There are opposition arguments to Obama rejection of the budget as social Darwinism.
In speech at the Associated Press Luncheon at Apr.3, 2012, President Obama offered most startled evidence of his complete ignorance in and to science: "This congressional Republican budget is something different altogether. It is a Trojan Horse. Disguised as deficit reduction plans, it is really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It is thinly veiled social Darwinism." Let’s compress this passage and get statement: “Republican budget is social Darwinism”. Really? F to you Mr. President of ignorance.
Social Darwinism is extension of Darwin’s idea that is completely described just in the title of his fundamental work “On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favored races in the struggle for life.” Instead insertion of all explaining but useless idea of Supreme Being – God, who has created a Universe and controls everything, according Occam Razor principles, Darwinism says that everything is such because all other possibilities are dead already. The world as good as it gets. Nobody is responsible for your survival or not. The only prize is staying alive as long as you can. It is science. It can explain everything accepting word as we see it.
In some sense theory of natural selection is equal to fate in God. It explains everything but cannot be practically used in technology for personal benefit. Besides religion recommends to pray in order to win lottery but natural selection hints that instead of playing in casino better to own one or two or maybe not if taking into account mafia phenomenon. It is complicated.
Natural selection theory in application to human history consider a society as a unique object involved in competition for survival with other societies on the map by means of the war or trade or peaceful absorption. Or some could co-exist for some time. Like animals, peoples or classes in society. It is obviously not what Obama had in mind when put mark of equality between republican budget and social Darwinism.
There is also Marxism that creates artificial theoretical object, a class, in society. These classes by Marx are struggling within society involving in natural selection of classes. By Marx the best of the classes is industrial workers because they have nothing to lose in straggle with owners so they are most fierce fighters. In Russia the theory was reality for seventy years. Then new class evolved there, members of Communist Party. They were not satisfied by role of implored managers and converted political power into normal ownership. The example is not compromising an idea of classes in whole entirety it just shows that practical conclusions from theoretical concept should be thought deep enough to bring society to desirable destination if it is a goal.
What is Obama’s concept? He recognized two classes in society – very rich and others 99% of society. If to tax very rich more they will be not so powerful and most of society will hold larger chunk of resources. In such society Democratic Party with him as a Leader will be analog of Communist Party in Soviet Union with difference that everything will be completely democratic, without any revolution as Utopia emerged from Ocean on the ruins of Atlantis.
It could be so if Obama was acted not so stupidly coming to power. He is immoral according to Pascal maxim: “think well; this is the principle of morality”. The problem is that most of 99% wants to be rich and buying lottery tickets in mass as soon jackpot riches record values. The problem is that average person needs to have a hope to bear idiotically boring routines of ordinary life. Hope to be rich. Obama offers to eliminate riches. Obama offers to kill hope of individual good life by equal distribution of finite resources. It is not social Darwinism it is swamp leading to extinction of country.
Republican budget is not theory as it is social Darwinism. It is tool of social engineering. Most rich and power part of society want to stay in such position preserving stability of society in general to have environment to enjoy their success. It is not theory, bad F student Obama. The correct response of yours should be other tool, budget, that reaches other goal that is more attractive and preserving a country. Tax more? Is it the big idea of “yes, we can” movement? Just try to use scientific terms correct if you cannot to do any other good for country.
Initially submitted at Apr. 4, 2012; 15:41
There is almost nothing to add here except the election of Trump as president was healthy reaction of society to artificial concepts of progressivism.
Dec. 1, 2017; 15:20 EST