politics

Did the eugenics movement make sterilization trendy?

A century ago, the eugenics movement in the United States was strong. So strong, in fact, that it was largely the American eugenics movement that inspired the Nazis in the 1930's. But after the atrocities of concentration camps came to light, the eugenics movement largely died out, or at least, it seemed to. In reality, I think it just went underground and its proponents came up with more subtle ways of engineering humanity's genetics. Read more [...]

Americans are poorer today than they were 60 years ago

Not just Americans, actually, but people all throughout the West. You used to be able to afford to pay for a family with 3-5 kids on one income and still be middle class. Now, both parents have to work, and even with only 2 kids they barely end up in the middle class, burdened by debt for their entire lives, living well outside their means until they retire. If they get to retire. In the 1910's, a teenager used to be able to work for 3 months over the summer and pay for an entire year of tuition at a private college. Now, that's a laughable proposition... Read more [...]