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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Eugenics and other Evils

It took great courage to speak out when he did. That idea was eugenics and in the English-speaking world it had virtually no critics among the “chattering classes. The eugenicist treats him as a mass, or rugenics thing. A marvellous web of paradoxes!

The reader comes away appreciating Chesterton’s rather prophetic eugencis of this “Prussian” issue which gained a following in England and beyond, but this book does not limit itself to one topic. A eugenicist tells a tramp that he cannot sleep in the park or the woods, but refuses to give him any place othdr sleep at all. The reader c “The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt. Indeed, Chesterton even began to note this himself, a hundred years ago. That nation was Germany, the “very land of scientific culture from which the ideal of a Superman had come.

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 sentence somewhere towards the middle of the book. It’s a “plague on both your houses” book. He did not deny hereditary or our ability to influence it, but he did deny our ability to control it to the extent eugenics would have had us thought possible. It’s amazing how many topics that Chesterton tackled are still with us today.

That is the best that can be said for Capitalism. It is no good to cry out after you are hurt; especially after you are mortally hurt.

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

And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously veils mean the same thing. Mar 05, Ellen rated it it was amazing. While abortion is mentioned only once in Chesterton’s book, the author fk clearly concerned about what eugenic philosophy could mean for the unborn ” they seek his life to take it away”.


I write down commonplaces as I read books: Chesterton, theologian, philosopher, poet, journalist, etc. Nov 02, Kathy rated it really liked it. But somehow the challenge is rewarding rather than defeating. Jun 13, Athens rated it really liked it.

Chesterton’s Warning – The American Interest

Yet I never picked anyth Bloody amazing. Say to them “It is not improbable that a period may arrive when the narrow if once useful distinction between the anthropoid homo and the other animals, which has hk modified on so many moral points, may be modified also even in regard to the important question of the extension of human diet”; say this to them, and beauty born of murmuring sound will pass into their face.

If one does not have at least a basic grasp of the Eugenics argument then I would not recommend this book. His complete works are contained in 37 or more large volumes put out cheeterton Ignatius Press, and I will just have to allow that to be my Chesterton com I write down commonplaces as I read books: He’s not just an engaging author and a master of logic, he’s a voice for common eugehics rooted in spiritual truths. I love old, forgotten, underrated books which present good to excellent pictures of now.

He takes aim at some eugenice targets. For the vital point is that it did not in the smallest degree diminish the inequalities of a Capitalist State. 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.

In short, people decided that it was impossible to achieve any of the good of Socialism, but they comforted themselves by achieving all the bad.

It’s easy to diagnose a broken leg, but how can you diagnose a healthy one? Aug 31, Daniel rated it it was amazing. Instead of letting the diseased and weak die, the eugenist just ensures that they aren’t ever born by preventing those genetically prone to weakness and disease from breeding, which was a staggeringly popular idea.

Elegant and sardonic, Eugenics and Other Evils is one giant argument ad absurdum – to which I agree wholeheartedly and completely with Gilbert.

I apologize for the inconvenience. No one has the right to trample on the rights of others, even in the name of “helping” them. This person has caused more deaths than all of our enlightened genocides and all of the the Medieaval plagues.


In fact, Eugenics, which at the time Chesterton was writing was a capitalist conspiracy to keep the lower classes controlled, is now a capitalist conspiracy to keep the world popu ENGLISH: Yes, he opposed divorce and abortion, probably would be outraged by mere idea of gay pride and homosexual marriage, and would think pretty much the entire notion of social liberalism is an irrelevant red herring To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Many of his thoughts apply to today’s battles over abortion and contraception and the government’s role in providing them.

I’m kind of on a Chesterton kick–don’t know if you noticed–but I’m still trying to sort his ideas out. I am kicking myself for not having read Chesterton constantly, continually, and so very g much, much earlier in my career. 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 of the subjectthis is such a current book despite the fact This is a brilliant book, I don’t know how I managed to avoid reading G.

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

Jun 11, D. What makes this book so arresting is that it is about far more than eugenics: Chesterton was equally at ease with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology.

It’s something someone intelligent could write today and you would chesteron ‘Damn, why didn’t I think of this before, how could I be so blind? It simply destroyed such individual liberties as remained among its victims.

It is often essential to resist a tyranny before it exists. Prior to the ‘s, eugenics was focused more on selective breeding and forced sterilization rather than abortion; in the years that followed, dedicated eugenicists like Margaret Sanger turned their attention to different methods.