A Call from the Chimpanzees of the Future, by Pieces et Maindoeuvre

Introduction

Fighting to preserve human dignity is a many-facetted struggle. As the apparatus of repression becomes increasingly brutal and sophisticated, developments in the high-tech world mean we are challenged both as individuals and as a community. With the accent exclusively on ‘innovation’, change has become an ideological pillar of a merciless industrial culture hellbent on erasing every knowledge base, inherited from the past, to disorientate and enslave people, by destabilising and destroying their environment.

A philosophical truism suggests that existential threats bring out the best and the worst in us. France is not alone in producing intellectuals and original thinkers. It is however the birthplace of the Faucheurs Volontaires movement and home to Criigen, enabling Gilles-Eric Séralini and his team to produce their ground breaking in vivo GMO study ie both forms of well organised resistance to the likes of Monsanto.

It is also a nation state fully integrated into NATO and the Anglo-Zionist Empire, one capable of voting draconian legislation to muzzle dissent and where a humourist by the name of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala invented a simple gesture “la Quenelle” to ridicule the political establishment, reducing his deadliest foes to a caricature of themselves and revealing them to be what they really are in reality : pompous oafs.

Part of our task at The Saker is sowing the seeds to mobilise public opinion on fundamental issues which, for obvious reasons, the Deep State and the Multinationals would dearly like to keep out of the headlines. All the more reason why we choose to publish this key text from France, translated by Paul Matthews.

Washoe (1965-2007)
Washoe (1965-2007)

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A Call from the Chimpanzees of the Future 

Brother Humans, Sister Humans …

Possibly you’ve heard of transhumanism and of transhumanists ; of a mysterious threat from a secretive and fanatical caucus of scientists and industrialists – discreet and powerful – whose intrigues and stated objective are to liquidate, as it were, ‘common or garden’ humans beings and replace them with a Race of Superhumans – an “enhanced” Species of Men-Machines. A species derived from Eugenics and from
the convergence of Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information technology and Cognitive science (NIBC) and huge advances in science.

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You may or may not have encountered one of their recent ultimatums – cynical and provocative – from a ‘researcher in cybernetics’ : “There will be people who will be implanted, hybridized, they will dominate the world. The others will cease to exist and will be no more useful than cows grazing in a field”. [1]

Or an earlier one dating from 2002 : “Those who decide to remain human and refuse the ‘improvements’ will be singularly handicapped. They will constitute a subspecies of future chimpanzees”. [2]

You may ask yourselves whether to take these hot air merchants seriously, whether or not such utterances are simply wishful thinking, or science fiction and merely a passing fit or fancy of technocratic hubris.

Unfortunately, the danger is all-too-real, and humanity is confronted by a bid to extinguish human beings, a determination instigated by a selfish, ruthless and all-powerful minority, tired of sharing what’s left of this world of ours with masses of useless and ever more numerous mouths to feed.

How did we get here, and what should we do ?

First came the poets :

Rimbaud : “I was the creator of every feast, every triumph, every drama. I tried inventing new flowers, new planets, new flesh, new languages. I believed I had acquired supernatural powers. Ha ! I have to bury my imagination and my memories ! What an ignominious end to a splendid career as an artist and storyteller (Adieu : Une Saison en Enfer. Printemps 1873).

Isidore-Lucien Ducasse (alias Le Comte de Lautréamont) : “It is a man or a stone or a tree that will start the fourth song … “. (Quatrième Chant – Strophe 1 : Les Chants de Maldoror 1869).

Followed by the Futurist artists :

French, Italians, Russians : Marinetti, Mayakovsky, Apollinaire and other champions of violence and speed. Survivors of the Great War – an industrial and global business – with bugles echoing in their ears – they exalted technology as the true way of “changing life and transforming the world”. Opposed to ‘old-fashioned poetry’, oblivious to the sun and moon; they glorified instead aircraft, dams, engines, electricity, the Titanic, the Metropolis, armoured brigades, huge stadiums. Robots and the mechanized masses.

