Why Hitler Loved Darwinism
EVIL BEGETS EVIL!
Why Hitler Loved Darwinism
The Nazis were firm believers in science. German engineers are to this day some of the best in the world. America’s early rocket program was made possible because of Operation Paperclip. Nazi engineers and scientists were brought to America after the surrender of Germany and built the A bombs that were later unleashed over Japan.
Even though the Nazis were intelligent, they were also ruthless, soulless and I believe godless. They adopted Darwinism and turned it into a social program. Because Darwinism was considered science, they felt justified as they killed millions of “inferior” people. They were simply making room for an evolutionary superior race, and they felt they were doing the entire world a favor by doing so.
Germany, Darwinism Hitler and the Final Solution. Evil begets evil. Germans were taught Darwinism in schools nationwide, and not only did they embrace it, they lived it. Germans believed the Aryans were superhuman beings, the most evolved over all others and it was their duty as the “fittest” to promote the Aryans and to get rid of all the other races of the world. WW2 broke out because the Germans wanted land and resources for these evolutionary elite human beings.
Because of Darwinism Hitler saw human beings as animals and thought he could produce a super race of humans, the “fittest” humans, with breeding programs, the same way a farmer would breed livestock for the best results.
Long before Hitler sent millions of Jews to their death, he wanted to weed out everyday Germans. At the time Germany had a good number of insane asylums. Hitler emptied out the asylums and relatives often got a letter saying so and so died of natural causes. Nothing could be further from the truth. These people were executed en masse. Hitler felt this was best for Germany, these “useless eaters” had to go. Hitler felt justified because this is what “survival of the fittest” is all about. Hitler felt Darwinism justified, even called for these kind of godless and drastic measures.
At this same time, if a baby was born in Germany that was not perfect in every way, German doctors often took care of it without the parents ever knowing what happened. Again, they felt justified because they believed in Darwinism.
Pretty soon the nursing homes in Germany were getting emptied out. If you were no longer able to care for yourself, you were no longer “fit” to live. After that, even those with a small physical deformity were deemed “unfit” and put to death.
There were also “sterilization laws” where Germans with any abnormal defects were sterilized so they could not have children and pass these traits on. Only those who were “fittest” were worthy of life and reproduction, all other Germans were just out of luck. They were considered “useless eaters” and they were seen as taking food and resources from the Aryan German. They simply had to go. And they did, to the grave.
Next Hitler decided to get rid of the Jews. I am not sure that Hitler really thought the Jews were all that inferior. Jews are a very intelligent race. With Darwinism as his creed, Hitler was probably more worried the Jews would take over because intellectually they were more “fit’ than many Germans. Let us not forget that Hitler had Jewish roots, and probably knew about it, as did many high ranking Nazi officers. Obviously, if they wanted to have things their way the Nazis were going to have to remove these intellectually superior people because they could make the most trouble for them.
In the name of Darwinism Hitler killed 9 million people in concentration camps. In all, 40 million people died in WW2 at the cost of 6 trillion dollars. If the academic and scientific communities did not embrace Darwinism could all this have been avoided? The Nazis felt justified because they felt they were using sound scientific principles of the time. Hitler saw the strong killing off the weak as the natural conclusion of evolution.
This is the true face of Darwinism, it is racist and ugly and has no place in modern thinking. The Germans did not only embrace Darwinism they lived it. And just look at the results! I believe that God intervened and helped the Allies win the war. The Germans were much more technologically advanced and should have easily won, but God would not allow it.
I myself do not believe in Darwinism. There is no archaeological evidence to back it up. Man appeared out of nowhere100% human! Man has the DNA of GOD! God made man in his own image, period. Human beings are not animals, we are HUMAN. One species does not turn into another species over time, there is no evidence to support this in any way at all.
Darwinism is not just a half baked goofy theory, it can also be dangerous when it falls into the wrong hands. DNA proves we all evolved from one female. If that does not back up the Bible, nothing else does. I believe new advances in DNA will prove just how human we really are and how far off the mark Darwinism is.
