It was in 1956 that the German philosopher Günther Anders wrote this premonitory reflection:
"To stifle any revolt in advance, it is above all not necessary to go about it in a violent way. Archaic methods like those of Hitler are clearly outdated. It is enough to create a collective conditioning by drastically reducing the level & quality of education, to bring it back to a form of professional integration.
“An uneducated individual has only a limited horizon of thought and the more his thought is limited to material, mediocre concerns, the less he can revolt. We must ensure that access to knowledge becomes more and more difficult and elitist… that the gap widens between the people and science, that information intended for the general public is anesthetized of any content of a subversive nature.
Here again, we must use persuasion and not direct violence: we will broadcast massively, via television, mind-numbing entertainment, always flattering the emotional, the instinctive. »
“We will occupy the minds with what is futile and playful. It is good with chatter and incessant music, to keep the mind from wondering, thinking, pondering. »
“We will put sexuality at the forefront of human interests. As a social anesthetic, there is nothing better. In general, we will make sure to banish the seriousness of existence, to deride everything that has a high value, to maintain a constant apology for lightness; so that the euphoria of advertising, of consumption becomes the standard of human happiness and the model of freedom.
“The obsolescence of man” 1956.
He was right. but what he did not anticipated is that it will backfire.
For instance, if Science is discredited, false science comes to the front, and we see the results today.