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Chesterton: Still Fresh as a Daisy

Chesterton: Still Fresh as a Daisy August 16, 2014

‘The eugenical opportunity I have described is but an ultimate analysis of a whole drift of thoughts in the type of man who does not analyse his thoughts. He sees a slouching tramp, with a sick wife and a string of rickety children, and honestly wonders what he can do with them. But prosperity does not favour self-examination; and he does not even ask himself whether he means “How can I help them?” or “How can I use them?”—what he can still do for them, or what they could still do for him. Probably he sincerely means both, but the latter much more than the former; he laments the breaking of the tools of Mammon much more than the breaking of the images of God. It would be almost impossible to grope in the limbo of what he does think; but we can assert that there is one thing he doesn’t think. He doesn’t think, “This man might be as jolly as I am, if he need not come to me for work or wages.”‘

— The Prophet G.K. Chesterton on both Left Wing Abortionists and Right Wing Screamers at Central American Children, both relying on the same Malthusian arguments for dooming undesirable children, both castigating the other as heartless, both right, and both horribly wrong.

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