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 Germany, but our own “Culture of Death.”. 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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Many of his thoughts apply to today’s battles over abortion and contraception and the government’s role in providing them.

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Indeed, there was not the faintest chedterton to evilss equality, least of all economic equality. But Chesterton was beyond intelligent. A blow from a hatchet can only be parried while it is in the air. Feb 23, Johanna rated it really liked it Shelves: It doesn’t do the book justice to summarize its many arguments, but I’ll list a few just chesterhon giv Don’t be fooled by the title or aand old this book is.

Especially interesting was Chesterton’s categorization of the four types of defenders of eugenics, because these categories can apply to the defenders of a great many social policies, past and present, and they describe well the various kinds of insufficient arguments used in political discourse.

In some cases, his critiques left me stunned because they were so unexpected. No trivia or quizzes yet. Congress agree, passing the immigration law to exclude from American shores the people of Eastern and Southern Europe that the idea branded as inferior.

Dec 03, Alex rated it really liked it. Chesterton makes a clear and powerful reasoning for keeping the grasping government’s hand out of the individual’s most private life. That is, he had a firm grasp on human nature. Say to them “Murder your chhesterton and they sit up quite suddenly. That idea was eugenics and in the Oyher world it had virtually no critics among the “chattering classes. The thing that impressed me most about this book, aside from Chesterton’s genius at writing with paradoxes, was how relevant it still is.

Eugenics, though not a word often encountered, has been in the news once again in recent days. People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late. Transcript of a lecture from the Cheserton Chesterton Society on the significance of this book, and on the link between eugenics and abortion: Say to them “It is not improbable that a period may arrive when the narrow if once useful distinction between the anthropoid wvils and the other animals, which has been 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.


Apr 24, Skylar Burris rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed this book.

Eugenics and Other Evils

But there was a very spirited and vigorous effort to eliminate liberty, by means of an entirely new crop of crude regulations and interferences. Not to be outdone, judges and physicians called for those principles to be enshrined into law. Inthe U.

It was decided to do everything that had ever been denounced in Socialism, and nothing that had ever been desired in it. It’s prominent proponents in Britain and America ranged from popular writers such as H.

But he would be equally horrified about the way his “wrong kind of socialism” with inspectors instead of bread and bewildering laws des This is a beautifully written book, still relevant today Things like state-run birth control and abortion may have been theory back in the late 19th century, but they currently are our reality.

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. They have different names, but the concepts are still there. A marvellous web of paradoxes! Chesterton was a literary genius. It has gradually grown apparent, to my astounded gaze, that the ruling classes in England are still proceeding on the assumption that Prussia is a pattern for the whole world.

Say to them ‘Murder your mother,’ and they sit up quite suddenly. Be the first to ask a question about Eugenics and Other Evils. 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. Published October 20th by Inkling Books first published Nov 13, Thomas rated it it was amazing. The English will have destroyed England.


It’s amazing how many topics that Chesterton tackled are still with us today. What does this have to do with the topic of his book? Rather than bypassing intelligent discourse which may be uncomfortable at times in favor of a superficial examination and quick fixes, we should exercise our brains a little more often — yes, I said ‘should’. Blame it on whatever you like; I’ll rectify it here: It simply destroyed such individual liberties as remained among its victims.

This background is important because—though it is generally looked upon with revulsion today, across the political spectrum—during Chesterton’s day eugenics seemed almost inevitable. It is an amazing takedown of the entire basis of eugenic thought as well as a profound argument against unregulated capitalism. Say to them ‘The persuasive and even coercive powers of the citizen should enable him to make sure that the burden of longevity in the previous generations does not become disproportionate and intolerable, especially to the females?

The reader c “The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt. With this book, come for the intriguing period evaluation of eugenics, but stay for an evaluation of early twentieth century society that is strikingly relevant nearly one hundred years later. Provocative stuff, particularly in today’s political climate. The eugenist desires to improve the overall quality of life in the same way that Nietschze did, simply a bit earlier. Socialism and Capitalism are chesteton, Chesterton argues, types of prisons, but at least in the prison of Capitalism, there is more chance of escape.

At first I thought that this book would be outdated, as Eugenics, which was a problem inwhen the book was written, would no longer be a problem.

With Tolkien, I devoted an entire commonplace book. The problems he wrote about are still here, almost like the modern world got stuck around post WWI and never moved past certain ideas. Chesterton “he was a man of colossal genius”– he most certainly was.