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The Myth of Social Darwinism, Cont’d


For those interested in the academic literature on all this, a great place to start is Thomas Leonard’s “Origins of the myth of social Darwinism: The ambiguous legacy of Richard Hofstadter’s Social Darwinism in American Thought.” (PDF).

And here’s a pretty even-handed recap of the historiography.

And Damon Root has been writing great stuff on Herbert Spencer for a while.


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