Johnson tries to tar far too many historical figures with the social Darwinist brush.
Adopting a contrarian viewpoint can sometimes produce valuable insights, some of which are on display in this work.
Barzun rejected the Darwinist insistence that purpose and design are illusory or epiphenomenal. He castigated scientism for its intellectual imperialism.
Some critics of my scholarship have tried to argue that Hitler did not believe in human evolution at all.
The idea that evolution undermines objective moral standards is hardly a recent discovery of sociobiology.