4. COMMENTS

It is useful to see Some Comments on the PRINCIPIA and other works pre and post.  Comments ceased to be compiled a year or so after the PRINCIPIA was published in 1999.  The sequence of listing is not significant. 

SOME QUOTES REGARDING PRINCIPIA IDEOLOGICA AND SOME PRE AND POST PRINCIPIA WORKS

Elena Drozdova-Christonikos, Collection Development Coordinator, United Nations Library …A beautiful book!…Brilliant!

Professor Mijat Damjanovic, Executive Director of PALGO, a major Serbian reconstruction organization …You have done an exciting, original and challenging job. With great expectations I intend to follow your ideas, because the whole approach is so close to my intellectual attitudes. We will be in touch. —Mijat Damjanovic

Professor Mijat Damjanovic, Second Email. One copy of your magnificent book I have presented to Professor Micunovic, one of the most distinguished opposition leader in Serbia.

Dr. Wolfgang Tittle, Group of Applied Physics, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland …congratulations for this great work, you must and can be proud now…you did a really good job in what concerns UGEN [University of Geneva long-range quantum correlation experiment]… I will certainly always keep the work together with you [more than a year from 1997 to 1998] as one of the most pleasant things during my PhD in mind! All together: CONGRATULATIONS!!…–Wolfgang

Cardinale Paul Poupard, Presidente Del Pontificio Consiglio Della Cultura, Citta Del Vaticano …your book Principia Ideologica, A Treatise on Combatting Human Malignance, an impressive tome which has found a home in the library of the Pontifical Council for Culture. –Paul Cardinal Poupard

Dr. Leon Gutterman, President of the Wisdom Society. The Winston Churchill Medal of Wisdom, to be awarded to you for your World Affairs masterpiece Principia Ideologica…after reading your brilliant book slowly, carefully, and with great concentration over a period of four months, I came to the conclusion that you and Principia Ideologica deserve The Winston Churchill Medal Of Wisdom for distinguished achievement…what a monumental scholarly undertaking Principia Ideologica has been. Truly, it deserves national attention, and a standing ovation from our greatest and most influential American leaders from all fields of intellectual achievement. —Leon Gutterman

John Richardson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Radio Free Europe, Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs. I have recently heard of and read with interest some of your material on ‘ID’…very stimulating and positive concept. —John Richardson

Jerome D Frank-Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The point that ideologies do powerfully influence behavior and are a threat to peace is certainly true and very well made. —Jerome D. Frank

Peter Megwa, Secretary, Nigerian Students Association For The Advancement Of Knowledge And Understanding, Owerri, Nigeria.  First and foremost, let me hereby on behalf of the entire members of our Organisation, whole-heartedly express our most profound appreciation, immeasurable gratitude and great admiration for your remakable, highly exemplary and fruitfully inspiring contributions to the rapid advancement of higher learning. [The letter referenced Seadler’s comprehensive paper “Ideologic Essentials of Public Administration” in Management Handbook For Public Adminstrators (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1978) and paper “Ideologics” in Societal Systems / Methodology, Modeling, and Management (Elsevier North-Holland, 1978)] —Peter Megwa

Professor John W Sutherland, University College, Rutgers University.  Now that my book, Administrative Decision-Making / Extending The Bounds Of Rationality [Van Nostrand Reinhold Decision Science Series, 1977] has been out and running for a few months, I wanted to take an opportunity to thank you for your contributions to its development and success. The publishers, reviewers, and I all agree that the section you developed on “Ideologics” strengthens the book immeasurably. I know that you spent considerable time in the Fall of 1976 working on that section, but I think it was very worthwhile indeed…Your many corrections, rewrites and editing suggestions — especially on the complexities of the models and constructs — has largely made this book what it is. Without the hundreds of hours you donated to the manuscript, I simply could not have had it published with the confidence that I did. —John W Sutherland

Professor Ashley Montagu, Departments of Anthropology, Rutgers and Princeton Universities. In spite of heavy pressures I managed to disencumber myself for a bit until I had read what you had written [“Introduction to Ideologics”]. I suspected it would be good, but it is even better than that…In the name of reason man has become the most irrational of creatures. In the name of morality, the most immoral. But he is also the most educable…So keep up the good work. —Ashley Montagu

Bernard Baruch, WWI Chairman of the War Industries Board, WWII Special Advisor to the Secretary of State, US Rep. to the UN Atomic Energy Commission, Advisor to Presidents.  It was with great interest that I read your guest editiorial Ideological Disarmament in Washington Report…It is an interesting point. —Bernard Baruch

Adolf A Berle, Resigned from American Delegation to WWI Paris Peace Conference in protest against terms of the Versailles Treaty, Member of FDR’s Brain Trust, Assistant Secretary of State, Professor of Law, Columbia University Law School. The task of setting up a new ideological dimension is, as you say, an urgent one…A great movement, religious or otherwise, is indicated. —Adolf A. Berle

Paul G Hoffman, Chairman of Studebaker-Packard, Head of the Marshall Plan in Europe, US Ambassador to the United Nations.  I cannot emphasize to you too strongly how important the work you propose is…I cannot endorse it too strongly. Something like this absolutely must be done. —Paul G. Hoffman

Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York, Vice President of the United States.  Clearly without such an understanding, our policies are doomed to futility, as you suggest. —Nelson Rockefeller

