109) To this, he added that "[w]hether or not a genetic decline has set in, the fact remains that the community is burdened with an enormous number of unfit members, and that every humane person must concur with the eugenist
in wishing to see an improvement.
The future of eugenics, and the future of society as eugenists
imagined it, depended upon the cooperation of women in the performance of its ideology.
The work and career of progressive and internationally connected doctor Maurice Schalit demonstrated that Australia's mid-century eugenists
were also interested in creating a socially acceptable and accessible form of eugenics for the public.
When environmental conditions were thought of as the natural result of actions taken by a debased race, poverty became a "biological condition" for which the only rational (my italics) response was, in the words of "the eugenist
and imperialist Arnold White," "to let them die out by leaving them alone" (24).
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 .
The philosophy of this program is essentially a variant of the theory of the self-perfectibility of man, a philosophy first proposed by Pelagius in the fifth century and used today by the secular eugenists
who espouse a particularly arrogant and ominous program for the improvement of the human race.