I just finished reading “Future Human Evolution” by Prof. John Glad. I learned long ago to avoid taking the titles and accomplishments we find on dust jackets too seriously. This is because of the tremendous amount of rubbish we are served by “illustrious professors” with impressive-sounding titles and long lists of books and papers to their names. I’ve learned that a university degree does not bestow its owner with common sense, nor does it cleanse him of hidden agendas such as the defense of dogma or the will to further his career, truth be damned.
But Future Human Evolution has no such agenda, unless one considers battling for the truth, and the preservation of our species an “agenda.” Therefore I’ll quote the dust jacket:
John Glad is a retired professor of Russian studies, having taught at Rutgers University, the University of Chicago, the University of Iowa, and the University of Maryland. He is also the former Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, D.C. A Guggenheim grant recipient, he is the author, editor, or translator of twenty books, some of which have been honored in the American Book Awards. Future Human Evolution is part of his long-standing work on behalf of human rights, in this case of future generations.
And this brings me to a critical concept in eugenics, which Prof. Glad makes perfectly clear in his book: That future generations have rights. This is a point that I myself expounded upon in the first post of this blog, Reflections of a “Racist” Father. We take the view that human society includes not only those who are alive today, but also those who are yet to be born. When we consider how much we owe to the sacrifices of our ancestors, our generation should certainly appreciate this position. As beneficiaries of previous generations, we should be eager to bestow similar benefits upon future generations.
Glad points out that, although there are racial differences (in general terms), eugenics is race-neutral. Whatever traits we wish to promote in one race, we wish to promote in other races as well. All races stand to benefit from eugenics – and all races stand to suffer from dysgenic policies.
One of the most important services Prof. Glad offers us in his book is that he gives historical context to the eugenics movement and exposes the supposed link between Nazism and eugenics as a myth – a myth that has been promoted by certain forces on the left. Nazism had nothing to do with eugenics. On the contrary, Nazi policies were dysgenic to the extreme. Any “eugenic” policies followed by the Nazis were also followed by their enemies in the U.S. and Europe at the time. Glad points out that Hitler’s euthanasia campaign was not eugenic in nature, but rather a crude way to free up hospital beds for the large numbers of expected war casualties. Glad also devotes a chapter to the contributions of Jews to the eugenics movement – a subject to which he later devoted an entire book, Jewish Eugenics.
Prof. Glad explains that, contrary to common belief, the eugenics movement was not an offshoot of a wider discipline of genetics. On the contrary. The science of genetics was an offshoot of eugenics. Not only that, but the eugenics movement has been very much alive and kicking right up to the present time. Several surveys of published books on eugenics, through the years, backs this up.
Perhaps most importantly of all, Prof. Glad offers practical advice as to what eugenic policies we should pursue. For example (pg. 97):
Welfare policies need to be radically reexamined. Rather than simply pay low-IQ women more for each child, financial support should be made dependent on consent to undergo sterilization. Society should put more emphasis on greater tax credits for families with children, nurseries, day-care centers, etc. This would promote fertility among high-IQ women, who otherwise are tempted to either not to have children at all, or to have too few, sacrificing their unborn children before the alter of career advancement. The goals of the feminist movement are in and of themselves legitimate and fair, but wed to the anti-scientific worldview of radical egalitarianism, they will devastate our species.
Glad’s suggestion regarding sterilization of welfare recipients echoes that of Jared Taylor in his book Paved with Good Intentions.
Though Future Human Evolution is available online for free here, it should be noted that this is an abridged (and revised) version of the printed edition.