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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Wvils 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.

If a gross injustice appeared disguised in scientific lingo and talk of progress, would I recognize it for what it is? Yet the two sentences, in cold logic, are exactly the same” Since it was supposed to gain equality at the sacrifice of liberty, we proceeded to prove that it was possible to sacrifice liberty without gaining equality.

His complete works are contained in 37 or more large volumes put out by Ignatius Press, and I will just have to allow that to ecils my Chesterton com I write down commonplaces as I read books: Paperback chestrton, pages.

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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.

Aug 13, Nicole rated it really liked it. Where are you going? I strongly encourage you to study more on this issue, and Chesterton’s book is a great place to start. H Chestertoj Wells, who enjoys more fame than his jovial contemporary, was a proponent. I’m acquiring his habits without the skill. 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.


Brilliant and still relevant. This book is very bold, especially at a time when even U. Chesterton, theologian, philosopher, poet, journalist, etc.

Socialism and Capitalism are both, Chesterton argues, types of prisons, but at least in the prison of Capitalism, there is more chance of escape. 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. It is an amazing takedown of the entire basis of eugenic thought as well as a profound argument against unregulated capitalism.

And no, I don’t really know any Latin.

Feb 23, Johanna rated it really liked it Shelves: He wrote a hundred books, contributions to more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horsefi Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, educated at St.

Aug 19, Russell rated it really liked it. Yet the two sentences, in cold logic, are exactly the same. The thing that impressed me most about this book, aside from Chesterton’s genius at writing with paradoxes, was how relevant it still is.

I wish I’d read this book ages ago, it’s easy to read, clear, written with humour and sarcasm at times and it made me think and change my views on things I never really stopped and thought about. The master treats his slave harshly, denying him liberty, but at least he treats him as a living being. A bit lengthy, but compelling none the less. Chesterton was ahead of his time, Chesterton was a literary genius.

I wished for more of the latter in this book. In some cases, his critiques left me stunned because they were so unexpected.


Eugenics and other Evils

I think having a target to dismantle has something to do with it, but not really a whole lot, as he proves the impossibility of Eugenics in a single chssterton somewhere towards the middle of the book. What makes this book so arresting is that it is about far more than eugenics: No trivia or quizzes yet.

It is cheesterton essential to resist a tyranny before it exists. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Luther Burbank and other scientists promoted Eugenics.

On the one hand it was said that the State could provide homes and meals for all; cchesterton the other it was answered that this could only be done by State officials who would inspect houses and regulate meals. I was quite familiar with the name Chesterton due to the ongoing friendly rivalry that he had with George Bernard Shaw.

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It’s prominent proponents in Britain and America ranged from popular writers such as H. In the second decade of the twentieth century, an idea became all too fashionable among those who feel it is their right to set social trends. That nation was Germany, the “very land of scientific culture from which the ideal of a Superman had come. If you thought that eugenics and ethnic cleansing ended with the nazis, take a close look at the major heads of the green movement.

He combines a kind of libertarian dislike of government interference in morality with a Christian especially Catholic concern for “living wages” for the poor.