O’Leary’s review of Weikart’s controversial work From Darwin to Hitler
|July 28, 2007||Posted by O'Leary under Intelligent Design|
I first determined to make a point of reading historian Richard Weikart’s meticulously researched book, From Darwin to Hitler because Darwinists were very clearly upset by the implications of his work.
Some seemed obsessed with proving Weikart, who teaches at California State University (Stanislaus) not only wrong but dishonest and irresponsible – which he certainly isn’t.
I am glad I read this magisterial work, because I now understand much better the relationship between 19th century Darwinism and the rise of Hitler. Weikart unearths so many old, almost buried 19th and early 20th century German sources. Indeed, one can only wonder at his patience, systematically reading through the many, many articles and books of long-dead eugenicists, imperialists, pacifists, socialists, and such.
Weikart unearths several lines of evidence that are critical for understanding what happened. (Clicking the link takes you to the ID Arts site for the rest of the review. While you are there, look around. It’s all fun and all free.)