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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I hope to read more of his works. 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. Paperbackpages.

If chezterton gross injustice appeared disguised in scientific lingo and talk of progress, would I recognize it for what it is? Lists with This Book. It may be that this delicate and tenacious spirit has at last evaporated. He will still be consulted by politicians about whether opium is good for China-men, but not about whether ale is good for him.

Eugenics was the inspiration of that madonna of death, Margaret Sanger.

Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State by G.K. Chesterton

The eugenist desires to improve the overall quality of life in the same way that Nietschze did, simply a bit earlier. That is the best that can chestterton said for Capitalism. The chief feature of our time is the meekness of the mob and the madness of the government.

Anf is an amazing linguist. Don’t be fooled by the title or how old this book is. If so, it matters little what becomes of the external experiments of our nation in later time. Transcript of a lecture from the American Chesterton Society on the significance of this book, and on the link between eugenics and abortion: There is a good argument for Distributism in chexterton last couple of chapters in this book that are well worth reading for anyone.

Aug 19, Russell rated it really liked it.

Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State

Wealthy families took it on as a pet cause, generously bankrolling its research. A book review has turned into a chestertom against Planned Parenthood. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Useful as a balance against Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness.


And we think eugenics is a bad joke. 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Chesterton’s book is tragically up to date, although the terminology he uses and the actual examples he gives may be outdated. That at which we look will be a dead thing alive with its own parasites. Chesterton is always sheer delight to read, always fun, always unbelievably brilliant and flippant and enormous, but I had rarely encountered him with an axe in his hand, and he proves Lewis right: Jul 26, Matthew rated it it was amazing.

Well, bring it on, fat ass. His social commentary was priceless, not to mention way ahead of its time.

But there was a very spirited and evlis effort to eliminate liberty, by means of an entirely new crop of crude regulations and interferences. It simply destroyed such individual liberties as remained among its victims. It would finally take the work of another German acolyte of Nietzsche and Darwin—whose eugenic experiments and ethnic cleansing awakened the world to the horror of this philosophy put into practice—to finally take eugenics out of the realm of mainstream thought.

A eugenicist tells a tramp cyesterton he cannot chesteryon in the park or the woods, but refuses to give him any place to sleep at all.

The thing that really does use the secular arm is Science. Although there were one or two arguments where I couldn’t fully agree with Chesterton perhaps due to my lack of in depth knowledge or analysis cnesterton the subjectthis is such a current book despite chetserton fact it was written a hundred years ago.

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

Aug 22, Manuel Alfonseca rated it liked it. Law has become lawless; that is, it cannot see where laws should stop. Rather, Chesterton blends and weaves in his philosophy and observation on related subjects such as capitalism, socialism, ownership, marriage, and human sexuality with great dexterity. He did not deny hereditary or our ability to influence it, but he did deny our ability to ahd it to the extent eugenics would have had us thought possible.

This background is important because—though it is generally looked upon with revulsion today, across the political spectrum—during Chesterton’s day eugenics seemed almost inevitable.


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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 be my Chesterton com I write down commonplaces as I read books: 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. That was the question I had in mind as I started this book. Aug 31, Daniel rated it it was amazing.

As today, churches were seen by the scientific and academic communities as standing in the way of “progress” through the use of political power All I assert here is that the Churches are not now leaning heavily on their political establishment; they are not using heavily the secular arm It’s a “plague on both your houses” book.

Eugenics and Other Evils

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. This book could has a ebils deal of writing against government interference in the private sphere, and is written defending the old ways, the noble and chivalrous ways over and against the new ways, the stainless steel and minds too close to Saruman’s in their obsession with wheels and machines. This book was truly prophetic. I am kicking myself for not having read Chesterton constantly, continually, and so very thoroughly much, much earlier in my career.

The problems he wrote about are still here, almost like the chesrerton world got stuck around post WWI and never moved past certain ideas. Quotes from Eugenics and Othe The reader c “The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt.

Many are calling for a culling of the human race, and where else would they start ohter with the sick and disabled.