Or, What Happens When the Average Person Believes in the
Survival of the Fittest?
Whenever I look at the States today, versus its rich world
peers, an observation leaps out at me. Americas built a society on
a kind of furious, single-minded dedication to one idea: Social
Darwinism, or the survival of the fittest.
Lets begin with the obvious. Its economy is a modern historys
greatest machine for survival of the fittest. The winners deserve
extreme fame, fortune, and power Elon Musks $55 billion bonusbut
the losers do not even deserve to live. Forget healthcare, savings,
incomes, and so on. I step over them on my way to the cafe. Now, if
you are the average American, perhaps you do not see the problem
with all this. So what?
The problem is that Social Darwinism cannot build a healthy
economy for the very people who believe in it, ever, period, full
stopeven though Id bet most Americans probably still think survival
of the fittest is the best form of social organization in history.
Once you see how, I alos bet you will think its both funny
What does survival of the fittest mean? It means that the
average is eroded or eliminated, doesnt it? It means that only the
top percentagewhether its 20% or 1%of some population really makes
it. But the average person who believes in it so fiercely isnt in
in therehes at the 45th, maybe 50th percentile, if hes
lucky. LOL. Funny and sad, no? Survival of the fittest comes back
to haunt even the average personthe one who has become, somehow, at
least in America, become its staunchest global advocate.
All that is precisely whats beginning to happen in America now.
The average person now has less than $1000 in savings, a shrinking
real income, falling life expectancy, no possibility of retirement,
ever. They are going to live a shorter, harder, meaner, dumber,
nastier lifethan their peers elsewhere, or their grandparents.
The survival of the fittest that Americans champion is working
perfectly at destroying them. Social Darwinism is giving survival
to the fittest, those at the very top, lets say the top 10%while
punishing the very average, at the 50th percentile. The average
person who thought, strangely, that being average wouldnt somehow
get him selected out. But that is what survival of the fittest
doesselects out the average.
(Hence, a middle class collapsing in three ways: One, becoming a
small part of society. Two with falling quantity of life. Three,
with a falling quality of life. Survival of the fittest is
annihilating the average person in America, even though that very
average person seems to admire and long for it: that is Social
Darwinisms ghastly revenge.