In GOP Hands Darwin’s Theory Becomes a Justification for Economic Extinction

Most semi-intelligent people who are not entrenched in the creationist cult understand that evolution, or its misnomer Darwinism, means that entities change over time and through natural selection those that do not adapt go extinct and the fittest survive. Left alone, evolution (Darwinism) is a lengthy process but it is possible for an intervention to give the fittest an advantage by exterminating the weak that provides more resources for the strong to thrive and survive.  There is a term, Social Darwinism, that applies the principles of Darwinian evolution to sociology and it implies that there are underlying forces in society that are like the natural forces that operate in nature, and that those forces produce a situation where the most successful group survives raising the evolutionary level of the survival of the fittest. The idea of Social Darwinism is rooted in laizzes-faire capitalism, but it also reared its ugly head with the notion of eugenics, fascism, and Nazism as the struggle between racial or national groups. There are underlying forces in America that are creating a situation conducive to raising the evolutionary level of the wealthy (fittest) to ensure they survive by exterminating the poor (weakest).

On Tuesday, President Obama referred to the Paul Ryan/Mitt Romney budget as being “thinly veiled Social Darwinism,” and like Social Darwinism in its purest form, the Republican plan accelerates the extermination of the weakest Americans to provide more of the country’s resources for the wealthy. It is a reasonable assumption that President Obama is asserting that by radically cutting social programs and safety nets, Ryan’s plan pits the wealthy against the poor for resources and lets the poor (weakest) die in a version of Ayn Rand laissez-faire capitalism. The concept of eliminating competition over resources as a way to help society evolve for the benefit of the rich means the poor, as weaker members of society, must be weeded out so only the wealthy survive.

An example of facilitating Social Darwinism to weed out competition so the fittest survive is Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler often preferred to let officers and staff members fight amongst themselves to force the stronger person to prevail for promotions, but he unfairly rigged the competition for resources between the Arian race and Jews. The Holocaust not only removed 6 million Jews from the competition for German resources, it also enriched the Nazis with assets from the Jews Hitler slaughtered. Except for the outright extermination of the poor, Republicans are on pace to match Hitler’s tactics by seizing taxpayer dollars that aid the poor and middle class to hand them over to the wealthy that men like Ryan believe are the fittest and deserve to survive without competition for resources. Although the Republican’s plan does not immediately eliminate the poor from competing for resources, the effect of their Draconian cuts to social programs and safety nets will create dire circumstances for the weakest members of society that will result in starvation, ill-health, and homelessness for seniors, children, and people of color.

Republicans claim Ryan’s budget is necessary to cut the nation’s deficit, but his plan cannot possibly reduce the deficit. The savings from drastically cutting social programs and safety nets will not make up for the 10% tax cuts for the wealthy and their corporations or the increase in defense spending. Ryan’s plan also calls for privatizing Medicare, but the money he claims to save will go straight to the insurance industry and leave seniors and the poor with a choice between having healthcare or starving on the streets. It is Social Darwinism at its worse and the underlying force that raises the evolutionary level of the fittest (wealthy) is the Republican Party. Paul Ryan is devoted to Ayn Rand’s fiction that portrays the poor as weak losers who drain resources from superior wealthy people, and his Heritage Foundation budget guarantees the wealthy will survive and prosper beyond their wildest dreams.

Romney endorsed Ryan’s budget because he and his wealthy elite cohorts will reap the benefits of the 10% reduction in their tax rate that is on top of their Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. Romney says he is not concerned about the poor because there are safety nets to save them, but his economic plan, like Ryan’s, slashes safety net spending to give over $6.5 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. Romney’s vision of America is a rapidly expanding peasant class that exists to support the wealthy elite and their corporations, and it eliminates competition for the nation’s resources much like Hitler’s Nazi Germany. It is not a natural evolutionary process of survival of the fittest, but an engineered revolution that puts the weakest segment of the population at an unfair disadvantage to compete for resources that will eventually lead to their extinction.

