The following excerpts from [Callenbach, Ernest. Living Cheaply With Style. Ronin Publishing, 1993.] resonate with my own attempts at expressing who I am. One of my favorite words has become enough: “sufficient to meet a need or satisfy a desire; adequate.” Callenbach is definitely writing from within a specific political “box” (which is more than evident in later passages of his book), and I like to keep as far away as possible from partisanship, but much of his voice rings true for me. –SB
This is a post I submitted a few moments ago to TheBlaze.com regarding their posting: “NC to Recommend Compensation for Eugenics Victims,” in which they stated the following:
State officials sterilized more than 7,600 people in North Carolina from 1929 to 1974 under eugenics programs, which at the time were aimed at creating a better society by weeding out people such as criminals and mentally disabled people considered undesirable.
. . . a black woman with four children, was sent to a psychiatric hospital in 1953 after showing signs of what [Delores] Marks [60 of Durham] thinks was probably post-partum depression. She returned to her family after a few months at the hospital, where she was sterilized. . . .
Many states ended their eugenics programs because of associations with Nazi Germany’s program aimed at racial purity, but North Carolina in fact ramped up sterilizations after World War II. The state’s sterilizations peaked in the 1950s, with about 70 percent of all sterilizations performed after the war, according to state records. The program didn’t officially end until 1977. It is one of about a half-dozen states to apologize for eugenics programs.
Most victims were poor, black women deemed unfit to be parents. People as young as 10 were sterilized for reasons as minor as not getting along with schoolmates or being promiscuous. Although officials obtained consent from patients or their guardians, many did not comprehend what they were signing.
There are more than 60,000 victims of forced sterilization in the U.S., and though several states have apologized for such programs, North Carolina would be the first to compensate victims. . . .
Elaine Riddick, who was 14 when the state eugenics board ordered her sterilization, has railed against the compensation amounts proposed so far and called the task force “a new face of the eugenics board.”
Riddick had given birth after being raped. She sued the state in the 1970s, seeking $1 million, and said that figure should increase with time.
“They took away my right to be a complete woman,” she said. “What do you think it is worth?”
Posted on January 12, 2012 at 10:10am [8:10am MST] [Revised]
Thanks, The Blaze, for this article. I had no idea that Americans actually participated to this level in the application of eugenics. Just goes to show you what extent elitists of any ilk will go to.
Progressives are behind eugenics, but there are other forms of cleansing out the “little people” through an elitist’s God complex. Those of any political party, in my view, who consider their agendas sacred, seek to cleanse out the full voice of the people in a representative government. I think that parties should define and clarify the issues of the right or left without endorsing, certainly not attempting to dictate, who the right or left should vote for.
As an alumni member of the college where I completed my BA, I received an email one day, addressed to all alumni members, which informed us how we should vote toward a specific ballot initiative. I responded to the alumni official, asking how they could educate students toward critical thinking–toward deciding on our own how to vote–yet they could send out such an email basically telling us how we must vote. In response, I was invited to discuss the issue over a soft drink. I chose not to.
Parties now, essentially, filter out all of the “little people’s” voices in favor of the party voice, the elitists’ voice–and that of their deep pocket supporters. Dr. [Ron] Paul’s platforms, a perfect example, clash in a behemoth way with the core, mainstream, business-as-usual, center-right party. The center-right wants more power in the hands of their deep-pocket supporters–cleansing out the voice of the “little people.“ Paul wants no cleansing of any kind, only adherence to the Constitution.
Eugenics is preventing undesirables from procreating. Partisan politics, in this sense, are preventing undesirables from procreating their beliefs and ideas through our representative government. –SB
When is a party not a party? When you’re not invited.
One of the standards of critically thinking for oneself is searching out and understanding primary sources. In today’s age, it’s too easy to cut corners by relying on blogs and websites for second, third or fourth (or worse) generation sources, which too often are not even close to matching their original sources. Setting grammatical laziness aside, sometimes outright bias is designed to spin a primary source into a citation that casts a favorable light on specific partisan agendas.
The below selection from William James has been quoted many times (often without the courtesy of citing him) and still can be found at the heart of many contemporary self-help books and programs. The Day-Timer time-management system was one of the first of the modern managing systems, based on many of Charles R. Hobbs’ innovative ideas, followed by Franklin day planners which later became Franklin-Covey planners. All of the modern day planning-system peddlers borrow from elements of Hobbs’ original ideas, many of whom not giving him so much as a passing nod.
Hobbs’ revolutionary time-management ideas can be found in a revised edition entitled, Time Power, first published in 1987, as well as other related books, at the following site: http://www.charlesrhobbs.com/ .
In Charles R. Hobbs’ 1985 booklet (first copyrighted in 1976), How To Manage Your Time More Effectively With A Day Timer (which accompanied early Day-Timer packages), the “four maxims on habit formulation” (published by William James in 1891 for assistance in “carrying out a goal”) were properly quoted by Hobbs. James cited his own source for the first two maxims: a “Professor Bain.” –SB
from: [James, William. The Principles of Psychology. “Habit.” 1891.] with bold emphasis added.
“In Professor Bain’s chapter on “The Moral Habits” there are some admirable practical remarks laid down. Two great maxims emerge from his treatment. The first is that in the acquisition of a new habit, or the leaving off of an old one, we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided an initiative as possible.
The second maxim is: Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life.
A third maxim may be added to the preceding pair: Seize the very first possible opportunity to act on every resolution you make, and on every emotional prompting you may experience in the direction of the habits you aspire to gain.
As a final practical maxim, relative to these habits of the will, we may, then, offer something like this: Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day.”
[My Growing Up Chart from: http://www.victoriachartcompany.com/growingupchart.html ].
[Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive (1944): lyrics by Johnny Mercer; music by Harold Arlen).] Listen to Dennis Potter’s twisted version here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKrC9Tu8gpo&list=PL117BBD43286A4CAA&index=5&feature=plpp_video , with vocals by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters.