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In her classic 1951 work The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt wrote:
- “Underlying the Nazis’ belief in race laws as the expression of the law of nature in man, is Darwin’s idea of man as the product of a natural development which does not necessarily stop with the present species of human being.”
The standard biographies of Hitler almost all point to the influence of Darwinism on their subject. In Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, Alan Bullock writes:
What Hitler found objectionable about Christianity was its rejection of Darwin’s theory: “Its teaching, he declared, was a rebellion against the natural law of selection by struggle and the survival of the fittest.”
- "The Master Race idea which we think of in connection with the thirties and with Germany, in some senses was the low point in the whole attempt to apply evolutionary and biological thinking to human affairs. ... It wasn't just Hitler who thought about applying evolutionary ideas in a rather radical way to ..." The Origin of Species: Social Darwinism and Eugenics (2-minute video at How Stuff Worbs)
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