Hitler vs. Darwin

Mike Keas has an interesting comparison between Hitler and Darwin ( Full Blog Post here)

Hitler in his own words: Note the Darwinian ideology on display.

“A stronger race will supplant the weaker, since the drive for life in its final form will decimate every ridiculous fetter of the so-called ‘humaneness’ of individuals, in order to make place for the true ‘humaneness of nature,’ which destroys the weak to make place for the strong.”
—Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Chapter IV.

“If reproduction as such is limited and the number of births decreased, then the natural struggle for existence, which only allows the strongest and healthiest to survive, will be replaced by the obvious desire to save at any cost even the weakest and sickest; thereby a progeny is produced, which must become ever more miserable.”
—Adolf Hiter, Mein Kampf, Chapter IV.

“In this world, the laws of natural selection apply. Nature has given the stronger and healthier the right to live. Woe betides anyone who is weak and cannot stand his ground! He cannot expect pity from anyone.” —Hitler Speech, clip from German documentary “Hitler’s Children,” part 4 (War), starting at 12:32, available at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=- 5298238941550391341#.

“We are all beings of nature, which—inasmuch as we can see it—only know one harsh law, the law that gives the right of life to the stronger and takes the life of the weaker. We humans cannot exempt ourselves from this law. … On this earth we observe the unswerving struggle of living organisms with each other. One animal lives, in that it kills the other.” —Adolf Hitler, speech to army officers, 1942, quoted in Richard Weikart, Hitler’s Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), p. 4.

“The preservation and propagation, the evolution and elevating of life occurs through the struggle for existence, which every plant, every animal, every species and every genus is subjected. Even humans and the human races are subject to this struggle; it decides their value and their right to exist.”—Rassenpolitik (Berlin, no date), SS pamphlet approved by both Hitler and Himmler.

Now, let us recall some more of Darwin in his own words so you can connect the dots.

“Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely the production of the higher animals, directly follows.”
—Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species (London, 1859), p. 490.

“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races.”
—Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man (London, 1871), Part I, Chapter VI, p. 201.

2 Responses to “Hitler vs. Darwin”

  1. No wonder Hitler had Darwin’s works burned.

    Darwin said the “darker races” were evolutionarily better fit for their lands. In other words, Darwin disagreed that dark skin was a problem, and he disagreed that people with dark skin were somehow less fit than anyone else. He wrote exactly the opposite.

  2. You may find this post informative, discussing the false claims that Darwin was, and Darwinism is, racist:

    http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/especially-on-his-birthday-dont-call-darwin-racist-he-wasnt/

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