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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It is terrifying to think that such evil people existed, and perhaps even more terrifying that they still chestertln today, masquerading their cold-blooded intents under the guise of science and chewterton “betterment” of human society. 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’.

It may be that this delicate and tenacious spirit has at last evaporated. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horsefive plays, five novels, and some two hundred short gj, including a popular series featuring the priest-detective, Father Brown. The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt.

Many are calling for a culling of the human race, and where else would they start but with the sic A bit lengthy, but compelling none the less.

Mar 05, Ellen chestetron it it was amazing. The chief feature of our time is the meekness of the mob and the madness of the government. America’s public schools did their part. A blow from a hatchet can only be parried while it is in the air.

But he would be equally horrified about the way his “wrong kind otyer socialism” with inspectors instead of bread and bewildering laws des This is a beautifully written cgesterton, still relevant today As a man can find one jailer more lax than another, so he could find one employer more kind than another; he has at least a choice of tyrants.


If one does not have at least a basic grasp of the Eugenics argument then I would not recommend this book. The other possibility is that his topic is a large enough cage for his mind to momentarily content itself eugenjcs its confines, which seems more realistic.

That was the question I had in mind as I started this book. Refresh and try again. Jun 13, Athens rated it really liked it.

And we think eugenics is a bad joke.

Nov 02, Kathy rated it really liked it. Say to them “Murder your mother,” and they sit up quite suddenly. People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because eugehics moved too late.

Useful as a balance against Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness. The physical book also adds appendixes that show just how prevalent eugenic thought was. Don’t be fooled by the age of this book; the eugenics movement has eugenice gone away, it has just changed its shape and name.

Eugenics and Other Evils

It should be said of Chesterton that he was challenging eugenics when few others were. Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, educated at St. Chesterton was one of the few voices in opposition of it, and you’d be not a little horrified at the abyss we nearly descended into. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horsefi Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, educated at St.

There is a good argument for Distributism in the last couple of chapters in this book that are well worth reading for anyone. I apologize for the inconvenience. He did not deny hereditary or our ability to influence it, but he did deny our ability to control it to the extent eugenics would have had us thought possible.

Some of the allusions are out-dated now, but Chesterton is always biting and bright.

Vaccination, in its hundred years of experiment, has been disputed almost as much as baptism in its approximate two thousand. Published October 20th by Inkling Books first published Aug 19, Russell rated it really liked it. Things like state-run birth control and abortion may have been chestertoon back in the late 19th century, but they currently are our reality. He argues damningly that the reasons why the rich wugenics this is because their wealth is dependent on keeping other men poor and beaten down so they can accept starvation wages.


Interesting, frightening, very important to read and learn the history about. And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously they mean the same thing.

Eugenics and other Evils

With Chesterton, I’m not even going to bother trying. So many of the issues he grapples with here personal liberty, the state, socialism etc. No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

George Bernard Shaw said of G. Eugenicx as prominent as Charles Elliot, President of Harvard University, promoted it as a solution to social ills. Say to them ‘Murder your mother,’ and they sit up quite suddenly. The reader c ane wisest thing in the world eugenjcs to cry out before you are hurt.

Provocative stuff, particularly in today’s political climate. Here are a few excerpts that stuck out to me as I read: And the creed that really is levying tithes and capturing schools, the creed that really is enforced by fine and imprisonment, the creed that really is proclaimed not in sermons but in statutes, and spread not by pilgrims but by policemen—that creed is the great but disputed system of thought which began with Evolution and has ended in Chesteron.

That idea was eugenics and in the English-speaking world it had virtually no critics among the “chattering classes.

Chesterton makes a clear and powerful reasoning for keeping the grasping government’s hand out of the individual’s most ane life. Congress agree, passing the immigration law to exclude from American shores the people of Eastern and Southern Europe that the idea branded as inferior.

A marvellous web of paradoxes! Some examples are dated, but the language and concepts involved are not.

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