Australian Left Review

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Janna Thompson


Social Darwinists of the 19th and early 20th centuries used to argue that the rich flourished and the poor perished because of the operation of the biological principle of the survival of the fittest. This was an early, crude attempt to provide a biological explanation for social phenomena – by misusing Darwin’s theory of evolution.



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