Since I detect the invisible presence of a moderator in the time lag of
posts, I will simply forward some nice and easy bibliographical bits and
pieces relevant to the list's ideology status. They should make it through.
This is from the excellent bio of Darwin, and the authors are unique among
Darwin biographers in laying out the context of Darwin's work.
One of the strangest facts is that the idea of evolution was a radical idea
in many in the generation before Origins, and created rabid reactions in
conservatives. Here Darwin finessed the Whig neutralization of the horrid
thought, and finally sold the public on a conservatized version of evolution,
the rising left biting on the hook.
We have the whole problem just here, the pieces are there, noone (Rifkin
actually stated it plainly in Algeny, and was promptly smeared by Gould)
wishes to put them together. Darwin's theory was an ideology, in its use of
natural selection as a mechanism, in the confusion of 'domains of theory',
past applied to present and future.
Maybe someday the Darwinists will finally get it, and help out the left here.
Hoping against hope, it could be the other way around.
What a perfect form of propaganda, get the critics of ideology to be the
enforcers of last resort.
To be reposted at default locations, as insurance against 'moderation'.
Best wishes to the list.
From Desmond and Moore's Darwin
Twenty years after its inception, Darwin's theory was in print. To some it
looked like a belated piece of Freform Age business. Its bleak, uncharitable
survivalism seemed more suited to the poor-law 1830's than the optimistic
1850's. Ironically Malthus was passing out of vogue. So even where evolution
was accepted, natural selection--the 'law of higgledy-peggledy,' in
Herschel's words--usually was not.
A 'bitter satire' on man and nature, Marx and Engels called the Origin of the
Species, detesting Malthus. Darwin's secular, struggling nature might have
served Marx 'as a basis in natural science for the class struggle in
history,' but he laughed at the way 'Darwin recognizes among beasts and
plants his English society.' etc, etc....
Website on the eonic effect
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