W Averell Harriman, Ambassador to the USSR, Secretary of Commerce, Governor of New York, Under Secretary of State, Chief US Negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam. Your presentation is thought-provoking. Ideologies have played an important role in world affairs, and aggresssive ideologies have in the past led to war. —W. Averell Harriman

Franklin P Huddle, Special Assistant for Arms Control, Department of Defense. I have had the privilege of reading your magnificent series of radio talks [‘Defenses of Peace’]…If I could have permission to cite your fine paper it would strengthen my own. —Franklin P. Huddle

Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr, Scion of the Vanderbilt family. I don’t know whether you know it or not, but this young man has written one of the very most important papers of his day. [Defenses of Peace] Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr

Minnie E Fane, Librarian, Grandmother, Eldore, Iowa. I attended the Iowa Library Association District Meeting at Mt Pleasant last week and heard your after dinner talk ‘Defenses of Peace’…and I would like to have a copy of it if that is possible…I thought your message of such high caliber I wish my grandchildren, who range in age from 13 years to 26 years old, could hear it or at least read it. —Minnie E. Fane

Col. James M. Boyd, Headquarters, United States Air Force.  I read your proposals with great interest and would hasten to agree that we must make an all-out effort in the ideological aspect of the present conflict [‘Cold War’]…if we can ever make progress in this area, we can bring about the easing of political tensions and this, in turn, could provide the basis for proposals such as we discussed at the Iowa Conference.

Leo Cherne, Executive Director, Research Institute of America; Director, International Rescue Committee.  I have gone through your paper on the ‘Defenses of Peace’ with great interest.  Your insights into the way the Communists translate ideology into violence are remarkable for the way in which they translate ideology into violence are remarkable for the way in which they reduce some very complex ideas to understandable concepts…I hope your paper will get maximum circulation and the attention it deserves…I would also like to add that we all read your guest editor piece (“Ideological Disarmament”) in the Washington Report [of the American Security Council, Feb. 4, 1963] with great interest.  I think the term ‘Ideological disarmament’ is an excellent one…Your additional paragraph variation aimed at removing the ideological warhead from Marxism-Leninism proceeds toward a desirable goal.

Christopher Mayhew, M.P., House of Commons, London.  Thank you very much for your letter (on ideological defense and ideological disarmament) and for your penetrating comments on the ‘Coexistence Plus’ thesis…In the future I shall stick more closely to the phrase on which we are agreed — ‘ideological disarmament’ …I am certainly most grateful to you…

Frank J. Johnson, Foreign Editor, Washington Report, American Security Council, March 10, 1964.  May I say only how tremendously impressed I am with the cogency and accuracy of your analysis of the present ‘detente.’ I trust that you have sent copies (of Defenses, Part II) to appropriate Government officials.  It should be required reading by everyone who has persuaded himself that there has been a genuine change of heart by the Soviet leaders in the last 18 months. 

Admiral Henry E. Eccles, USN (Ret.) in a handwritten note passed to Seadler at a Strategy for Peace Conference in Airlie House, Warrenton, Virginia, probably 1964. You have very clearly mentioned a few of the forces I had in mind.

Kevin Killian, Intellectual, Writer, Reviewer, San Francisco, on Amazon.com.  Seadler doesn’t suffer much in comparison to Francis Ford Coppola.  He is obviously one of the most brilliant men still alive (if he is still alive, he must be mighty old  by now, for he was a name my Grandfather used to conjure up back in the 1960s).  He has hit upon a solution for preventing war that makes spy systems and sophisticated electronic satellites obsolete, or  better, beyond the point.  He has realized what Wittgenstein sometimes said, that what we think in our minds, becomes true in the arena of real life, and that if war is a product of our minds, then to end it we must reprogram our minds.  More to the point, he advocates reprogramming Islam’s feeling about the Jihad.  Ambitious, but I suppose it is possible.  In the light of 9/11, Seadler develops some of the ideas he fostered in his groundbeaking, and equally opaque, Principia Ideologica way back when.  In addition, he trots out some of the useful aphorisms from his second book, ENDING THE BRONZE AGE, a fascinating read which some of us feel was rather unfair to the Bronze Age, which was a period of history not without virtues of its own.  What makes him unique  is that he is not a headbanging  Howard Stern type showboat, but a quiet thoughtful man who has redeemed some of the oldest cliches in the book.  If TERROR WAR AND PEACE has a limited audience due to its mandarin style, that is a terrible shame, and really what he needs is a popularizer, the way Da Vinci has Dan Brown, to make his ideas more appealing to the man or woman in the street.  His distinctions between TERROR and TERRORISM are always sharp and on the mark. [Note:  I never used the term or concept ‘programming.’  Rather, it is a matter and mode of ideological attack comprising ‘reductive nullification,’ as explained in the text.  Killian uses ‘programming’ as shorthand for a much more complex cognitive process.  Actually, following his cue, de-programming is appropriate.  An idea system that determined, drove and legitimated certain behavior, in effect programmed a believer,  is nullified so that it can no longer be operative.  — SES]

 

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The Book: 550 8.5 x11 in. acid-free pages, 2.13 in. thick, 2.8 lbs, softcover. ISBN 0-9669865-0-4.

 

The Center: Founded in Fort Madison, Iowa, USA, in 1968, as the Ideological Defense Center, an NGO “think tank.” Years later it was renamed the I D Center, where I D stands for Ideologics, Ideologic Defense, and Ideologic Disarmament. Its purview has expanded to treat by means of ideologics the foundations of human malignance in all walks of life.

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