- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Echo Library (June 12, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1406800384
- ISBN-13: 978-1406800388
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,045,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pivot of Civilization
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She refers to blacks, immigrants, people of "low intelligence" as people who should never have been born ! Wow. And this is the founder of Planned Parenthood that make a profit from destroying innocent children in the womb. Most recently one of their top executives was caught red handed on tape how they sell baby body parts.
This cesspool organization is funded by the government also. President Obama gave them $400m in government grants last year.....$400m.
As a passionate feminist of the 30s and 40s Eugenics movement, she took a very general and (as her adherents would probably argue) a non-political view of the need for the world to take a more careful look at the role birth control plays in shaping human civilization and its progress. Her argument, not at all an illogical one for the times, in a nutshell is that in a world where the threat of overpopulation and poverty are stalking civilization in every direction, it is man's sexual urges that most need to be controlled, especially among the lesser races, enfeebled and unfit masses.
Her first answer to this dilemma proved to be both prescient and seminal one. It was to put women "front and center" in the public debate about population control. Her second answer came in two parts, both parts having to do with re-education. The first part was in recognizing generally (and then acknowledging) that the old order of the Christian Church (mostly Catholics) was anachronistic and primarily responsible for mass ignorance about sexual practices generally, and about birth control practices in particular. This "practiced ignorance" she claimed had consequences for civilization's survival as a whole.
For if procreation is left to the whims of the most ignorant - meaning to Church orthodoxy and to the poor and racial misfits - then civilization would be in peril because then due primarily to demographics it would become a mal-adaptive process, and thus according to her, would not survive Malthus' draconian mathematical edict. The other part, required education of poor people and poor women in particular about the importance of birth control as a mechanism for taking their lives and their destiny into their own hands. This of course led to the development of "Planned Parenthood."
As a purely academic matter, Mrs. Sanger's passionate preaching's make eminent good sense. However, as a practical sociological matter (at least for the time the book was written), she hit a buzz saw of resistance across the political landscape that she was never quite able to recover from. Leaving aside the ethical issues about the Eugenics movement itself (of which she was a staunch supporter) and the heavy undertone of racism that accompanied her ideas (although she was acutely sensitive to both and tried as best she could to steer clear of them), what is most remarkable about this book is that it takes a systemic and scientific approach to a general human problem; advances a cogent thesis and a cogent set of hypotheses; that she then solves. No small feat for any era.
Disagreeing with her politics or her worldview is not quite the same as saying that her analysis -- or her argument -- is without merit. Whether the racist paradigm she used (which was just a few millimeters West of Adolph Hitler's "Final Solution," itself later patterned after the American Eugenics Movement), was wise or not, each reader will have to decide for himself. I just think she was a woman ahead of her times, the wrong times. Four stars
However, Sanger's writing and organization skills in "Pivot" were not top-notch. And, talk of socialist economics (like claiming that economic production should be decreased so that America can be wealthier) did not make any sense.
I regard this book as a classic despite the mediocre presentation because of the author's great influence as the founder of "Planned Parenthood" and because I respect anyone with the bravery to be outspoken on the need for eugenics.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
Pastor Howard Cameron, author of:
The Eternal Purpose of God: The Why of Who You Are