Tommy Douglas is an icon and hero for Canada’s socialist left.
The CBC even dubbed him “The Greatest Canadian”.
Yet as a young man Douglas held some unsavory views, views that you don’t much hear about from the left or from the CBC.
For instance, as John Robson points out , Douglas proposed in his 1933 masters thesis the sterilization of “mental defectives.”
Nor is Douglas the only socialist to support such measures.
Sweden, good old social democratic, benign Sweden, practiced eugenics for 40 years beginning in 1935.
In fact, during that period 60,000 Swedes were sterilized in a “controlled breeding” program, for the “good of society.”
Remember this the next time somebody tells you government needs more power to protect the “collective good”.
Sometimes what’s supposedly good for the collective is just plain morally wrong.