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Social Darwinism An idea that the future would be characterized by the survival of the fittest was once introduced by Herbert Spencer Spencers idea can be linked to natural scientist Charles Darins theory of evolution Unlike Darwin Spencers idea is referring to society rather than nature Today Spencers idea is known as Social Darwinism Social Darwinism was built on the principle that success would come to the most intelligent ambitious and productive people who quite properly advanced their interests at the expense of the less able Spencer endorsed this idea because he believed that this process would gradually improve society For his opinion Spencer was widely applauded by early industrialists who wanted to keep their big businesses free of government regulation Even though many liked Spencers ideas many objected it also Many people thought that in a new industrial age that there was a need for programs that would assist the poor From Spencers point of view welfare was bad for society and that it used social resources on its least worthy members Spencers idea of Social Darwinism gradually fell out of favor among social scientist and has been discredited by some facts that have since come to light We know now that a persons ability only partially accounts for personal success and favoring with the rich isnt in the interest of society as a whole Spencers ideas have been dismissed by many as very heartless with little room for human compassion
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