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Eugenics and Other Evils

Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
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During the first three decades of the 20th century, eugenics, the scientific control of human breeding, was a popular cause within enlightened and progressive segments of the English-speaking world. The New York Times eagerly supported it, gushing about the wonderful "new science." Prominent scientists, such as the plant biologist Luther Burbank, were among its most enthusiastic supporters. And the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations generously funded eugenic research intended to distinguish the "fit" from the "unfit."

This prophetic volume counters the intellectual nihilism of Nietzsche, while simultaneously rebuking Western notions of progress - biological or otherwise. Chesterton expands his criticism of eugenics into what he calls "a more general criticism of the modern craze for scientific officialism and strict social organization."

Public Domain (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Prescient

GK saw the evil fruit in the seed and tried to warn us. We did not listen. Now we are living in a world with a de facto eugenic mentality.

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Good read

I enjoyed the narration and it is engaging. Eugenics is definitely mentioned but speaks of other evils more than I would personally like. Will listen to it again and speaks of a different time which is interesting and speaks of men he interviewed as eugenics scientists and politicians.

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  • No to Statism
  • 26-07-19

Truly Great!

This is one of the best G.K. Chesterton audiobooks here on Audible. This is true for 2 reasons. First Mr. Chesterton shares here some of his best insights, and secondly Derek Perkins does a superb job bringing those insights to life! This is certainly one of my favorite audiobooks, and with that, I say thank you Audible for offering it here!

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  • Stephen Krieger
  • 18-09-20

Prescient thoughts and logic

I tend to appreciate Chesterton’s thinking and really enjoy his fiction. This work is a wonderful insight into the thoughts and arguments against both early capitalism and early socialism. Interestingly, while I often hear Chesterton quotes from the political right, he’s no friendlier to the capitalist than to the Marxist. Of all his books this does highlight the problematic way in which Chesterton addresses ethnicity and race. While I don’t view him as outright anti-Semitic or racist as some do, he certainly is at best a product of his time. Granted that, the book’s primary logic about the oppression of the poor and disenfranchised by the rich, is apt for our world and the turmoil therein.

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  • Ray
  • 01-02-19

So Many Parallels

this book provides so much insight I can hardly believe it was written almost one hundred years ago. Much like Mein Kampf, the writing slices away at modernity with a double edged sword. As America grows and swells, the people are groaning for a savior. Hopefully this book can help lead someone to Christ because it draws heavily from truths in the Bible.

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