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Ideas Have Consequences: Eugenics

“The whole ugly world of eugenics needs to be seen for what it really is: very much an outgrowth of Darwinian thought.” — Peter Quinn, Commonweal

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Major Darwin Predicts Civilization’s Doom Unless Century Brings Wide Eugenic Reforms (NYT 1932)*

New York Times
Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:49:34 PM by MNDude
Aug 21, 1932 Eugenists (sic) from all over the world will attend the Third International Congress of Eugenics today and tomorrow at the American Museum of Natural History. At general and sectional meetings they will discuss advances in the study for the physical and mental improvement of the human race. Aug 23, 1932 Eugenic reforms must be adopted within the next hundred years if civilization is to go on, was the message of Major Leonard Darwin, son of Charles Darwin, founder of the modern theory of evolution, read last night at the Third International Congress of Eugenics, which opened yesterday at the American Museum of Natural History.

ADDENDUM

Here’s Charles Darwin proposing that small pox vaccinations are bad because they help keep people alive who would have died.

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