It continues to spew from the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
This is, alas, a continuation of the series of which the last episode was Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Part III. That has links to the earlier posts in the series. All of them reveal the Discoveroid’ desperate obsession with linking Darwin to Hitler.
Their latest post is More Missing Links — of Darwin, Eugenics and Hitler. It was written by Bruce Chapman, whom we affectionately call “Chappy.” He’s the founder and president of the Discovery Institute. Chappy’s position makes him Lord High Keeper of the Discoveroids’ Wedge strategy, and the ultimate leader of all Discoveroids. Chappy says, with bold font added by us:
Yale Alumni Magazine has done the world a favor by exposing one of the skeletons in the closet of that and other universities: the eugenics movement.
That’s nice, but as we explained three years ago, in Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin, eugenics has nothing to do with Darwin, or with evolution. So at the threshold, we see that Chappy is about to beat up on a straw-man. He continues:
The author, Richard Conniff, though himself a Darwinist, doesn’t pull punches. A century ago, he explains, well-meaning professors who contributed in positive ways to economics and conservation nonetheless also provided an intellectual weapon for evil that rocked the 20th century. A young activist in Germany was impressed. The movement started by Darwin’s cousin, Francis Galton, was carried to an extreme by this man and his friends in the decades to follow.
We haven’t checked Conniff’s article, so we don’t know if he made that claim about Galton’s influence on Hitler or if it’s Chappy’s fantasy. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Eugenics is far older than the writings of Darwin’s cousin — which Darwin specifically repudiated. That’s explained in our earlier link.
As we’ve said before, the “modern” eugenics movement isn’t modern at all. Horse breeders have been using such “science” since before the Trojan war. Cattle breeders have known how to improve their herds ever since humans have kept domesticated animals. Plato recommended state-supervised selective breeding of children (see The Republic by Plato, Book 5). And the Spartans routinely disposed of infants they regarded as imperfect. There’s nothing new about eugenics.
Unless Darwin and his cousin had access to a time machine so they could indoctrinate the ancients, neither of them can be held accountable for eugenics. Well, Galton advocated the practice, but Darwin never did. Chappy probably knows this, but that doesn’t matter. He’s a Discoveroid.
Chappy concludes his little essay like this:
Even Mr. Conniff cannot bring himself to explain how deeply implicated Darwinism is in eugenics. This is not to blame the dear old man, any more than American eugenicists are responsible for Hitler’s crimes. It is to say that the intellectual lineage is obvious and irrefutable. No Darwin, no eugenics.
Ah, a new Discoveroid slogan emerges from the sewers of Seattle: “No Darwin, no eugenics.” Nice going, Chappy. You continue to preserve the reputation of your “think tank.” as a perpetual fountain of filth. You must be proud.
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