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Eugenics Supporter Wins Congressional Primary

This from Inculsion Daily News, see www.InclusionDaily.com and  http://www.raggededgemagazine.com
Eugenics Supporter Wins Congressional Primary
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 6, 2004

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE--Republican voters in Tennessee's 8th Congressional District on Thursday selected an outspoken supporter of eugenics to represent their party in the November election.

James L. Hart was chosen by a wide margin over write-in candidate Dennis Bertrand in the primary election for the U.S. House of Representatives seat.

Hart, 60, has authored "Favored Races", which includes what he calls his "Eugenic Manifesto". In his book and campaign website, Hart argued that "poverty genes" are leading the United States into social and economic decline. He promised to work toward a national eugenic policy to keep people of "less favorable races" -- primarily those originating in sub-Saharan Africa -- from having children or moving into the U.S.

Eugenics is a discredited, false science that was popular in the early part of the last century in the U.S. and Canada and some European counties. The eugenics movement led to the documented, legal sterilization of 66,000 Americans -- most with mental retardation and mental illness -- between 1907 and 1980. It also led to the forced sterilizations of an estimated 400,000 Europeans under the Nazi regime.

Hart describes eugenics as "a public health issue . . . that could directly improve the human condition". He also advocates for, among other things, keeping "imbeciles and 10th generation welfare recipients" from voting.

Hart ran unopposed until Bertrand, who had been on active duty with the National Guard, recently learned of Hart's candidacy. Bertrand entered the GOP congressional race, but was too late to get on the ballot. So he launched the write-in campaign.

"I think his beliefs are not beliefs of any party that I know of," Bertrand said Thursday night, after receiving less than 20 percent of the vote. "I knew it was going to be a really long shot, but in good conscience, I had to at least give it an attempt."

Hart received 80 percent of the vote in Thursday's primary. He will face Democratic incumbent Representative John Tanner, who has represented the district for the last 15 years.

Hart got just three percent of the vote when he ran for the post as an Independent in 2002.

Related:
James Hart For Congress Committee
 http://www.jameshartforcongress.com
"The eugenics apologies" by Dave Reynolds (Ragged Edge Magazine)
 http://www.raggededgemagazine.com/1103/1103ft1.html
Republicans are living proof that eugenics is false science 10.Aug.2004 11:02

Pravda or Consequences

Too many examples to list.

Book on Eugenics 10.Aug.2004 11:04

Binyamin

For those who want to know more about eugenics, I highly recommend Edwin Black's War Against the Weak. It is probably the best source of info on how industrialists sponsered programs of genocide.

life, choice, eugenics 10.Aug.2004 11:21

mister

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was an "outstanding" proponent of eugenics. In April of 1932 she advocated an option "to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation [concentration camps] or sterilization." ("A Plan For Peace")

"Birth Control which has been criticized as negative and destructive, is really the greatest and most truly eugenic method, and its adoption as part of the program of Eugenics would immediately give a concrete and realistic power to that science. . . as the most constructive and necessary of the means to racial health." and ". . .we prefer the policy of immediate sterilizarion, of making sure that parenthood is ' absolutely prohibited ' to the feeble-minded."
1922 "Pivot of Civilization")

since we're talking eugenics 10.Aug.2004 12:06

researcher

I guess I should counter the tired propagandistic rhetoric above. Eugenics may include *forced* sterilization but it is not eugenics if people are given the choice to become sterilized (or we have an epidemic of eugenics in this country from vasectomies and tubal ligations and other forms of sterilization). Sanger wanted the choice to be sterilized to be available to anyone, regardless of class or race, not just those who could afford it. This could hardly be the policy of a eugenicist. In fact eugenicists have always been state fascists rising under authoritarian regimes. They are always anti-choice when it comes to abortion of those they consider "fit" (in other words, abortion for a "desirable" person will be criminalized, while abortion for an "undesirable person" will be enforced).

Eugenists imply or insist that a woman's first duty is to the state; we contend that her duty to herself is her first duty to the state. We maintain that a woman possessing an adequate knowledge of her reproductive functions is the best judge of the time and conditions under which her child should be brought into the world. We further maintain that it is her right, regardless of all other considerations, to determine whether she shall bear children or not, and how many children she shall bear if she chooses to become a mother.
This peculiarly Victorian reticence may be inherited from the founder of Eugenics. Galton declared that the ``Bohemian'' element in the Anglo-Saxon race is destined to perish, and ``the sooner it goes, the happier for mankind.'' The trouble with any effort of trying to divide humanity into the ``fit'' and the ``unfit,'' is that we do not want, as H. G. Wells recently pointed out,[5] to breed for uniformity but for variety. ``We want statesmen and poets and musicians and philosophers and strong men and delicate men and brave men. The qualities of one would be the weaknesses of the other.''

You can read Planned Parenthood's information about Sanger and Eugenics or read the full text of The Pivot of Civilization for more information. There is much to be critical of Sanger's writing but equating her with a eugenicist is simply disingenuous.


speaking of 10.Aug.2004 13:27

comment

Edwin Black, author of war against the weak, see also his book IBM and the Holocaust. Incredible.

web site 10.Aug.2004 13:34

here