The New Eugenics--The Private Sector, the University, and Corporate Health and Wellness Initiatives
At least since the Enlightenment, people charged with the management of
others, and especially those charged with the operation of states and
large economic enterprises, have sought to apply the principles of
animal husbandry to the perfection of the human herd from which they
extract productive work, or using the more traditional if feudal
terminology, compulsory service, in return for a wage (if to employer)
or the varied benefits of citizenship (if to the state).
(Pix (c) Larry Catá Backer 2013)
A more scientific set of efforts to improve the human condition was
organized by public and private elements in the most civilized states of
the time, including the United States. The science was crucial, of
course, to the legitimacy of the policy decisions extracted therefrom.
The idea was to help create a better, healthier and improved human, more
fit for the occupations to which he or she appeared to be intended in
emerging 20th century industrial society, one in which these individuals
were also expected to have a modest role in political governance.
Emblematic were three International Eugenics Conferences were organized
and took place in Europe and the United States in 1912
To further these scientific pronouncements, so indisputable at the
time, it was only necessary for the captains of industry and the leaders
of state to turn science into policy for the aggregate welfare of the
state and the industries that enriched it and those fortunate enough to
work within these forward looking industrial and social complexes.
This post considers the way the eugenics efforts of the early part of the 20th century now have reappeared within the structures of private markets globalization and the way they appear now to abstract and manage the creation of a "better employee" through health and wellness programs. Science combines with institutional needs to produce a usefully exploitable worker. . . and university professor! Read more HERE