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The Extinction of PoliticsThe Extinction of Politics

 A specula A speculation on the tion on the relationshrelationship between ip between Ecology, Ecology, Politics Politics and Goveand Governmentrnment

Dedicated to John AdamsDedicated to John Adams

PrefacePreface

WhenWhen The Origin of the SpeciesThe Origin of the Species appeared in 1859 the first people to appropriate Darwin’s appeared in 1859 the first people to appropriate Darwin’s

ideas were the wealthy, who quickly promoted pseudo-scientific arguments using “naturalideas were the wealthy, who quickly promoted pseudo-scientific arguments using “natural

selection” to rationalize their domination of society. At the time, anarchism, communism andselection” to rationalize their domination of society. At the time, anarchism, communism and

socialism were all perceived as serious threats to the existing social order. Evolution seemed tosocialism were all perceived as serious threats to the existing social order. Evolution seemed to

offer a solid offer a solid scientific rebuttalscientific rebuttal. . This line of This line of defense was eventually discredited, however, anddefense was eventually discredited, however, and

today the phrase “social Darwinism” is universally recognized as a negative comment ontoday the phrase “social Darwinism” is universally recognized as a negative comment on

half-truths that use “science” to excuse oppression and racism. The very mention of Darwin’shalf-truths that use “science” to excuse oppression and racism. The very mention of Darwin’s

name in a political context is now likely to raise eyebrows. Nevertheless, in the following essay Iname in a political context is now likely to raise eyebrows. Nevertheless, in the following essay I

have chosen to revisit the connection between evolution and politics. I justify this by examininghave chosen to revisit the connection between evolution and politics. I justify this by examining

the same subject and drawing wholly different conclusions.the same subject and drawing wholly different conclusions.

In the 19th Century Darwin was enlisted to justify the status quo. Fetid slums, child labor,In the 19th Century Darwin was enlisted to justify the status quo. Fetid slums, child labor,

eighteen hour workdays and global imperialism were all rationalized as necessaryeighteen hour workdays and global imperialism were all rationalized as necessary

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