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In that book, for example, the author argued that as an increasing population would normally outgrow its food supply, this would result in the starvation of the weakest and a Malthusian catastrophe. The weak invariably become the prey of the strong, the stupid invariably become subservient to the clever. Malthus himself anticipated the social Darwinists in suggesting that charity could exacerbate social problems.

Further, the poor should have to provide for themselves and not be given any aid. In political discussions in the United States, the term is mostly used by its enemies.

As such, social Darwinism has been criticized for being an inconsistent philosophy, which does not lead to any clear political conclusions. To this extent, the famous theory of the survival of the fittest does not seem to me to be the only viewpoint from which to explain the progress of strengthening of a man or of a race. When the life of a people is going through this process of readaptation, it has to remedy its own defects, and get rid of those elements which become useless.

While Malthus's work does not

When reproductive isolation occurs new species will form. Peoples and living things struggle for survival. Earlier thinkers also emphasized conflict as an inherent feature of social life.

As Japan sought to close

Darwin read his cousin's work with interest, and devoted sections of Descent of Man to discussion of Galton's theories. However, amidst this climate, most social Darwinists of the early twentieth century actually supported better working conditions and salaries. Something similar also happens in the individual.

As Japan sought to close ranks with the west, this practice was adopted wholesale along with colonialism and its justifications. While Malthus's work does not itself qualify as social Darwinism, his work An Essay on the Principle of Population, was incredibly popular and widely read by social Darwinists. Hypotheses of social evolution and cultural evolution were common in Europe. Wherever progress is to ensue, deviating natures are of greatest importance. Darwin's work served as a catalyst to popularize evolutionary thinking.

Friedrich von Hellwald had a strong role in popularizing it in Austria. Those individuals with heritable traits better suited to the environment will survive. Nietzsche criticized Haeckel, Spencer, and Darwin, sometimes under the same banner by maintaining that in specific cases, sickness was necessary and even helpful. There is rarely a degeneration, a truncation, or even a vice or any physical or moral loss without an advantage somewhere else. Every progress of the whole must be preceded by a partial weakening.