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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Lists with This Book. If a gross injustice evips disguised in scientific lingo and talk of progress, would I recognize it for what it is? Eugeenics than bypassing intelligent discourse which may be uncomfortable at times in favor of a superficial examination and quick fixes, we should exercise our brains a little more often — yes, I said ‘should’. Chesterton can be frustratingly obtuse and then suddenly brilliantly clear.

It’s amazing how many topics that Chesterton tackled are still with us today.

Eugenics and Other Evils

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. I was quite familiar with the name Chesterton due to the ongoing friendly rivalry that he had with George Bernard Shaw. Inthe U. It has gradually grown apparent, to my astounded gaze, that the ruling classes in England are still proceeding on the assumption that Prussia is a pattern for the whole world.

Eugenics and Other Evils – Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Don’t be fooled by the title or how old this book is. So many of the issues he grapples with here personal liberty, the state, socialism etc. Socialism and Capitalism are both, Chesterton argues, types of prisons, but at least in the prison of Capitalism, there is more chance of escape. I strongly encourage you to study more on this issue, and Chesterton’s book is a great place to start.


George Bernard Shaw said of G. Provocative stuff, particularly in today’s political climate. I read quite a few Father Brown stories about ten years ago. The book is amazingly prophetic. It simply destroyed such individual liberties as remained among its victims.

The chief feature of our time is the meekness of the eugencis and the madness of the government. I am thankful that G. I wished for more of the latter in this book.

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

It’s prominent proponents in Britain and America ranged from popular writers such as H. If one does not have at least a basic grasp of the Eugenics argument then I ekgenics not recommend this book. Jul 26, Matthew rated it it was amazing. Aug 22, Manuel Alfonseca rated it liked it.

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

They have now added all the bureaucratic tyrannies of a Socialist state to the old plutocratic tyrannies of a Capitalist State. 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.

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. It proposes that the State, as the conscience of the community, should eugenifs all primary forms of property; and that obviously on the ground that men cannot be trusted to own or barter or combine or compete without injury to themselves.

But somehow the challenge is rewarding rather than defeating. His satirical prose and command of the paradox leads the reader dumbfounded how anyone could accept the tenants that Chesterton argues against in his Eugenics and Other Evils. In short, people decided that it was impossible to achieve any of the good of Socialism, but euenics comforted themselves by achieving all the bad.


Say to them ‘Murder your mother,’ and they sit up quite suddenly. In the second decade of the twentieth century, an idea became all too fashionable among those who feel it is their right to set social trends.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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. The eugenicist treats him as a mass, or a thing.

A bit lengthy, but compelling none the less. 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. He will still be consulted by politicians about whether opium is good for China-men, but not about whether ale is good for him.

Chesterton, theologian, philosopher, poet, journalist, etc. I apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for telling us about the problem. May 14, Carl Hesler rated it liked it Shelves: Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, educated at St.