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Fri May 26, 2017, 05:36 PM

Social Darwinism And The Republican Party


Despite their widespread diffidence towards Charles Darwin‘s theory of evolution, Republicans are in many ways indebted to social Darwinist principles, whether they are aware of it or not.

In recent decades the GOP has developed an ideology that is based on the concept of the ‘survival of the fittest’ applied to human society. The result of such ideas has been the promotion of oligarchism, understood as the celebration of the ‘great men’ able to win the struggle for success.

In a recent interview Housing Secretary and Trump supporter Ben Carson argued that ‘poverty is a state of mind’:

I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind. You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there. And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.

The underlying idea of Carson’s statement is that society is a battlefield in which the strong win and the weak lose. According to this model, rationally debatable social and economic policies on the part of the state do not have a positive impact on collective welfare.

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Fri May 26, 2017, 05:44 PM

1. As I've been saying for some time...

...although Republicans put on an act of being Christians, this is their REAL religion.

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