Theories Of Social Darwinism: Survival Of The Fittest

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“Survival of the Fittest” The idea of Survival of the Fittest derives from the theory of Social Darwinism. Social Darwinism according to Charles Darwin, is a theory by which the social order is accounted as the product of natural selection of those persons best suited to existing living conditions and in accord with which a position of laissez-faire is advocated. This philosophy was popularized by theorist Herbert Spencer and passed on to tycoon Andrew Carnegie, throughout the Gilded Age. Both men believed, society evolved and improved through a process of competition. This competition results in the survival of the “worthy, strongest and smartest”, which ensures progress of the human race. During the Gilded Age, the contrast between the tycoons and the laborers with our actual status measures the changes from Survival of the Fittest from now and then. Although this theory was extremist during that period of time, it was essential for the progress of the United States, and the World’s economic interest. With time, we have learned to…show more content…
This theory believed that life was supposed to be raised to higher standards, adapt to newer rights that ultimately eliminate the unfit. The Survival of the Fittest claimed that if you were not capable of keeping up with the new rising of this social order, you did not belong to it nor deserve to live in it. Survival of the Fittest found itself against the idea public schools and protective tariffs. Throughout time, the lack of education has helped in Capitalism’s growth. The shortage in knowledge leads to people being forced to work in second-rate jobs, receive minimal wages, work extensive shifts with slightest opportunities for a change. In order to obtain better seeking opportunities, better quality education is required. This requirement leads to the necessity of education, which is mostly privatized and has a high
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