Ellis Washington
On Darwin and the eternal lie of evolution atheism, Part 2
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By Ellis Washington
April 26, 2015

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races will almost certainly exterminate and replace, the savage races throughout the world.

~ Darwin, The Descent of Man (1871)

Darwin and Eugenics (or racialist pseudo-science)

Perhaps most people don't realize that a large majority of Darwin's evolution racism ideas came from his cousin, Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911). Galton was the discoverer of eugenics, creating the term itself and the phrase "nature versus nurture." His book Hereditary Genius (1869) was the first social scientific effort to investigate genius and greatness using race and genetics as its primary inquiries – of course Galton's racialist eugenics philosophy placed Blacks at the very bottom and Whites (like him) at the very top of every intellectual and cultural hierarchy. This invidious racism by Galton under the sophistic legitimacy of eugenics pseudo-science fit perfectly with Darwin's evolution atheism and evolution racist ideas like natural selection, survival of the fittest and Social Darwinism.

Darwin's evolution theory gained immediate scientific legitimacy virtually from its start in the early 1860s, after which in the early 1870s the eugenics movement likewise literally exploded onto English Victorian society and together was almost universally accepted as the most viable scientific theory on the origins of life and biological inheritance, and by the 1880s was taught at virtually all the major colleges and universities throughout Europe and America. In England, many academics without reservation believed in Darwin's radical views on voluntary improvement, racial hierarchy, and natural selection and tried to commingle and conflate those controversial ideas with good characters in "positive eugenics."

During the so-called era of Darwinian evolutionary development called the Eclipse of Darwinism; a phrase coined by evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley (1897-1975), the paternal grandson to "Darwin's Bulldog" and most zealous Darwin apologist, Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95). Julian Huxley used the Eclipse of Darwinism philosophy to define the state of affairs before modern evolutionary synthesis when evolution was commonly recognized in scientific communities, but comparatively few biologists thought that natural selection was its main mechanism. This scientific foundation for eugenics was based on Mendelian genetics. Negative or Racialist eugenics also used Darwinian and eugenics pseudo-science to institutionalize people by the millions inside state-controlled insane asylums for the "feebleminded." These "survival of the fittest" and natural selection ideas were conflated into actual social policy which were very popular in America, Canada and Australia, and eugenics in the United States introduced compulsory sterilization laws cited in the Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell (1927), where Justice Holmes outrageously wrote that, "Three generations of imbeciles are enough," followed by several other countries. Tragically many of these unjust laws were based on Marxist and communist class warfare suppositions in addition to vulgar, racialist and racist considerations which always put Black people and other racial minorities at the very bottom of their "scientific" hierarchies.

Not surprisingly 50 years after the pseudo-science and racist ideas of Darwin's evolution atheism and Galton's eugenics were accepted as 'settled science' in the genteel Victorian societies of England and America, in the 1920s-40s Hitler and his Nazi doctors, for example, Hitler's Minster of Propaganda, Dr. Joseph Goebbels and SS Officer and Auschwitz death camp physician, Dr. Josef Mengele, brought Darwin's evolution atheism and Galton's racialist eugenics to its logical progression and apotheosis despite the fact that Marxist and Progressive historical revisionists have worked tirelessly (through their higher education and Marxist media monopoly) to promote the lie that evolution and eugenics were 'misinterpreted' or 'distorted' by Nazi fanaticism. On the contrary the Nazis fulfilled Darwin's natural selection and survival of the fittest in evolution and in eugenics theories by taking Darwin's ideas from the laboratory and systematically implementing them into actual German public policy, particularly from 1925-45 – from the rise and fall of Hitler and the Third Reich to the end of World War II. The Nazis and Adolph Hitler utterly loved Darwin's evolution atheism and evolution racism so much so that Hitler in his 2-volume memoir Mein Kampf (1925-26) acknowledged Darwin's ideas to the extent that he defied them as sacred scriptures, writing: If I can accept a divine Commandment, it's this one: "Thou shalt preserve the species."

Precursors to Darwin

The observation made in ancient times regarding a finding of marine fossils buried in a hillside is from time to time understood as involving an early recognition of the evolution of terrestrial life. More appropriate possibly is the declaration by the Roman writer and philosopher Lucretius (99-55 B.C.) that "the new earth first put forth grass and bushes, and next gave birth to the races of mortal creatures springing up many in number in many ways after diverse fashions." Lucretius description of natural selection also refers to bizarre monsters (e.g., dinosaurs) which he believed nature did not allow to exist with mankind. "Nature set a ban on their increase and they could not reach the coveted flower of age nor find food nor be united in marriage..." Lucretius wrote. "And many races of living things must then have died out and been unable to beget and continue their breed." Those which survived, he adds, had qualities which "protected and preserved each particular race."

