At the beginning of the 20th century, Eugenics was perhaps the most revolutionary of the pseudo-sciences spawned by the wild-eyed vision of Scientism—the almost religious belief that somehow science could solve all the problems of humanity. Having convinced an entire generation of scientists, intellectuals, and social reformers that the world was facing an imminent economic crisis caused by unchecked human fertility, the followers of Malthusianism quickly turned their attentions to practical programs and social policies.
Some of these managerial Malthusians believed that the solution to the immanent crisis was political: restrict immigration, reform social welfare, and tighten citizenship requirements. Others thought the solution was technological: increase agricultural production, improve medical proficiency, and promote industrial efficiency. But many of the rest felt that the solution was genetic: restrict or eliminate “bad racial stocks,” and gradually “help to engineer the evolutionary ascent of man.”
This last group became the adherents of a malevolent new voodoo-science called Eugenics. They quickly became the most influential and powerful of all the insurgent ideologists striving to rule the affairs of men and nations. In fact, for the rest of the 20th century they would unleash one plague after another—a whole plethora of designer disasters—upon the unsuspecting human race.
The Eugenicists unashamedly espoused an elitist White Supremacy. Or to be more precise, they espoused an elitist Northern and Western European White Supremacy. It was not a supremacy based on the crass ethnic racism of the past but upon a new kind of “scientific” elitism deemed necessary to preserve “the best of the human race” in the face of impending doom. It was a very refined sort of supremacy that prided itself on rationalism, intellectualism, and progressivism.
This racial supremacy they believed had to be promoted both positively and negatively. Through selective breeding, the Eugenicists hoped to purify the blood lines and improve the stock of the “superior” Aryan race. The “fit” would be encouraged to reproduce prolifically. This was the positive side of Malthusian Eugenics.
Negative Malthusian Eugenics on the other hand, sought to contain the “inferior” races through segregation, sterilization, birth control, and abortion. The “unfit” would thus be slowly winnowed out of the population as chaff is from wheat. By the first two decades of this century, according to feminist author Germaine Greer, “The relevance of Eugenic considerations was accepted by all shades of liberal and radical opinion, as well as by many conservatives.”
Some forty states had enacted restrictive containment measures and established Eugenic asylums. Eugenics departments were endowed at many of the most prestigious universities in the world including Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and Stanford. Funding for Eugenic research was provided by the Rockefeller, Ford, and Carnegie Foundations. And Eugenic ideas were given free reign in the literature, theater, music, and press of the day.
Ideas have consequences. When the ideas of Christianity were replaced in our society by the ideas of Scientism, it was inevitable that calamities would result—thus, the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust, the Abortion Pandemic, and Planned Parenthood's Ethnic Genocide.