Friday, September 10, 2010

William Jennings Bryan Deserves an Apology

"Darwin's 'Survival of the Fittest' Disputed" is the news behind this story discussing the "emerging evidence that the drive for habitat or living space – not competition, as scientist Charles Darwin believed – may have driven the survival of the species" — Evidence challenging Darwin 'could be valid,' explains Catholic scholar.

The great progressive, populist, pacifist, Protestant William Jennings Bryan was right after all. His assistance of the prosecution in the Scopes Monkey Trial was motivated by his abhorrence of Social Darwinism, which meant elevating "supposedly superior intellects," "eliminating the weak," "paralyzing the hope of reform," jeopardizing "the doctrine of brotherhood," and undermining "the sympathetic activities of a civilized society" — William Jennings Bryan's Closing Statement in the Trial of John Scopes. These inconvenient truths are ignored in the propaganda piece Inherit the Wind (1960).

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Blogger love the girls said...

I don't think I've read a social commentary of the last 200 years which doesn't allude to the same.

With those written today simply being a perverse variation of the old theme.

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