You can read other hubs with a Christian perspective, here are the links.
My friend Highvoltagewriter wrote two excellent, thought provoking hubs on evolution.
And James Watkins also wrote a great hub on Darwinism.
New book by Discovery Institute
Fellow shows influence of
Darwinian principles on
Hitler's Nazi regime
Discovery Institute is pleased to announce the publication of the provocative intellectual history, "From Darwin to Hitler, Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics and Racism in Germany" (Palgrave MacMillan), by Richard Weikart.
In this compelling and painstakingly researched work of intellectual history, Weikart convincingly makes the argument that Hitler built his view of ethics on Darwinian principles.
"Richard Weikart's outstanding book shows in sober and convincing detail how Darwinist thinkers in Germany had developed an amoral attitude to human society," says Dr. Richard Evans, Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge, and author of "The Coming of the Third Reich." "This provided Hitler and the Nazis with a scientific justification for the policies they pursued once they came to power."
Weikart explains the revolutionary impact Darwinism had on ethics and morality. He demonstrates that many leading Darwinian biologists and social thinkers in Germany believed that Darwinism overturned traditional Judeo-Christian and Enlightenment ethics, especially those pertaining to the sacredness of human life. Many of these thinkers supported moral relativism, yet simultaneously exalted evolutionary "fitness" (especially in terms of intelligence and health) as the highest arbiter of morality. Weikart concludes that Darwinism played a key role not only in the rise of eugenics, but also in euthanasia, infanticide, abortion, and racial extermination, all ultimately embraced by the Nazis.
"From Darwin to Hitler" is a challenging yet balanced work that should encourage a rethinking of the historical impact that Darwinism had on the course of events in the twentieth century.
Richard Weikart earned his Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Iowa and is an Assoc. Professor at California State University, Stanislaus focusing on German and European intellectual history. He was a Fullbright Fellowship participant in 1992-93, doing research at the University of Bonn, Germany. His articles have appeared in numerous journals and publications including: German Studies Review, Journal of the History of Ideas, Books and Culture, The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia, and the Encyclopedia of Science and Religion.
What Others Say About Hitler and Darwinism
Hitler used Evolutionary Theory to Justify the Holocaust
Darwin's idea that evolution means "the preservation of favored races in the struggle for life" eventually led to Nazism and the Jewish holocaust - even though Darwin himself would have been appalled at the thought."19
Sir Arthur Keith wrote: "The leader of Germany is an evolutionist, not only in theory, but, as millions know to their cost, in the rigor of its practice. For him, the 'national front' of Europe is also the 'evolutionary front;' he regards himself, and is regarded, as the incarnation of the will of Germany, the purpose of that will being to guide the evolutionary destiny of its people."59 and "Christianity makes no distinction of race or of color; it seeks to break down all racial barriers. In this respect the hand of Christianity is against that of Nature, for are not the races of mankind the evolutionary harvest which Nature has toiled through long ages to produce?"19
In Mein Kampf, Hitler used the German word for evolution (Entwicklung) many times, citing "lower human types." He criticized the Jews for bringing "Negroes into the Rhineland" with the aim of "ruining the white race by the necessarily resulting ization." He spoke of "Monstrosities halfway between man and ape" and lamented the fact of Christians going to "Central Africa" to set up "Negro missions," resulting in the turning of "healthy . . . human beings into a rotten brood of s." In his chapter entitled "Nation and Race," he said, "The stronger must dominate and not blend with the weaker, thus sacrificing his own greatness. Only the born weakling can view this as cruel, but he, after all, is only a weak and limited man; for if this law did not prevail, any conceivable higher development (Hoherentwicklung) of organic living beings would be unthinkable." A few pages later, he said, "Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live."59
The success in breeding cattle, dogs and other animals with certain desired characteristics gave empirical support to the concept of racial breeding as advocated by eugenicists and later Hitler and others.19
