Genetic Enhancement and the Biopolitical Horizon of Class Conflict

Wade Roberts


In this paper I argue that the widespread use of liberal eugenics  would establish a biopolitical horizon for class conflict.  In the course of my discussion, I examine Foucault’s discussion of the origins of class racism in Society Must Be Defended.  I then turn to an examination of how a widespread use of genetic engineering could aggravate class divisions and produce new forms of class racism.  I conclude the essay with an overview of the political options which are available to opponents of liberal eugenics.


Foucault, eugenics, biopolitics, racism, genetic enhancement

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