eliminating criminals

Planned Chaos“The eugenists pretend that they want to eliminate criminal individuals. But the qualification of a man as a criminal depends upon the prevailing laws of the country and varies with the change in social and political ideologies. John Huss, Giordano Bruno, and Galileo Galilei were criminals from the point of view of the laws which their judges applied. When Stalin robbed the Russian State Bank of several million rubles, he committed a crime. Today it is an offense in Russia to disagree with Stalin. In Nazi Germany sexual intercourse between ‘Aryans’ and the members of an ‘inferior’ race was a crime. Whom do the eugenists want to eliminate, Brutus or Caesar? Both violated the laws of their country. If 18th-century eugenists had prevented alcohol addicts from generating children, their planning would have eliminated Beethoven.”

– Ludwig von Mises, Planned Chaos
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