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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A blow from a hatchet can only be parried while it is in the air. He did not deny hereditary or our eugenicz to influence it, but he cheesterton deny our ability to control it to the extent eugenics would have had us thought possible. The thing that really is trying to tyrannise through government is Science.

For the vital point is that it did not in the smallest degree diminish the inequalities of a Capitalist State. His social commentary was priceless, not to mention way ahead of its time. After reading Eugenics and Other Evils it should be painfully obvious to you that I will parry your kick while it is in the air. The thing that impressed me most about this egenics, aside from Chesterton’s genius at writing with paradoxes, was how relevant it still is.

I hope to read more of his works. Many of his thoughts apply to today’s battles over abortion and contraception and the government’s role in providing them. They have now added all the bureaucratic tyrannies of a Socialist state to the old plutocratic tyrannies of a Capitalist State. Say to them “Murder your mother,” and they sit up quite suddenly. Chesterton othwr at Oxford: I greatly admire Chesterton and his contemporaries for recognizing eugenics for the monster it was, and without the benefit of hindsight.

George Bernard Shaw said of G. He argues damningly that the reasons why the rich embrace this is because evile wealth is dependent on keeping other men poor and beaten down so they can accept starvation wages.


Published October 20th by Inkling Books first published His eugwnics prose and command of the paradox leads the reader dumbfounded how anyone could chestsrton the tenants that Chesterton argues against in his Eugenics and Other Evils. Chesterton is an amazing linguist. Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, educated at St. The New York Times praised it as a wonderful “new science.

This book, like Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, is a collection of arguments and speeches given in response to the assertions of leading eugenics supporters in England in the s.

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It not only does those, but highlight problem after problem that you never have even considered before. A woman viewed as baby-factory “protected” by police from herself and for the benefit of her rich and powerful masters is exactly the dystopian vision he did his best to warn against in othrr book. This person has caused more deaths than all of our enlightened genocides and all of the the Medieaval plagues.

That was the question I had in mind as I started this book. But Chesterton was beyond intelligent. Vaccination, in its hundred years of experiment, has been disputed almost as much as baptism in its approximate two thousand. Jun 13, Athens rated it really liked it. It should be said of Chesterton that he was challenging eugenics when few others were.

He would not want an overturn of Roe v. If you thought that eugenics and ethnic cleansing ended with the nazis, take a close look at the major heads of the green movement. And though Chesterton did not live to see the start of the second World War, he was one of the few outspoken critics of Adolf Hitler in the early ‘s, again announcing prophetic warnings about the Nazi leader’s dangerous eugenic fervor. It was decided to do everything that had ever been denounced in Socialism, and nothing that had ever been desired in it.

It may be that this delicate and tenacious spirit has at last evaporated. Trivia About Eugenics and Wnd Few writers can make me feel so utterly uneducated and dimwitted as Chesterton can. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Useful as a balance against Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness.


It doesn’t do the book justice to summarize its many arguments, but I’ll list a few just to give an idea. It’s amazing how many topics that Chesterton tackled are still with us today.

Eugenics and Other Evils

This book was truly prophetic. The other “evils” of the title are socialism and unbridled capitalism. But I do hope we’re listening now, and so Gl allow Chesterton’s words to speak for themselves for the remainder of this review.

Will read more of his. I strongly encourage you to study more on this issue, and Chesterton’s book is a great place to start.

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And not to do anything else until he has found out. This book challenged my views on the proper role of government, science, and medicine in society. His complete works are contained in 37 or more large volumes put out by Ignatius Press, vhesterton I will just have to allow that to be my Chesterton commonplace book, though I will continue adding in some of his best.

But somehow the challenge is rewarding rather than defeating. The world powers namely big financiers such as Soros, and the governments of the European countries, either socialist or rightist have taken control of the U. Feb 17, Mary rated eugemics really liked it. I have several of these empty, unlined notebooks filled, and have broken tradition with Chesterton in not actually keeping track. Chesterton was ahead of his time, writing during the early 20th century, Chesterton would not live to see the horrors that eugenic ideals can lead to; viz.