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False polarization around Darwinism

January 13th, 2010 · No Comments

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The polarization of the Darwin debate is highly confusing and unfortunate, and deceptive, since the reality is that Darwinism was always a somewhat conservative ideology. Darwin was a success because he repackaged the idea of evolution a generation after the radical evolutionists of the post-revolutiionary era had passed. His whiggish take on evolution as a concealed economic ideology is ‘classical liberalism’ in disguise,
The current chorus of ‘liberal atheist Darwinists’ is thus misleading and delaying a paradigm change, since the political correlation throws people out of whack.
Check out William Jennings Bryan, one of the most liberal, in fact, radical, politicians of his time, and a strong critic of Darwinism, and the Social Darwinism he could still see had led to the jingoism of the onset of the first World War.

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