Supporters of eugenics

Winston Churchill MP was a supporter of the British Eugenics Society, as were Sidney and Beatrice Webb, founders of the Labour Party, and many other influential intellectuals of the left and right. As Home Secretary at the time the Mental Deficiency Act of 1913 finally became law, it is recorded in Hansard that Winston Churchill said:”The unnatural and increasingly rapid growth of the feebleminded classes, coupled with a steady restriction among all the thrifty, energetic and superior stocks, constitutes a race danger. I feel that the source from which the stream of madness is fed should be cut off and sealed up before another year has passed.”

Other eugenics supporters included authors D.H. Lawrence, H.G.Wells and Aldous Huxley, and the economist John Maynard Keynes.

Published in: on February 3, 2007 at 3:14 am  Comments Off on Supporters of eugenics  
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