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Posted by $ johnrobert2 6 years, 7 months ago to Government
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I don't why I had a snippet of this in my printer but I looked it up and wondered if anyone else had posted it before.
SOURCE URL: http://spectator.org/archives/2010/07/16/americas-ruling-class-and-the

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  • Posted by khalling 6 years, 7 months ago
    it's an excellent article, but has sections which digress.
    "By 1853, when Sen. John Pettit of Ohio called “all men are created equal” “a self-evident lie,” much of America’s educated class had already absorbed the “scientific” notion (which Darwin only popularized) that man is the product of chance mutation and natural selection of the fittest. Accordingly, by nature, superior men subdue inferior ones as they subdue lower beings or try to improve them as they please. Hence while it pleased the abolitionists to believe in freeing Negroes and improving them, it also pleased them to believe that Southerners had to be punished and reconstructed by force. As the 19th century ended, the educated class’s religious fervor turned to social reform: they were sure that because man is a mere part of evolutionary nature, man could be improved, and that they, the most highly evolved of all, were the improvers."
    sigh-another author who doesn't understand Evolution. It is not about individuals but SPECIES and irrelevant to the question of equality in the Declaration of Independence. But I especially enjoyed the first third of the article. Thanks for positing John.
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    • Posted by $ ObjectiveAnalyst 6 years, 7 months ago
      Hello khalling,
      I thought he was expressing what he believed were the views of "much of America's educated class" of the time, not necessarily his own views??? He also put the word "scientific" in quotations which leads me to believe he thought the application he was describing was less than... I quite agree, it has no relevance to the true spirit of the words in the Declaration...
      I rushed through the article. Did I miss something?
      Got to go now. Have a great day!
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