In Toynbee's beloved Scandinavia, they were still compulsorily sterilising the educational subnormal in the early 1970s. It was, we hoped, the last shudder of the left's inhumane obsession with Eugenics, Euthanasia and breeding a more perfect and rational socialist Uberman; an obsession particularly at home in Britain's Fabians. Shaw wanted a 'humane lethal gas' to be used to remove undesirables from society, and Virginia Woolf, on seeing a queue of the mentally ill, remarked "Imbeciles - every one of them a miserable, ineffective, shuffling, idiotic creature. It was perfectly horrible. They should certainly be killed." Nye Bevan, one of the most evil hypocrites ever to sit in Parliament, defended the Soviet regime on the floor of the Commons long after he knew the facts of the Holodomor, presumably on the grounds that the rise of Socialism was more important than the lives of a few millions of Ukrainians. In the years before the war, the left found nothing at all wrong with Germany's T4 Euthanasia programme, in which the severely mentally and physically disabled were 'humanely' killed; it was only at Nuremberg that we learned that many who went on to manage the extermination camps had graduated from the Fabian-approved T4 programme.
Today they're back again. In the Telegraph this morning, a report supporting the destruction of human embryos that carry 'undesirable' genes; the doctor (and it's always a doctor) promoting the idea says 'we should actively give parents the choice to screen out personality flaws in their children as it meant they were then less likely to harm themselves and others'. Killing children in the womb is probably aesthetically more acceptable to the left these days than using Shaw's humane gas, I guess. And Toynbee writes in support of Euthanasia; the Guardian presents this as reason, but we have seen the sort of ratcheting and escalation that Toynbee's thinking leads to in the past. It starts with 'voluntary' Euthanasia, then progresses to Euthanasia at the family's request for individuals deemed incapable of making a rational choice, then Euthanasia at the State's behest. Even Germany's murderous T4 programme needed the signatures of two doctors - all very proper and correct.