G. K. Chesterton’s highly influential treatise on one of
the most controversial topics of the early twentieth
When G. K. Chesterton first published Eugenics and Other
Evils in 1922, he seemed to be the lone voice of reason against
the fashionable concept of selectively breeding a population for
“desirable” traits. Though later generations came to associate
eugenics with the horrors of the Third Reich, worldwide support for
the philosophy was at an all-time high when Chesterton penned this
brave and prophetic work. His unique combination of somber analysis
and coruscating wit produces an argument too persuasive to
Eugenics and Other Evils showcases Chesterton at the height
of his rhetorical powers. His discussion of capitalism, socialism,
and the concerns that guide our moral decisions is as pertinent
today as the day it was penned.
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