Monday, November 17, 2008

Useless Eaters and The New Human

Not everyone who read Darwin became a Nazi. Darwinism is not a sufficient condition for a phenomenon like Naziism, but Darwinism or something equivalent to it, is a necessary condition for Naziism. --adapted from David Berlinski, interview with Ben Stein, 2008

"All that is non-viable in nature invariably perishes. We humans have transgressed the law of natural selection in the last decades. Not only have we supported inferior life-forms, we have encouraged their propagation. Their offspring has produced individuals lower than any beast. What we want from people in the future is different from what was wanted in the past. We must create the new human so that we will not succumb to the degeneration so typical of modern times." --from a Nazi propaganda film

"With savages, the weak in body or mind are eliminated. We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination. We build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick. Thus the weak members of civilized societies propogate 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. Hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed." --Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1871