyed, three foot tall green female with an IQ of 200 on the next day. Stated in more general terms, it will become possible for each one of us (that is, anyone alive during the future era in question) to be whatever we want to be whenever we want to be.

Lewis Mancini, ‘Riley-Day Syndrome, Brain Stimulation and the Genetic Engineering of a World without Pain’, Medical Hypotheses, vol. 31, no. 3 (March, 1990), pp. 206-207

Pablo Giussani

A los montoneros les tocó vivir una realmente dramática contradicción entre la mayor oportunidad jamás concedida a un grupo de izquierda en la Argentina para la construcción de un gran movimiento político y la cotidiana urgencia infantil por inmolar esa posibilidad al deleite de ofrecer un testimonio tremebundo de sí mismo.

Pablo Giussani, Montoneros, la soberbia armada, Buenos Aires, 1984, p. 40

Carl Oglesby

For one thing, France does not have a civil-libertarian tradition of the Anglo-Saxon variety. For another thing, there simply is a totalitarian strain among large sements of the French intelligentisa. Marxism-Leninism and Stalinism, for example, were much more viable and significant doctrines among the French than in England or the United States. What’s called the Left, especially in France, has a large segment that is deeply authoritarian.

Carl Oglesby, Boston Magazine, December 1981, p. 130