The Misuse of Darwin Since Charles Darwin first introduced the concept of natural selection in On the Origin of Species others have readily adopted and manipulated the basic premise of adaptability to a host of other social and political functions. We can readily see this in the use of Social Darwinism to justify concepts like capitalization and national expansion. We can also see this in political movements such as the Third Reich’s embrace of the natural world and connecting this to sentiments of racial purity and nationalism. This paper will explore these concepts and show how Darwinism’s original principle of adaptation has been manipulated into a more aggressive theory to justify social and economic movements. Charles Darwin’s...The end:
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