Hitler exterminated over 273,000 people even before the Holocaust! "The first to be killed were the aged [those who are an economic burden, who detract from the happiness of society as a whole], the infirm, the senile, the mentally retarded, and defective children [that included epileptics]. Then there were WW I veterans - amputees - still in hospitals. Their reward for giving an arm or leg for Germany was extermination as 'undesirable.' Even bed wetters and children with badly modeled ears were put to death - all part of the euthanasia project of Germany."33
Instead of letting chance factors dominate reproduction decisions, Hitler proposed that the scientists use the power of the state to influence these decisions so that the gene pool would shift to what "informed conclusions" concluded was the desired direction. Consequently, Hitler encouraged those individuals that he perceived as having Aryan traits to mate, and discouraged "interbreeding," supposing that this policy would gradually cause the Aryan race to evolve "upward". He believed that the Nazi race programs would further evolution by intelligently deciding which traits were not beneficial, and preventing those with them from reproducing.19
An important argument that Hitler used to support his programs of racial genocide of the Jews, Blacks and other groups was that they were genetically "inferior" and that their interbreeding with the superior Aryan race would adversely affect the latter's gene pool, polluting it, and lowering the overall quality of the "pure race."19
"From the ‘Preservation of favored races in the struggle for life' [that is, Darwin 's subtitle to Origin of Species] it was a short step to the preservation of favored individuals, classes or nations - and from their preservation to their glorification . . . Thus, it has become a portmunteau of nationalism, imperialism, militarism, and dictatorship, of the cults of the hero, the superman, and the master race . . . recent expressions of this philosophy, such as Mein Kampf are, unhappily, too familiar to require exposition here." - Gertrude Himmelfarb, Social Darwinism in American Thought, 196219
More on Hitler and Darwin
Hitler's Debt to Darwin
Time magazine and Variety have published the latest attack reviews of Expelled, in advance of opening day this Friday. As with previous hostile responses, the focus of outrage is on the film's argument that Hitler drew inspiration from Darwin's intellectual legacy.
In Time, reviewer Jeffrey Kluger fumes: "Theories of natural selection, it's claimed, were a necessary if not sufficient condition for Hitler's killing machine to get started. The truth, of course, is that the only necessary and sufficient condition for human beings to murder one another is the simple fact of being human."
As more attacks come in, making either this bewilderingly inane point -- or the one made by Scientific American editor-in-chief John Rennie that the role of Christianity in fomenting Nazism should have been discussed in the film -- just keep in mind the response to recent books that have put blame for the Holocaust on the churches.
Those books, by writers like John Carrroll (Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews) and Daniel Jonah Goldhagen (A Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair), were hailed in media as works of genius, guts, and honesty. I don't recall any reviewers complaining that, really, the only thing you have to know about the Nazis was that they were people, and, hey, people kill people!
Fortunately, serious historians of the past half century have been freer than media hacks to explore the complexity of Nazism's actual genealogy. One thing that these expert scholars have almost universally agreed on is that Darwinism contributed mightily to Hitlerism.
In her classic 1951 work The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt wrote: "Underlying the Nazis' belief in race laws as the expression of the law of nature in man, is Darwin's idea of man as the product of a natural development which does not necessarily stop with the present species of human being."
Or just pick up any standard biography of Hitler.
In Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, Alan Bullock writes: "The basis of Hitler's political beliefs was a crude Darwinism." What Hitler found objectionable about Christianity was its rejection of the conclusions that followed from Darwin's theory: "Its teaching, he declared, was a rebellion against the natural law of selection by struggle and the survival of the fittest."
Joachim C. Fest, in Hitler, describes how the Nazi tyrant "extract[ed] the elements of his world view" from various influences including "popular treatments of Darwinism." Hitler, like lots of other Europeans and Americans of his day, saw Darwinism as offering a total picture of social reality. In his biography, Hitler: 1889-1936: Hubris, Ian Kershaw explains that "crude social-Darwinism" gave Hitler "his entire political 'world-view.'"
John Toland's Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography, finally, says this of Hitler's "Second Book" (1928), never published in his lifetime: "An essential of Hitler's conclusions in this book was the conviction drawn from Darwin that might makes right."