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Paul Popenoe and Roswell Johnson, in their blatantly eugenicist 1918 University textbook, Applied Eugenics, supported a national education system that would work as “a sieve through which all children in the country are passed” and “which will enable the teacher to determine just how far it is profitable to educate each child that he may lead a life of greatest possible usefulness to the state and happiness to himself.” Teachers must inspect children for ability and inability, for compulsory education should be utilized for both positive and negative eugenics programs.
In the quote, they talk about the hazards of 'too great a democritazation' of the country is dangerous. They focus on how the notion of democracy functions - How every person, lay man or an expert, has one equal vote. They approach the subject through a different viewpoint, a more morally weighted, "What ought the people to want?", as opposed to "What do the people want?"
Through this lens of intention and collective good, Popenoe and Johnson try to point out that often more times than not, the vox populi want something that in the long term, may be harmful or detrimental to the society and welfare of the state. This is the problem they have with democracy and the system of governance it gives mandate to, the layman being given as equal a vote as an 'expert' in the field. They mention that most of the general population know little about the most important projects that will benefit society, and still expect their opinion and vote to hold as much weight as that of an expert. Popenoe concludes by saying that this system impedes eugenic or otherwise beneficial progress in society as they often run against popular prejudices.
They bluntly point out that they believe society is haltered by the "everyone is equal" theory of democracy, and that research and understanding into an intensive, modern,…...

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