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Eugenics on the Farm: Ray Lyman Wilbur

On January 22, 1916, Ray Lyman Wilbur became the third president of Stanford University. In his inaugural speech,Wilbur promised that Stanford would aim for “control of those unnecessary diseases that devour the very marrow of the [human] race” and would “lead in the fight against oppression, evil, ignorance, filth.” These words would have perhaps been less ominous if Wilbur was not a eugenicist.

Eugenics on the Farm

David Starr Jordan, the first president of Stanford University, was one of the most prominent eugenicists of the early twentieth century. In the name of eugenic progress, Jordan promoted the sterilization of unwanted populations, led and founded eugenic advocacy groups, and fought against the immigration of “inferior” populations to the United States.

‘The Vietnam War’ revisited: Books to counteract historical narratives

A few days ago, the Stanford Review published an article by Andrew Friedman entitled “Burns’s ‘Vietnam’ Recites a Leftist Consensus.” This article was a review of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s recent 18-hour “The Vietnam War,” a television documentary which aired last month. The article criticized how the documentary simply repeated the commonly taught analyses…

Blazing in ‘Airless Spaces’

Sex, gender, technology, Marxism, Freudianism and plenty of dialectics — “The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution” has it all. Written by radical feminist Shulamith Firestone in 1970, this seminal text of feminist theory took the world by force, predicting the end of capitalism, calling for the destruction of biological sexual dichotomy and comparing…