November 10, 2011
A public relations firm has been trying to get me to promote an upcoming film,THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take? After receiving a few emails from these people, I finally watched the trailer for the film.
Well, they succeeded in getting me to mention the film, but what follows is probably not what they had in mind…
Let’s take a look at the person behind this project:
The last name should sound familiar to Cryptogon readers who happened to read, North Carolina’s Eugenics Victims Speak Out:
Eugenics was a scientific theory that grew in popularity during the 1920s. Eugenicists believed that poverty, promiscuity and alcoholism were traits that were inherited. To eliminate those society ills and improve society’s gene pool, proponents of the theory argued that those that exhibited the traits should be sterilized. Some of America’s wealthiest citizens of the time were eugenicists including Dr. Clarence Gamble of the Procter and Gamble fortune and James Hanes of the hosiery company.
The following excerpt is from, American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism by Nancy Ordover:
Sanger and her colleague Clarence Gamble focusses their efforts on eliminating not poverty but the poor. Sanger endorsed and enabled Gamble’s efforts to establish a direct link between welfare and sterilization in the southern states after World War II. Gamble’s vision was not his alone, and in the decades that followed, doctors, social workers, and government agencies took up the cause. Sterilization in the South was referred to as the “Mississippi appendectomy,” not only because it was so common but because medical staff relied on deception to obtain “consent.” Similar “protocol” was followed in clinics across the United States as hysterectomies and tubal ligations were performed on Chicanas, Puerto Ricans, African-Americans and Native Americans without patient (or, in the case of young girls, parental) consent.
For the poor and radicalized and criminalized, tubal ligation, hysterectomies, and vasectomies were never value free medical procedures. Rather, they were technological fixes imposed in individual bodies in lieu of meaningful correctives to economic inequality.
I respect some of the people who are interviewed for this film, while others promote rat poison. Most people have never heard about the American eugenics movement and my guess is that many of the people interviewed for this film haven’t either. The PR people who told me that the film is inline with many topics that I cover on Cryptogon are correct. But I also happen to know about eugenics. So, I just find it incredibly curious that a descendant of a monster is making a film about how to fix things.
But wait… The aliens are trying to give us free energy technology?
Nobody likes free energy or alien conspiracies more than me, but mix that stuff in with a family who was, without any doubt, associated with class and race based sterilization programs and where does that leave us? Man, I don’t know. I don’t know if I want to know.
This article was posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 3:46 am