Stuff we never knew but it makes sense:
Philosopher Hannah Arendt is, in my view, the most perceptive analyst of totalitarianism. In her magnum opus, The Origins of Totalitarianism, she points out that Darwinism played an essential role in the rise of totalitarian governments in the 20th century. Arendt:
“Underlying the Nazi’s belief in race laws as the expression of the law of nature in man, is Darwin’s idea of man as the product of a natural development which does not necessarily stop with the present species of human beings, just as under the Bolsheviks’ belief in class-struggle as the expression of the law of history lies Marx’s notion of society as the product of a gigantic historical movement which races according to its own law of motion to the end of historical times when it will abolish itself.”
Nazism was clearly inspired in no small part by Darwin’s theory, and Arendt notes that Marx and Engels explicitly credited Darwin with insights essential to Marxism. She points out
“…the great and positive interest Marx took in Darwin’s theories; Engels could not think of a greater compliment to Marx’s scholarly achievements than to call him the “Darwin of history”… the movement of history and the movement of nature are one and the same.”Michael Egnor, “Totalitarianism Is Darwinism Applied to Politics” at Evolution News and Science Today
It would be an understatement to say that the Darwin-in-the-schools lobby will see to it that this is never taught.
In a curious example of Darwinists being given permission to simply rewrite history, consider the “Darwin, Marx, and Freud” triad, which ID sympathizers were ridiculed for bringing up. It turned out:
Discovery Institute notes the following from Douglas Futuyma’s Evolutionary Biology (1998, 3rd Ed., Sinauer Associates), p. 5:
“Darwin showed that material causes are a sufficient explanation not only for physical phenomena, as Descartes and Newton had shown, but also for biological phenomena with all their seeming evidence of design and purpose. By coupling undirected, purposeless variation to the blind, uncaring process of natural selection, Darwin made theological or spiritual explanations of the life processes superfluous. Together with Marx’s materialistic theory of history and society and Freud’s attribution of human behavior to influences over which we have little control, Darwin’s theory of evolution was a crucial plank in the platform of mechanism and materialism.”
This is especially interesting in view of the sometimes-heard claim that ID advocates invented the Marx-Freud-Darwin triad of materialist influences.Denyse O’Leary, “Textbook Watch: Did ID Folk Invent Marx, Freud, And Darwin As The “Textbook Triad” Of Materialism?” at Uncommon Descent
Being a Darwinist insulates a person for the usual consequences of treating fiction as fact.
See also: Michael Egnor counsels: Live not by lies. He explains how he got involved with ID. Sure, he tells us, people tried to get him fired and he received death threats. He offers various strategies to fight Cancel Culture, ending with “Censors of all sorts depend on the cooperation of their victims. Don’t cooperate. Don’t participate. Serve only the truth. Live not by lies. ”