President Obama used restraint in calling the Republicans’ budget plan “thinly veiled” Social Darwinism, but he faces constraints this author does not. The Republican plan is deliberate Social Darwinism meant to facilitate the extinction of the poor, seniors, and minorities so the wealthy face no competition to control all of the nation’s resources. It is Nazism, Fascism, and social engineering meant to weed out the weakest members of society and elevate the wealthy to an everlasting position of power and privilege that if successful, spells the end of America’s vanishing democracy and the beginning of oligarchy. Now that the President has correctly labeled the GOP economic plan as Social Darwinism, he needs to take the time to explain what that means to the American people and he most assuredly will during the general election. When the people understand that 99% of them are slated for evolutionary economic extinction at the hands of Republicans, they will compete for resources at the ballot box and stop the Republicans’ plan for an unnatural evolution from a representative democracy to an oligarchy.


18 Replies to “In GOP Hands Darwin’s Theory Becomes a Justification for Economic Extinction”

  1. Anybody who does NOT see this is either insanely stupid or already insanely wealthy. That is EXACTLY what Ryan, Romney and the fascist extremist “tea party” controlled gop are doing to the rest of us. I refuse to allow it and sick and tired of suffering because of “low information voters” and those who continue to vote against their own self interests because they think everything is “socialism”.

  2. Well, the problem is, if the prey species go extinct, the predators starve; if the serving classes go extinct, the ruling class must either reduce some of their own to servile status or clean their own latrines. If they are thinking this out, then, they do not mean to extinguish all the hoi polloi, but to have a certain number die off by way of example and keep the rest so desperately scrambling that they’ll accept a chance to survive at any price at all. It’s a delicate balance, though, and it was screwed up fatally in Russia in 1917 and in France rather before that.

  3. I don’t think that Romney has a vision for America as far as a financial plan goes. I think he has the plan that others have made for him. I also think that were he a thinking man he would look at the inequality in the United States and he would appeal to that by not supporting tax cuts only for the rich. He is out of touch as is Paul Ryan. But they are following the plan that they are supposed to Follow because being out of touch doesn’t matter what you are doing someone else’s dirty work.

  4. It’s been going on world-wide, and only now are ordinary Americans starting to feel it.

    There is sufficient food resources on this planet that nobody needs to go hungry. Yet hunger (and starvation and death from starvation) is a huge reality for much of the world.

    Why? Corporate greed and the greed of the rich. They keep prices high so they can gobble up every bit of wealth possible.

    I don’t have time right now, but there are a number of ethnographic accounts from Africa, in areas that used to export food but now that they’ve been forced onto the “market economy”, have to import food to survive. 1% are getting richer and richer, another few percent are holding steady, while everyone else is going downhill.

    At the same time, the environment is being devastated, when before the economy was sustainable.

  5. “Left alone, evolution (Darwinism) is a lengthy process but it is possible for an intervention to give the fittest an advantage by exterminating the weak that provides more resources for the strong to thrive and survive.”

    There seems to be a terminology problem here, one that involves notions of linear “progress” in evolution.
    Evolution is 1) not necessarily a lengthy process; 2)the fittest are not “strong,” they’re simply the survivors of the process; 3) the species that disappear are not “exterminated,” they’re not “weak” – they just didn’t get through some environmental sieve, sometimes after flourishing for hundreds of thousands of years.

    The loaded terminology _is_ a hallmark of social Darwinism, however, if that’s what you were trying to convey, rather than a quick summary of how actual evolution works. So, in summary, red flags should go up whenever words like “strong” “weak” “fittest” (as in “bestest evah”) “thrive” “survive” “extermination” appear in a discussion of evolution. Unless one wants to explain how weak rodents survived an eco-disaster and mighty reptiles morphed into chickens.

  6. The reason this country became so dominant in the world is because it didn’t follow the European model. We have been at our best when we pooled our strength from all social strata of America’s people. A strong and vibrant middleclass,a “lower” class one could rise out of in less than a generation if you worked hard enough. The republican elites couldn’t be more short sighted. For people with everything they sure seem eager to destroy the country that made them and their families wealthy.

