Friday, September 23, 2005

Darwinian Government - Argh

Ok, the underlying point being made over at the Prospect (here and here) is good but for the love of God could they find a better term for it. What is being discussed is not "Darwinian" government but short sighted and selfish government. There is nothing in natural selection that prevents an organism from adopting strategies which trade off short term gain for long term success. Social organization and cooperation are most certainly survival strategies that have been selected for by evolution. Not only is the characterization wrong, however, it is tactically and politically foolish. Given the connection between science in general and evolution in particular and the political left, it is rather foolish to try and tar the positions of the right by calling them Darwinian. So call them what they are, short sighted and selfish.

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