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Socialists made eugenics fashionable

Original post made by samuel, Stanford, on Jun 22, 2008

An exhibition of the history of those scientific ideas that gave a grimy intellectual veneer to the Nazi genocide opened recently at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Web Link
The collection centres on eugenics, the notion that humanity can be improved and perfected by selective breeding and the elimination of individuals and groups considered to be undesirable.
It also fails to stress just how much the socialist left initiated and supported the eugenics campaign, not only in Germany but in Britain, the U. S. and the rest of Europe.
Playwright George Bernard Shaw, English social democrat leader Sydney Webb and, in Canada, Tommy Douglas were just three influential socialists who called, for example, for the mass sterilization of the handicapped.
The most vociferous and outspoken of the socialist eugenicists was the novelist H. G. Wells, author of The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man.
He argued in best-selling books such as Anticipations and A Modern Utopia that the world would collapse and from this collapse a new order should and would emerge.

In the United States socialist writer Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood and the mother of the abortion movement, called for a radical eugenics approach as early as the first years of the 20th century.
She wrote of the need for "a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is already tainted or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring. It is a vicious cycle; ignorance breeds poverty and poverty breeds ignorance.
There is only one cure for both, and that is to stop breeding these things. Stop bringing to birth children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence. Stop bringing into the world children whose parents cannot provide for them. Herein lies the key of civilization."

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Posted by pat
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 22, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Most people do not realize that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was an out and out racist and wanted to drastically reduce the black population of the USA through her programs.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm

It seems interesting that nowadays there are moves to reduce the number of children borne to poor women in the third world or to those in urban ghettoes where poverty and poor education standards go hand in hand. To some this makes sense, to others it sounds suspiciously like what is inferred above.

On the other hand, in the age of AIDS awareness, we might be doing this anyway.

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 22, 2008 at 3:33 pm

There is no such thing as socialism; there is only perverted capitalism.

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Jun 22, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Liberals never gave up on eugenics (AKA racism), they just changed it's objectives.

Concurrent with Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society", Liberals realized that intentionally breeding and importing a dependent class would insure their political power.

Remember, it was Republican President Lincoln who freed the slaves, and Southern Democrats who enacted Jim Crow.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 22, 2008 at 6:41 pm

The problem with breeding to "improve the race" is that no one has an inkling of what traits are beneficial.

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Posted by minimee
a resident of Ventura
on Jun 22, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Walter and Outside Observer = throwbacks?

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Jun 22, 2008 at 9:26 pm


"Walter and Outside Observer = throwbacks?"

Thanks so much for the compliment!

And please consider as you sit in your now $1,000,000+ Eichler that your house was built for blue collar workers, and that us "throwbacks" made that level of prosperity possible back then...

And can you tell me what Liberals have done since the 50's to improve the human condition on any level?

Didn't think so......

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Posted by minimee
a resident of Ventura
on Jun 22, 2008 at 10:12 pm

I'm a blue collar worker

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 23, 2008 at 2:09 am

Throwback? Perhaps I should add that to my letterhead. Perhaps fallback would be better, in the engineering sense that one goes back to a proven solution when the new, trendy solution falls flat.

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