Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 3 (4 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   7 comments
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

Born-again Social Darwinism: Survival of the Morally Unfit

By       Message Robert S. Becker     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 3 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 3   Must Read 1   Funny 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Author 50212
Become a Fan
  (35 fans)


After demonizing comes scapegoating
(Image by blindedlove1)
  Permission   Details   DMCA

Considering how the fringe right enshrines its own perverse "survival of the fittest," you'd think Tea Partiers would warm to Darwinian "evolution" -- if only to justify concentrated wealth and power as "natural."  "Whatever is, is right," the poet Pope says, endorsing the great chain of being.    Is not Christian history one grand upward arc towards rapture and redemption -- assuming fundamentalist dominion over mankind, subservient woman, dark-skinned foreigners, aliens, and nature's bounty?

Let contradictions reign: a righteous ruling class scorns modest "handouts" to poor, sickly minorities (the "morally weak") but lives high on the hog with cheap, federalized mortgages, corporate welfare and subsidies, unending war profits and permanent defense monopolies, plus unemployment benefits, Social Security, and Medicare.  Of course the "profit-creators" all deserve princely treasures for they've worked to the bone for it.

 

Haves, after all, lord over have-nots for good, right and identifiable reasons, not from mere luck.  Did not 19th C. U.S. armies, defending federal railroad subsidies, "win the west" for good, pioneering Tea Party ancestors?   Scattered farmers and ranchers never would have defeated (or corralled) native Americans with single-shot rifles, nor later firmly locked out millions of competing immigrants -- especially less protestant, less white, nor from northern Europe.   

 

From slavery through Indian massacres, 20th C. imperialism and Japanese internment, American history is a march of big government brutality founded on two convictions: "might makes right" enhanced by "white makes right."  This history culminates in all its wondrous contradictions with Tea Party fanatics -- of late paying odd homage to obsolete Social Darwinism.

 

Social Darwinism is that late 19th C. crock that misapplied Darwin's genetic, biological dynamics for species differentiation to radically distinct sociological phenomena. The co-opted catch-phrase, " survival of the fittest ," applied pseudo-science to rationalize all sorts of intact "natural" inequalities and oppression.   Assuming all races, states, and cultures were in constant, violent competition, Social Darwinism ended up glorifying not just laissez-faire capitalism but, per Wikipedia, "ideas of eugenics , scientific racism , imperialism, f ascism , Nazism" and permanent struggles between "racial groups."  Oh my, born-again racism on the march.

 

Haves Have Bigger Guns

 

If the ruthlessly fittest survived best in nature, so the logic went, then cultural-military superiority is natural, with violence obscured by unfeeling Christian Sunday sermons.  Haves aren't more moral but have bigger guns, thus current NRA types in our peace-loving realm sanctify arms like sacred relics, awarding them great rights and prominent home positions.

 

Neither sociologist nor political historian, Darwin could not have anticipated such perversion of his biology. His fittest only mattered when able to procreate widely, increase their gene pool and adapt better to habitat niches. Darwinian evolution didn't propose warlike jungle morality, nor short-term triumphs of the well-armed over the unarmed.  And as a progressive notion, evolution could never deify the status quo -- nor the earth being 5000 years old.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

- Advertisement -

Well Said 3   Must Read 1   Funny 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

For a decade, Robert S. Becker's rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, messaging and frameworks, now featured author at OpEdNews, Nation of Change and RSN. He appears regularly at Dissident Voice, with credits (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon



Go To Commenting
/* The Petition Site */
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Summer in the GOP Asylum: "Who are these guys?"

Deadline Looms To Fund Critical Ocean Plastic-Trash Film

Trickle-down Gulf Wreck-onomics

"Apocalypse Now' Vogue Engulfs Chicken Littles

Moses Kaput -- Rightwing Ten Commandments To Serve Looming Theocracy

"God Particle' Refudiates the Religious Right