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Eugenics and Other Evils

Eugenics and Other Evils by G. K. Chesterton

Most Eugenists are Euphemists. I mean merely that short words startle them, while long words soothe them. And they are utterly incapable of translating the one into the other, however obviously they mean the same thing. Say to them “The persuasive and even coercive powers of the citizen should enable him to make sure that the burden of longevity in the previous generation does not become disproportionate and intolerable, especially to the females”; say this to them and they will sway slightly to and fro like babies sent to sleep in cradles. Say to them “Murder your mother,” and they sit up quite suddenly. Yet the two sentences, in cold logic, are exactly the same.”

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.


Eugenics and Other Evils


G.K. Chesterton

Cassell and Company, Limited London, New York, Toronto & Melbourne 1922


I publish these essays at the present time for a particular reason connected with the present situation; a reason which I should like briefly to emphasise and make clear... Continue reading book >>

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