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Darwin’s dangerous economic ideology

April 28th, 2007 · No Comments

DARWIN’S DANGEROUS IDEA
The Disturbing Legacy of America’s Eugenics Crusade
A lecture by Dr. John G. West, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute

I applaud the expose of eugenics. But it would be appropriate to also expose the strong link between Darwinism and classical liberalism, or is that too much to expect from these conservative ID-ists (and, er–classical liberals).

The lecture will be held on Monday April 30, at 11:00 A.M. at Family Research Council, 801 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001. A complimentary lunch will be served. Please R.S.V.P by noon Friday, April 27 if you plan to attend R.S.V.P. Online at www.frc.org (Click on Events) or call 1-800-225-4008.This Lecture will be audiocast live from www.frc.org (Click on “Events”

This year marks the centennial of the world’s first forced sterilization law, passed by the state of Indiana in March 1907. By the early 1930s, some 30 states had enacted similar laws as part of a secular crusade to breed better humans known as “eugenics.” Promoted in the name of Darwinian evolution, eugenics led to the sterilization of tens of thousands of Americans against their will, many of whom would not be considered mentally handicapped today. Why did America’s leading scientists and scientific organizations embrace eugenics for so long? Was eugenics a logical application of Darwin’s theory, or a terrible misuse of it? What is the connection between the eugenics movement and the population control movement that arose in the 1950s and 60s? Most importantly, what are the lessons we can learn from eugenics for today’s controversies over science, bioethics, and public policy? Dr. West will explore these questions and more.

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Dr. West is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He formerly was the chairman of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University. He has been interviewed by Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times, and has appeared on CNN, FoxNews, and C-SPAN. Dr. West holds a Ph.D. in Government from Claremont Graduate University and is author or editor of several books, including Darwin’s Conservatives: The Misguided Quest; The Politics of Revelation and Reason: Religion and Civic Life in the New Nation, and The C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia. In the fall of 2007, ISI Books will publish his book Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science.

Tags: 1848+ · Critique of Evolutionary Economy · Evolution · Ultra Far Left

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