They are nicely indicted by their very own words. In the second decade of the twentieth century, an idea became all too fashionable among those who feel that it is their right to set social trends. Wealthy families took it on as a pet cause, generously bankrolling its research. Educators as prominent as Charles Elliot, President of Harvard University, promoted it as a solution to social ills. In the s, almost three-fourths of high school social science textbooks taught its principles.
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They are nicely indicted by their very own words. In the second decade of the twentieth century, an idea became all too fashionable among those who feel that it is their right to set social trends. Wealthy families took it on as a pet cause, generously bankrolling its research. Educators as prominent as Charles Elliot, President of Harvard University, promoted it as a solution to social ills.
In the s, almost three-fourths of high school social science textbooks taught its principles. Not to be outdone, judges and physicians called for those principles to be enshrined into law. Congress agree, passing the immigration law to exclude from American shores the people of Eastern and Southern Europe that the idea branded as inferior.
In , the U. Supreme Court joined the chorus, ruling by a lopsided vote of 8 to 1 that the forced sterilization of men and women was constitutional. Yet to his great credit, he showed no sign of being intimidated by the prestige of his foes. On the contrary, he thunders against eugenics, ranking it one of the great evils of modern society. And, in perhaps one of the most chillingly accurate prophecies of the century, he warns that the ideas that eugenics had unleashed were likely to bear bitter fruit in another nation.
As the title suggests, eugenics is not the only evil that Chesterton blasts. Socialism gets some brilliantly worded broadsides and Chesterton, in complete fairness, does not spare capitalism. Eugenics Review was even blunter. It is a revelation of the ineptitude to which ignorance and blind prejudice may reduce an intelligent man. But never forget that Chesterton was the first to say so, condemning what many of his peers praised. For researchers, it also includes a detailed page index. The thing that really does use the secular arm is Science.
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 statues, and spread not by pilgrims but by policeman—that creed is the great but disputed system of thought which began with Evolution and has ended in Eugenics.
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Eugenics and Other Evils Quotes
The actual definition is rather horrible: the controlled and selective breeding of the human race. Galton based his ideas on the theories of his cousin: Charles Darwin. The New York Times gave it constant and positive coverage. Luther Burbank and other scientists promoted Eugenics. George Bernard Shaw said that nothing but a Eugenic religion could save civilization.
Eugenics and Other Evils
Early life[ edit ] G. The Slade is a department of University College London , where Chesterton also took classes in literature, but did not complete a degree in either subject. Family life[ edit ] Chesterton married Frances Blogg in ; the marriage lasted the rest of his life. Chesterton credited Frances with leading him back to Anglicanism , though he later considered Anglicanism to be a "pale imitation". He entered full communion with the Catholic Church in