the shared ideology between the British left and the Nazi party, an ideology based on racial purity, Eugenics, State control over breeding and marriage and the horror of 'involuntary euthanasia', or State murder, an ideology that persisted in Polly Toynbee's beloved left wing Scandinavian countries into the 1970s with compulsory sterilisation.George Bernard Shaw not only approved of Stalinist wiping out of the peasantry and made mocking comments of the starving men, women and children he encountered but also wrote to Beatrice Webb, another worshipper of Stalin:
We ought to tackle the Jewish question by admitting the right of States to make eugenic experiments by weeding out any strains they think undesirable, but insisting they do it as humanely as they can afford to.One wonders what was it he exactly envisaged.
He links to an article by Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian's Comment is Free section, which says, inter alia, that it is time the Left faced up to some of its nasty little secrets, in this case past support for eugenics. Of course, this argument has been voiced before, not least by Jonah Goldberg in his book Liberal Fascism. However, if anyone thinks the Left will ever face up to any of it, then a reading of the vicious and self-righteous responses to Mr Freedland's article should disabuse them.