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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To my ehgenics, Chesterton was the one of the only voices at the time to speak out against eugenics; certainly he was the only voice who spoke loudly. With this book, come for the intriguing period evaluation of eugenics, but stay for an evaluation eugenifs early twentieth century society that is strikingly relevant nearly one hundred years later. I think his main point is the dignity and worth and value of every living soul.
Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State
Eugenics, though not a word often encountered, has been in the news once again in recent days. Refresh and try again. That nation was Germany, the “very land of scientific culture from which the ideal of a Superman had come. Dec 03, Alex rated it really liked it.
After reading Eugenics chesteryon Other Evils it should be painfully obvious to you that I will parry your kick while it is in the air. But it’s not a “pro-life” or “pro-choice” book. The English will have destroyed England.
I enjoy Chesterton, and I have yet to read anything by him that is less than excellent. Eugenics is back with a new respectability. But somehow the challenge is rewarding rather than defeating.
Chesterton can be frustratingly obtuse and then suddenly brilliantly clear. I am kicking myself for not having read Chesterton constantly, continually, and so very thoroughly much, much earlier in my career. Chesterton was ahead of his time, Chesterton was a literary genius. Evvils as a State might own all the guns lest people should shoot each other, so this State would own all the gold and land lest they should cheat or rackrent or exploit each other….
Apr 24, Skylar Burris rated it really liked it Shelves: Chesterton, theologian, philosopher, poet, journalist, cesterton.
Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State by G.K. Chesterton
He also edited his own newspaper, G. A eugenicist tells a tramp that he cannot sleep in the park or the woods, but refuses to give him any place to sleep at all. George Bernard Shaw said that nothing but a Eugenic religion could save civilization. Rather, Chesterton blends and weaves in his philosophy and observation on related subjects such as capitalism, socialism, ownership, marriage, and human sexuality with great dexterity.
The reader comes away appreciating Chesterton’s rather prophetic denunciation of this “Prussian” issue which gained a following in England and beyond, but this book does not limit itself to one topic.
He represented the absolute best side of cynicism and while he may have been a cynic, Chesterton was not a pessimist. Chesterton “he was a man of colossal genius”– he most certainly was. The physical book also adds appendixes that show just how prevalent eugenic thought was.
I chose a “current issue” which lies at the intersection of the topics which most interest me: The other “evils” of the title are socialism and unbridled capitalism. Be the first to ask a question about Eugenics and Other Evils. 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 it was written a hundred years ago.
The eugenist desires to improve the overall quality of life in the same way that Nietschze did, simply a bit earlier. 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 stories, including a popular series featuring the priest-detective, Father Brown.
With Chesterton, I’m not even going to bother trying. May 26, Jordan rated it it was amazing Shelves: He applies his skills to expose not only the nonsenses of eugenics and social engineering, but also to the dangers of capitalism unfettered by the constraints of the traditions and moral framework of Christianity expressed through the shaping of England.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It not only does those, but highlight problem after problem that you never have even considered before.
I expected little from this book, since I bought it on a whim, and it turned out to be one of my favorites.
The problems he wrote about are still here, almost like the modern world got stuck around post WWI and never moved past certain ideas. There are the Euphemists, who do not call a policy by its real name or speak of it in blunt language, but use scientific terminology and much verbosity to disguise its more disturbing ramifications.
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. People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late.
The thing that really is trying to tyrannise through government is Science. But it seems quite natural to our politicians to enforce vaccination; and it would seem to them madness to enforce baptism. Will read more of his. So many of the issues he grapples with here personal liberty, the state, socialism etc. Wealthy families took it on as a pet cause, generously bankrolling its research. Mar 05, Ellen rated it it was amazing. May 14, Carl Hesler rated vhesterton liked it Shelves: 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 generation does not become disproportionate and intolerable, especially to the females”; chhesterton this to them and they will sway slightly to and fro like babies sent to sleep in chesteeton.
Perhaps I’ve read too much Chesterton: