In principle, how is astrology different from eugenics? Astrology, like eugenics, is deterministic birthing. Per astrology, being born on February 22 makes you a Pisces and automatically animates you with Pisces characteristics (characteristic; a nicer word for stereotype or generalization...someone call the ADL's emergency hotline). You cannot be nurtured out of being a Pisces. All the Head Start programs in the world can't make you less of a Libra.
When someone only dates Cancers or Geminis, how are they different from a person who won't date Asians? Your astrological sign, like your race, is an accident of birth. How is compulsorily filtering out all Scorpios different from compulsorily filtering out a particular race? Take an argument against dating people with "incompatible signs," replace the word Aries with Jewish, and tell me it doesn't make you a tad uncomfortable.
Like eugenics, astrology could absolutely be a tool for social engineering. Shortage of philosophers? Better get women pregnant around April so we can breed more Sagittariuses. Too many restless yo-yos joining the military? Time to breed and conscript Capricorns!
For many modern folk, hearing the words determinism, stereotypes, and genetics in the same paragraph causes the following side effects:
|Inability to have an Erection||Severe|
|Altered Interest in Having Sexual Intercourse||Severe|
|Chronic Trouble Sleeping||Less Severe|
|Low Energy||Less Severe|
|Excessive Sweating||Less Severe|
|Involuntary Quivering||Less Severe|
|Loss of Appetite||Less Severe|
|Weight Loss||Less Severe|
|Head Pain||Less Severe|
|Feel Like Throwing Up||Less Severe|
|Stomach Cramps||Less Severe|
So I find it intriguing we have no trouble with determinism (and associated stereotypes) wrought by the stars. In fact, it appears a majority of young adults even believe astrology is a science. But despite this majority belief in astrological determinism, you don't see progressive pundits screaming until their tonsils melt about how we're all blank astrological slates waiting to be our own special constellation. Wait, what am I talking about: If progressives were to discuss astrology it would only be to coo over the increased acceptance of inter-sign dating.
I wonder what would happen if an NBA owner were (illegally) recorded saying, "Don't bring Leos to the games."