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the left needs to enter era of postdarwinism….//GOP tax bill: Social Darwinism makes a big comeback

December 5th, 2017 · 2 Comments

Although social darwinism is often blamed on Herbert Spencer it ultimately springs from an ideology wrought from the theory of natural selection. Exposing that theory can defang the whole botch ot theory as ideology…


This evil will kill people and increase human misery so the idle rich and other plutocrats can have even more money. This statement is no exaggeration. It is a plain fact: The Republican tax bill will raise taxes on the poor and working classes in order to give the very richest American hundreds of billions of dollars. This is a clear statement of social and political priorities: The amount of money gifted to the rich by Republicans is so large it could have paid for debt-free college and universal health care.

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  • 1 nemo // Dec 5, 2017 at 11:28 am

    http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap2_2_4.htm: The abuse of natural selection theory

  • 2 nemo // Dec 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Writing at openDemocracy, sociologists Margaret Somers and Fred Block explain that in this view of human existence, a “free market society” consists of two opposing classes or “races”: workers and property owners. While the latter were seen to embody “the high moral character of Enlightenment rationality,” the working classes were seen as “motivated only by base instincts.”

    Then, as now, these two views of humanity — one noble and elevated, and the other biologized and crassly sexualized — conveniently supported a harsh set of social policies that aimed to abolish government assistance to the “undeserving” poor, while preserving and enhancing the privileges accorded to their “deserving” betters.

    These ideas can be traced back to to the “anti-welfare zealotry” of an 18th-century clergyman named Joseph Townsend and also (especially) to Malthus, one of the founders of classical economics. Both, write Somers and Block, “advocated for an end to ‘poor relief’ in favor of exposing the unemployed to the harsh disciplines of the market.”

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