“In Germany, before the Jews were rounded up, hundreds of thousands of disabled, elderly, and mentally ill ‘pure’ Germans were eliminated on the grounds they were ‘useless bread gobblers’ or ‘life unworthy of life’..., a term that first appeared in Germany in 1920.” (Goldberg p. 268)This began before the Jews were targeted. Hold on to that and compare it to this quote from what was a popular science fiction work of 1928.
“They have attained this condition by centuries of weeding out the unfit. They have no hospitals for the feeble-minded or feeble-bodied - abnormal persons are not allowed to live. The same reasoning accounts for their perfect cleanliness, moral and physical. Vice is practically unknown. They believe that clean living and clean thinking are rewarded by the production of a better physical and mental type...." (The Skylark of Space, Loc. 3300-3310)This is not the ravings of a KKK newsletter or the writing of a fanatical Nazi. This is not the right wing crazies or Christian fundamentalists, it is the mainline left. You have the hero of the story who has stumbled across another planet with two races, one good and bad. It is chilling that this was being spoken by one of the good guys in an approving way. This book, in reprint and paperback, was available to young people of the 60's and 70's. This is the kind of thing that was being pushed below the radar by the progressive movement.
And what were the roots of this thinking? Where does it come from?
To be continued...
Goldberg, Jonah. Liberal Fascism. New York: Doubleday, 2007.
Smith, Edward Elmer and Garby, Lee Hawkins. The Skylark of Space. Amazing Stories, 1928.
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