Elias’ latest post gave me a little epiphany this morning. He mentions social Darwinism as a feature of the Paul Ryan budget proposal, the not-so-subtle subtext of course is that conservatives believe in social Darwinism and that makes us bad, bad people. But if that is true, one must then conclude that liberals do not share this belief. This is the point that struck me. If conservatives do believe in social Darwinism i.e. “…the strongest or fittest should survive and flourish in society, while the weak and unfit should be allowed to die,” then doesn’t that mean that liberals believe in social intelligent design? The definition would be something like,
“Social success as we know it cannot happen through random natural processes. Man can only achieve success through the intervention of a higher power.”
We can speculate just what form that higher power takes. I suspect he wears a red, white and blue suit and has a large wallet – but that’s just my guess.