Ideas matter. They have consequences. Why did some of the most intelligent educators in America conspire to destroy the brain power of the American people? It doesn’t make sense until you begin to delve into the ideas that formed the basis of their decisions. These ideas swept over them like a giant intellectual tsunami, wiping out their beliefs in the Biblical traditions that had held American society together since its founding. Indeed, it gave them the godlike right, the duty, to transform America into something quite alien from its founding principles.
All of these ideas came out of mid-nineteenth century Europe: Darwin’s idea of evolution by natural selection; Hegel’s pantheist, pagan idea of divinity; Marx’s idea of Dialectical Materialism; and Wundt’s idea of man as a soulless animal to be investigated scientifically.
Naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was the source of perhaps the most pernicious influence of all. According to Wikipedia, “He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.” His seminal book, first published in November 1859, was entitled: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. The process of Natural Selection also included the natural disappearance of unfit species.
This latter idea of favored races was further developed by Darwin’s cousin, Francis Galton (1822-1911), who developed his own pseudo-science of Eugenics, or scientific racism, a form of unnatural selection. Why leave the process of selection only up to nature? His book Hereditary Genius (1869) was the first social scientific attempt to study genius and greatness.
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