In a famous commentary by Augustine (354-430 A.D.) on the first chapter of Genesis we observe that which appears particularly directed to anticipate the uninterrupted appearance of the diverse forms of life. Insects, animals and plants did not actually exist when the world began. However, their origins were created by God and therefore occurred from the establishment of the universe, the tangible production of plants, insects and animals in their diverse forms is, as Aquinas writes informs us while summarizing Augustine's view, "the work of propagation" – not of creation, which seems to me to be a distinction without a difference.

Successors to Darwin

Darwin's influence on subsequent writers would deify Darwin and his evolution theory to demigod status, yet Darwinism is clearly discernible by their usage of his language and their reliance upon his fundamental ideas. For example, James' The Principles of Psychology (1890), specifically in its chapters on instinct and emotion, always interprets the behavior of men and animals and the wonders of cognition or intelligence with a strict evolutionary atheist paradigm. Likewise, we find in the writings of Freud this same evolution atheist paradigm dominating throughout his works under the imprimatur of science specifically by the genetic method and by an appeal to man's primeval animal ancestry; this is done to describe the genetic constitution of his existence in conformity with Darwin's evolution atheism philosophy. Nevertheless, there is a growing chorus of scientific descent as was in Darwin's time so is it today.

Throughout the works of Darwin's evolution atheism there exists an intractable and invidious atheism and racism leitmotif, for example in his sequel to Origin of Species, The Descent of Man (1871), in a chapter called "The Races of Man" Darwin wrote this outrageously racist passage which is the foundation of not only this book, but of his entire evolutionary racist worldview:
    "At some future period not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised [sic] races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes...will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest Allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as the baboon, instead of as now between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla."
Translation: Darwin's evolution racism and origin of species proves that in Darwin's racist obsessed mind the Negro or the Negroid Australian Aborigine is barely a notch above the ape, baboon or gorilla. The irony here is not only was Darwin the son of a prominent Christian doctor in England, Robert Darwin (1766-1848) (who Charles Darwin apprenticed under as a young man), but even more paradoxical was that Darwin was the grandson of two prominent abolitionists – Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), the great physician and physiologist on his father's side, and Josiah Wedgewood (1730-95) on his mother's (Susannah) side. Josiah Wedgewood, was the founder of the English pottery firm, Josiah Wedgwood and Sons and an ardent Abolitionist. It was this pottery firm that designed the celebrated medallion in 1787 with the famous anti-slavery slogan – Am I Not a Man and a Brother? It is indeed one of the great ironic tragedies of history that Charles Darwin, the father of perhaps the most diabolical, pseudo-scientific book known to mankind; a book that caused the enslavement, invidious racist attacks and genocide to hundreds millions of people since its 1859 publication, descended from such laudable Christian ancestry including his grandfather Josiah Wedgewood who created perhaps the most important and iconic anti-slavery image in history.

Separate from psychology the concept of evolution atheism is imitated in theories of progress, eugenics racism, Social Darwinism and promote a Hegelian dialectical progression in history; as, for example, the popular nineteenth century political movement 'Progressives' I believe picked this name in large part because of the concurrent evolution atheism which was all the rage in the early 1860s. Darwin's book caused an immediate and radical revolutionary political movement (Progressivism) that moved forward and would replace the cold, dead, superstitious Judeo-Christian worldview of the past with the new, dynamic atheist worldview based on Darwinian evolutionary science – all in the name of "Progress" and a triumphal march of humanity toward an evolutionary utopia in the twentieth century.

To the contrary, history would judge the twentieth century the Golden Age of the genocidal tyrant – the Muslim Ottoman Turks, Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, Mao, Pol Pot, etc… All were evolution atheists and devoted Darwinists who used Darwin’s natural selection and survival of the fittest ideas to commit the most grotesque genocide to hundreds of millions of people, most before 1950!

In the dialectical or historical materialism of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, which is presented in Engel's Dialectics of Nature (1883), a work that applies Marxist ideas – particularly those of dialectical materialism – to science. An even more universal reorientation of philosophy, which comes from an evolution atheist paradigm, can also be located in the writings of many writers influenced by Darwin's evolution atheism including – William James, Henri-Louis Bergson, Bertrand Russell, Julian Huxley and John Dewey, such as James's The Principles of Psychology, Creative Evolution (Bergson) and The Influence of Darwin on Philosophy (by John Dewey, the father of the progressive public education movement). Thus evolution, together with many other biological and philosophical works give some degree of the influence of Darwin not only on philosophical understanding, but likewise on the progression of research in all the biological sciences under the ubiquitous paradigm of evolution atheism which more so than any other philosophy of man I can think of is the zeitgeist cult of the twenty first century.

