Today is Veterans Day in the US, and the Discovery Institute is celebrating in their unique way. They just posted something by John West (whom we affectionately call “Westie”). Westie was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo above this post. He is also a Discoveroid Senior Fellow and Associate Director of their creationism think tank, the Center for Science & Culture.
In his new post, On Veterans Day, Remembering the Roots of World War I, Westie is repeating some stuff and promoting the same video the Discoveroids posted about a few months ago, about which we wrote Darwin Caused World War One, Part 2. We debunked it all at that time, so although the Discoveroids don’t mind repeating themselves, we don’t need to bother. We’ll excerpt only the stuff that’s new, with some bold font added by us. Here we go:
And while we are remembering the valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the War, it would be wise to remember the roots of the fanatical militarism that helped give rise to the conflict.
You know what’s coming, don’t you? Even if you didn’t know the Discoveroids, our title gave it away. Westie hawks his video, and then he says:
My aim in creating the video was not to provide a comprehensive examination of the causes of the war, which were undeniably tangled and complex. Instead, I wanted to explore one of the influences on German militarism that has been largely forgotten by our culture: Social Darwinism.
As we’ve mentioned before, Darwin probably never heard of social Darwinism, which was concocted by Herbert Spencer — see Banquet at Delmonico’s — Spencer and Social Darwinism. It would make just as much sense to blame our problems on Einstein, because of somebody’s idea of “social relativity.” Let’s read on:
If you think ideas about biology and human nature are far too abstract to be consequential, I’d invite you to watch this video and share it with your friends, especially the segment about genocide in German South-West Africa. Ideas really do have consequences, and the consequences of bad ideas have a way of repeating themselves unless we take the time to remember what happened in the past and then try to learn from our mistakes.
Westie is quite the scholar. There’s no need for him to research the complicated causes of the Great War. It’s so much easier to blame it on Darwin. Westie’s dreary post concludes with this:
Indeed, as viewers will find out at the end of the documentary, the Social Darwinism of World War I did not go away. It helped set the stage for another worldwide catastrophe within two decades.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! As we’ve also said before, the only WWII leader known to have actually read anything by Darwin was Winston Churchill. See Hitler, Darwin, and … Winston Churchill?
So there you are. That’s how the Discoveroids are celebrating Veterans Day. What a great bunch of folks!
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