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Friday, March 30, 2007

Intelligent design and popular culture: A Communist view of the ID controversy

Every so often, a kind reader draws my attention to a really unusual phenomenon: Here is a communist view of the ID controversy:
Darwin's "The Origin of Species," published in 1859, was a revolutionary book at the time. It had a great impact on Karl Marx, who saw a parallel between Darwin’s theories of successive forms of life and his own analysis of successive forms of social relations.

Friedrich Engels drew the connection between the two in his graveside eulogy to Marx. "Just as Darwin discovered the law of development of organic nature," Engels said, "so Marx discovered the law of development of human history ... . Marx also discovered the special law of motion governing the present-day capitalist mode of production and the bourgeois society that this mode of production has created."

With communism in ruins all over the world, I should think that today's neo-Darwinists will not wish to make these tributes to the master's teachings front and centre.


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