Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Do Ideas Have Evolutionary Properties?

That is, do the better ones win out over time while the poor ones die out? Is long existence an indication of competitive advantage?

Example #1: Socialism is about 150 years old. In that time, it's been the Cleveland Browns of philosophies, losing badly almost everywhere. Are we watching its death throes with North Korea and Venezuela? Countries will still back into it over time as government grows like Kudzu until it strangles an economy and needs to be cut way back, but that's not the same as deliberately committing to socialism.

Example #2: Christianity overcame slavery. The idea that each person has equal value because they were created in the image of God may not be universal, but it was the foundation for the defeat of slavery over much of the world. Do we expect slavery to make a comeback? I don't think so. That looks like an evolutionary dead end.

Socialism is a lot like this.

1 comment:

Ohioan@Heart said...

Be nice to my Brownies. And remember they beat the San Diego Chargers/LA Judases. Socialism hasn't beaten anything in a lot longer (although if the Democrats had allowed Bernie to beat Hillary, he probably would have beaten Trump).