Populist theme 7: Issues of identity

Populists tend to have prblems with identity and ideas about the old stock and new stock. An old racist argument in the United States claiming that there are Amercans – Germanic Protestants ” and ethnics, e.g. Catholics and Jews.

From a contemporary eugenicist in England, David Coleman

Second, as Coleman points out with pride, one of the Galton Institute’s main programmes is to help Ethiopians to have fewer babies. At the same time, Coleman argues, in an article in the Galton Institute newsletter of March 2001, that European women should be helped to have more babies: “The root cause of excessive population ageing is very low birth-rates. An effective response must make the workplace, the tax and welfare system and gender relations as a whole more favourable to women, so they can fulfil ambitions, repeatedly stated, to have more than one child.” This chimes with a classic argument of the eugenicists: “better” stock should have more babies, “worse” stock should have fewer.


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