Eugenics and Other Evils has ratings and 64 reviews. The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton The Complete. This amazingly prophetic book demonstrates how a philosophy of eugenics would lead not only to Nazi Germany, but our own “Culture of Death.”. G.K. Chesterton didn’t fall for the lure of the “eugenists” in his day; nor should we in ours. Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against.
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They are not specially using that special tyranny which consists in using the government. If you thought that eugenics and ethnic cleansing ended with the nazis, take a close look at the major heads of the green movement. I’ve written before of the connection between eugenics and Planned Parenthood whose founder, Margaret Sanger, eugeenics a member of the American Eugenics Society. That idea was eugenics and in the English-speaking world it had virtually no critics among the “chattering classes.
Yet to his eternal credit, he showed no sign of being intimidated by the prestige of his foes. Jun 13, Athens rated it really liked chestertob.
There is a good argument for Distributism in the last couple of chapters in this book that are well worth reading for anyone. It’s all done in Chesterton’s signature style: No trivia or quizzes yet. As a man can find one jailer more lax than another, so he could find one employer more kind than another; he has at least a choice of chesterron. On the contrary, he thunders against eugejics, ranking it one of the great evils of modern society.
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It is simultaneously frightening, amusing, and enlightening how much the world of today is like the world of yesterday. Interesting, frightening, very important to read and learn the history about. Feb 17, Mary rated it really liked it.
Apr 24, Skylar Burris rated it really liked it Shelves: H G Wells, who enjoys more fame than his jovial contemporary, was a proponent. I love old, forgotten, underrated books which present good to excellent pictures of now. View all cbesterton comments. Say to them ‘The persuasive and even coercive powers of the citizen should enable him to make sure that the burden of longevity in the previous generations does not become disproportionate and intolerable, especially to the females?
Eugenics was the inspiration of that madonna of death, Margaret Sanger. Especially interesting was Chesterton’s categorization of the four types of defenders of eugenics, because these categories can apply to the defenders of a great many social policies, past and present, and they describe well the various kinds of insufficient arguments used in political discourse.
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It was the Capitalist State raiding those whom it had trampled and deserted in every sort of den, like outlaws or broken men. His complete works are contained in 37 or more large volumes put out by Ignatius Press, and I will just have to allow that to be my Chesterton com I write down commonplaces as I read books: The eugenist desires to improve the overall quality of life in the same way that Nietschze did, simply a bit earlier. With this book, come for the intriguing period evaluation of eugenics, but stay for an evaluation of early twentieth century society that is strikingly relevant nearly one hundred years later.
It doesn’t do the book justice to summarize its many arguments, but I’ll list a few just to giv Don’t be fooled by the title or how old this book is. I’m acquiring his habits without the skill. Aug 13, Nicole rated it really liked it. But it’s not a “pro-life” or “pro-choice” book. Paperbackpages. Socialism and Capitalism are both, Chesterton argues, types of prisons, but at least in the prison of Capitalism, there is more chance of escape.
Wealthy families took it on as a pet cause, generously bankrolling its research. In some cases, his critiques left me stunned because they were so unexpected. And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously they mean the same thing.
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Jan 14, Erik Olson rated it it was amazing. In the second decade of the twentieth century, an idea became all too fashionable among those who feel it is their right to set social trends. If one does not have at least a basic grasp of the Eugenics argument then I would not recommend this book. He argues against eugenics not only birth control for the poor or feeble-minded, but also the calculated “breeding” of more favorable human specimens using the arguments of human dignity and human freedom.
May 26, Jordan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I enjoyed this book. A timeless treasure that is even more relevant today than then. Oct 30, Steve rated it really liked it. This background is important because—though it is generally looked upon with revulsion today, across the political spectrum—during Chesterton’s day eugenics seemed almost inevitable. Chesterton was ahead of his time, writing during the early 20th century, Chesterton would not live to see the horrors that eugenic ideals can lead to; viz.
Eugenics and other Evils
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Eugenics, though not a word often encountered, has been in the news once again in recent days. He knew his was a needed prophetic voice The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt.