Eugenics &Amp; Policy Essay

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Eugenics and Policy The concept of Social Darwinism, a key element of classical liberal and laissez-faire political ideology, is flawed when applied to society through economic policy alone. The application of natural selection through strict free-market economics is traditionally associated with Social Darwinism, however this application is flawed and a more balanced approach is required. It is the responsibility of governments to ensure that the natural laws of evolution are correctly balanced and applied in their societies, failure to do so results in societal decay, increased disease and poverty. Charles Darwin published his groundbreaking theory of evolution in 1859, prompting social theorist’s attempts to apply evolution to society. Through his research Darwin discovered that those members of a species that are best adapted to the current environment flourish and contribute to the next generation of their species through procreation (“Origin of the Species” 88). Likewise, members of a species unsuited to their environment do not survive and therefore do not procreate (Darwin 97). Species in nature become better adapted and suited to their environment because each generation was produced only by those with heritable traits suitable to their environment. Organisms with unsuitable heritable traits did not pass these characteristics on to the next generation because they perished as a direct result of these disadvantageous characteristics. It is important that human society obey the laws of natural selection to insure the quality of future generations. Social theorists have wrestled with the application of natural selection to society since evolution’s inception, their goal is a social environment conducive to natural selection. The biological concepts of evolution made an early transition into the realm of sociopolitics, the earliest theorists

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