In today’s WSJ, Bobby White reports on Auburn, California’s recent conundrum. The inventor of the transistor and Nobel laureate William B. Shockley’s widow recently died, leaving Auburn 28 acres to be used as a park with the only requirement being that the park be named in honor of the aforementioned Mr. Shockley. Nice gesture, right? Wrong, according to California’s self-appointed arbiters of morality. You see, Mr. Shockley, in addition to inventing the transistor, was a eugenicist.
‘Puter agrees with the dirty, nasty hippies that eugenics is a great moral evil. However, ‘Puter doubts the good faith of the filthy, stinking hippies. To show consistency, ‘Puter expects the hippies to also call on California to remove all mention of Democratic president Woodrow Wilson and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, ardent supporters of eugenics. Once the hippies have run Planned Parenthood out of California and scrubbed every trace of our twenty-eighth president from the history books, ‘Puter will believe the lefties’ feigned outrage on this issue.
For a great discussion of progressivism’s (read, liberalism) long-lived and shameful support of eugenics, see Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism, now in paperback.