@nccomfort @TheNeuroTimes Who do you have in mind as non-Left in the US? Not Margaret Sanger, the Progressive Movement, Clarence Darrow.
— Steve Fuller (@ProfSteveFuller) July 26, 2013
Richards writes, p. 516:
Abstruse genetics may have spoiled the kernel of eugenics theory. But it took a wicked wit, penetrating journalistic analysis, and the horrors of Nazi racial policy finally to crack the movement's hard shell of socially and economically generated racial prejudice. Just back from Dayton, Tennessee, where he defended one version of evolutionary biology, Clarence Darrow took up the prosecution of another. In The American Mercury, in 1925 and 1926, he examined the "Eugenics Cult." He sympathized with the plight of the eugenicists: "The good old Mayflower stock is suffering the same unhappy fate as the good old pre-Prohibition liquor. It is being mixed with all sorts of alien and debilitating substances." Nonetheless, he was bound to find their analyses guilty of both bad logic and worse taste. He compared the line of the Jukeses with that of Jonathan Edwards, the hell fire preacher of Mayflower stock that eugenicists liked to contrast with the Jukeses. Darrow thought the Jukeses' infamous sexual pollutions as a dry stream compared with the enormous drive gushing from the loins of the Edwardses: Jonathan's grandfather had thirteen children; his grandmother was put away for adultery and immorality; and he himself was one of eleven offspring. But of greatness, the family actually had little. Out of the some forty thousand estimated descendants of Edwards's grandparents, Darrow reckoned only six hundred were of any note - about 1.5 percent of the total. And this despite the Edwardses' social and educational opportunities, which were denied the Jukes family, who lived a poor and squalid rural life. Darrow confessed that if he had to choose for a neighbor a man like Edwards - who preached that "the God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked" - or one who lived the simple life of a dirt farmer, well Max Jukes would be his choice.