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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Aug 13, Nicole rated it really liked it. In some cases, his critiques left me stunned because they were so unexpected. To my knowledge, Chesterton was the one of the only voices at the time to speak out against eugenics; certainly he was the only voice who spoke loudly.
Chesterton makes a clear and powerful reasoning for keeping the grasping government’s hand out of the individual’s most private life.
Inthe U. Lists with This Book. Wilson said, of imitation and remembrance. The English will have destroyed England. A blow from a hatchet can only be parried while it is in the air.
The anc that really does use the secular arm is Science. Chesterton fellow at Oxford: He also edited his own newspaper, G. Eugeniccs 13, Brent McCulley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Chesterton up until now. This book challenged my views on the If a gross injustice appeared disguised in scientific lingo and talk of progress, would I recognize it for what it is? Things like state-run birth control and abortion may have been theory back in the late 19th century, but ad currently are our reality.
Feb 23, Johanna rated it really liked it Shelves: A woman viewed as baby-factory “protected” by police from herself and for the benefit of her rich and powerful masters is exactly the dystopian vision he did his best to warn against in his book.
Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State by G.K. Chesterton
I am still processing his arguments and expect to re-read this at some point. People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late.
Quotes from Eugenics and Ofher And it was done contra mundi, during a time when eugenics was considered even more respectable than evolution is today. For the most part, eugenics has receded as a respectable academic discipline. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist.
It’s prominent proponents in Britain and America ranged from popular writers such as H.
Brilliant and still relevant. And the creed that really is levying tithes and capturing schools, the creed that really is enforced by fine and imprisonment, the creed that really is proclaimed not in sermons but in statutes, and spread not by pilgrims but by policemen—that creed is the great but disputed system of thought which began with Evolution and has ended in Eugenics.
This one is scathing and very serious, even though his trademark humor often appears. For the vital point is that it did not in the smallest degree diminish the inequalities of a Capitalist State. A eugenicist tells a tramp that he cannot sleep in the park or the woods, but refuses to give him any place to sleep at all. Yet the two sentences, in cold logic, are exactly the same” It doesn’t do the book justice to summarize its many arguments, but I’ll list a few just to give an idea.
I’ve written before of the connection between eugenics and Planned Parenthood whose founder, Margaret Sanger, was a member of the American Eugenics Society.
Here are a few excerpts that stuck out to me as I read: Feb 09, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was decided to do everything that had ever been denounced in Socialism, and nothing that had ever been desired in it. In short, people decided that it was impossible to achieve any of the good of Socialism, but they comforted themselves by achieving all the bad.
This person has caused more deaths than all of our enlightened genocides and all of the the Medieaval plagues. I chose a “current issue” which lies at the intersection of the topics which most interest me: So many of the issues he grapples with here personal liberty, the state, socialism etc. Be the first to ask a question about Eugenics and Other Evils. But say to them, in a simple, manly, hearty way “Let’s eat a man! It’s a “plague on both your houses” book. I hope to read more of his works.
At first I thought that this book would be outdated, as Eugenics, which was a problem inwhen the book was written, would no longer be a problem. Whether reading it free or buying the paperback it’s well worth it.
Many are calling for a culling of the human race, and where else would they start but with the sic A bit lengthy, but compelling none the less. I greatly admire Chesterton and his contemporaries for recognizing eugenics for the monster it was, and without the benefit of hindsight. But he would be equally horrified about the way his “wrong kind of socialism” with inspectors instead of bread and bewildering laws designed to be impossible to comply with unless you’re rich became conventional wisdom of a conservative.
That nation was Germany, the “very land of scientific culture from which the ideal of a Superman had come.
Refresh and try again. After reading Eugenics and Other Evils it should be painfully obvious to you that I will parry your kick while it is in the air.
Eugenics and other Evils
With Tolkien, Evilz devoted an entire commonplace book. What does this have to do with the topic of his book? It took great courage to speak out when he did. So, while much has been done to discredit eugenics, its spectre still hovers around us today, threatening to snatch up the wage-earners, the poor, those in debt, and those considered feeble.