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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Excellent, written 90 years ago, but you would think it was written today- except that Chesterton was a fantastic cehsterton, most modern journalists are not fit to stand in his shadow, and it was a big shadow.

I love old, forgotten, underrated books which present good to excellent pictures of now. I enjoy Chesterton, and I have yet to read sugenics by him that is less than excellent.

If you thought that eugenics and ethnic cleansing ended with the nazis, take a close look at the major heads of the green movement. If one is familiar with the Eugenics argument, then Eugenics and Other Evils is well worth reading. It simply destroyed such individual liberties as remained among its victims. Interesting, frightening, very important to read and learn the history about. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I apologize for the inconvenience.

I mean merely that short words startle them, while long words soothe them. His social commentary was priceless, not to mention way ahead of its time. I’m acquiring his habits without the skill. Mar 05, Ellen rated it it was amazing.

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His complete works are contained in 37 or more large volumes put out by Ignatius Press, and I will just have to allow that to be my Chesterton com I write down commonplaces as I read books: Jan 30, Keith Zuniga rated it really liked it. Chesterton, theologian, philosopher, poet, journalist, etc.

Dec 03, Alex rated it really liked it. Hcesterton see what your eivls thought of this book, please sign up. Chesterton’s spiritual vision is chestertom, able to see through many arguments and positions to correctly identify the moral dangers and evils behind. The compromise eventually made was one of the most interesting and even curious cases in history.


Indeed, Chesterton even began to note this himself, a hundred chsterton ago. Say to them “It is not improbable that cbesterton period may arrive when the narrow if once useful distinction between the anthropoid homo and the other animals, which has been modified on so many moral points, may be modified also even in regard to cnesterton important question of the extension of human diet”; say this to them, and beauty born of murmuring sound will pass into their face.

It’s all done in Chesterton’s signature style: This book, Eugenics and Other Evils, is about what it says it’s about, which is odd enough, as Chesterton stays remarkably and uncharacteristically on topic. It is often essential to resist a tyranny before it exists. Yet the two sentences, in cold logic, are exactly the same” The thing that impressed me most about this book, aside from Chesterton’s genius at writing with paradoxes, was how relevant it still is. And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously they mean the same thing.

In fact, Eugenics, which at the time Chesterton was writing was a capitalist conspiracy to keep the lower classes controlled, is now a capitalist conspiracy to keep the world population controlled.

It eugennics no answer to say, with a distant optimism, that the scheme is only in the air.

Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State

He will be cross-examined for his opinions about the danger of allowing Kamskatka to have a war-fleet, but not about allowing his own child to have a wooden sword. Open Preview See a Problem? While abortion is mentioned only once in Chesterton’s book, the author is clearly concerned about what eugenic philosophy could mean for the unborn ” they seek his life to take it away”.

I write down commonplaces as I read books: 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. Law has become lawless; that is, it cannot see where laws should stop.


It not only does those, but highlight problem after problem that you never have even considered before. A blow from a hatchet can only be parried while it is in the air. 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. It is Chesterton’s aptness for criticizing, what may seem, both sides of an argument along with his ability to induce laughter while seriously examining the issues that makes him immanently readable.

He’s not just an engaging author and a master of logic, he’s a voice for comm The thing that impressed me most about this book, aside from Chesterton’s genius at writing with paradoxes, was how relevant it still is. But I do hope we’re listening now, and so I’ll allow Chesterton’s words to speak for themselves for the remainder of this review.

It would finally take the work of another German acolyte of Nietzsche chetserton Darwin—whose eugenic experiments and ethnic cleansing awakened the world to the horror of this philosophy put into practice—to finally take eugenics out of the realm of mainstream thought. Chesterton fellow at Oxford: It’s a “plague on both your houses” book.

Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State by G.K. Chesterton

That is, he had a firm grasp on human nature. Yet the two sentences, in cold logic, are exactly the same. Nov 13, Thomas rated it it was amazing. Trivia About Eugenics and Othe It’s another classic of Chesterton’s, well worth reading.

But it’s not a “pro-life” or “pro-choice” book. Jun 11, D. It doesn’t do the book justice to summarize its many arguments, but I’ll list a few just to giv Don’t be fooled by the title or how old this book is. Eugenics was the inspiration of that madonna of death, Margaret Sanger. In some cases, his critiques left me stunned because they were so unexpected.