Social Darwinism1 Essay

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Social Darwinism1



In the late 19th Century a term called Social Darwinism was established to describe the
idea that humans, like plants and animals, compete in a struggle for existence. Social
Darwinists base their beliefs on theories of evolution developed by British scientist and
naturalist Charles Darwin. Darwin also created "The Survival of the Fittest," meaning
that the strong will survive and the weak will perish. Some social darwinists deny that
they approve of the theory that the strongest will survive, but many of their arguments
justify imbalances of power because they consider some people more fit to survive than
others.

Social Darwinism is a variety of social policies and theories from reducing the power of
government to exploring the biological causes of human behavior. Many social darwinists
opposed government aid to the poor, laws against child labor, and free public education.
Many darwinists did not want government to restrict competition in any way. They believed
in the policy called laissez-faire, which means that the government should leave business
alone.

Darwin believed that human society is constantly changing. He also believed that
competition between humans is normal and natural, which produces a better society and a
better human being.
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