HG Wells on Race and Euthanasia

Thanks Tony

 

> H.G. Wells was a famous fiction writer who was born in 1866, but he also
> wrote non-fiction works. In 1904 his Anticipations was published wherein
> he made some predictions of future social and technological trends.
>
> Did Wells think that blacks were a fine people and that their population
> should increase? "At the Cape of Good Hope, under British rule, Kaffirs are
> being settled upon little inalienable holdings that must inevitably develop
> in the same direction, and over the Southern States the nigger squats and
> multiplies." (Anticipations, p. 83)
>
> "There is a disposition in the world, which the French share, to undervalue
> grossly the prospects of all things French, derived, so far as I can
> gather, from the facts that the French were beaten by the Germans in 1870,
> and that they do not breed with the abandon of rabbits or negroes." (p. 205)
>
> "They will rout out and illuminate urban rookeries and all places where the
> base can drift to multiply; they will contrive a land legislation that will
> keep the black or yellow or mean-white squatter on the move;" (p. 263)
>
> But what does Wells recommend for "undesirables"?
>
> "And for the rest--those swarms of black and brown and yellow people who do
> not come into the new needs of efficiency? Well, the world is a world, not
> a charitable institution, and I take it they will have to go. The whole
> tenor and meaning of the world, as I see it, is that they have to go. So
> far as they fail to develop sane, vigorous, and distinctive personalities
> for the great world of the future, it is their portion to die out and
> disappear." (p. 274)
>
>
> For more on the 'wonderful' H.G. Wells see the essay below:
>
> H.G. Wells Favored Eugenics
> (article in the PUBLIC DOMAIN)
>
> This week in the Financial Post (Canada) author and broadcaster Michael
> Coren wrote an eye-opening piece, The origin of social engineering. He
> starts, "It was revealed recently that in the 1920s the Swedish government
> forcibly sterilized 60,000 people who were thought to be 'genetically
> inferior'." Coren goes on to inform:
>
> One man who was convinced he knew best, who was massively influential both
> in his native Britain as well as in Canada, and who was a dominant social
> activist for half a century, was the novelist H.G. Wells. The author of
> The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of theWorlds also wrote
> extensively of the need for widespread and often forced abortion, birth
> control, euthanasia and sterilization. [his friend Margaret Sanger also
> advocated forced sterilization] He advocated murder of those "who did not
> fit in." One of his key books on the subject was entitled Anticipations.
>
> Wells wrote in this volume the mentally and physically handicapped should
> not be allowed to be born, but that if they did manage to come into the
> world they should be "removed."
>
> There was more. "And how will the New Republic treat the inferior races?
> How will it deal with the black? how will it deal with the yellow man? how
> will it tackle the alleged termite in the civilized world, the Jew?" He
> replied to his rhetorical question that these people would be discouraged,
> by any means necessary, from procreation. [In her autobiography Margaret
> Sanger talked about her friend H.G. Well but denounced none of his ideas]
>
> He went on to say that "the ethical system that will dominate the
> world-state will be shaped primarily to favor the procreaton of what is
> fine and efficient and beautiful in humanity -- beautiful and strong
> bodies, clear and powerful minds -- and to check the procreation of base
> and servile type." For these poor souls "the men of the New Republic will
> have little pity and less benevolence."
>
> Then there was euthanasia. The new order would "naturally regard the
> modest suicide of incurably melancholy or diseased or helpless persons as a
> high and courageous act of duty rather than a crime."
>
> This book, and other like it, received mostly glowing reviews. The
> socialist writer Arnold Bennett claimed he was "absolutely overwhelmed by
> the sheer intellectual vigor" and Beatrice Webb, one of the founders of
> Britain's Labour party, said Anticipations was "the most remarkable book of
> the year; a powerful imagination furnished with the data and methods of
> physical science working on social problems."
>
> Indeed Wells' views were so popular amongst the socialists of the Edwardian
> age that one prominent thinker proposed him to become a member of the
> esteemed Fabian Society, an intellectual think-tank that shaped much of
> European and North American socialism. This man said everything Wells had
> written was eminently correct and it was true the new world order would
> demand extensive social engineering. His name was George Bernard Shaw. We
> in Canada have name both an important theatre and a major drama festival
> after him.
>
> There are those people who genuinely believe the debate over social
> engineering is long dead. Not so. It never stopped, and some of us would
> argue that the advance of science and the decline in the belief in
> universal truth it is really just beginning.
>

 

 

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