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Barack Obama and the Progressive Myth of "Social Darwinism"

Five years ago, I participated in a debate on Darwinian conservatism at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. The New York Times published a front-page article on the debate by Patricia Cohen. The article was generally accurate in reporting my arguments. But, predictably, she brought up the story of "Social Darwinism," and she wrote: "Victorian-era social Darwinists like Herbert Spencer adopted evolutionary theory to justify colonialism and imperialism, opposition to labor unions, and withdrawal of aid to the sick and needy.
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The Republican Debate

US Politics / Conservative : NRO: The Corner (last year)

The American Enterprise Institute and America’s Future Foundation are sponsoring a conversation in D.C. on Wednesday evening about how conservatism should evolve. The participants are Tevi Troy and Pete Wehner, both of whom have bee... Read Post

Conservatism, bigotry and the worship of power

US Politics / Liberal : Open Left (4 years ago)

The Washington Post Outlook section this weekend had as its leading feature article on the front page a column by Gerard Alexander, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, on how conservatism has gotten a bad rap fo... Read Post

Haidt's Moral Psychology of Humean Conservatism

Academics / Philosophy : Darwinian Conservatism (2 years ago)

A few years ago, I wrote an article for The Intercollegiate Review entitled "Darwinian Conservatism Versus Metaphysical Conservatism." I argued that the debate over Darwinian conservatism reveals the conflict between metaphysical co... Read Post


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