They propagated two great movements of their age : Technology and Totalitarianism. Two aspects of a crusade to engineer the human soul (a phrase apparently coined by Russian and Soviet novelist Yury Olesha, and subsequently used by Stalin) , to manufacture the New Man – from the Nazi Übermensch to the Communist Man of Steel – through all varieties of Supermen, to arrive at the cyborg; a “hybridized” bionic man born of the transhumanist laboratory – a synthesis of implants and interfaces …

From the Thirties, the National Revolutionary Ernst Jünger, criticized the coarse, biological racism of the National Socialists, to resist the advent of a new type of humanity : The Worker – in Czech – the robot (from Karel Čapek’s 1929 play R.U.R. (Rosumovi Univerzální Roboti – Rossum’s Universal Robots)

Today these partisans of technological progress embody the worst forms of regression at a social and human level. What common language allows us to identify as a reactionary force. Nazism, fascism and communism only succumbed to the superior technoscience from the United States. But the essence of the movement, the will to power was reincarnated and expanded, wrapped in new political envelopes.

The lab flourishes. Whence has escaped the vile monster. In 1945 Norbert Wiener was developing cybernetics, “machines to govern” and “automated factories” IBM operates under the guise of a “smarter planet.” Behold their ubiquitous ant-like technology with its cogs and webs ; social-mechanical insects formerly calling themselves – zoon politikon – political animals. But no longer.

For transhumanists and collaborators with the machine, the human is flawed. Prone to error, feeble and fallible, such creatures are to be shunned as shameful entities by all who aspire to perfection, to infallible operative systems, to merge with the infinity of an autonomous technological totality.

Transhumanists find support everywhere. They are on the radio and in up market newspapers. “The Enhanced Man is already here” headlines Politis (nominally a weekly left-wing “anti-capitalist” French newspaper, founded in 1988) – rejoicing in le fait accompli. “Another transhumanism is possible,” proclaims France’s Transhumanist Association. The implication is that you cannot stop progress as being on the left in politics signifies an uncritical acceptance of progress, claiming the right for all to access the means of a human-machine hybridization, a public service of eugenics, a new branch of social security.

However, we the chimpanzees of the future, we have not lost, and the machine has not won. The Human is in us all for as long as we do not surrender and refuse to give up the sense we attach to words. Naming something is to form an idea and ideas have inevitable consequences. We must keep the words we use and name things with the appropriate word. We need to formulate ideas with inevitable consequences.

Transhumanists have only one idea : technology. We – chimpanzees of the future – have a technology : ideas. However, the ideas are more active, more nimble, more powerful than any technology; they are swifter and more powerful than the Internet and electricity.

Transhumanism is Nazism disguised as science fostering techno-totalitarianism, the “fascism” of our age that, as political animals, we fight and, to that end, we call you to help.

Let’s rescue words and wreck the machines.

Print and broadcast the Call from the Chimpanzees of the Future.

Grenoble, November 5, 2014

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NOTES

[1] Au fait magazine, May 2014
[2] Libération newspaper 5/12/02

Original text in French : http://www.piecesetmaindoeuvre.com/spip.php?page=resume&id_article=543

Charlie Chaplin Modern Times 1936
Charlie Chaplin Modern Times 1936

A Call from the Chimpanzees of the Future – The Authors

Pièces et Maindoeuvre (PMO) un atelier de bricolage pour la construction d’un esprit critique à Grenoble. The term bricolage is used in both the practical and fine arts, as well as in other fields, such as critical theory, education, computer software and business. Spare Parts and Workforce see themselves as a workshop group engaged in developing a radical critique both of the industrial activities and of the moralist and conformist thought processes (bien-pensance grégaire) which are associated with the techno-science research establishment stationed in Grenoble. Located at the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère, the city in south-eastern France has been groomed by a lot of money to act as a magnet to high-tech industry. It thus welcomes with open arms numbers of controversial firms including Schneider Electric – which operates in partnership with Maverick Technologies in the domain of industrial automation and enterprise integration and whose roots are in the iron, steel, and arms factories of Schneider-Creusot – Caterpillar and Hewlett Packard (HP). In June 2014, the US Presbyterian Church voted to divest from Hewlett-Packard and two other North American companies, Caterpillar and Motorola Solutions, because they sell machines used in the Occupied Territories in the repression of Palestinians.

Interestingly PMO refuses the institution of ‘expert advice’ which, they suggest, depoliticises politics and dispossesses communities of their political sovereignty, PMO have in their sights all ‘the usual suspects’ : of the militaro-industrial complex, ‘police and social databases’, the nuclear industry, nanotechnology etc.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

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