Question by  jamtrac (26)

What is Social Darwinism?

How does it work?


Answer by  ryshack (6)

Social Darwinism is when the social structure excludes the less interesting people of the population. Those who are more interesting make more connections and rise through the social structure, while those who are less interesting fall in the social structure.


Answer by  Mable (3008)

Social Darwinism is borrowing the theme of "survival of the fittest" and applying it to human society rather than the vast variety of all species. It basically says those who do best in society desrve to do best and will win out over those who are weak. It is often paired with arguments against welfare, disability programs etc.


Answer by  Ginny (2251)

This is an uncomplimentary term for a theory that made use of the idea of survival of the fittest. It was used to justify policies lacking in sympathy for people who could not support themselves. It was an elitist view that the weak should be allowed to die and only the strongest should survive. Some historians relate it to Nazis.


Answer by  alz (2329)

Social Darwinism takes survival of the fittest and makes it pertain specifically to humans. It no longer has to do with jsut surviving, it has to do with the fittest and best suited people rising to the top, procreating with other very fit people and making offspring. The weaker people will not pro-create and will be at the bottom.

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