Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Eugenics and who?

An unabashed distrust, even contempt, for democracy characterized a part of eugenic thinking in both Britain and America... The eugenics movement enabled middle- and upper-middle-class British and Americans to carve out a locus of power for themselves between the captains of industry on one side and low-income groups -- both native and foreign-born-- on the other. Socialist, progressive, liberal, and conservative eugenicists may have disagreed about the kind of society they wished to achieve, but the were united in a belief that the biological expertise they commanded should determine the essential human issues of the new urban industrial order.

Daniel J. Kevles, In the Name of Eugenics.

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