Karl Marx and the theory of evolution

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Karl Marx and the theory of evolution

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The Challenger was a British ship dispatched to find
evidence, on the ocean bottom, of evolutionary change.
During its 1872-1876 voyage, it carried on seafloor
dredging, but found no fossils developing on the bottom
of the ocean. By this time, it was obvious to evolutionists
that no fossils were developing on either land
or sea, yet they kept quiet about the matter. Over the
years, theories, hoaxes, false claims, and ridicule favoring
evolution were spread abroad; but facts refuting it, when
found, were kept hidden.
*Karl Marx (1818-1883) is closely linked with Darwinism.
That which *Darwin did to biology, Marx with
the help of others did to society. All the worst political
philosophies of the 20th century emerged from the dark
cave of Darwinism. Marx was thrilled when he read
Origin of the Species and he immediately wrote Darwin
and asked to dedicate his own major work, Das
Kapital, to him. Darwin, in his reply, thanked him but
said it would be best not to do so.
In 1866, Marx wrote to *Frederick Engels, that Origin
of the Species contained the basis in natural history for
their political and economic system for an atheist world.
Engels, the co-founder of world communism with Marx
and *Lenin, wrote to Karl Marx in 1859: “Darwin,
whom I am just now reading, is splendid” (*C. Zirkle,
Evolution, Marxian Biology, and the Social Scene, 1959,
p. 85). In 1861, Marx wrote to Engels: “Darwin’s book is
very important and serves me as a basis in natural selection
for the class struggle in history” (*op. cit., p. 86). At
Brief History of Evolutionary Theory 33
Marx’s funeral, Engles said that, as Darwin had discovered
the law of organic evolution in natural history, so
Marx had discovered the law of evolution in human history
(*Otto Ruhle, Karl Marx, 1948, p. 366).
As Darwin emphasized competitive survival as the key
to advancement, so communism focused on the value of
labor rather than the laborer. Like Darwin, Marx thought
he had discovered the law of development. He saw history
in stages, as the Darwinists saw geological strata and successive
forms of life.
*William Grant Sumner (1840-1910) applied evolutionary
principles to political economics at Yale University.
He taught many of America’s future business and
industrial leaders that strong business should succeed
and the weak perish, and that to help the unfit was to
injure the fit and accomplish nothing for society (*R.
Milner, Encyclopedia of Evolution, 1990, pp. 59, 446, 72).
Millionaires were, in his thinking, the “fittest.” Modern
laissez-faire capitalism was the result (*Gilman M.
Ostrander, The Evolutionary Outlook: 1875-1900, 1971,
p. 5).
*William James (1842-1910) was another evolutionist
who influenced American thinking. His view of psychology
placed the study of human behavior on an animalistic
evolutionary basis.
Tidal Hypothesis Theory (1890). *George Darwin,
son of *Charles Darwin, wanted to come up with something
original, so he invented the theory that four million
years ago the moon was pressed nearly against the earth,
which revolved every five hours.—Then one day, a heavy
tide occurred in the oceans, which lifted it out to its present
location! Later proponents of George’s theory decided that
the Pacific Basin is the hole the moon left behind, when
those large ocean waves pushed it out into space.


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