Friday, April 12, 2024

Social Darwinism

Herbert Spencer was the proponent of Social Darwinism. The crux is that it's a dog eat dog world. Fine points like Stephen J Gould's "punctuated equilibrium" are not part of this "doctrinal evolution" in which eugenics, for instance, would ultimately be distilled out, at the price of science. The conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East and the imminent beer hall putsch of the MAGA GOP are the petrie dish. Jerry Butler famously sang "Only the Strong Survive." Imagine King Kong with no social safety net and no entitlements against a background of Inquisition and plague a la The Seventh Seal. A real Hobbesian Leviathan, if there ever was one.

and listen to "Only the Strong Survive"  by Jerry Butler

and read Mark Segal in The East Hampton Star on Hallie Cohen's "Mi Ricordo"

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