Sunday, August 12, 2012

Robert Reich on Romney/Ryan social Darwinism

Reich has it right again with this piece. Romney's VP pick reiterates his social Dawinism. Ryan's budget rewards the rich, penalizes the poor and the rest can fend for themselves. The cuts to Medicaid would drop coverage to millions. Food stamps would be drastically reduced, as well as housing assistance, job training and Pell grants. It's all part of a philosophy that sees the rich as deserving due to "the nature of law and God," the poor deserving their lot as well due to them not being fit enough to survive.

Reich quotes William Graham Sumner, the progenitor of social Darwinism in America" "Civilization has a simple choice." It's either "liberty, inequality, survival of the fittest" or "not-liberty, equality, survival of the unfittest. The former carries society forward and favors all its best members; the latter carries society downwards and favors all its worst members." There you have it in a nutshell.

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