Ideas do indeed have consequences, but not all ideas play out the same way or weave their way in the history of ideas toward the same destination.
The authors imply that social Darwinism was a position taken by non-scientists who just didn’t understand the science.
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.”