GK CHESTERTON EUGENICS AND OTHER EVILS PDF
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 Eugenics and Other Evils. $ by G.K. Chesterton. 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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Eugenics and Other Evils: In the second decade of the twentieth century, an idea became all too fashionable among those who feel it is their right to ekgenics social trends. Wealthy families took it on as a pet cause, generously bankrolling its research. The New York Times praised it as a wonderful “new science.
Educators as prominent as Charles Elliot, President of Harvard University, promoted it as a solution to social ills. America’s public schools did their part. In the evuls, almost three-fourths of high school social science textbooks taught its principles.
Not to be eugenicd, 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. Inthe U. Supreme Court joined the chorus, ruling by a lopsided vote of 8 to 1 that the sterilization of unwilling men and women was constitutional. 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. On the contrary, he thunders against eugenics, ranking it one of the great evils of euyenics society. And, in perhaps one of the most chillingly accurate prophecies of the anf, he warns that the ideas that eugenics had unleashed were likely to bear bitter fruit in another nation. That nation was Germany, the “very land of scientific culture from which the ideal of a Superman had come.
Paperbackpages. Published October 20th by Inkling Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Eugenics and Other Evilsplease eugsnics up. Be the first to ask a question about Eugenics and Other Evils. Lists with This Book. May 26, Jordan rated it it was amazing Shelves: For dhesterton most part, eugenics has receded as a respectable academic discipline.
But while one would have a hard time finding blatant exponents of the idea of eugenics, the principles of eugenics are very much alive today. The common misconception is that they died with Nazism, but even a cursory glance at the social and political landscape proves that to be false. So, while much has been done to discredit eugenics, its spectre still hovers around us today, threatening to snatch up the wage-earners, For the most part, eugenics has receded as a respectable academic discipline.
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. Indeed, Chesterton even began to note this himself, a hundred years ago.
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It should be said of Chesterton that he was challenging eugenics when few others were. H G Wells, who enjoys more fame than his jovial contemporary, was a proponent. And it was Chesterton, ever forward-thinking and prophetic and astute, who took eugenics to task before Hitler even applied to art school.
Jun 11, D. Dutcher rated it it was amazing Shelves: Don’t be fooled by the title or how old this book is. It is an amazing takedown of the entire basis of eugenic thought as well as a profound argument against unregulated capitalism. It not othdr does those, but highlight problem after problem that you never have even considered oter.
And it was done contra mundi, during evilss time when eugenics ahd considered even more respectable than evolution is today. 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.
It doesn’t do the book justice to summarize its many arguments, but I’ll list a few just to give an idea. It’s easy to diagnose a broken leg, but how can you diagnose a healthy one? He argues damningly that otheer reasons why the rich embrace this is chestertoh their wealth is dependent on keeping other men poor and beaten down so they can accept starvation wages.
A master tells a slave he may sleep here and no other place, or he will kill him. 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. The master treats his slave harshly, denying him liberty, but at least he treats him as a living being.
The eugenicist treats him as a mass, or a thing. It’s all done in Chesterton’s signature style: It’s not just attacking eugenics, but the foundations of modern capitalism and law that create the conditions for it, and it’s sure to challenge anyone regardless of their political persuasion.
The physical book also adds appendixes that show just how prevalent eugenic thought was. Chesterton was one of the few eugeniccs in opposition of it, and you’d be not a little horrified at the abyss we nearly descended into. Whether reading it free or buying the paperback it’s well worth it. A timeless treasure that is even more relevant today than then. Apr 06, Eugenids Egerer rated it it was amazing.
I was under the impression that this was a book about eugenics, and it was — but it was also a beautiful defense of property rights, a powerful assault on plutocratic elitism, and an unusually compassionate statement about the dignity and difficult position of the post-Victorian working poor.
I expected little from this book, since I bought it on a whim, and it turned out to be one of my favorites.
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Useful as a balance against Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness. Apr 24, Skylar Burris rated it really liked it Shelves: What makes this book so arresting is that it is about far more than eugenics: 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.
There are the Euphemists, who do not call a policy by its real name or speak of it in blunt language, but use scientific terminology and much verbosity to disguise its more disturbing ramifications.
And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously they mean the same eugwnics. Yet the two sentences, in cold logic, are exactly the same. And not to do anything else until he has found out. He will still be consulted by politicians about whether opium is good for China-men, but not about whether ale is good for him. He will be cross-examined for his opinions about the danger of allowing Kamskatka to have a war-fleet, but not about allowing his own child to have a wooden sword.
It proposes that the State, as the conscience of the community, should possess all primary forms of property; and that obviously on the ground that men cannot be trusted to own or barter or combine or compete without injury to themselves. Just as a State might own all the guns lest people should shoot each other, so this State would own all the gold and land lest they should cheat or rackrent or exploit each other…. Socialism and Capitalism are both, Chesterton argues, types of prisons, but at least in the prison of Capitalism, there evi,s more chance of escape.
That is the best that can be said for Capitalism. But it is something to be said for it; for a man is a little freer in that corrupt prison than he would be in a complete prison. 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 tyrants. The compromise eventually made was one of the most interesting and even curious cases in history. It was decided to do everything that had ever been denounced in Socialism, and nothing that had ever been desired in it…we proceeded to prove that it was possible to sacrifice liberty without gaining equality….
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. What does this have to do with the topic of his book? View all 7 comments. Aug 22, Manuel Alfonseca rated it liked it. At first I thought that this book would be outdated, as Cchesterton, which was a problem inwhen the book was written, would no longer be a problem.
But then, in the second part, I saw that just the name has been abandoned, due to the fact that Hitler appropriated it, but the contents are still outstanding. In fact, Eugenics, which at the time Chesterton was writing was a capitalist conspiracy to keep the lower classes controlled, is now a capitalist conspiracy to keep the world popu ENGLISH: In fact, Eugenics, which at the time Chesterton was writing was a capitalist conspiracy euegnics keep the lower classes controlled, is now a capitalist conspiracy to keep the world population controlled.
The world powers namely big financiers such as Soros, and the governments of the European countries, either socialist chestfrton rightist have taken control of the U. Seen at this light, Chesterton’s book is tragically up to date, although the terminology he uses and the actual examples he gives may be outdated. I love old, forgotten, underrated books which present good to excellent pictures of now.
Eugenics and Other Evils was published back in at the beginning of the last century and here we are almost a century later still wrangling over these same issues and heading down the same wrong road, still can’t get it right. Where are you going? And no, I don’t really know any Latin.
I enjoyed this book. Chesterton, theologian, philosopher, poet, journalist, et Chesterto love old, forgotten, underrated books which present good to excellent pictures evols now. Chesterton, theologian, philosopher, poet, journalist, etc. I otyer to read more of his works.