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  •  But earlier they had to keep it secret (0+ / 0-)

    or there would have been an upwelling of popular outrage.

    The radioactive cereal experiments were secret and unpublicized (we are only just learning about them).

    The Tuskegee syphilis study was secret and unpublicized.

    Nobody talked about "sterilization of the unfit", it was just done quietly and never reported on.

    For that matter, nobody talked about lobotomization - it was just done quietly and never reported on.

    Once the stories started to come out, the shit really hit the fan....

    If it's
    Not your body
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    AND it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 05:01:18 PM PST

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    •  Some of it was, some of it wasn't (0+ / 0-)

      The "sterilization of the unfit" was quite publicly discussed in the academic and the mainstream media from 1900 'til WWII loomed on the horizon -- just like the projected "race war", the lynchings that were threatened by public newspapers in the aftermath of the Jack Johnson victories and such.

      What happened was that after WWII, our cold-war propaganda campaign came into direct conflict with the realities of American life -- just as it did in reverse in the Soviet bloc. We were both forced to behave in a more human manner -- the Soviets quit their purges and mass murders, while we were force to at least "disapprove" of the worst of our own excesses and hide them.

      It was a good thing. But now there's no Cold War, removing one of the controls -- but we still believe our own bullshit about ourselves.

      I see ugly things on the horizon if we don't face up to our history.

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