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  •  Sure there is (2+ / 0-)
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    MKinTN, ER Doc

    You may object to the use of Darwinism in the colloquial, but the philosophy "Social Darwinism" exists.

    Your comment reminds me of the dumb objections to the objection to Cleaver's stupidity yesterday.

    This language police nonsense is so pointless, ESPECIALLY in a political discussion.

    •  you're a lawyer (1+ / 0-)
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      Clem Yeobright

      you know how important precision in language is.

      and no matter what one is saying about "social darwinism," simply discussing it reinforces the notion, lends credence to the idea as a valid perspective.

      so since we both agree that the philosophy is abhorrent, can't we both agree that it should not be granted the patina of gravitas by being associated with darwin?

      Never forget that the Republican War on Women originated with religion; the GOP is but theocracy's handmaiden.

      by Cedwyn on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 11:33:49 AM PDT

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      •  Not in politics (0+ / 0-)

        I doubt the adherents are please with the way we are discussing it BTW.

        And no, I don't agree with your last line.

        Or with the objections to referring to GOP assaults asa "WAr on Women."

        This is politics, not beanbag.

      •  I don't think it gets a patina of gravitas (0+ / 0-)

        By being associated with Darwin.

        The emotional association that you are trying to create by using the term "Social Darwinism" is that conservatives see people as animals rather human beings, that they see the poor as parasites who cannot survive on their own.

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