…aka, the Margaret Sanger Award, come on down!
Who wouldn’t be thrilled to be given an award named for a person who spent years
warning against the growth of “human weeds,”353 speaking to Ku Klux Klan rallies, opining that the “aboriginal Australian” was “the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development,”354 and warning the New York legislature that
The Jewish people and Italian families who are filling the insane asylums, who are filling our feeble-minded institutions, these are the ones the tax payers have to pay for the upkeep of, and they are increasing the budget of the State, the enormous expense of the State is increasing because of the multiplication of the unfit in this country and in the State.355
Sanger even dreamed of establishing a vast American concentration camp for “morons, mental defectives, epileptics . . . illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, [and] dope-fiends.”356 In all, she wanted to imprison forcibly about one-seventh of the entire American population.
Needless to say, she was an enthusiastic supporter of the pioneering eugenics done by doctors of the Third Reich. A decade before the dawn of the Third Reich, her Birth Control Review ran a motto in its December 1921 issue that summed up a philosophy destined to be warmly received by her colleagues in Hitler’s scientific elite: “Birth Control: To Create a Race of Thoroughbreds!”357
The problem for Margaret Sanger was that all this became a tough sell in the post-war years, what with pictures of Dachau and Auschwitz circulating in classrooms and history books. So the organization she had founded changed its marketing strategy. Instead of encouraging Americans to worship racial purity, Planned Parenthood instead seized on the much more salable notion (pioneered by Freud) that we should throw off the shackles of guilt and responsibility and worship sex. This was sold as “birth control” but the practical outcome was, as Chesterton famously remarked, “No birth and no control.”
353 Untitled speech, Margaret Sanger, January 15, 1937, 2 (Margaret Sanger Collection, Library of Congress).
354 Esther Katz, ed.,The Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger: Volume 1: The Woman Rebel 1900–1928 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003), 45.
355 Ibid., 363.
356 Margaret Sanger, “A Plan for World Peace,” The Birth Control Review, April 1932, 108.
357 The Birth Control Review, December 1921.
From my book Mary, Mother of the Son.
The gospel makes sex fully sexual and virginity virginal. The world makes sex sterile and sexualizes virgins, especially children. Why? Because a person with an obsession is a person with very little sales resistance, as Uncle Screwtape points out. And our girl Nancy is nothing if not a servant of the world.
On a related note, the University of Michigan, one of our many hatcheries for drones in the thrall of the Servile State offers an exhibit on abortion as the “life-sustaining act” of the ages. Training up good little stooges for the trinityt of Mammon, Moloch, and Venus that is the usurping god of these post-Christian United States.