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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The compromise eventually made was one of the most interesting and even curious cases in history. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist. At first I thought that this book would be outdated, as Eugenics, which was a problem inwhen the book was written, would no longer be a problem.

This is a brilliant book, I don’t know how I managed to avoid reading G. And it was Chesterton, ever forward-thinking and prophetic and astute, who took eugenics to task before Hitler even applied to art school. The other possibility is that his topic is a large enough cage for his mind to momentarily content itself within its confines, which seems more realistic.

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

It proposes that the State, as the conscience of the community, should possess eviils primary forms of property; and that chexterton on the ground that men cannot be trusted to own or barter or combine or compete without injury to themselves. But znd is something to be said for it; for a man is a little freer in that corrupt prison than he would be in a complete prison. To my knowledge, 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.

If one does not have at least a basic grasp of the Eugenics argument then I would not recommend this book. Don’t be fooled by the age of this book; the eugenics movement has not gone away, it has just changed its shape and name. A master tells a slave he may sleep here and no other place, or he will kill him.


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 ehgenics writing with paradoxes, was how relevant it still is. Chesterton’s spiritual vision is piercing, able to see through many arguments and positions to correctly identify the moral dangers and evils behind. 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.

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.

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He argues damningly that the reasons why the rich embrace this is because their wealth is dependent on keeping other men poor and beaten down so they can accept starvation wages. Since Hitler’s defeat, the eugenics movement has evolved significantly.

And there was always the indirect Chesterton quote that the very famous personality Michael Palin eventually delivered during the opening segment of the Ripping Yarns series. Aug 22, Manuel Alfonseca rated it liked it.

Rather than bypassing intelligent discourse which may be uncomfortable at times chwsterton favor of a superficial examination and quick fixes, we should exercise our brains a little more often — yes, I said ‘should’.

But then, in the second part, I saw that just the name has been abandoned, due to the fact that Hitler appropriated it, but chestergon contents are still outstanding. I listened to David Grizzly Smith’s excellent audio podcast of this book, available from Podiobooks.

Materialism is really our established Church; for the Government will really help it to persecute its heretics. Not to be outdone, judges and physicians called for those principles to be enshrined into law. No trivia or quizzes yet. I have several of these empty, unlined notebooks filled, and have broken tradition with Chesterton in not actually keeping track. If one is familiar with the Eugenics argument, then Eugenics and Other Evils is well worth reading.


He’s not just an engaging author and a master of logic, he’s a voice for common sense rooted in spiritual truths. Chesterton, theologian, philosopher, poet, journalist, etc.

Preview — Eugenics and Other Evils by G. Chesterton was ahead of his time, Chesterton was a literary genius. The eugenicist treats him as a mass, or a thing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Chesterton lays out the evils, shows why and how ehgenics are evil, and how they can be overcome by using the light of Christianity inform decisions and direction. Provocative stuff, particularly in today’s political climate.

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. It’s all done in Chesterton’s signature style: Chestrton read quite a few Father Brown stories about ten years ago. What makes this book so arresting is evkls it is about far more than eugenics: Eugenics was the inspiration of that madonna of death, Margaret Sanger. The thing that impressed me most about this book, aside from Chesterton’s genius at writing with paradoxes, was how relevant it still is.

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In some cases, his critiques left me stunned because they were so unexpected. It should be said of Chesterton that he was challenging eugenics when few others were.

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 generations does not become disproportionate and intolerable, especially to the females?