January 23, 2008

CAPITALISM SPAWNED DARWINISM, NOT VICE VERSA:

The economics of evolution: a review of Sex, Science and Profits by Terence Kealey (Richard Davenport-Hines, 1/23/08, Daily Telegraph)

Marx declared in The Communist Manifesto that 'the bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production'. But innovation, on which all economic growth depends, is an unpredictable entity, says Terence Kealey, which can only be understood as an evolutionary phenomenon.

It is the thrust of his book that a grasp of biology and the workings of natural selection are indispensable to understanding business dynamics, technological advances, scientific research and much of what we call material progress.


Exactly backwards, of course. To grasp Darwinism you need to know that it's just economic theory applied to biology--actually, misapplied, since economics is tacitly dependent on intelligent design while Darwinism pretends not to be.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2008 8:05 PM
Comments

Of course it's backwards. The point here is so obvious to anyone with even a rudementary understanding of Nineteenth Century thought as to be irrefutable.

Over the years, I have encountered a bizzare opposition to so-called "social Darwinism." The witches and queers--the Catalinarians, the lusters after so-called "change" like to say that folkways are arbitrary and may be altered an accordance with the Marxist paradigm. All they must do, they think, is to seize control of the apparatus of state coercion and then they may bend society to their inclinations.

We know better, having observed the history of what goes right and what goes wrong with civilizations.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 24, 2008 5:23 AM
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