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In War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race (www.waragainsttheweak.com), author Edwin Black describes in horrific detail, “How American corporate philanthropies launched a national campaign of ethnic cleansing in the United States, helped found and fund the Nazi eugenics of Hitler and Mengele—and then created the modern movement of ‘human genetics.’” Of course, these efforts weren’t called “ethnic cleansing,” but “cure and prevention,” “strengthening society,” and other acceptable euphemisms. American eugenicists targeted a variety of groups—including people with disabilities—in the first half of the 20th Century. And while millions were being exterminated by the Nazis, the Americans continued their work, as they admired Hitler’s success. The American Eugenics Movement died a very slow death—it was discounted only after the Nuremberg Trials exposed the “science” of eugenics as the basis for mass murder . . . 

In one of the last chapters—“Eugenics Becomes Genetics”—Black writes: “The world is now filled with dedicated genetic scientists ...[who] fight against genetic diseases [and] help couples bear better children...Most of the twenty-first century’s genetic warriors are unschooled in the history of eugenics...Few if any are aware that in their noble battle against the mysteries and challenges of human heredity, they have inherited the spoils of the war against the weak.”

Black’s book is sadly prophetic, as evidenced by the Combating Autism Act signed by President Bush in December 2006 and the January 2007 recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) that “all pregnant women, regardless of their age, should be offered screening for Down syndrome.”

Known in polite circles as “cure and prevention,” these acts essentially represent 21st Century eugenics: an effort to eliminate people with autism and Down syndrome. These frightening developments . . . Click here to continue.

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.

C. G. Jung

21st Century Eugenics