Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Real Life Monsters

My sister's recent post prompted me to write this:

"The demand that defective people be prevented from propagating equally defective offspring. . . represents the most humane act of mankind."

Adolf Hitler wrote these words in the first volume of Mein Kampf in 1925. However, he was not the only person at the time with a vision for improving the human race through eugenics. Three years before Mein Kampf, a book was published in America titled Pivot of Civilization.

In it, the author wrote, "we prefer the policy of immediate sterilization, of making sure that parenthood is ' absolutely prohibited ' to the feeble-minded." This same author is quoted elsewhere as saying, "The most merciful thing a large family can do to one of its infant members is to kill it." Who could this person be whose views of eugenics lined up so perfectly with those of Adolf Hitler? The answer is Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood. Of course this connection shouldn't be surprising as Margaret Sanger, in her magazine "The Birth Control Review", ran articles by Dr. Ernst Rudin, the head of Hitler's Medical Experimentation Program.

So, which of these two eugenicists was more successful in fulfilling his/her goals? Let's run the numbers. Hitler managed to kill 6 million Jews and 11 million people from various other despised groups, giving a total of 17 million people murdered due to his ideas. Thanks to Margaret Sanger and the legacy of Planned Parenthood, there have been 55 million abortions in the U.S. since 1967. This means that Sanger's ideas have led to the murder of 324% more people than Hitler's ideas.

And yet, Sanger is lauded as a hero to women everywhere. Did I miss something here?