Darwin's evolution racism in modern times

The Turkish writer Adnan Oktar (b. 1956), has written many books under the pseudonym Harun Yahya, including the one pictured above, The Disasters Darwinism brought to Humanity (2001). "Harun" refers to the biblical Aaron and "Yahya" refers to the New Testament John the Baptist. The reoccurring themes in his faith-related books seek to connect the existence and oneness of God (Allah in the Quran) according to the Islamic faith, and are useful also as an introduction to Islam for the uninitiated to this religion. Yahya's books on science-related subjects emphasizes his ideas on the power, omniscience and majesty of God. A secondary-group of books within this collection include the one pictured above and his book Design in Nature (2002) and Darwinism Refuted (2003); these books provide an interesting and systematic analysis into the philosophical and intellectual foundations of atheism, materialism, evolution and Darwinism. These books proclaim that evolution denies the existence of God, undermines religion, perverts morality, and supports materialism and communism, all which lead to societal deconstruction, genocide and democide.

Yahya argues that Darwinism, by emphasizing the "survival of the fittest," has inspired racism, atheism, Nazism, communism and terrorism. A dispute not without irony when for the period of the political disorder before the 1980 military coup in his home country of Turkey ended the communist-era dictatorship under the Soviet Union, whereby bookshops openly publicized Darwin's works as a counterpart or supplement to Karl Marx's communist atheism.

Darwin similarly contended that social policy should not only be focused on suppositions of struggle and natural selection in nature, therefore, when Hitler wrote this strong personal declaration in his memoir, Mein Kampf (1925), "If I can accept a divine Commandment, it's this one: 'Thou shalt preserve the species,'" Hitler here was drawing a clear and overarching historical line from the overt evolution atheism and evolution racism leitmotifs of Darwin's Origin of the Species (1859) and his sequel The Descent of Man (1871) through the Aryan Ubermensch (Superman) philosophy of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) made popular in his four volume epic, Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 1883-85).

In an earlier work I wrote in 2011 on the global destructive effects of Social Darwinism in Nazi Family and Inheritance Law, I cited the important work of conservative philosopher, Dr. Benjamin Wiker's outstanding and revelatory analysis of Darwin's survival of the fittest leitmotifs, which were so essential to the Nazi idea of German and Aryan [White] supremacy and Jewish [and Black] inferiority and like the primitive tribes of antiquity, could only be eradicated by the stronger tribe vanquishing the weaker tribes: "When two tribes of primeval man, living in the same country, came into competition, if the one tribe included...a greater number of courageous, sympathetic, and faithful members, who were always ready to warn each other of danger, to aid and defend each other, this tribe would without doubt succeed best and conquer the other. Let it be borne in mind how all-important, in the never-ceasing wars of savages, fidelity and courage must be," Wiker writes.

Similarly, Nietzsche's theories mirrored Darwin's evolution theory (even Rousseau), albeit with a sharper edge: "Let us admit to ourselves . . . how every higher culture on earth so far has begun. Human beings whose nature was still natural, barbarians in every terrible sense of the word, men of prey who were still in possession of unbroken strength of will and lust for power, hurled themselves upon weaker, more civilized, more peaceful races," Wiker continues.

In conclusion, the historical synthesis that formed the scientific justification and sophistic rationalizations of evolution atheism (survival of the fittest) and evolution racism (racialist eugenics), the historical synthesis that formed the Darwin-Nietzsche-Nazi connection through the Ubermensch ideas and God is dead philosophy of Nietzsche, also connected the Darwin-Nietzsche-Nazi Axis through Nietzsche's Aristocracy Paradigm and his Will to Power (der Wille zur Macht) and Darwin's natural selection and Herbert Spencer's survival of the fittest; diabolical and scientifically perverted ideas which are all part of the paradigm of Social Darwinism, which today we call political Progressives or Progressivism. This is why Wiker called Nietzsche "a more savage, but also more spiritualized form of Darwinism." And this is why I call Darwin's Social Darwinism the eternal lie of evolution racism and evolution atheism.

*N.B.: This essay is based in part on ideas from Encyclopedia Britannica Great Books of the Western World, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Editor-in-Chief (University of Chicago, 1952), Vol. 2, Chap. 24 – Evolution; Vol. 2, Chap. 29 – God; Vol. 3, Chap. 1 – Man; Vol. 3, Chap. 71 – Progress; Vol. 49 – Darwin. An important scholarly paper related to this subject I was commissioned by the Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion to write on recently declassified Nazi documents from the World War II era can be found here.


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Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review (1989) and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute (1992). Currently he is an adjunct professor of law at the National Paralegal College and the graduate school, National Jurisprudence University, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, American History, Administrative Law, Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Real Property, and Advanced Legal Writing, among many other subjects... (more)

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