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eugenism

(ˈjuːdʒɪˌnɪzəm)
n
(Genetics) genetics the practice or advocacy of eugenics
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eugenism

the blend of factors and influences most suitable for the improvement of the inherited characteristics of a breed or race, especially the human race. — eugenic, adj.
See also: Race
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A "weak" (and the quotation marks matter) form of eugenism has been first systematically put into practice by the efficient and democratic American government (in 1896, in the State of Connecticut; outside of any legal frame, it actually occurred as well in Switzerland in the years 1880-1890).
This relegation of the sacred to whatever man says or manipulates gave vent to the eugenism of Nazism that has had considerable effects on mankind since the holocausts of World War I and II.
The roots of anxiety extend beyond a single school: thus, although genetics today is wary of praising the merits of eugenism, not long ago its biggest names wished to, and certain current theoretical views are still imbued with it.(21) At a time when "historians" tend to uphold the view that there are wise and honest eugenicists, not to be confused with the unhealthy versions, biologism's lack of effort to disassociate itself from the past adds to the uneasy atmosphere.