  7. One was not discussing evolutionary theory. One was commenting on Social Darwinism as mentioned by President Obama and its application by Republicans.

  8. //social darwinism…but it also reared its ugly head with the notion of eugenics, fascism, and Nazism//

    Say the people who literally argue for eugenics on a routine basis in abortion debates.

    Aside form that, I come to this site for a good laugh and once again you guys have outdone yourselves. Seriously, how can a rational person say this: “except for the outright extermination of the poor, Republicans are on pace to match Hitler’s tactics”? This would be like me saying, “liberals literally want to see the U.S. transformed into North Korea”. The thing is, you expect this sort of idiotic strawman garbage from internet bloggers, but Obama, the head of the democratic party and the president of the United States, is making the exact same argument. Liberals have gone beyond simply jumping the shark; They have now entered the realm of severe incurable madness.

  9. Which people “literally argue for eugenics on a routine basis in abortion debates?” It is a canard the religious right uses often and it carries as little weight today as it did two decades ago.

  10. I’d suggest you not talk about eugenics, as a conservative-created program was sterilizing my people’s womenfolk (American Indian women) against their will or without their knowledge and consent starting in the 60s and going into the mid 1970s. (Also, the eugenics movement actually started in the US by “Good Christians” and conservatives, and was shipped overseas, like to Germany. Liberals like Franz Boas have been fighting against it for a long time.)

    The same people who want to take away rights from women and eliminate their own control over their bodies have been doing so for generations… not just through anti-abortion and anti-birth control laws, but as in the case of our womenfolk, direct violation of their bodies.

    But then, heartlessness and cruelty are the hallmarks of the Right anyway.

  11. Ah, the usual DARVO of liberals being fascists.

    Liberals believe in an even break, a level playing field, a hand up to you when you’re knocked down, and the benefit of the doubt. Fascists believe in voe victis. You, Winston, sound like a fascist.

  12. To be very clear, Darwin has nothing to do with Social Darwinism the product of Herbert Spencer who botched the whole issue of evolution simply to give justification to the rich for being rich.

    The same issue is embedded in Dominionism, also the creation of a business-friendly immigrant to America, Abraham Vereide who believed the Apostles were “businessmen” thus making ALL Jesus-spouting businessmen God’s chosen – the Elect. Everyone else is just subservient to them.

    Anyone rich can always justify excoriating and exploiting the poor since to do so consolidates power and authority in the ruling class just fine.

    But the Path to Poverty budget will have another consequence – it will create massive backlash against the 1% as it always does in inequitable societies.

    What you do not pay out in really fair wages equal to increases in profit and productivity or what you claw back from human beings in social supports you will pay out in police and social control. It is very costly to have massive inequlity – far more so than to have reasonable equity in your society.

    You can fool yourselves that inequality has no consequence, but you cannot fool history. No highly inequitable society has EVER thrived. Highly equal societies always do.

  13. Churchlady320, You are absolutely correct about Darwin and Spencer.The Dominionist aspect is another article that will include the creationists element. It is a big subject.

  14. Wow. Big surprise. Left tries to get as many people as possible dependent on the .gov, the right tries to remove as many dependents as possible while enriching their brethren.

    People are idiotic to fight over this kind of garbage. Both are vested in giving themselves more power, neither are interested in our best interest, and even if one side or the other has a complete majority, nothing done will work out in our favor in the long run.

  15. Bongo. The govt is not anything that can be enriched. The free market however can be through its ownerships.

  16. YAAY!!!

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!

    I get so irritated at “Social Darwinism”… it’s one of my pet peeves!

    I know a good deal about evolution and evolutionary theory so distortions like Spencerism (much more accurate and better name than “Social Darwinism”) become quite irritating.

    Everything you said was hitting the nail on the head! The elites don’t always think things out, their inherent greed gets in the way of their thinking processes.

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