Hang with me on this one: we have a few snowcapped mountains and deeply wooded valleys to cross before we get to get to the end.
Right wingers tend to believe in social Darwinism, although most prefer not to use the term. They also, as a group, tend to favor attributing earthly things to God’s will: George W. Bush blaming God for his decision to go to war in Iraq and all that.
Well, as fate would have it, we’re getting ready to have one hell of a social Darwinism moment here in the United States — a deep recession/depression in which lots of people will suffer failures like losing their jobs, their homes and their security.
Under the teachings of social Darwinism, in all its glorious stupidity, the strongest and most virtuous are the ones who will rise to the top (or at least do well) in these trying times, while the weakest and most undeserving will fall to the bottom. This, they believe, is God’s way (all that inconvenient stuff about looking out for the poor in the Bible notwithstanding).
Here’s the thing: guess which group of people in the United States tend to be among the least affected by a recession? Yup, trial lawyers like me. People don’t stop suing each other in economic hard times. In fact, they tend to sue each other even more in such times.
So, when it comes to an economic downturn, like the one we’re in now, trial lawyers tend to rise to the top (or at least not fall to the bottom). Thus, clearly, under the principles of social Darwinism we must be one of the strongest, most virtuous and most favored by God groups of people in the nation.
I’m sure right wing social Darwinism advocates will heartily agree, aren’t you?