Saturday, February 14, 2015

Evolution and Prohibition

Steven Wishnia writes:
The movement to prohibit alcohol was part puritanical, part racist. In the big cities, it was anti-immigrant. Bishop James Cannon of the Anti-Saloon League in 1928 denounced Italians, Poles and Russian Jews as "the kind of dirty people that you find today on the sidewalks of New York," while in 1923, Imogen Oakley of the General Federation of Women's Clubs described the Irish, Germans, and others as "insoluble lumps of unassimilated and unassimilable peoples — 'wet' by heredity and habit." In the South, it was anti-black. "The disenfranchisement of Negroes is the heart of the movement in Georgia and throughout the South for the Prohibition of the liquor traffic," Georgia prohibitionist A.J. McKelway wrote in 1907. "Liquor will actually make a brute out of a negro, causing him to commit unnatural crimes," Alabama Rep. Richmond P. Hobson told Congress in 1914, a year after he'd sponsored the first federal Prohibition bill. (He said it had the same effect on white men, but took longer because they were "further evolved.")
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This was a decade before the "Scopes Trial."

The Real Scopes Trial

The full title of Charles Darwin's book was On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

Some people say Darwin was not a "racist" because he treated the inferior races with kindness and compassion.

Read that sentence again.

Darwin and Racism

Racism is the first cousin of statism. Evolution is the uncle of both.

Evolution and Genocide

"Compassionate" progressives and liberals will put millions to death, "for their own good."

That's what "the government" is all about.

(By the way, the Puritans were not prohibitionists.)