At the annual meetings in Davos, Switzerland, the richest of the rich gather to discuss how to end poverty (and other ironies). Perhaps it is worth thinking what this truly means for them. Perhaps they actually mean how to get rid of the poor instead? Perhaps we should consider whether abortion, malnutrition, vaccination programmes are actually the ‘tools’ of those who are implementing the depopulation agenda?
At the time, tuberculosis killed 70,000 and disabled 150,000 people in Britain each year. When it struck the breadwinner, whole families would be thrown into destitution. How then could it be said that the disappearance of this terrible disease would be “a national calamity?”
The answer was eugenics. What Barr was saying, in effect, was that the misery and suffering caused by tuberculous deaths did not outweigh the eugenic benefits it had on British racial stocks. That TB had value as a lethal, and legal, means to eliminate the so-called “unfit”.
“Dr. D. W. Hunter, whose name I deeply regretted to see in a recent casualty list, said: ‘The death-rate among idiots is about ten times that of the normal population at the same age. Further, of deaths of idiots about 80 per cent. are due to tuberculosis. Now an idiot has not even the resisting power necessary to die of phthisis; he dies of acute tuberculosis, death taking place in from three to six weeks from the onset of the illness. Surely here there is some inherited lowering of the soil. There are some 150,000 (estimated) of these defectives in England and Wales, and for every defective there are from six to a dozen of his relatives only a shade better than himself. Practically the same holds for insanity, yet we are asked to believe that a man cannot inherit a soil which will remain during his lifetime permanently below the average in resisting power. Until we have some restriction in the marriage of undesirables the elimination of the tubercle bacillus is not worth aiming at. It forms a rough, but on the whole very serviceable check, on the survival and propagation of the unfit. This world is not a hothouse; a race which owed its survival to the fact that the tubercle bacillus had ceased to exist would, on the whole, be a race hardly worth surviving. Personally, I am of opinion—and I think such opinion will be shared by most medical men who have been behind the scenes and have not allowed their sentiments to blind them—that if to-morrow the tubercle bacillus were non-existent, it would be nothing short of a national calamity. We are not yet ready for its disappearance.’”
In 1921, Barr wrote to Dr Marie Stopes to congratulate her on the opening of a birth-control clinic in a poor district of London. The restriction in the reproduction of undesirables was to be achieved by the provision of contraceptives (Stopes’ own “PRORACE” brand).
“You and your husband have inaugurated a great movement which I hope will eventually get rid of our C3 population and exterminate poverty. The only way to raise an A1 population is to breed them.” [“A1” and “C3” were categories assigned to men who sought enlistment in the army. A1 was the very best, and C3 described the worst, unfit to serve on mental and physical grounds].
Exterminating Poverty, by Mark H. Sutherland
“Exterminating Poverty” is the true story of a Scottish doctor’s fight against eugenics, and its supporters in Britain’s intelligentsia and Medical and Scientific establishments. (Mark H. Sutherland/YT)
Three elements set the conflict in motion:
- Tuberculosis (TB) – an infectious disease that killed 70,000 Britons each year, mostly among the poor (50,000 died from Consumption or TB of the lungs);
- Eugenics – a pseudo-science whose adherents believed that Consumption was caused primarily by the defective heredity of its victims, and
- The heartless eugenicists who saw TB as beneficial for Britain because it did a rough but effective job of killing the so-called “unfit”.
It was at that point that a eugenic clinic was opened in a poor part of London that aimed to get rid of poverty by breeding out the poor. While the founder dispensed her “Prorace” (and later “Racial”) brand contraceptives to the poor women who wanted them, she campaigned for the compulsory sterilization of the poor women (and men) who did not.
Dr Halliday Sutherland attacked the clinic. He received a writ for libel from its founder, Dr Marie Stopes.
To a contemporary reader, it perhaps sounds easy… after all, who would be in favour of eugenics? Yet the list included most of the most eminent persons of the era: John Maynard Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Sir James Barr, Sir William Arbuthnot Lane, G.B. Shaw, H.G. Wells., Karl Pearson (Professor of Eugenics at University College, London), the Rt Hon George Roberts M.P., the Lady Constance Lytton and, if Stopes herself is to be believed, Prime Minister Lloyd George.
Exterminating Poverty tells the true story of Dr Halliday Sutherland’s fight against the “settled science” of his era.