The Discovery Institute has a Labor Day post at their creationist blog, titled For Your Labor Day Weekend Consideration: Alfred Wallace Russel, Scientist and Working Man. They usually position themselves as enemies of godless, left-wing scientists, but this time they’re moving in the opposite direction. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
We hope you’re enjoying your Labor Day weekend. While you are carefully putting away all your white clothing until next summer, take a moment to consider the impact of labor on the development of evolutionary theory.
The impact of labor? What are they talking about? Stay with us, because it gets strange. They say:
That’s right, the two founders of evolutionary theory, Wallace and Darwin, came from very different backgrounds. Alfred Russel Wallace, who would later become a premature proponent of what we’d now call intelligent design, grew up among the middle class and had to work for a living. This dictated the contours of his life and research.
We’re already familiar with the Discoveroids’ embrace of Wallace — see Discoveroids Adopt Alfred Wallace as Godfather. Then they sneeringly declare:
Charles Darwin came from family money.
Gasp — how horrible! It is indeed curious that despite his wealth and his unblemished life as a Victorian country gentleman, the Discoveroids have never hesitated to blame Darwin for Marxism — see Marx, Stalin, and Darwin. They insist on that in their propaganda, despite the fact that Wallace was was an extreme leftist — see Discovery Institute, Wallace, Socialism, & More. But that’s okay — one can’t be a creationist without being wildly inconsistent when the situation requires it. Let’s read on:
Wallace did his collecting, leading to his own formulation of evolutionary thinking, because his livelihood urgently depended on it. Darwin felt no such pressure.
And that means what? The Discoveroid post includes a video from Michael Flannery, whose biography of Wallace was published by the Discovery Institute Press. Perhaps the video explains everything, but we haven’t looked at it, and we probably never will. The Discoveroid post continues with a large quote from some earlier article of theirs, which says:
Wallace’s massive collecting reflects a man in need of an income — no specimens meant no sales. Darwin’s comparatively smaller scale collecting reflect the interests of hobbyist with the leisure of an independent income. Which do you think represents the more independent adventurous spirit?
Which of the two men had the more adventurous spirit? Obviously Darwin did, because he could have stayed comfortably in England, instead of sailing around the world for five years on the Beagle. But to the Discoveroids, at least on this Labor Day weekend, Wallace’s economic struggle somehow makes his late-life descent into spiritualism and creationism more valid than Darwin’s work.
Anyway, that’s the Discoveroids’ message for Labor Day. Presumably it makes their “theory” of intelligent design the favored nonsense of the working man. Their post suggests the slogan attributed to Marx’s Communist Manifesto: “Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!” Or in this case, your Darwinism.
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