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What should we do with the unemployable? Kill them. Obviously.
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Posted on 05/13/2012 10:53:28 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica

On page 300 of the book Fundamentals of Economics, Volume 2, Frank William Taussig writes the following :

A more fundamental question, yet still not one of an essentially novel sort, would be, how to deal with the unemployable. There would unfailingly be a certain number not capable of earning the minimum, - the aged, feeble, maimed, the dissolute or half dissolute. It would be impossible to compel employers to pay the minimum to those whose services were not worth it. But it is a fair question whether it is not a merit in the proposal, rather than a defect, that the community would be compelled to face squarely the problems of decrepitude and degeneration.

Who would do said compelling? The State - this is the chapter on "Labor Legislation".

Among those who are incapable of work or but half capable of it, two classes may be distinguished: those who are helpless from cases irremediable for the individual, yet not cumulative as regards society, such as old age, infirmity, disabling accident; and those helpless from causes that tend to be cumulative, such as congenital feebleness of body and character, alcoholism, dissolute living. The first class may be dealt with charitably, or provided for by some system of insurance. The second class should be simply stamped out. Neither the feeble minded, nor those saturated by alcohol or tainted with hereditary disease, nor the irretrievable criminals and tramps, should be allowed at large, still less should be allowed to breed. We have not reached the stage where we can proceed to chloroform them once for all; but at least they can be segregated, shut up in refuges and asylums, and prevented from propagating their kind. The opinion of civilized mankind is rapidly moving to the conclusion that so far at least we may apply the principle of eugenics, and thus dispose of what is the simplest phase of the problem of the unemployable.

Well thankfully, he didn't mince his words.

I have heard sentiments like this before. More than just once. When progressives start devaluing human life, you always seem to end up with the same result, now don't you?


TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: liberalfascism; progressingamerica; progressives
As an aside note for future reference, Taussig writes the following on page 301: "Back of this movement, in other words, is the specter of Malthusianism. The danger of pressure from uncontrolled increase of numbers exists in modern societies chiefly for the lowest stratum."

I keep running into Malthusian ideals when I look into eugenics. I generally don't like the topic of eugenics because of how obviously dark it is, but this link between the two concepts is interesting.

1 posted on 05/13/2012 10:53:31 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica
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To: ProgressingAmerica

It’d be a good way to get rid of Democrats.


2 posted on 05/13/2012 10:55:14 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (This tagline for rent. Contact GeorgiaDawg32 for pricing and excellent financing options.)
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To: Madame Dufarge; Eye of Newt; AdvisorB; HOYA97; Klemper; pgkdan; vanilla swirl; right way right; ...
If anybody wants on/off the revolutionary progressivism ping list, send me a message

Progressives do not want to discuss their own history. I want to discuss their history.

Summary: Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. - Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

3 posted on 05/13/2012 10:57:16 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica (What's the best way to reach a you tube generation? Put it on you tube!)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Well, I certainly wouldn’t approve of that.


4 posted on 05/13/2012 11:01:15 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica (What's the best way to reach a you tube generation? Put it on you tube!)
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Bump


5 posted on 05/13/2012 11:04:35 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: ProgressingAmerica

The left is actually quite predictable when it comes to this crap.


6 posted on 05/13/2012 11:07:01 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: ProgressingAmerica

Socialism is about plunder and death. See some of the damage they have done...

http://www.usdebtclock.org/


7 posted on 05/13/2012 11:09:13 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: ProgressingAmerica

Of course, Taussig died in 1940. This is sort of dated material. Today the ones with sharp knives are mostly environmentalists.


8 posted on 05/13/2012 11:20:01 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA

Most of what I cover is dated material. If you’ve ever wondered for example ‘where did Woodrow Wilson say x’, chances are I’ve blogged about it or will be doing so soon. And just about anybody else from the early 20th century progressive era.

Due to the relationship between American progressives and British Fabians, I’ve also ventured fairly extensively into that.

I do cover some modern things. Mostly revolutionary in nature. Like the STORM manifesto, being as I recorded the audiobook.


9 posted on 05/13/2012 11:42:46 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica (What's the best way to reach a you tube generation? Put it on you tube!)
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To: JimSEA

Environmentalism is merely the cause du jour of the death culture.

Scratch the surface and the Malthusian eugenics garbage will spill out.


10 posted on 05/13/2012 11:47:07 AM PDT by Valpal1
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Click

11 posted on 05/13/2012 12:00:43 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: ProgressingAmerica
You must all know half a dozen people at least who are no use in this world, who are more trouble than they are worth. Just put them there and say Sir, or Madam, now will you be kind enough to justify your existence? If you can’t justify your existence, if you’re not pulling your weight in the social boat, if you’re not producing as much as you consume or perhaps a little more, then, clearly, we cannot use the organizations of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us and it can’t be of very much use to yourself.

-George Bernard Shaw
12 posted on 05/13/2012 12:20:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: PGalt

Burgess Meredeth (The Obsolete Man) The twilight Zone.

https://vimeo.com/15365268


13 posted on 05/13/2012 12:28:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
With out them there would be a shortage of beggars and common night walkers. I have noticed that the worthy beggars have had a tendency to become productive when they emigrated to the States back in the bad old days.
14 posted on 05/13/2012 12:31:41 PM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: ProgressingAmerica
According to this article, Are Baby Boomers Stealing Jobs from the Young? (Part 1) and Are Baby Boomers Stealing Jobs from the Young? (Part 2), perhaps it's the boomers who should be killed so the unemployed can take their jobs?

Is that where society and class warfare is heading?

-PJ

15 posted on 05/13/2012 12:52:42 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: ProgressingAmerica

Soylant Green?


16 posted on 05/13/2012 1:00:21 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: ProgressingAmerica
What should we do with the unemployable?

Jonathan Swift..."A Modest Proposal".

17 posted on 05/13/2012 2:23:37 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: Political Junkie Too

That is what Obamacare is for. They will “take care” of the elderly through the denial of health care.

Obama, during his campaign, promised to lower the costs of health care by suggesting that maybe gradma should not have a hip replacement, rather just take some pain pills.


18 posted on 05/13/2012 2:28:22 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks ‘creek. I’ve never seen it before. (Romney Wordsworth :))


19 posted on 05/13/2012 2:29:33 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: PGalt
Rod Sterling was a brilliant man. Pretty much every episode of the Twilight Zone carried a message or warning of some sort.

The Obsolete man is one of my very top favorites and is in a close competition with "The Hunt"
20 posted on 05/13/2012 2:46:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

“The Shelter” was one of the best exposes of human nature even shown on TV.


21 posted on 05/13/2012 2:49:08 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator

“The old man in the cave” is a good one that shows that man must have faith in something or he’ll destroy himself.


22 posted on 05/13/2012 2:57:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: ProgressingAmerica

For the past few years there have been somewhat hushed reports of Hillary attending various “summits” and conferences on world population. I have always wondered what sorts of ideas they’re coming up with.

Their problem though, seems to be the fact that their political support comes from the unproductive, and not the productive, so they’re probably still trying to come up with an approach to reducing the world’s population. I’m sure Obamacare is one of the cornerstones though, as that will help them eliminate the “drag” on the economy caused by retired folks.


23 posted on 05/13/2012 3:04:39 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: SaraJohnson
I'd hate to think that the job I earned long ago and advanced all these years is now being seen as being "stolen" from someone else today.

-PJ

24 posted on 05/13/2012 3:21:41 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: SaraJohnson
I'd hate to think that the job I earned long ago and advanced all these years is now being seen as being "stolen" from someone else today.

-PJ

25 posted on 05/13/2012 3:22:09 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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