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AOC and the New Eugenics

Here is a piece I wrote for the Stream on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her comments on climate change and whether “it is still ok to have children.”

When an American politician asks if it is still okay to have children, this is something to notice. Are you familiar with the progressive movement and their attraction to eugenics? Then you know the score. It’s a short step from “wondering” if it’s okay for people to have children to making laws that forbid children. Sound like an overstatement?

Take a look at how fast eugenic musings translated into law. The word “eugenics” meaning “well-born” was coined by the English progressive (and Charles Darwin cousin) Francis Galton in 1883. Thomas Leonard tells what happens next in Illiberal Reformers.

You can read the whole piece here

Michael Matheson Miller

Michael Matheson Miller is a Senior Research Fellow at the Acton Institute