Skip to comments.Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, Part II
Posted on 02/23/2010 4:40:28 AM PST by mattstat
When we left off last time, Goldbergs book was just beginning. Heres what happened in the States.
Progressives in America approved heartily of Europe turning Red, and they set about duplicating the successes of their foreign brothers. To get a rolling start, they looked to the settled science of eugenics.
Nobody did more to advance the practice of eugenics (in America) than Margaret Sanger. She took her cue from sophisticated intellectuals like Karl Pearson, Ronald Fisher, John Maynard Keynes, George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Julian Huxley (founder of the World Wildlife Fund), Adolph Hitler, and others. They thought undesirables were breeding so fast that the world would soon be overrun.
Sanger said, The mass of significant Negroes still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes is [in] that portion of the population least intelligent and fit. She also said, We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. Some things are better kept quiet.1
Sanger founded Planned Parenthood whose then mandate was to issue condoms and literature to help slow breeding. She would have had mixed feelings of that organizations eventual success. Thanks to Planned Parenthood, there are a lot fewer Negroes around than there otherwise would be. But most of this surplus population was prevented by abortion, which she did not cotton to. (Blacks disproportionately account for the largest number of abortions in the States.2)
Was Sanger the only American eugenicist? Not hardly. There was also progressive jurist Oliver Wendel Holmes, who thought imbeciles should be sterilized. He was broad minded, however; he wanted degenerates tubes clipped, too...
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