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Socialism and Modern Science

(Darwin, Spencer, Marx)

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Author: Enrico Ferri
Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 51,530 / 169 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42.7
LoC Categories: HX, QH
Downloads: 1,362
Added to site: 2006.05.17 13614
Genres: Politics, Science

Translated by Robert la Monte.

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ven the wants of individuals.

II.--In the life of mankind, as in that of plants and animals, the immense majority of those who are born are destined to perish, because only a small minority can triumph in the "struggle for existence"; socialism asserts, on the contrary, that all ought to triumph in this struggle, and that no one is inexorably destined to be conquered.

III.--The struggle for existence assures "the survival of the best, the victory of the fittest," and this results in an aristocratic hierarchic gradation of selected individuals--a continuous progress--instead of the democratic, collectivist leveling of socialism.


[2] Les preuves du transformisme.--Paris, 1879, page 110 et seq.



The first of the objections, which is brought against socialism in the name of Darwinism, is absolutely without foundation.

If it were true that socialism aspires to "the equality of all individuals," it would



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