L'Ordre

When understanding things to come, one must first master the past. Will you make history? Maybe history is just too big, too impersonal, too unwieldy, to be made by you at all. Rather, history has made you. In my view, the landscape of history is like a mountain. Although the origins of life and humanity are disparate, geographically scattered,…

A borderless world, a human nation, a global patria*, a world government. These terms will attract you either fervent supporters or legions of enemies, but they are part of the steamroller of history. There is an inevitability to them. Zoltan Istvan predicts, in an essay I recently reviewed, that non-invasive “brainwave headsets” could allow people…

Most people don’t understand what can now be done through modern understandings of biology. If the child in me could ask the pioneers of synthetic biology a question, it might be about dragons. While I am no biologist, I understood well what J. Craig Venter, the first person to sequence a complete human genome (his…

A Brexit would be bad for science and welfare – two important pillars of modernity in Britain. It would be a historic step back. Much of the funding towards welfare originates in the European Union, meaning that the rug would be pulled from under the feet of many people living today with the blessing of Britain’s welfare…

Human extinction. If it occurred, would it matter? This is not some depressed remark I am making. It is my way of questioning the mandate of a think tank like the Lifeboat Foundation, whose books I have been reviewing but the reviews have yet to be published. We have some influential figures, writers and even Stephen…

Who are your influences? This is a question I have decided to think about recently, and I encourage you to do the same. Our ideas aren’t purely credited to us. We are all part of an almost infinite continuum of people, mentoring and influencing one another, to have the philosophy and beliefs we presently hold.…

In response to an excellent commentary by my favorite modern academic, Immanuel Wallerstein, I would like to answer an essential question raised. The question is worded in alternate ways, as follow: Is it left to be internationalist, one-worldist, or is it left to be nationalist against the intrusion of powerful world forces? Is it left to be…

One of the biggest and most pointless arguments made by Islam-haters is that Muslims oppose “freedom of expression”. Today we get artists, musicians, etc. trying to be as offensive as possible, who cry out that conservative elements of the public or Muslims are repressive and toxic to liberty as soon as they show any sign of anger…

The Les Politiques blog refutes the idea of a ‘clash of civilisations’ as asserted by International Relations theorists such as Samuel P. Huntington. In short, the article posted there appeals against the idea of an inevitable clash between political, military and ideological spheres called civilisations, (Huntington divides us all into Western, Confucian, Islamic, Slavic-Orthodox, Latin…

As soon as you hear “Russia broke the Syria ceasefire”, remember the ceasefire was Russia’s idea. “Russkies” might make good villains in entertainment, but they have nothing to gain by breaking an agreement they set up. Aggressive critics of the recent Syria ceasefire, which was officially in effect on 27 February, are obviously blatant pro-war figures in media and politics…

Harry J. Bentham
about

Harry Bentham

Harry J. Bentham is a British futurist blogger who has been a contributor at a number of think tanks including the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies since 2013. His work at Press TV and the L'Ordre blog featured at the multi-faith Beliefnet website has gained increasing attention and praise, including in the international media. Commentaries on political and ethical controversies by Bentham have been published at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, H+ Magazine, Dissident Voice and numerous other publications. He edits The clubof.info Blog (http://www.clubof.info/search/label/Harry_J_Bentham).

read full bio
More from Beliefnet and our partners