Saturday, 2 April 2016

Progressive eugenics

"Much like Johnson, Toby Young promotes his views in the guise of the pillock; forever half-joking and openly advertising his propensity to gaffe, as a kind of cover for likely outlandish or offensive statements. This evasive character was amply on show in his memoirHow to Lose Friends and Alienate People."

"However, given his media voice, Youngs political opinions are neither private nor funny. They are even less amusing when we consider his role in running a free school’ – the Tory-promoted scheme handing control of publicly funded schools from local authorities to private individuals. And still less so when we consider his miserabilist views of what makes for intelligenceor socio-economic success."

"In a podcast on the Spectator website, Young advocates a solution to poverty and long-term unemployment – ‘progressive eugenics. Responding to an article by the magazines editor Fraser Nelson, decrying the trend for designer babies’ – which Nelson calls eugenicsin order to highlight the warnings from history, should [this technology] get into the wrong hands, Young mounts a remarkable defence of what he calls the progressiveuse of a long-discredited science..."

"One way of addressing long-term unemployment and declining rates of social mobility entrenched poverty being passed on from one generation to the next would be, once we have the technology to discover which embryos, in-vitro, are likely to be very intelligent and geneticists believe that that technology will come on stream in the next 10-15 years once that technologys available, I was proposing sort of half-seriously that it should be made available for free on the NHS to the people at the bottom end of the socio-economic and IQ scale. Not compulsory, obviously, but it should be made available for free to those people, if they want it, so they can guarantee that they will have intelligent children"

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  1. "The only way of cutting off the constant stream of idiots and imbeciles and feeble-minded persons who help to fill our prisons and workhouses, reformatories, and asylums is to prevent those who are known to be mentally defective from producing offspring. Undoubtedly the best way of doing this is to place these defectives under control. Even if this were a hardship to the individual it would be necessary for the sake of protecting the race."
    — The Spectator, 25 May 1912

    "It’s comforting now to think of eugenics as an evil that sprang from the blackness of Nazi hearts. We’re familiar with the argument: some men are born great, some as weaklings, and both pass the traits on to their children. So to improve society, the logic goes, we must encourage the best to breed and do what we can to stop the stupid, sick and malign from passing on their defective genes. This was taken to a genocidal extreme by Hitler, but the intellectual foundations were laid in England. And the idea is now making a startling comeback." (Fraser Nelson)