Social Darwinism, Racism, And Nazi Germany

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It is well known that the happenings in Nazi Germany directly reflected the racist psyche of its leaders, but it is not such common knowledge to know that the philosophy of social Darwinism provided a concrete foundation for the justification of this racism. In fact, the ideological foundation of social Darwinism directly led to racism in Nazi Germany. Social Darwinism is a philosophy that originated in the latter half of the 19th century, and states humans are subject to the same laws of natural selection as plants and animals. This theory constructed barriers that have not yet been subverted by implanting the " survival of the fittest" mentality into the minds of its followers. The theory was used to warrant such things as imperialism, capitalism, and ultimately racism. Hitler utilized social Darwinism to mitigate his ethnic purification, or massive homicide of the majority of Germany's non- Aryan inhabitants. Hitler's actions, as horrendous as they might be, informed the world of a very popular intellect.

The substantiality of Hitler's actions demonstrated the large number of people who thought that way. Despite this occurrence in Germany feelings of racism spanned the globe. The mistreatment of people spans back to the beginning of time, and these heinous acts will continue until time begins again. The object of this article is to educate the reader to the rudimentary basis of the holocaust by thoroughly discussing the catalyst of the ordeal, racism; hopefully education will stunt the growth of ever rising feelings of racism worldwide.

Social Darwinism is a doctrine that applies the principles of biological evolution to human society (Humanitarian International). It originated in England in the late 1900s, a time of great prosperity. The popularity of Social Darwinism can be attributed to two simple statistics. One, Darwin's theory of natural selection impeccably...



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