Social Darwinism

The Biology of the Second Reich

New Film Explores Social Darwinist Roots of World War I

New Film Explores Social Darwinist Roots of World War I
The Biology of the 2nd Reich debuts August, 18th 2014

SEATTLE The Biology of the 2nd Reich, a new 14-minute documentary, tells the little-known story of the influence of Social Darwinism on German militarism leading up to World War I, including an exploration of the German military’s genocidal policies in Southwest Africa.

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The Biology of the Second Reich

The Biology of the Second Reich

This award-winning 14-minute documentary tells the little-known story of the influence of Social Darwinism on German militarism leading up to World War 1, including an exploration of the German military’s genocidal policies in Southwest Africa (modern Namibia). The video features the work of California State University historian Richard Weikart, author of the book From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, Read More ›

Biology of the Second Reich - Trailer

Biology of the Second Reich Trailer

Trailer for the upcoming documentary The Biology of the Second Reich featuring historian Richard Weikart. Learn more at www.darwintohitler.com

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Is Capitalism a Form of Social Darwinism?

On this episode of the Discovery Institute Podcast, host David Boze interviews Dr. Richard Weikart about the concept behind a loaded term that President Obama recently used to declaim Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal — "Social Darwinism." Read More ›
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What Were Darwin’s Religious Views?

Figuring out what Charles Darwin’s religious views actually were is immensely difficult, and this for several reasons. First, they appear to have changed; second, he was loathe to offend religious people; third, he was not above appearing to be religious so that he could advance his theory of evolution; and fourth, he was disingenuous. The best place to begin is Read More ›

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Was Darwin a Social Darwinist?

Like many supporters of Darwin’s theory, political theorist Larry Arnhart attempts to disassociate Charles Darwin and his scientific theory from the utopian crusades of “Social Darwinism” such as eugenics. In Darwinian Conservatism, Arnhart claims that Darwin is unfairly blamed for eugenics and that “much of what has been identified as social Darwinism… is a distortion of Darwinian science” (p. 112). Read More ›

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Darwin’s Theory and Social Darwinism: There Is A Connection

Scientists and political activists during the past century have drawn on Darwinian theory to promote one utopian crusade after another, including forced sterilization, scientific racism, euthanasia, and an ever-expanding government justified in the name of the “evolving Constitution.” The typical response of Darwinists to this record of coercive “Social Darwinism” is to deny that it has any genuine connection to Read More ›

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Slouching Toward Columbine: Darwin’s Tree of Death

I’ve long been fascinated by the image of the Tree of Death, parallel to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden and cryptically referred to in mystical texts explaining the Hebrew Bible: And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the Tree of Read More ›

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Richard Weikart on Darwin to Hitler at UCSB on University of California Television

On Darwin to Hitler at UCSB

In his book, From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany (2004), Richard Weikart explains the revolutionary impact Darwinism had on ethics and morality. Darwinism played a key role in the rise not only of eugenics (a movement wanting to control human reproduction to improve the human species), but also on euthanasia, infanticide, abortion, and racial extermination. Read More ›

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Connecting Hitler and Darwin

One man — Charles Darwin — says: “In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals…” Another man — Adolf Hitler — says: Let us kill all the Jews of Europe. Is there a connection? Yes obviously is the answer of the historical record and common sense. Published in 1859, Darwin’s On the Origin Read More ›