Social Darwinism


Social Darwinism
   The application of the biological theories of Charles Darwin to society. Although the social interpretation of Darwin varied from country to country, for Adolf Hitler it became the core of his political philosophy. Hitler and the Nazi Party believed that the “struggle for existence” was at the core of human behavior, or what Hitler called the “granite foundation” of existence. In adopting the “survival of the fittest” as a component of his politics, Hitler professed his belief in brutal struggle, cruelty, destruction, and the right of the strong to rule over the weak. The ideology of National Socialism mirrored Hitler’s interpretation of Social Darwinism.

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