"Invention is the most important product of man's creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs. . . There can be no progress that is not constantly directed toward increasing well-being, peace, and achievement. . . Today the most civilized countries of the world spend a maximum of their income on war and a minimum on education. The twenty-first century will reverse this order. It will be more glorious to fight against ignorance than to die on the field of battle."
The story of Nikola Tesla is the record of one man's struggle against ignorance, murderous capitalist greed and aggression, and the sell-out of inventors such as Edison and Marconi to capitalists such as J. P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller and sons.
We begin with an overview of the Tesla story (activate the video to the right).
Quotes from Nikola Tesla which reveal his mind-set:
The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.
The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter - for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way.
There is no conflict between the ideal of religion and the ideal of science, but science is opposed to theological dogmas because science is founded on fact.
The female mind has demonstrated a capacity for all the mental acquirements and achievements of men, and as generations ensue that capacity will be expanded; the average woman will be as well educated as the average man, and then better educated, for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose. Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress.
Like other inventors, I believed at one time that war could he stopped by making it more destructive. But I found that I was mistaken. I underestimated man's combative instinct, which it will take more than a century to breed out. We cannot abolish war by outlawing it. We cannot end it by disarming the strong. War can be stopped, not by making the strong weak but by making every nation, weak or strong, able to defend itself.
The story of Nikola Tesla is one of significant success--his AC kind of electricity now powers the entire earth. At the same time, his story illustrates in grim detail how capitalism was and is able to thwart and destroy outstanding discoveries which could bring universal free energy to humankind. Tesla is an outstanding example of a scientist and inventor who, unlike Edison, Marconi, and others, refused to sell out to destructive capitalist interests.