Tag: Eugenics

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Defending Margaret Sanger on Eugenics

 

“Framing access to reproductive health care and bodily autonomy as eugenics exposes a fundamental misunderstanding of the racialized gender oppression on which antiabortionists stand. The truth is, the anti-abortion movement was born out of racist and xenophobic concerns about the falling white birth rate—echoes of which you will hear in today’s white supremacist rhetoric.”
— Alexis McGill Johnson, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

This quotation came from the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago. Someone had written a piece criticizing Planned Parenthood. Not surprisingly, the president of the organization decided to respond by attacking the pro-life community with an outrageous accusation. Not only are her comments about the pro-life movement untrue, but she completely mischaracterizes the common understanding of eugenics.

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In a Health Committee hearing of the Ohio House of Representatives this past week, Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduced an Amendment to the “Heartbeat” abortion bill as it moved through the legislature. The amendment read as follows, African-American women shall be exempt from the requirements in sections 2919.192 through 2919.196 of the Revised Code. […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Return of Eugenics to the US

 

Recently, the Wall Street Journal had an essay in the Review section on new advancements in gene editing entitled: “Scientists Confront the Ghost of Eugenics: As new gene editing tools raise the prospect of engineering desired human traits, researchers are determined to educate the public.” About halfway through, one of the researchers revealed a telling anecdote:

Jennifer Doudna, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the inventors of the Crispr tool. She has recounted a nightmare she had about the technology. In the dream, a colleague told her that somebody wanted to talk to her about gene editing. When she entered the room, the person waiting to meet her was Adolf Hitler. Dr. Doudna and her colleagues hoped Crispr might ultimately save lives, she wrote. But the nightmare was a reminder of “all of the ways in which our hard work might be perverted.”

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Immigration is on the agenda this political cycle. But, surprisingly, Americans, including such esteemed Americans as the Ricochetti, don’t actually know much about its history or significance. Essential parts of the story have been buried by the relentless onslaught of political correctness. America is a nation of immigrants, most of whom came as members of […]

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Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump has the support of the KKK. But she admires Margaret Sanger, who was a eugenicist who created Planned Parenthood in order to kill black babies. Also, a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan endorsed Clinton recently, which makes sense because the KKK was founded by Democrats. Sanger gave a […]

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In his portion of the online lecture series from Hillsdale College, Dr. Paul Rahe has pointed out some similarities between ancient Sparta and the United States. For example, both developed systems of checks and balances and of distribution of powers. Dr Rahe also points out that this wasn’t just a chance coincidence; the Founders were […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Throwing Out the Baby with the Culture Medium

 

Over in the Member Feed, Pseudodionysius started an *ahem* spirited conversation regarding eugenics and the dangers of biotechnology. If you’re interested in the subject — and you should be — get yourself caught-up and add your own thoughts (you’ll need to be a member, though; that’s how things work here).

I’m generally a techno-optimist: Despite all the death, horror, and evil technology has enabled, it’s one of the primary means by which we empower our better angels. The same knowledge that gives us bioweapons gives us vaccines; the same understanding that lets us build weapons of unimaginable destructiveness lets us harness energy at the atomic level; the same Internet that makes it easier to distribute child pornography helps us provide micro-loans. The Tree of Knowledge almost always contains the potential for both good and evil.

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Cecile Richards took to the stand yesterday to defend the federal funding of Planned Parenthood, during which time she conceded that her organization has never given a single mammogram, nor does it have the equipment for doing so. She stressed that her staffers do give breast exams, which we’re guessing involves groping while making “wobba-wobba” […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Origin of the Minimum Wage in the Progressive Eugenics Movement

 

Maybe I knew this and just forgot about it somehow, I dunno. But this 2005 paper from Princeton economist Thomas Leonard on the racist/eugenics/progressive origin of the minimum wage is pretty fascinating stuff. It’s a strange world:


Progressive economists, like their neoclassical critics, believed that binding minimum wages would cause job losses. However, the progressive economists also believed that the job loss induced by minimum wages was a social benefit, as it performed the eugenic service of ridding the labor force of the “unemployable.” Sidney and Beatrice Webb put it plainly: “With regard to certain sections of the population [the “unemployable”], this unemployment is not a mark of social disease, but actually of social health.” “[O]f all ways of dealing with these unfortunate parasites,” Sidney Webb opined in the Journal of Political Economy, “the most ruinous to the community is to allow them to unrestrainedly compete as wage earners.” … A minimum wage was seen to operate eugenically through two channels: by deterring prospective immigrants and also by removing from employment the “unemployable,” who, thus identified, could be, for example, segregated in rural communities or sterilized. …

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Richard Dawkins, Eugenics, Conflicting Principles, and Political Reality

 

With a tweet that spawned a thousand Ricochet threads, Richard Dawkins really stepped in it last week.

The would-be avatar of all things atheist then issued an “It’s-not-me-it’s-you” style apology soon thereafter; this said more about the man’s venal nature than his underlying argument. Unfortunately, people’s first instinct seemed to be to prove Godwin’s Law in the first iteration of the argument in their haste to denounce Dawkins and his admittedly tactless 140 characters.

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