It says that something BAD is coming but SCIENCE can show us how to avoid it.
EVERYBODY climbs on board to help spread THE WORD. Celebrities and politicians, famous scientists and activists from other fields all profess its validity. Foundations fund research. The great universities study and teach it. This theory is reported upon almost daily by the media. Our children learn about it in school.
Leaders like Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Winston Churchill all proclaim its value. Supreme Court justices Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis Brandeis, rule in favor of this theory.
Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton and Johns Hopkins participate in exploring the theory. The Cold Springs Harbor Institute is built just to research it. And legislation concerning the theory is passed across the country.
The National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the National Research Council all support this theory.
All this continues for over 50 years. Very few people object to or question the theory and those who do are denigrated. They are called ignorant and reactionary.
What is the theory? It is called EUGENICS. It is real....it has an horrific history... and America dominated the field.
Eugenics developed from the determination that something was seriously wrong with the human gene pool which would result in our rapid deterioration. We were being out bred by the inferior. The inferior being defined as the “feeble-minded”, Jews, degenerates, immigrants….anyone deemed unfit by pretty much any definition.
Elements of the philosophy were enshrined as national policy by forced sterilization and segregation laws, as well as marriage restrictions, enacted in twenty-nine states.
Progressive Era Americans adopted the ideas of Sir Francis Galton, a British scientist who coined the term in 1883. He was the cousin of Charles Darwin.
In 1869, Galton published a study of genetics titled “Hereditary Genius,” which revealed collected data concerning 1000 upper-class British citizens. The data basically proved nothing more than that wealthy people had more advantages and were often better educated than poorer ones. However, Galton, thought that his study proved wealthy people were genetically superior.
Democracy was therefore radically flawed; the belief that all people were created equal was a fallacy. Sterilizing the poor would create a race of supermen and women, eventually resulting in a perfect society. Galton wrote that poor people who had children were enemies of the state and should not receive any charitable assistance whatsoever.
He came up with a fancy name for his pseudoscience: “eugenics.” The inferior class was termed “cacogenic” (poorly born).
Galton concluded that it was possible to produce "a highly gifted race of men" by the process of selective breeding, which he later termed "positive" eugenics. Discouraging the reproduction of "undesirables" was subsequently termed "negative" eugenics. The “negative” eugenics movement was much stronger than the “positive” eugenics and swept across the U.S. People were worried about the immigration of inferior races early in the twentieth century --- "dangerous human pests" who represented "the rising tide of imbeciles" and who were polluting the best of the human race.”
It did not take long for those interested in eugenics and those concerned about immigration to combine forces. Those deemed FEEBLE-MINDED were Jews, various foreigners, and blacks. It was considered imperative to stop them from breeding either by isolation or sterilization.
Famous author, H.G. Wells, was not in favor of "ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens."
Theodore Roosevelt told people, "Society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind."
"I wish very much that the wrong people could be prevented entirely from breeding; and when the evil nature of these people is sufficiently flagrant, this should be done. Criminals should be sterilized and feebleminded persons forbidden to leave offspring behind them... The emphasis should be laid on getting desirable people to breed..."
Playwright, George Bernard Shaw said, “The notion that persons should be safe from extermination as long as they do not commit willful murder, or levy war against the Crown, or kidnap, or throw vitriol, is not only to limit social responsibility unnecessarily, and to privilege the large range of intolerable misconduct that lies outside them, but to divert attention from the essential justification for extermination, which is always incorrigible social incompatibility and nothing else."
The improvement of humankind was the ultimate goal. Eugenics attracted the most liberal and progressive minds of the generation.
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Davenport concluded that 5.76 million Americans needed to be sterilized. Using seriously flawed models based on preconceived notions of Mendel’s laws of heredity, he explained that certain Americans were more likely to possess and produce specific types of defective genes. Immigrants from Italy and Hungary were predisposed to commit assault and rape, whereas Jewish citizens had clear inherited propensities for larceny and prostitution.
