Re: Ch. 5 - Evolution and Its Discontents
kind of wonder why jacoby spends so much time talking about Herbert Spencer, as he was not a freethinker. The social darwinist ideas always make me think of Stephen Hawkin. Of course, he may be an exception (in many ways), but a social darwinist is similar a censor: they never know which bodies to cut out, because it's hard to tell in advance if something is an improvement or not.
On page 140, Jacoby says that Spencer's polictical conservatism has much more apeal for americans that for the British. However, it is hard for me to see how "If they(the poor) would rather die, that had better do it, and decrease the surplus population" would appeal to ANY much less many. Edited by: ginof at: 9/1/05 1:57 am