Ruse’s chronological snobbery might be forgiven if the claims he makes for Darwinism can be unequivocally substantiated.
It is comforting to know that Himmelfarb never lost her intellectual acuity or her moral passion on the subject.
“Scholars have wasted their time trying to exonerate Darwin of responsibility for Social Darwinism, for he was a Social Darwinist.”
Only Wallace’s postulation of an “Overruling Intelligence” to explain the complexities of humanity and nature has stood the test of time.
Darwin was unquestionably a racist, arguing that civilization would advance even at the cost of inevitable racial extermination.