If there is a devil in history, it is the power principle. Mikhail Bakunin
Does modern human society base itself in altruism or aggression? Shared benefits or personal affluence? Love? Or fear? Or a mix of each, or one factor over all?
Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century examines the modernist rise of mechanistic philosophy, its emphasis on hierarchical systems, and its management (protection, control, exploitation) of human beings through conditioning of behavior and belief.
Areas explored include the historical rise and application of this mechanistic imperative from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment and into the Industrial Revolution of our so-called Modern Age. Along the way, the documentary covers such science-sanctioned “management” theories and programs as the frustration-aggression hypothesis, behaviorism, eugenics, and “racial” codification and stratification of human beings — and their attendant implications for democracy, schooling, employment, and the future course of humanity.
Scott Noble, the filmmaker responsible for this informative and disconcerting documentary as well as his earlier Psywar, offers this non-profit exploration free to the public, and we offer it here as a means of facilitating its dissemination and fostering discussion.
Thus, we invite and encourage your responses, comments, analysis, critiques. Please share with us your perspectives on the many threads woven in this compelling presentation, which incorporates original interviews with such noted social and historical commentators as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Rebecca Lemov (World as Laboratory), Christopher Simpson (The Science of Coercion), George Ritzer (The McDonaldization of Society), Morris Berman (The Re-enchantment of the World), John Taylor Gatto (Dumbing Us Down), Alfie Kohn (“What does it mean to be well educated?”) and numerous others.