The people currently wrecking homes and businesses, statues and churches have a history with eugenics as well. Some wonder why it isn’t being taught in schools:
Judging by a representative sample of textbooks, America’s high-school students get little exposure to the history of eugenics and scientific racism. One reason might be that the relationship of these movements to Progressivism is too close for comfort.
Eugenics and scientific racism in the United States emerged in the second half of the nineteenth century and lasted through the 1930s. It claimed that heredity was the fundamental determinant of an individual’s ability to contribute to society. Eugenics claimed the scientific ability to classify individuals and groups as “fit” or “unfit.” The unfit were defined by race, mental and physical disabilities, country of origin, and poverty. Eugenics was widely accepted by academics, politicians, intellectuals, government, the U.S. Supreme Court, and especially progressives, who supported eugenics-inspired policies as policy instruments to be utilized by an interventionist administrative state to establish a healthy and productive society. Those who questioned the “settled science” of eugenics were dismissed as “deniers,” much like those who question the “settled science” of climate change are today dismissed as “deniers.”
Eugenics and slavery share much common ground in their inherent racist view of blacks; however, the inherent racist perspective of eugenics was broader in that the set of those considered unfit included individuals and groups beyond those who were black. Eugenics provided the scientific foundation for involuntary sterilization policies in thirty-two states, supported the racist immigration policies in the first part of the twentieth century, and supported a variety of de jure and de facto policies designed to limit those defined as “unfit” to less than full-citizenship status. More troubling, eugenics and eugenics-inspired policies in the United States were admired by Adolf Hitler. American and German eugenicists interacted and exchanged views up to the late 1930s, and sterilization laws, immigration restrictions based on race or ethnicity, and efforts to prevent full citizenship to the unfit in the United States became the model for the Nuremburg Laws of 1935. Stefan Kühl (1994) was the first to document in detail the American–German eugenics connection. In Hitler’s American Model (2017), James Whitman extended this research to illustrate how U.S. policies influenced Nazi race law in the 1930s and the Nuremberg Laws in particular. The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left (2017) by Dinesh D’Souza is the most recent effort to bring public attention to eugenics and the American–German connection.
The widespread acceptance of eugenics in the United States, especially by progressives, is a troubling part of U.S. history unknown to many Americans, and the role model America provided for Nazi race law is even more troubling.Thomas F. Cargill, “Eugenics in High School History: Failure to Confront the Past” at The Independent Review
Keep wondering out loud, Dr. Cargill. Lights are going on, very, very slowly but surely, all over town.
See also: YouTube places restriction on vid on scientific racism. But of course they did! It’s part of the real story, not the airbrushed version prepared for compulsory school consumption.
15 Replies to “Eugenics: The hidden history of the progressive movement”
Genetic determinism which is proven by twin studies continues to haunt our society
Honestly I don’t know of any good way to refute it out right
Yes it’s true that genes our biology influence every walk of our life
But how much and to what extent
Genes run the gamut from purely deterministic, as seen in genetic diseases like Huntington’s, to those that afford probabilistic predispositions. Eugenics made the false conclusion that genetics was purely deterministic.
In many respects, the ideology behind eugenics long predated Darwin and the theory of evolution, and this ideology still exists today, even amongst those who don’t accept evolution.
I didn’t mean to say proven by twin studies I wanted to say that twin studies are used to try to prove it.
I absolutely hate genetic determinism the very thought that my DNA puppeteers my decisions my likes and my dislikes devalues everything including politics
Sorry, but that really is a bit of a stretch, trying to discredit the BLM protests against being the victims of centuries of endemic racism by trying to tie them to the eugenics movement. It completely ignores the fact that there was widespread support for eugenics -at least in its passive form – in the early twentieth-century from many parts of society including a number of churches and religious leaders. Trying to portray the protests as massive riots by “progressives” bent on tearing down the very fabric of American society is a smear tactic which attempts to shift the blame from where it belongs.
LoL! Trying to pawn off rioting and looting as “protests” is a perversion of reality and an attempt to escape responsibility for being ounks.
@seversky cool start explaining why BLM has been tearing down Abolitionist statues
Please also explain to me all the videos of them beating the crap out of innocent people and business owners
And how bout Nick Cannon and his last ridiculous statement
And white Shaun King and his demands about tearing Jesus statues down
And do you have to be so stereo typically left or is that just in your DNA
Here are a few articles along that line,
Thus, directlly contrary to Dawkins’ ‘selfish gene’ concept, that is more of less directly based on Darwin’s own ‘survival of the fittest’ thinking about competition, genes are instead best thought of as existing in a holistic web of mutual interdependence and cooperation.
Which is, obviously, the exact polar opposite of being ‘selfish’.
Thank you BA77
Speaking about BLM and Nazis, Charlemagne tha God just proclaimed that the reason why Nick Cannon got fired was because Jews have all the power
He will probably get fired next but doesn’t that sound very familiar
Do you know what black rights are important women’s rights are important human rights are important Black people are human
I don’t see race and I never have
But I am starting to see history repeat itself in a terrible way
I don’t have a problem with Black Lives Matter. It is just a movement to bring attention to the inequities in our society that black people face. It doesn’t mean that other lives don’t matter, any more than promoting a specific charity means that other charities are less worthy.
As with many other protests, some are infiltrated by violent anarchists or just individuals who what to cause mischief. However, the vast majority of BLM protests have been peaceful.
Then why don’t they try to get at the root causes of the inequities? Why do they and their defenders have to lie about things and why don’t they address the truth?
Why all the violent reaction to the statement that “All lives matter?”
They also have a published manifesto. Is that meaningless?
Also BLM was a really big deal 4 years ago during the last presidential campaign. Is this just part of the election cycle that started 10 years ago when identity politics was amplified by the press after the Occupy Wall Street movement dried up.
Is it all manufactured for politics only?
Black people do not think that black lives matter. Why should anyone else?
Of course not. It is full of subversive agit-prop like this:
And then there’s this subversive propaganda:
And I don’t know how they get away with saying something like this:
I apologize for the sarcasm but I don’t see how their goals should be a threat to anyone. Painting them with a broad brush just because there have been incidents at some protests is just an attempt to justify pre-existing prejudices.
I just feel that a good portion of them in this organization are absolutely hypocritical to their own manifesto
That’s why I’m not supporting them their manifesto sounds wonderful but that’s not what they’re doing or good portions of them are not doing that
One of my ex-friends now participating in violent protests in New York said that Black Lives Matter unless they’re blue
He also feels that peaceful protests don’t get anything done he’s a huge advocate of Marxist socialism
He hates authority but he wants to be a cog in the system……….
I have since cut all ties with him
On the flipside my friend here in Arizona participates in black live matter’s protest and she had nothing to do with the giant raid that they did at one of our malls which was very destructive an awful
She participated in multiple peaceful protest and I feel she got something done so I do agree with you that there are two sides to the coin just one side of the coin is really evil
“Saying eugenics “works” depends entirely on who you’re asking and what they want.”