Originally posted by NachtWolf
"Remove" was an oversimplification on my part. As I've said on my homepage:
The main danger to eugenics which I anticipate is that it might someday, in the distant future, be used to utterly destroy genes which are currently considered undesirable but which may later prove invaluable to our very survival. The genes for diabetes or albinism or what have you which may seem to have no benefits right now may ultimately turn out to do something useful. So no, I don't support unbridaled eugenic efforts
Really all I think we should make a concerted effort to do is decrease the frequency of alleles which code for heart disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, etc. and most importantly for low intelligence, since an intelligent society can use medicine to minimize problems from the other things.
Voluntary eugenics is certainly workable as a solution to dysgenics
. We're only losing ~2 IQ per generation, and if everybody made a small effort we might be able to stop that. I'll agree, however, that to actually get anything done there'd need to be government involvement, but part of that is getting eugenics into the public mindset with voluntary eugenics itself.
Beyond this, I think you and I agree that we should focus on research - find ways to make eugenics effective and painless. I also am very much in favor of free, widespread, socialized birth control as a means of helping the underclass to reduce its births because of the incredible rate of returns I envisage for that which go beyond eugenics. Lots of people are conceiving more children than they really want, and this means lots of abortions, financial problems (more mouths to feed), kids not getting the attention they need, and so forth. Socializing birth control to the point that birth control dispensers are as common as mail boxes might seem radical, but it shouldn't be very expensive compared to the rate of return.
Hopefull everyone can agree that neglectful mothers are, in one sense or another, "worse" than good mothers. I know a neglectful mother; she feels gulty. I still think she has to take responsibility for the damage she's caused, but I actually have a great deal of sympathy for her. If she'd had the tools she needed to begin with she wouldn't have to deal with all this stuff.
Well I'm out of time, but I hope what I've wrote answers your questions.