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The Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger

The Pivot of Civilization (1922)

by Margaret Sanger

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A delicious piece of propaganda. I only gave it 1 ½ stars, but that was based on my abhorrence of the subject matter. Why listen to filtered quotations from people that are the cornerstones of modern movements, when you can read their own words in their entirety. Sanger is considered the founder of Planned Parenthood and she should be judged by her words, not others interpretations of her words. To be clear, this is not a book about abortion, although that is a part of it. This book is about eugenics as it pertains to the early stages of the progressive movement. There is a foreword by H.G. Wells that is also worth reading. Short book that is at least worth a glance. Give it a look, if you can find it. My public library searched diligently for it and eventually got me a copy, inter-library loan. My favorite quote is “superfluous population”. If you think that’s just a piece of propaganda, read the book; or don’t, the ideas are akin to “1984” and “A Brave New World”--but nonfiction. ( )
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This book aims to be neither the first word on the tangled problems of human society to-day, nor the last. My aim has been to emphasize, by the use of concrete and challenging examples and neglected facts, the need of a new approach to individual and social problems. Its central challenge is that civilization, in any true sense of the word, is based upon the control and guidance of the great natural instinct of Sex. Mastery of this force is possible only through the instrument of Birth Control.
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This is a reprint of the bestselling 1922 classic on birth-control and women's rights with new chapters by George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, and articles culled from the "New York Times".

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This is Margaret Higgins Sanger's 1922 work, "The Pivot of Civilization". Contents include: "A New Truth Emerges", "Conscripted Motherhood", "'Children Troop Down From Heaven....'", "The Fertility of the Feeble-Minded", "The Cruelty of Charity", "Neglected Factors of the World Problem", "Is Revolution the Remedy?", "Dangers of Cradle Competition", "A Moral Necessity", "Science the Ally", "Education and Expression", et cetera.… (more)

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