Sunday, April 11, 2010

Darwinian Ethics?

People who are resistant to the theory of biological evolution tend to also be those who like capitalism a lot. It didn't used to be like that. As I understand it, William Jennings Bryan, the onetime Democratic candidate for President who prosecuted John Scopes, was as concerned about the ethical implications of Darwinism as he was the religious implications, and his primary concern was precisely the kind of Darwinian reasoning that Don Blankenship, of the Massey Coal company, uses to justify blowing the tops of off mountains and smashing unions.

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