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Eugenics: the skeleton that rattles loudest in the left's closet

Does the past matter? When confronted by facts that are uncomfortable, but which relate to people long dead, should we put them aside and, to use a phrase very much of our time, move on? And there's a separate, but related, question: how should we treat the otherwise admirable thought or writings …

Bedroom Eugenics: Breeding Humans for Kindness

Eugenics has a bad reputation, and rightly so. Most of its applications throughout history have been coercive and cruel attempts by governments and groups in power to impose their pseudo-scientific ideas about "good genes" on the rest of the population. A more recent version, dubbed "liberal …

Sterilization Abuse in State Prisons: Time to Break With California's Long Eugenic Patterns

<i>This post was co-authored with Tony Platt</i><p>The recent revelation that 148 female prisoners in two California institutions were sterilized between 2006 and 2010 is another example of the state's long history of reproductive injustice and the ongoing legacy of eugenics. The abuse took place in …

Eugenics fear over gene modification

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is considering whether to recommend legalisation of "mitochondrial replacement" techniques designed to avoid the transmission of mitochondrial diseases (Report, 17 September 2012). We believe the benefits to a small number of parents are heavily …

Found In The Archives: America's Unsettling Early Eugenics Movement

The shadow selves of American history often don't leave much of a photographic record, but sometimes there are just a few shards of proof and reminders of what has happened.<p>Eugenics, a dark offshoot of the science of genetics, was an early 20th century movement that sought to prevent social ills by …

Anti Gay Eugenics Wrong

The Left and the libertarian right are all for “choice” in reproduction. Genetic enhancement? Check. Disability cleansing via eugenic abortion and …