archive: The Selfish Gene as neo-liberal ideology

The Selfish Gene as neo-liberal ideology
January 29th, 2016 ·
http://sandwalk.blogspot.ca/2016/01/the-selfish-gene-turns-40.html#more
The Selfish Gene is one of the most successful yet second-rate books on the subject of evolution in the whole course of the paradigm. Behind its smooth Dawkins-style PR scientism lies the whole gross fallacy of Darwinism rendered the more toxic with its ‘inclusive fitness’ bullshit, which does the same thing all over again that Adam Smith did for economics. Duh, it appeared at the dawn of the neo-liberal age.
The period in question should have seen scientists pull away from Darwinism: its problems were obvious to many (like SJ Gould, and better, Soren Lovtrup) but instead with Dawkins’ type of ideological fix the paradigm has survived to the present.
We should blame the ID movement on this situation: the flaws in Darwinism were so obvious that their suppression caused the whole critique to shift to the ID underground and with Denton’s Evolution in Crisis that movement took off (that book is not about ID, but a classic on the flaws of Darwinism). Biologists have only themselves to blame.
Why did this happen? In a real science, criticisms would be front and center immediately.
The Selfish Gene was exposed at once by Mary Midgely, but her critique was marred by her own confusions over core ‘natural selection’ Darwinism…
The result here is that The Selfish Gene is really an ideological coup in disguise, one the left was not really able to expose…

The Americans, the Saudis, and the Israelis: Assassins Without Borders

Russia, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia are the latest members of a select international club.Assassins Without Borders has roots that go back, in the modern era at least, to the policies of the Soviet Union, Chile, Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States. All of these countries share a single trait. They were willing to defy international law in order to assassinate their critics and opponents in other countries.

Source: The Americans, the Saudis, and the Israelis: Assassins Without Borders

Sanders and Warren Demand Bezos Answer for Amazon’s “Potentially Illegal” Union Busting

Working In These Times is dedicated to providing independent and incisive coverage of the labor movement and struggles for workers’ rights.

Source: Sanders and Warren Demand Bezos Answer for Amazon’s “Potentially Illegal” Union Busting

We’re on the Path for Another Economic Disaster — So It’s Time to Reboot Capitalism | Alternet

The financial crisis of 2008 has not led us to take sufficient steps to avoid the next economic disaster. The dips in stock markets last February and just recently, together with dire predictions for early 2019, are setting off alarm bells.

Source: We’re on the Path for Another Economic Disaster — So It’s Time to Reboot Capitalism | Alternet