In 1926, an American Eugenics Society was founded; its main goal was to inform the public of the disastrous consequences of the unchecked breeding of cacogenics. Schools and state fairs were flooded with eugenics programs. Some ministers, educators, and early feminists like Margaret Sanger and Victoria Woodhull passionately espoused eugenic principles.
Twenty-nine American states passed laws allowing sterilization with California being the most enthusiastic.
Ultimately, eugenics practitioners coercively sterilized some 60,000 Americans, barred the marriage of thousands, forcibly segregated thousands in "colonies," and persecuted untold numbers in ways we are just learning. Before World War II, nearly half of coercive sterilizations were done in California, and even after the war, the state accounted for a third of all such surgeries.
Once the state of Georgia had accepted eugenics theory, one doctor had performed tubal ligations on women who had more than three children without their knowledge or consent. A distinguished Georgian prosecutor later called him “an advanced thinker, ahead of his time.”
The Harriman railroad fortune paid local charities, such as the New York Bureau of Industries and Immigration, to seek out Jewish, Italian and other immigrants in New York and other crowded cities and subject them to deportation, trumped up confinement or forced sterilization.
In Buck v. Bell (1927), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law authorizing compulsory sterilization of the mentally challenged. Writing for the 8-1 majority, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes stated that society should “prevent those that are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.”
In a moment of Supreme Court callousness surpassed only by the infamous Dred Scott decision, Justice Holmes curtly noted,
"We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, in order to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11. Three generations of imbeciles are enough."
Two major foundations, Carnegie and Rockefeller, funded eugenics research. The Rockefeller Foundation continued financing German researchers when Germany began killing people in mental institutions and were still providing funding up to just a few months before the beginning of WWII.
In 1933, Hitler called eugenics the most important medical discovery of all time. He wrote to American attorney Madison Grant, one of the founders of the American Eugenics Society, heaping him with effusive praise for his valuable contributions to society.
American eugenic ideas had been headed down the exact same path as the Nazis’. As Nobel Prize winner Dr. Alexis Carrel put it in 1935, undesirables “should be humanely and economically disposed of in small euthanasic institutes supplied with proper gases.”
But guess what? When World War II ended, nobody was a eugenicist, and nobody had ever been a eugenicist. The biographies of all those famous and powerful people just skimmed over those unfortunate details. Eugenics was no longer the hot subject in colleges either.
Consider….Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory was established for the sole purpose of researching eugenics. In 1904, the Carnegie Institution established the laboratory complex on Long Island.
It stockpiled millions of index cards on ordinary Americans, as researchers carefully plotted the removal of families, bloodlines and whole peoples. From Cold Spring Harbor, eugenics advocates agitated in the legislatures of America, as well as the nation's social service agencies and associations.
Yet, there was no scientific basis for it. Nobody knew what a gene really was. The movement fed on terms that had no rigorous definition. "Feeble-mindedness"? “Degenerate”? “Unfit”?
The eugenics movement was really a social program disguised as science. It was driven by fears about immigration, race, and any other perceived undesirable people moving into the country.
The golden age of eugenics-proper lasted from about 1883 through WWII. The goal was the production of better, faster, stronger, smarter, disease and handicap free, more human-than-human populations.
Eugenics proponents believed that the poor and sickly were genetically inferior by nature and thus had no right to procreate. Indeed, the most hardcore eugenicists believed that the lower socioeconomic classes had no right to life at all.
Eugenics, in reality, is a system of state control– where reproduction must be guided by "wise men" of one brand or another. This system leads, ultimately, again and again to control by elites who seek god-like powers and total social control.
Even, up to the present date, abortion is considered by many as an acceptable means of eliminating the UNDESIRABLE in the gene pool. In addition, futurists, transhumanists, and government policy makers look to an age where race-specific weapons are possible and mass death is conceivable and desirable for some of those in control.
Elite control and systematic death–
Another golden moment in the American Progressive Era.