Friday, January 04, 2008

America's "Facist Moment" - Margaret Sanger Co-Stars in New Book by Jonah Goldberg

According to a book review by Ron Radosh in today's New York Sun, Margaret Sanger is featured prominently in Jonah Goldberg's new book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning .

Here is a brief excerpt from Radosh's review:

Turning to what he calls liberal racism, Mr. Goldberg offers readers his finest chapter. It is a devastating picture of how liberals adopted eugenics — a basic part of Nazi doctrine — which was not, as some liberal intellectuals have argued, an outgrowth of conservative thought. Fans of Margaret Sanger, perhaps the single most important feminist hero of the 20th century, will never be able to think of her in the same way. Mr. Goldberg dissects her hidden views of eugenics. A socialist and birth-control martyr, she favored banning reproduction of the "unfit" and regulation of everyone else's reproduction. She wrote, "More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief issue of birth control." She opposed the birth of "ill-bred, ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens." Her words reveal her motive in advocacy of birth control. She sought to remove "inferior" people from being born to poor people, whose mothers by definition were "unfit." Sanger's partisans in Planned Parenthood, the group that stemmed from her work, will be shocked to learn that her publication endorsed the Nazi eugenics program, and that Sanger herself "proudly gave a speech to a KKK rally." That was not surprising, since she clearly viewed blacks as inferior. Hence her "Negro Project," in which she sought to urge blacks to adopt birth control.

5 comments:

Oliver said...

Apparently one of those citations is wrongly attributed :
http://www.alexandersanger.com/blog_archive/2007_07_01_index.html
Just for the sake of truth, I don't that changes much as for the ideas of M. Sanger.

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