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Chesterton versus eugenics

Posted on: May 6, 2009

Eugenics and Other Evils by G.K. Chesterton was first published in 1922. It’s uncanny how well he foresaw where the eugenics movement, so popular amongst the ‘elite’ of his day, was headed. The original book is available online in several places, including Wikisource. A more recent, expanded print edition is also available, about which is written:

“An Argument against the Scientifically Organized Society” This amazingly prophetic book demonstrates how a poisonious philosophy of life would lead not only to Nazi Germany, but our own “Culture of Death.” Editor Michael Perry has added a great deal of contemporary articles and material by Chesterton’s opponents who were arguing in favor of eugenics and birth control. They are nicely indicted by their very own words.

See also this related article over at The American Chesterton Society, written by Dale Ahlquist.

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