Eugenics IS practised in Britain

Feb 24, 2020 by

by Dominic Lawson, Mailonline: So that’s clear: it is absolutely unacceptable for anyone with eugenicist views to have a position of the slightest influence within British politics. Last week, a 27-year-old Downing Street adviser, Andrew Sabisky, was forced out when it emerged that six years earlier he had advocated, among other disturbing proposals, various forms of genetic selection based on predicted IQ. ‘Eugenics are about selecting ‘for’ good things. Intelligence...

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Richard Dawkins Reminds Us: Worldviews Have Consequences

Feb 19, 2020 by

by David Closson, FRC: Eugenics made international headlines over the weekend after comments previously made by Andrew Sabisky, a newly-appointed aide to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, resurfaced. In a 2016 interview, Sabisky stated, “Eugenics are about selecting ‘for’ good things. Intelligence is largely inherited and it correlates with better outcomes: physical health, income, lower mental illness.” Many in the United Kingdom were appalled by these comments,...

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‘Eugenics is possible’ is not the same as ‘eugenics is good’

Feb 18, 2020 by

by Tom Chivers, UnHerd: I have a rule that I try to stick to, but which I break occasionally. That rule is “never say anything remotely contentious on Twitter”. No good ever comes of it. Arguments that need plenty of space and thought get compressed into 280 characters and defended in front of a baying audience; it is the worst possible medium for serious conversations. Richard Dawkins does not have the same rule, I think it’s fair to say. “It’s one thing to deplore eugenics on ideological,...

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Without God, it’s harder to defend against eugenics

Feb 17, 2020 by

by Mary Harrington, UnHerd: The first of Dominic Cummings’ ‘weirdos’ came in for his inaugural round of public hazing over the weekend, as journalists dug through the internet footprint of young ‘superforecaster’ Andrew Sabisky in search of nonstandard utterances with which to evidence their fears about Britain’s slide into fascism. […]  For a Christian, we are all God’s children and of equal worth. All but the most contorted Christian perspectives would affirm that the notion of making...

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Is killing the disabled ‘eugenics’, or just a merciful release?

Jul 29, 2019 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Eugenics is not a word to be trifled with. It evokes the horror of Nazi atrocities during World War II as well as widespread human rights violations in the early part of the 20th Century in the United States, Canada and some European countries. But, contend the authors of a special issue of the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, killing the disabled because they are disabled must be called eugenics. The authors cover a number of areas,...

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Eugenics and Other Evils

Jun 5, 2019 by

by Justin Dyer, Public Discourse: The eugenic search for good genes comes at the cost of human dignity and human equality, and leaves by the wayside the dogma of the sanctity of human life. Rather than warning us that eugenics can happen here, Thomas’s dissent lays out the case that it already has happened here, and the state has a compelling interest in preventing its return. G.K. Chesterton opened his 1924 book Eugenics and Other Evils by warning that a “blow from a hatchet can only be...

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