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 Posted: Sat Dec 20th, 2008 01:13 am
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In the middle of a great, I mean Great book, about eugenics - War Against the Weak by Edwin Black. When I finish, I'll certainly provide a review. In the meantime, for those who are unfamiliar with eugenics, the greek derivative means good birth. Shortly after the end of the cw, with the findings of Darwin and others, came the eugenics movement. First in Great Britain but carried forward in the US. In short, those considered feeble minded, criminal, shiftless, a drain on society, etc. (you were considered deficient if you had a family history of poverty, seizures, etc. (even if you were a "quote" good citiizen) would be undesirable. In conclusion, think the nazis came up with their own ideas of super race, THINK AGAIN, they used the ideas and philosophies of the good ole USA, i.e. sterilization (numerous states had laws on the books for sterilization of again "quote" mentaly deficient, shiftless citizens), banning of marriages, etc., even the US Supreme Court upheld these state laws. California had over 15,000 sterilizations. Many of our great U S citizens were proponents of Eugenics - Roosevelt, Wilson, Ford, Carnegie, etc. Even though this movement occurred primarily in the late 19th and early to mid 20th century it is still relavent today - genetic egineering, cloning, stem cell research, etc. Just thought this would be a thought/dialogue provoking topic.

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