To this end, Blacker announced '[t] he eugenist
should, therefore, at this early stage, make contact with leading personalities in these developing services.
Embracing the idea of evolution, eugenists
argued that through the judicious control of human reproduction, and the numerical increase of the middle class, paradise on earth might be gained, and Britain's supremacy in the world maintained.
Important though this objective was to eugenists
, their more immediate goal in advocating and ultimately securing passage of the Act was to address what was perceived to be a serious and growing problem of public order and public health--namely the problem of the feebleminded as a menace to society, as a source of rampant crime and moral delinquency.
and suffragists were concerned with many of the same issues: family limitation, abortion, marriage, family, and divorce, but often with disparate goals in mind.
However, in his widely read book, The Criminal, the English Lombrosian and eugenist
Havelock Ellis rejected as less than authoritative Lombroso's claim that in the search for criminals one must go "as far back as" various insectivorous plants.
The feudal view of disease as retribution of God and the eugenist
science underlying Nazi racial hygiene clearly resonated well with the dominant politics and ideology of their respective societies.
Harris's occasionally humorous tone is anchored by her firm awareness of Playboy criticism and understanding of the eugenist
Vasconcelos, along with other Latin American eugenists
, endorsed the concept of racial purity, but instead of accepting Eurocentric values "praised racial hybridization as itself a form of eugenization that would help consolidate the nation around the mestizo".
Did the eugenists
really need to receive the support of their class enemies as well as their old friends, if they were to succeed in pushing through their programme?
Pope Plus XI strongly condemned forced sterilization in an encyclical in 1930, criticizing eugenists
for calling on "the civil authority to arrogate to itself a power over a faculty which it never had and can never legitimately possess," and evangelical firebrand William Jennings Bryan dismissed eugenics in the 1920s as a program for "scientific breeding .
In the 1890s, buffeted by the relentless pressure of socialism with its assumption about natural rights on the one hand and the increasing influence of eugenists
like Karl Pearson and Francis Galton on the other, Huxley, agreeing with neither camp, focuses on evolutionary versus ethical forces (on biology versus morality); or, as Adrian Desmond writes, on "how far moral rights should infringe on a natural `unmitigated selfishness'" (Desmond, 578).
The views of the eugenists
, which King quotes at length, were certainly illiberal, but he cannot show that they had much actual influence on policy.