FMI Special Project: Buck v. Bell SCOTUS Brief

[This is the second release of court-filings by the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Inc., concerning major decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States which concern civil rights laws from the viewpoint that is contrary to today’s zeitgeist.  The first release was Loving v. Virginia.]

In Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927), SCOTUS was tasked with determining whether compulsory sterilization of unfit individuals “for the protection and health of the state” is unconstitutional.  SCOTUS has yet to expressly overturn its decision, which held that compulsory sterilization is not unconstitutional—because “Three generations of imbeciles are enough,” as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., wrote.

Now being publicly released via the website of the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Inc., is the brief of Dr. J. H. Bell, whose lawyer--Aubrey E. Strode--argued in favor of compulsory sterilization of "degenerates."