Darwinism Yes, Capitalism NoOct 01, 2010
I was listening to the Great One today when he posed this question:
How come all these people who fully believe in Darwin evolution don't believe in survival of the fittest?
Talk about slicing and dicing to death an ideology with one quick surgical strike. Not the only time conservatives have mentioned this incongruous line of thinking — but he did it so quickly yet thoroughly. Argument over before it starts.
We see this at the General Assembly over and over from certain "social justice" groups who won't hesitate to explain the logic of evolution. But in the next moment they're lobbying for some social program for people they claim can't make it in society, whether it is in education, work, you name it. Well, hold on there: Didn't Darwin postulate that human "survival of the fittest" is the cornerstone of evolutionary theory? That humans survive, progress and advance themselves into a more sophisticated state, that those who cannot cut it slide away and no longer hinder human advancement? Then, if so, aren't free markets and societies the environment in which humans rise above the rest or depreciate themselves into obscurity? There was no government in the age of the caveman.
So, it comes down to this: Believe in evolution all you want. But it can't be Darwinism yes, capitalism no. You can't believe in the first half of the theory without its complement. You can't believe in evolution but that it doesn't apply to people because people are markets. If Darwinism is about individuals evolving and advancing themselves and creating more sophisticated societies, then that is capitalism — advancing and creating a better and more prosperous life and society individually and not with the cradle-to-grave-collectivism of mammoth government.
(290 words. Rush did it in a few. That's why he's the Great One.)