Sunday, April 08, 2012

Some more reflections on the GOP's embrace of 'Social Darwinism'

From Philip Kitcherm writing in the NYTimes.

The Taint of 'Social Darwinism'
Given the well-known Republican antipathy to evolution, President Obama’s recent description of the Republican budget as an example of “social Darwinism” may be a canny piece of political labeling. In the interests of historical accuracy, however, it should be clearly recognized that “social Darwinism” has very little to do with the ideas developed by Charles Darwin in “On the Origin of Species.” Social Darwinism emerged as a movement in the late 19th-century, and has had waves of popularity ever since, but its central ideas owe more to the thought of a luminary of that time, Herbert Spencer, whose writings are (to understate) no longer widely read.

1 comment:

Kevin Scheunemann said...

I don't get you.

You are now upset that the GOP has actually embraced your favorite religion?

Doesn't social Darwinism teach you forgiveness and love to recent GOP converts to the Darwinist religion?


So is this a case where the GOP is not 'good enough' to practice the religion you have been known to advocate?

Doesn't Darwinism, given its constantly evolving religious doctrine, weed out weaker, exclusionary, academics?