Social Darwinism: Business In The Gilded Age

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According to the notes from lecture one, Business in the Gilded Age 1865-1895; social Darwinism was developed by Herbert Spencer. “Progress came only as a result of competition where the strong triumphed and the weak perished. Competition improved well-being of society.” In other words, Herbert Spencer thought completion was good. I believe social Darwinism is how society is evolved. It meant that only the strong and wealthy would survive and evolve while the weak and poor would be unsuccessful and die. Social Darwinists “insisted that neither government nor human intervention should be used to help the poor.” I believe that means that people believing in social darwinism thought that people should flourish on their own rather than succeed

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