The "good" Eugenicist: Julian Huxley's remarks for the founding event of UNESCO in 1946

"At the moment, it is probable that the indirect effect of civilisation is dysgenic instead eugenic; and in any case it seems likely that the dead weight of genetic stupidity, physical weakness, mental instability, and disease-proneness, which already exist in the human species, will prof too great a burden for real progress to be achieved. Even though it is quite true that any radical eugenic policy will be for many years politically and psychologically impossible, it will be important for UNESCO to see that the eugenic problem is examined with the greatest care, and that the public mind is informed of the issues at stake so that much that now is unthinkable may at least become thinkable." - Source: Julian Huxley: UNESCO its Purpose and its Philosophy, Page 21 (PDF) (1946)

In 1991 the UNESCO Courier printed excerpts from Julian Huxley's above text "UNESCO: Its Purpose and Philosophy" and provided them with the following footnote:

„In 1946 the British scientist and humanist Julian Huxley wrote a long paper entitled Unesco, its purpose and its philosophy, in which he set forth guidelines for the new organization. The document was highly controversial. It was regarded by some as an attack on religion, by others as pro-communist. Eventually Unesco’s General Conference refused to sponsor its publication. Over forty years later, Huxley’s »planetary utopia« has lost none of its force or topicality.“

Source: A Planetary Utopia. In: The UNESCO Courier, 1991 XLIV: 2, pp. 41-42. In: R. S. Deese: Twilight of Utopias: Julian and Aldous Huxley in the Twentieth Century. In: JSRNC 5.2 (2011) 210-240

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