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To: antiRepublicrat

Ah. But again, that assumes that you belong to a “society.” In the nineteenth century, that meant you were, for instance, a member of the Celtic/AngloSaxon/Norman amalgamation native to England. The Irish tended to be regarded as “other.” And only Oxford-educated African or Indian gentleman had the slightest chance to be considered part of the society.

Therefore, the implication was that European societies were superior to African, for example, because Africans had a regretable tendency to fight tribal wars and enslave one another.

In other words, maybe Bushmen or Blacks were inferior genetically, maybe they were inferior culturally. More likely a combination of both. In any case, they were inferior, in the Darwinian view.

There’s plenty of obvious racism in Darwin’s own tracts.


31 posted on 02/27/2009 9:24:12 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
Ah. But again, that assumes that you belong to a “society.”

That was not the context. It applied to any group of humans.

Therefore, the implication was that European societies were superior to African, for example, because Africans had a regretable tendency to fight tribal wars and enslave one another.

Not sympathetic, thus inferior.

In other words, maybe Bushmen or Blacks were inferior genetically, maybe they were inferior culturally. More likely a combination of both. In any case, they were inferior, in the Darwinian view.

In the context of eugenics, they would be inferior as a society if they were not "sympathetic" regardless of what natural selection did for their physical form. Darwin viewed European Christian society as the most sympathetic, and thus superior to them. Eugenics removes the sympathy of the society that Darwin thought made whites (his European Christian society) strong, making it inferior.

Darwin's argument is also a very good one against abortion. A society that kills its most defenseless cannot be called sympathetic, and thus will fall to other more sympathetic societies.

35 posted on 02/27/2009 11:03:04 AM PST by antiRepublicrat (Sacred cows make the best hamburger.)
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