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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Rather than bypassing intelligent discourse which may be uncomfortable at times in favor of a superficial examination and quick fixes, we should exercise our brains a little more often — yes, I said ‘should’. Refresh and try again. Since Hitler’s defeat, the eugenics movement has evolved significantly. He would not want an overturn of Roe v. Not to be outdone, judges and physicians called for those principles to be enshrined into law.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. George Bernard Shaw said that nothing but a Eugenic religion could save civilization. I love old, ahd, underrated books which present good to excellent pictures of now.

Chesterton was a literary genius.

Inthe U. Feb 04, John Gardner rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book, like Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, is a collection of arguments and speeches given in response to the assertions of leading eugenics supporters in England in the s. What does evilw have to do with the topic of his book?

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Wilson said, of imitation and remembrance. The master treats his slave harshly, denying him liberty, but at least he treats him as eugenicx living being. Eugenics was the inspiration of that madonna of death, Margaret Sanger.


Many of his thoughts apply to today’s battles over abortion and contraception and the government’s role in providing them. No one has the right to trample on the rights of others, even in the name of “helping” them. The other “evils” of the title are socialism and unbridled capitalism. Yet I never picked anyth Bloody amazing.

Jun 21, Kirk rated it it was amazing. And though Chesterton did not live to see the start of the second World War, he was one of the few outspoken critics of Adolf Hitler in the early ‘s, again announcing prophetic warnings about the Nazi leader’s dangerous eugenic fervor.

He’s not just an engaging author and a master of logic, he’s a voice for common sense rooted in spiritual truths.

Chesterton was ahead of his time, writing during the early 20th century, Chesterton would not live to see the horrors that eugenic ideals can lead to; viz. 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. After reading that opening paragraph I’ll bet that you want to kick me as well for not having read Chesterotn earlier in my career. This is a beautifully written book, still relevant today Don’t be fooled by the age of this book; the eugenics movement has not gone away, it has just changed its shape and name.

Well, bring it on, fat ass.

Eugenics and other Evils

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. Inhe was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on eguenics become one of the most prolific writers of all time. Wealthy families took it on as a pet cause, generously bankrolling its research.


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.

Eugenics and Other Evils

It should be said of Chesterton that he was challenging eugenics when few others were. With Chesterton, I’m not even going to bother trying. Instead of letting the diseased and weak die, the eugenist just ensures that they aren’t ever born by preventing those genetically prone to weakness and disease from breeding, which was a staggeringly popular idea.

With this book, come for the intriguing period evaluation of eugenics, but stay for an evaluation of early twentieth century society that is strikingly relevant nearly one hundred years later. I’ve written before of the connection between eugenics and Planned Parenthood whose founder, Margaret Sanger, was a member of the American Eugenics Society.

Trivia About Eugenics and Othe I have several of these empty, unlined notebooks filled, and have broken tradition with Chesterton in not actually keeping track.

Materialism is really our established Church; for the Government will really help it to persecute its heretics.

Dec 03, Alex rated it really liked it. I’m kind of on a Chesterton kick–don’t know if you noticed–but I’m still trying to sort his ideas out.