After the Eugenics movement was well established in the United States it spread to Germany. Literature was being produced and sent to prominent scientists and medical professionals.
By 1935 the United States had subjected more people to forced sterilization than any country in the world. The forced sterilization program instituted by the Nazi's was partly inspired by California.
The Rockefeller Foundation helped develop and fund German programs including one that Josef Mengele worked in before going to Auschwitz. More than 5000 people were being forcibly sterilized in Germany. C.M. Goethe, the California eugenics leader, bragged to a colleague;
"You will be interested to know that your work has played a powerful part in shaping the opinions of the group of intellectuals who are behind Hitler in this epoch-making program. Everywhere I sensed that their opinions have been tremendously stimulated by American thought...I wanted you , my dear friend, to carry this thought with you for the rest of your life, that you have jolted into action a great government of 60 million people."
Harry H. Laughlin, a eugenics researcher, often bragged that his model eugenics laws had been implemented in the 1933 Nuremberg racial hygiene laws. In 1936 Laughlin was invited to an award ceremony at Heildlberg University, this was on the anniversary date of Hitler's 1934 purge of Jews from the Heildlberg faculty. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate for his work on the "science of racial cleansing".
Laughlin was unable to attend so picked up the Doctorate from the Rockefeller Institute. He proudly shared the award with his colleagues. His remark was that this symbolized the "common understanding of German and American scientists of the nature of eugenics."
After 1945, historians tried to keep the connection between US and the Nazi eugenics movement apart. Historians and popular causes still try to rewrite history, especially political parties.
So words and popular causes can induce well meaning people to do terrible things. So how does this connect to today? Are we ignoring history to do the same thing just worded differently? Today Pro Choice is just the same old elitist philosophy worded differently. The vast majority of abortions are among poor and ethnic people. Inherently racist, the same people of education and status lead the cry for the right to "control the body" and give no sanction to the life taken. However if a pregnant woman is killed in a car wreck, or other act of violence, there is an automatic assumption in law that the fetus is a casualty also and the defendant can be charged with 2 deaths.
The Chinese program of forced abortion and ignored infanticide was conceived and implemented by an American doctor. Though there is no outcry from many in government or media, the practice is not condemned by other than Right to Life members.
As much as the gas chambers of Hitler's regime are condemned, the fact remains that the concept came from America.
Under provisions of the Obama Health Care Law the concept of euthanasia through indirect means is now the law of the land. Once a person is beyond the standard of contributing to society, medical care is delayed and denied.
As the average life of Americans has been increasing the popular methods for controlling all the costs associated with Health care, Medicare, Social Security, and other programs for the elderly are an issue solved by the ethics of eugenics.
As a society are we not continuing the thought of the eugenics ethic (or non ethic)? As we no longer can agree on anything in the political arena have we allowed ourselves to be set up under false pretenses for the same thing to occur again.
Scientists, professors, think tanks, political planners, and elitists now set an agenda. The media participates, with the talking points set down daily, that are repeated by political hacks and word spinners.
We intervene in world affairs if there is oil or drugs involved but pity the people of Syria who have nothing. The world (US) has not come to there aid and men, women, and children that are targeted in a civil war that is just not worth the administrations effort to save.
The words of a nation are not enough to lead. The money of the nation cannot buy friends. The only effective way to lead is by example.
ARE WE THE EXAMPLE TODAY THAT WE SHOULD BE?
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