The impact of an idea.
"We civilised men ... build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment. [...] Thus the weak members of civilised societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man." (Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1882)
"The demand that it should be made impossible for defective people to continue to propagate defective offspring is a demand that is based on most reasonable grounds, and its proper fulfilment is the most humane task that mankind has to face." (Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf)
Is there any link between Darwinism and dictatorship, and what are the modern implications? A Lecture given at St Mary's Church, Henham, Maundy Thursday 2008.
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