I just had a conversation with some Nietzche fans, and discovered that they and he were social darwinists. Is anyone here a social darwinist? Why?
Personally, I think that darwinism is true; that species adapt to their environment over time. However, I believe that as humanity we have created our own environment. In todays environment, which was created by today’s elite and powerful, how can you see what is going on as beneficial on an evolutionary scale?
Fact: the more educated people are, the less children they have. At least in areas where everyone has equal oportunity to education, the smartest people are being weeded out of the genepool relatively speaking.
Our new capitalist system also shows that the rich and wealthy don’t necessarily have more children. Assuming equal oportunity, we’re weeding out the successful and productive.
Going more into Nietzche, violence, to be successful, takes the forms of organised combat in wars. Social darwinism sees this as a test of one group against the other, and the superior group wins. But between nations and races, there is less genetic difference than between the members of those nations or races. All violent forms of social darwinism are relatively unproductive if you want a stronger species.
I don’t need to remind people of the racism of the founder of social darwinsim, Herbert Spencer.
Even if you believe that although the rich and educated are not reproducing enough, or that everyone else is reproducing too much, that the important thing is that the rich and educated are getting ever greater amounts of power so that if there ever is a crisis, their genes will be those that represent humanity and everyone else until then is an expendable workforce, there are still problems. Our neo-capitalist system rewards not the intelligent and creative, but the persistent, conformist, and I daresay ideologically idiotic and uncritical people the most.
My conclusion is a few points:
1. In short we’re breeding sheep to a few idiotic shepherds.
2. Our genetic differences are so varied and so widespread that there is still the capacity for serious examination of how society should be structured to reflect what is best for the species in any group and place so that warfare is absolutely insane.
3. That we create our own environment to adapt to.
4. There is no reason to assume that a more democratic and socialist system would be any worse for the evolution of humanity. Indeed, I personally believe that as a group we could make more rational decissions about the kind of people the species should become than we do as separate individuals… creating the kind of environment that people would adapt to that would actually be better for the species.