Thursday, July 5, 2012
A belief that the human species should be improved upon by means of governmentally-enforced "natural selection" methods - as Charles Darwin had written about regarding animals and plants - was one of those rather far-out visions of the early Progressive Party. Although the Party faded before long, the eugenics studies - and experiments - continued on into the early 1960s.
Again, the early Progressive Party is not the same as the ideals and goals of the current "progressive" branch of the Liberal Democrat political party in America today. At least not the eugenics part, I don't think. On the other hand, the current bunch of crazies living on HuffPost would probably think it would be ok to lobotomize Sarah Palin in order to silence her.
I want to talk about eugenics rather than politics in the next few posts, however.
This subject is too large to do in one post. Some of the topics I want to cover include Kellogg's of Battle Creek, Seventh Day Adventists, mental health facilities in the U.S., some theorists, famous locked-up people, some people associated with the progressive/eugenics movement, Nazi Germany, and more. I HOPE YOU WILL COMMENT RIGHT AWAY IF ANYTHING ABOUT THIS SUBJECT INSPIRES YOU TO DO SO, RATHER THAN WAIT UNTIL I FINISH THE WHOLE THING, AND WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT WHETHER I INTEND TO TALK ABOUT YOUR COMMENT SUBJECT LATER.