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Social Darwinism is a controversial theory first expounded by Herbert Spencer. In many ways, social Darwinism is an elitist concept that justifies the morally corrupt decisions made by the rich and powerful. Based on Darwin's theory of natural selection, it says that only the strong and powerful must survive, while the weak wither away. It is directly borrowed from Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest according to which the favorable traits survive in reproduction over a period of time while unfavorable ones die a natural death. Though applied specially to animals and plants, this theory has since then been used in a variety of ways giving it a new dimension. It is now being extensively applied to a variety of cultural phenomenon.
Social Darwinism thus sprung from originally theory of natural selection and when applied to human beings, it meant that in the course of evolution, only the strongest nations and races must survive while the weaker ones would wither away naturally. The "natural" in this case could be disasters like earthquakes and floods or wars and occupation. This theory had also been used to justify colonialism and imperial views of the colonists. If French, Dutch, Portuguese…[continue]
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