Archive for the ‘social darwinism’ Category

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races

November 24, 2009

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.

Charles Darwin, Descent of Man

Mr Darwin believed human ‘races’ had an evolutionary pecking order with the negros and aboriginals (the ‘savage races’) currently (i.e. in his day) at the bottom. Don’t worry, Darwin was wrong. By the way, I lost count of the number of times (scores) Darwin referred to the ‘savage’ or ‘civilised’ human races in Origin of Species.

An article in Wikipedia, attempts to save Darwin by pointing out, correctly, that Darwin does not express a desire that the ‘savage races’ disappear. The passage is descriptive of what might happen rather than prescriptive of what should happen. But the article neatly sidefoots my point here that he assumed a hierarchy of races. It does indeed require a malicious character such as a Hitler to take that hierarchical description and ‘clean’ the genetic stock. But the theory lends credence to evil men such as Hitler even though the conscience of many men protests as such barbarity.

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All life is bound up in three theses: Struggle is the father of all things, virtue lies in blood, leadership is primary and decisive

November 2, 2009

Man has become great through struggle… Whatever goal man has reached is due to his originality plus his brutality… All life is bound up in three theses… struggle is the father of all things, virtue lies in blood, leadership is primary and decisive…’The whole work of Nature is a mighty struggle between strength and weakness – an eternal victory of the strong over the weak. There would be nothing but decay in the whole of Nature if this were not so. States which offend against this elementary law fall into decay…through all the centuries force and power are the determining factors Only force rales. Force is the first law. Force was more than the decisive factor in any situation; it was
force which alone created right. ‘Always before God and the world, the stronger has the right to carry through what he wills. History proves: He who has not the strength – him the “right in itself” profits not a whit.

Adolf Hitler, Hitler:A STUDY IN TYRANNY, Alan Bullock, pp.398-9

Lebensborn: the practice of social Darwinism

September 22, 2009

On 28 October 1939 Himmler issued a  special ‘procreation order’ to the SS whereby it would become, ‘the sublime task of German women and girls of good blood acting not frivolously but from a profound moral seriousness to become mothers to children of soldiers setting off to battle.’ A race of ‘supermen’ was to be established at special human stud farms, known as Lebensborn.  The offspring would be taken care of in maternity homes.

Martin Gilbert, WWII, p.24

Social Darwinism, 1943

September 8, 2009

We are a master race which must remember that the lowliest German worker is racially and biologically a thousand times more valuable than the population here.

Erich Koch, speech a German audience at Kiev, 5th March 1943 in Alan Bullock, Hitler, Penguin, 1990, p.692

And this is social Darwinism – the idea that some races have proceeded further along the biological path than others.

August 17, 2009

I see no reason for attributing to man a significance different in kind from that which belongs to a baboon or a grain of sand.

…the sacredness of human life is a purely municipal ideal of no validity outside the jurisdiction.

He authored the landmark decision in Buck v. Bell upholding a Virginia eugenics law mandating the involuntary sterilization of people the State deemed undesirable.

It is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.

United States Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; a consistent evolutionist.

The Fact Value Distinction

August 17, 2009

Middle-class parents want values to be taught to children in schools because life will be more pleasant if these values are adhered to. But they do not ask whether these values have any relation to the “facts” as taught in school. They do not ask whether it is possible to believe that concern for minorities, for the poor, for the disabled is important if the fact is that human life is the result of the success of the strong in eliminating the weak.  If it is a ‘fact’ that human life is the accidental result of the ruthless suppression of the weak by the strong, and it is not a fact that ‘Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever,’ then ‘values’ have no factual basis.  They can only be the expression of what some people choose, and–inevitably–it will be the strong who prevail. The language of “values” is simply the will to power wrapped up in cotton wool. And we cannot use the language of right and wrong because it has no basis in the ‘facts’ as we understand them.

Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, 1989, p.17

Hitler’s Social Darwinism

August 16, 2009

Plainly I belong by nature to quite another species. I would prefer not to see anyone suffer, not to do harm to anyone. But when I realise that the species is in danger, then in my case sentiment gives way to the coldest reason. ‘ (Hitler’s Diaries)

Hitler also said:

I cannot see why man should not be just as cruel as nature

It was with feelings of pure idealism that I set out for the front in 1914. Then I saw men falling around me in thousands. Thus I learnt that life is a cruel struggle, and has no other object but the preservation of the species. The idea of struggle is as old as life itself, for life is only preserved because other living things perish through struggle. In this struggle, the stronger, the more able, win, while the less able, the weak, lose. Struggle is the father of all things. It is not by the principles of humanity that man lives or is able to preserve himself above the animal world, but solely by means of the most brutal struggle.” (speech at Kulmbach, 5/2/28 in Alan Bullock, Hitler, p.36)

That is, Nazism was driven by a desire to preserve the ‘superior’ races (as Hitler saw them).

