of this essay is to assess James Medbery MacKaye’s contribution tosocialist thought during the Progressive Era. Largely forgotten today, MacKayeproposed a special version of socialism, which he called “Pantocracy,” based on apeculiar blend of utilitarian and eugenic assumptions. Specifically, MacKaye heldthat biological fitness mapped to the capacity for happiness—biologically superiorindividuals possess a greater capacity for happiness—and saw the eugenicbreeding of “a being or race of beings capable in the first place of happiness” asa possibility open by the advent of Pantocracy. Incidentally, this essay providesfurther evidence that the influence of eugenic and racialist beliefs upon theAmerican Progressive Era political economy was so deep-rooted and pervasivethat it did cut across traditional ideological boundaries.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of the History of Economic Thought|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Arts and Humanities(all)
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
- History and Philosophy of Science