What are eugenics and scientific racism?
Eugenics is the scientifically erroneous and immoral theory of “racial improvement” and “planned breeding,” which gained popularity during the early 20th century. Eugenicists worldwide believed that they could perfect human beings and eliminate so-called social ills through genetics and heredity. They believed the use of methods such as involuntary sterilization, segregation and social exclusion would rid society of individuals deemed by them to be unfit.
Scientific racism is an ideology that appropriates the methods and legitimacy of science to argue for the superiority of white Europeans and the inferiority of non-white people whose social and economic status have been historically marginalized. Like eugenics, scientific racism grew out of:
- the misappropriation of revolutionary advances in medicine, anatomy and statistics during the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution through the mechanism of natural selection.
- Gregor Mendel’s laws of inheritance.
Eugenic theories and scientific racism drew support from contemporary xenophobia, antisemitism, sexism, colonialism and imperialism, as well as justifications of slavery, particularly in the United States.
quote: It is quite possible, I suppose, that Fendley initially misrepresented the 11,000 scientists statement as “urging population control” because she did not realize that “population control,” as a descriptive phrase, has evolved significantly in recent decades. It is now a derogatory signifier, appropriately used only to classify individuals and groups who embrace and advance coercive, human-rights damaging notions in relation to impacting human population size and growth. It also works well for rabid, reactionary, regressive idiocy.
People are confused by Bill Gates because when they hear Bill Gates and "population control" they automatically think 'eugenics'. Eugenics may advocate for population control but Population control, in general, would not advocate for eugenics. When people prejudicially force everything to fall under the same blanket they tend to not see the positive goals and reasons for a smaller population or ways of getting there that do not include killing or sterilizing. I do not support any such thing. But I'm using "Population Control" because I think the only way that a reduction can be achieved is by changes in public policy.
For example: Among the poor in the US, mothers are given more public assistance and tax benefits for having more children under the logic that they need help taking care of them. But this makes them have more because they don't worry as much about not being able to take care of them. At the same time, this also pushes a lot of fathers out of the equation. Many women are able to live on this assistance as well as portions of the child support from the fathers. There's really no way of making sure the money is used on the children and the courts already recognize the children as being financially responsible for the bills of the house so their support can be applied to rent and utilities. As a result, many mothers on public assistance are able to resell the portion of that public assistance that is surplus to them. So the system is being exploited something that's generating more population and encouraging fewer secure and stable homes by creating a safety net for everyone. And at the same time, this same public assistance can also be abused by the rich who are able to also gain access to it.
Bill Gates does want there to be less people on Earth. However, Bill Gates is not talking about people who are already alive. The Gates foundation has helped save millions. But again, their goals are mainly saving children and preventing the spread of disease is a good way to do that. Even if the children survive and the parents don't this creates a huge problem. Even the loss of one parent can be devastating to the life of a child.
The trick with population control is the understanding that even with billions of dollars you can't help everyone. The more people there are, the more people there are to worry about, whether it's people getting sick, people needing food, homes, driving cars, using electricity, using water, etc. The more humans there are on the planet the harder it is to have equality because the more economics will favor those with money.