Eugenics is a movement that is aimed at improving the genetic composition of the human race. Historically, eugenicists advocated selective breeding to achieve these goals. Today we have technologies that make it possible to more directly alter the genetic composition of an individual. However, people differ in their views on how to best (and ethically) use this technology.
In 1883, Sir Francis Galton, a respected British scholar and cousin of Charles Darwin, first used the term eugenics, meaning “well-born.” Galton believed that the human race could help direct its future by selectively breeding individuals who have “desired” traits. This idea was based on Galton’s study of upper-class Britain. Following these studies, Galton concluded that an elite position in society was due to good genetic makeup.
The eugenics movement in the U.S. slowly lost favor over time and was waning by the start of World War II. When the horrors of Nazi Germany became apparent, as well as Hitler’s use of eugenic principles to justify the atrocities, eugenics lost all credibility as a field of study or even an idea that should be pursued.
In the US, there are contemporary scholars who have been making good strides towards setting the record straight about eugenics.
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March 5, 2020
I have spoken on this topic before, most recently re: the coronavirus (here) and more extensively here. From that latter post, I’d just like to remind the reader of the words of Supreme Court Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes:
“The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in the 1927 decision, Buck vs. Bell
Holmes was quite correct. Now, compulsory sterilization was finally considered to be grotesque, repealed state by state until they were all … continue reading...
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September 11, 2015
PLEASE NOTE: Since writing this post, I have placed much of my research on this, especially primary source material, on a website dedicated to it. You will find even more information at: http://jaffememo.com/
I have been referencing the “Jaffe Memo” for some time in presentations and Jaffe on this blog. It is a chilling look at the values and motivations of the ‘movers and shakers’ in the pro-abortion community, especially several decades ago, when they were working like mad to get abortion on demand legalized throughout the United States. Far from being a matter of a “woman’s choice”, and … continue reading...
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May 25, 2014
The dude who killed 6 before killing himself managed to get his manifesto posted to the web before offing himself. Clearly, Elliot Rodger was not a well person. Perhaps sometime I will have something more to say about him, having scanned his book. I do not find his screed particularly surprising; it seems exactly what we should expect in a hyper-sexualized society that emphasizes ‘fairness’ and elevates the alleviation or lack of suffering as the highest moral good. What follows below is an excerpt where his viewpoint is summarized, and it dovetailed so well with some of my researches in … continue reading...
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July 8, 2013
Originally Posted at the ChristianPost.com: Eugenics and the Devil’s Schemes in California (and Elsewhere)
In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians he makes a comment that I have always found intriguing: “… in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” (2 Cor. 2:11)
I find this interesting, because as it seems to me, Christians continue to be outwitted by their chief Enemy and merrily remain unaware of his schemes. Of course, this applies to non-Christians, but that goes without saying, since they don’t even believe he exists. Christians, the bulk of whom … continue reading...
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September 7, 2012
Is it really the case that eugenics is dead and gone?
I want you to consider an article that I recently read detailing the views of an ‘expert’ in practical ethics. [update, here is a link to the original essay. don’t know how long it will stay up.]
The second paragraph reads:
The expert in practical ethics said that we should actively give parents the choice to screen out personality flaws in their children as it meant they were then less likely to “harm themselves and others”.
That should give you an idea of where we are going. Let’s … continue reading...
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January 7, 2011
Not too long ago I posted an essay asserting that ‘apologetics is the answer to everything.’ Even then I had in mind to discuss the relationship between apologetics and life issues such as abortion, euthanasia, eugenics, etc, but fought off the urge to elaborate on it. Now is my chance.
You know, for most of my life, even during my ‘liberal’ years, I have more or less been pro-life. This became personal when the doctors asked my wife and I if we wanted to ‘terminate’ our child, diagnosed that morning with spina bifida. But I have always been … continue reading...
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December 12, 2010
I delivered the following presentation at Concordia University at Seward, Nebraska, on Nov. 20th, 2010. The event was hosted by Nebraska Lutherans for Life. I explain what the ‘culture of death’ is and how it got here. To invite me to present at your organization, you can get more information here.
The Culture of Death: Planned Parenthood, Eugenics, and… Climate Change? from Anthony Horvath on Vimeo.
Pro-life speaker Anthony Horvath recounts the history of the ‘Culture of Death’ from Thomas Malthus to Charles Darwin to Margaret Sanger to Peter Singer, with an array of personalities in between. Horvath … continue reading...
Here is the recording of the second Knight of Contention:
Fun was had by all. I think you could call it lively!
Taking suggestions on future KoC debate topics. The next one will be next week, Nov. 9.… continue reading...
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November 5, 2009
Apparently a gent named Michael Laws, a politician in New Zealand, has advocated that the solution to child abuse and neglect is to pay the ‘underclass’ not to have children; this would be accomplished by $10,000 and sterilization.
This is a perfect example of the Malthusian Mind that I discussed in my Worldnetdaily.com column not too long ago, Christians Beware the Malthusian Mind. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=111412
He writes, “it would be far better for this appalling underclass to be offered financial inducements not to have children, given the toxic environment that they would provide for any child in their care.”
Critics … continue reading...
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May 20, 2009
So they finally discovered the ‘missing link.’ Huh, I was under the impression that missing links posed no problems. I guess after you think you’ve resolved the problem you can admit you had one. I’ll leave it to others to decide if they really have resolved it.
The discovery of this ‘missing link’ comes as I’ve been ruminating on the role of secularism in our society, science, and education. Secularists insist that those who want to involve themselves in goverment have to frame their desired policies, legislation, etc, in secular terms, or else be ‘unconstitutional.’ Secularists really believe that … continue reading...
I just saw two posts on Worldnetdaily.com blaming the Christian church itself for the interesting predicament it finds itself in today in America. I submit them for your reading pleasure and have just a few comments of my own below.
Article one- The Church’s desertion in a time of war.
Article two- Christians, We are to blame.
I certainly agree with much of their analysis, having said similar things for awhile now. For example, I think it is clear that our attempt to reverse Roe vs. Wade relied far too much on the political process. That does … continue reading...
From GK Chesterton’s Eugenics and Other Evils, a quote:
The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt. It is no good to cry out after you are hurt; especially after you are mortally hurt. People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late. It is often essential to resist a tyranny before it exists. It is no answer to say, with a distant optimism, that the scheme is only in the air. A blow from a hatchet can only … continue reading...