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Social Darwinism can mean many things to many different people Social Darwinism can be seen as a quasi-philisophical quasi-religious quasi-socialogical view of human reaction in the socialogical environment To really understand social Darwinism a person must first understand what Darwinism consists of Darwinism is the belief that all living organism have and are currently changing or evolving to take full use and advantage of the environment in which the organism is dwelling in This is a side path of a contrivisial theory by Charles Darwin Darwins original theory proposed in THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES that all living organisms arise from a common ancestor The only portion Darwins theory that is based on fact is natural selection Which states that living organism with advantageous traits will survive while others of the same species will die off only leaving the organisms with good traits to procreate Thus leaving population with a slightly altered form of the original species This part of evolution natural selection or Darwinism can and has often been applied to the success and social standing of the human population When this theory is applied to human social life it is called social Darwinism This alteration of natural selection was first theorized Herbert Spencer a 19th century English philosopher Spencers theory was not accepted very well in England or Europe but at certain times it was accepted as fact in the United States This fact in the United States gave plenty of reason for the rich to try to become richer The rich were seen as the upper echelon because this theory Their money was not fell upon but because of their superior qualities their money was easily earned This led the rich and middle class to believe that the poor were poor because or their poor qualities not because they have fell on hard times They had earned their way to economic hardship This gave them no right to be
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