Buchanan, Windchy, Darwin and Marx

Some of the other blogs out there have been mentioning that Pat Buchanan has opined about Darwin. Not given to original thought, all Buchanan has done is summarized what he terms “a splendid little book” by Eugene G. Windchy called The End of Darwinism: And How a Flawed and Disastrous Theory Was Stolen and Sold. When I read

“Karl Marx loved Darwinism,” writes Windchy. “To him, survival of the fittest as the source of progress justified violence in bringing about social and political change, in other words, the revolution.”

“Darwin suits my purpose,” Marx wrote.

I stopped reading. I mean, we’ve been through this many times before. Apparently Windchy was the U.S. Information Agency’s Assistant Science Adviser in the 1960’s. Clearly his research skills are negligible, but his skills as a propagandist are clearly coming in useful.


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  1. As for Buchanan’s and Windchy’s absurd claim that Charles Darwin stole the work of Alfred Russel Wallace here are Wallace’s on words on the subject from “MY RELATIONS WITH DARWIN IN REFERENCE TO THE THEORY OF NATURAL SELECTION” (http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?itemID=A273&viewtype=text&pageseq=1) in which he says:

    “My own paper is reprinted in my Essays on Natural Selection (1870), in the preface to which I wrote in reference to it as follows: “I have felt all my life, and I still feel, the most sincere satisfaction that Mr. Darwin had been at work long before me and that it was not left for me to attempt to write the Origin of Species. . . . Far abler men than myself may confess that they have not that untiring patience in accumulating and that wonderful skill in using large masses of facts of the most varied kind, that wide and accurate physiological knowledge, that acuteness in devising and skill in carrying out experiments, and that admirable style of composition, at once clear, persuasive and judicial—qualities which in their harmonious combination mark out Mr. Darwin as the man best fitted for the great work has undertaken and accomplished.”

    “In conclusion I would Only wish to add, that my connection with Darwin and his great work has helped to secure for my own writings on the same questions a full recognition by the press and the public; while my share in the origination and establishment of the theory of Natural Selection has usually been exaggerated. The one great result which I claim for my paper of 1858 is that it compelled Darwin to write and publish his Origin of Species without further delay. ”


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