“The subordination of a nation to a man is not a wholesome but a vicious state of things: needful, indeed, for a vicious humanity. The instinct which makes it possible is any thing but a noble one. 92 more words
Herbert Spencer, towards the end of the 19th century.
Spencer coined the phrase “survival of the fittest”, a phrase that Charles Darwin never used. Darwin was concerned with natural evolution, whereas Spencer wanted to apply natural selection to society. 88 more words
Last Saturday I spent a very pleasurable morning in the Cambridge University Library admiringly (and, I confess, somewhat giddily) poring over Alfred Russel Wallace’s copy of Darwin’s… 1,468 more words