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  1. agnostic says:

    Globalism is linked with evolutionary thinking, not opposed to it. There was very little interest in evolution during the Great Compression, ca. 1920 to 1970, when the major powers more or less kept to themselves, especially regarding conquest of far-flung lands and importing immigrants by the boatload. That was the heyday of Margaret Mead and Ashley Montagu. Fisher was the last of the first wave of Darwinism, and the second wave wouldn’t come until the latter half of the ’60s in inchoate form, and not really gaining momentum until the ’70s.

    The first wave of Darwinism came during the peak of the Gilded Age / Victorian era, when globalism was a given in the political-economic sphere.

    The second wave of Darwinism has come during the past 30-40 years, as globalism has reared its ugly head again.

    Frost is disingenuous in portraying the current climate as hostile to evolutionary thinking — when every other best-selling science book is not about the cosmos or volcanoes, but about “how evolution has shaped ____.” Evolution has been mainstream since the ’90s, and was already turning the tide by the ’70s. Nobody dumped a pitcher of ice water on today’s E.O. Wilson like the old guard did back in the pivotal decade of the ’70s.

    Globalism makes folks aware of the staggering diversity of people from around the world, and the average person will attribute those differences to a differing “inner essence.” The average person is not a blank slater, even the average academic is not a student of Franz Boas as they were back in the ’40s and ’50s, but are receptive to evolutionary thinking.

    Globalism is also linked to soaring levels of competitiveness and profit-seeking among the elite — dominate more markets abroad, and bring in cheap labor here. The logic of the “survival of the fittest” naturally becomes more appealing in a climate of rising competitiveness. Peter Turchin has written about this link between political-economic and cultural-intellectual Darwinism.


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