President Obama said that Paul Ryan’s budget was “thinly veiled social Darwinism” in action. So what’s wrong with any form of Darwinism? Isn’t Darwinism taught in government schools? Darwinists believe that the fit supplant the unfit. That’s why Darwinism described as the “survival of the fittest.” The fit weed out the unfit. It’s been explained as “nature, red in tooth and claw.”
Consider the following from noted Darwinist Richard Dawkins:
Question: In “The Ancestor’s Tale” you mention the Welfare State as a challenge to Darwinism. How can one justify this challenge?
Dawkins: No self-respecting person would want to live in a Society that operates according to Darwinian laws. I am a passionate Darwinist, when it involves explaining the development of life. However, I am a passionate anti-Darwinist when it involves the kind of society in which we want to live. A Darwinian State would be a Fascist state.
There is no way for Darwinists like Dawkins and Obama to escape the implications of a consistent evolutionary theory even though they reject its natural implications.
President Obama is the living, breathing example of social Darwinism. In fact, he’s just one of a long line of political Social Darwinists – from eugenicists like Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes to today’s apologists for the welfare State.
The modern State is by definition Darwinian. There is no authority greater than the State. It operates in a value-free environment to perpetuate the goals of the State. The Darwinian State grows while it sucks the life out of its free-market competitors.
The modern-State is directed Darwinism. It’s no longer Natural Selection; it’s State-directed selection. The State picks and chooses what groups and industries will survive. This is done by particular incentives to industries that support a particular political party. We saw it with the bail out of the automobile industry and the closing of dealerships. The unions survived even though they were a major contributor to the problem.
Crony capitalism, an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business and government, is a form of State-directed Darwinism as well. The free exchange of labor and goods establishes an environment for freedom. Every financial crises we’ve had in the United States – from the Great Depression to the 2008 financial meltdown – was the result of the State picking financial winners and losers.