The Atlantic’s Past Of Endorsing Eugenics And Sterilization Revealed

( )- The Atlantic, which once claimed to “be the organ of no party or clique” but cannot consider itself such any longer, once flirted with the idea of sterilization of a self-proclaimed undesirable population, according to a report by the National Pulse.

In its November 1950 issue of the magazine, The Atlantic published an article simply titled, “Sterilization” by Dr. Abraham Myerson, a leading psychiatrist who came from Lithuania as a boy and once worked at Tufts Medical School. The article was extracted from his posthumous book, “Speaking of Man.”

In the beginning paragraph, the doctor writes that in America there are “millions of individuals markedly unfit to live in society. Many of them cannot care for themselves or their children and are a burden to their families or communities. Because of the possibility that their defects are hereditary, and that allowing these people to have children will result in spreading their disabilities more widely through future generations, we must consider the question of eugenical sterilization.”

Meyerson also made an argument for “meddling with the sexual organs,” something that can only be done “by great force or very intensive social education.” This is reportedly the same argument used by the political left to justify the genital mutilation of children who proclaim to be transgender.

Myerson continued to argue that “feeble-mindedness” and “Mongolian idiocy” were reasons for sterilization. The so-called “feeble-minded” extended to those with schizophrenia, manic-depressive psychoses, and epilepsy.

“Since most of the feeble-minded can hardly care for themselves, a family of children may prove an overwhelming burden,” Myerson wrote, concluding with an advocacy for a “limited eugenic program.”

Eugenics would allegedly be “good eugenics” he argues, where every person would be out of the slums and have access to “sunshine and good food, cultural opportunities, and those things which stimulate the growth of intelligence.”