Rockefeller Foundation president Max Mason assured foundation trustees that in their program, “the Social Sciences will concern themselves with the rationalization of social control, …the control of human behavior.” In this same month, Birth Control Review featured an article by Nazi official Dr. Ernst Rudin on eugenics. Rudin was curator of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Genetics, and Eugenics, which for many years was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. And less than a year later, in a February 1934 “progress report” by one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s division heads, one finds the statement: “Can we develop so sound and extensive a genetics that we can hope to breed, in the future, superior men?” (See The Circuit Rider: Rockefeller Money and the Rise of Modern Science by Gerald Jonas, 1989.) After the Second World War, the Rockefeller Foundation would also fund the establishment of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations to see if the kind of social psychiatry developed by the army during wartime could be relevant for civilian society.
April 11, 1933 (updated August 8, 2019) Published by LeeF