Some people have told me Hitler was a Christian. Here’s the facts. He says in his diaries he didn’t say his prayers at secondary school because God wasn’t interested in his prayers. He mocked Father Schwarz who came to catechise the boys as well as his religion. He treated Catholic confession as a joke etc.

Social Darwinism

August 7, 2009

The whole of nature is a continuous struggle between strength and weakness, an eternal victory of the strong over the weak. All nature would be full of decay if it were otherwise.

Hitler, Adolf (1943), Mein Kampf (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin) p.694

“The German Fuhrer, as I have consistently maintained, is an evolutionist; he has consciously sought to make the practice of Germany conform to the theory of evolution. He has failed, not because the theory of evolution is false, but because he has made three fatal blunders in its application.”

Sir Arthur Keith, ‘Evolution and Ethics’, Putnam, New York, 1947, p. 230.

Should anyone attempt to apply evolution?

Hitler’s View of Christianity

August 3, 2009

National Socialism and religion cannot exist together…. The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity. Bolshevism is Christianity’s illegitimate child. Both are inventions of the Jew. The deliberate lie in the matter of religion was introduced into the world by Christianity…. Let it not be said that Christianity brought man the life of the soul, for that evolution was in the natural order of things.

Hitler’s Table Talk 1941-1944, Night of 11th-12th July, 1941

Christianity is a rebellion against natural law, a protest against nature. Taken to its logical extreme, Christianity would mean the systematic cultivation of the human failure.

ibid, 10th October, 1941, midday

The best thing is to let Christianity die a natural death…. When understanding of the universe has become widespread… Christian doctrine will be convicted of absurdity…. Christianity has reached the peak of absurdity…. And that’s why someday its structure will collapse…. …the only way to get rid of Christianity is to allow it to die little by little…. Christianity the liar…. We’ll see to it that the Churches cannot spread abroad teachings in conflict with the interests of the State.

ibid, 14th October, 1941, midday

The reason why the ancient world was so pure, light and serene was that it knew nothing of the two great scourges: the pox and Christianity.

ibid, 19th October, 1941, night

Originally, Christianity was merely an incarnation of Bolshevism, the destroyer…. The decisive falsification of Jesus’ doctrine was the work of St.Paul. He gave himself to this work… for the purposes of personal exploitation…. Didn’t the world see, carried on right into the Middle Ages, the same old system of martyrs, tortures, faggots? Of old, it was in the name of Christianity. Today, it’s in the name of Bolshevism. Yesterday the instigator was Saul: the instigator today, Mardochai. Saul was changed into St.Paul, and Mardochai into Karl Marx. By exterminating this pest, we shall do humanity a service of which our soldiers can have no idea.

ibid, 21st October, 1941, midday

Christianity is an invention of sick brains: one could imagine nothing more senseless, nor any more indecent way of turning the idea of the Godhead into a mockery…. …. When all is said, we have no reason to wish that the Italians and Spaniards should free themselves from the drug of Christianity. Let’s be the only people who are immunised against the disease.

ibid, 13th December, 1941, midnight

Kerrl, with noblest of intentions, wanted to attempt a synthesis between National Socialism and Christianity. I don’t believe the thing’s possible, and I see the obstacle in Christianity itself…. Pure Christianity– the Christianity of the catacombs– is concerned with translating Christian doctrine into facts. It leads quite simply to the annihilation of mankind. It is merely whole-hearted Bolshevism, under a tinsel of metaphysics.

ibid, 14th December, 1941, midday

It would always be disagreeable for me to go down to posterity as a man who made concessions in this field. I realize that man, in his imperfection, can commit innumerable errors– but to devote myself deliberately to errors, that is something I cannot do. I shall never come personally to terms with the Christian lie. Our epoch in the next 200 years will certainly see the end of the disease of Christianity…. My regret will have been that I couldn’t… behold .

ibid, 27th February, 1942, midday

Hitler’s Secret Conversations is a translation of a document called the “Bormann-Vermerke” or Borrman endorsements. They are a collection of hand written notes made by Martin Bormann who was Hitler’s personal secretary during the war. Bormann is known to have been an extraordinarily powerful figure in Nazi Germany and a notorious opponent of Christianity.

There is no real dispute regarding the authenticity of these notes. They are what Borrman wrote. They are published in the original German in Adolf Hitler, Monologe im Führerhauptquartier 1941-1944. published by Orbis Verlag, Hamburg, Approved Special Edition in 2000.