via Radio Aryan
This series of Narrations are based on
the book by Allen G Roper, B.A. which won him the Arnold prize for best
essay in 1913 and contain an in-depth study of the different forms of
eugenics that our ancestors used. They start with what the author calls
‘the barbarians’ killing off their sickly children and move on up to the
hypothetical utopias of Plato. The more we separate ourselves from
nature, living in cities and suburban centres, the more the need for a
means of replicating nature’s own methods for weeding out the sickly and
unfit becomes apparent.
What we have today is a form of
dysgenics where the least fit and productive among us are encouraged to
breed through welfare bonuses, which increase for each fatherless
juvenile produced. These people could not have existed in the past, as
their incapable parents would not have been able to provide enough food
for them. With our humane sentiments of not wanting to see people
suffer, we have neglected to look at the greater suffering of the people
as a whole, due to the ever-increasing burden of providing for these
One of the problems with trying to
implement eugenics in the old world, was that you could not tell from
looking at a child whether they would be of high intelligence or not. We
know now that intelligence is passed on through the parents, but it
will still always tend to regress to the mean. Back then, the Spartans
would inspect a child physically and if there was any sign of weakness
then that child’s life would end, but all this would do is create a race
of warriors, never an inventor or philosopher, except by chance.
Plato’s ideas also had pitfalls, which he does not seem to have
recognised and which the author points out.
The final podcast has commentary in the
second half, looking at the morality behind Hitler’s euthanasia and
sterilisation program and particularly his Christian arguments for it.
Editor's Note: See Radio Aryan's Aryan Narrations page to listen to the narrations.