John West discusses his experience visiting the Museum of Criminal Anthropology in Turin, Italy, and Cesare Lombroso’s racist ideas about evolution.
Darwin’s materialistic theory of evolution drained meaning from nature, undercut the idea of inherent human dignity, and fueled the rise of scientific racism.
Lombroso’s ideas were quack science. But they were taken seriously by criminologists and public officials around the world until they were debunked.
One of the most famous instances was Carrie Buck, sterilized as “feeble minded” despite going on to live a normal productive life.
The afterword, on “Totalitarian Science,” published in 2015, shows John West as a prophet of things to come.