Class Conduct: Social Darwinism and the Industrial Elite
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Dickens? book, Hard Times”, first came out in 1854, well after evolutionary theory had been introduced to Britain. Bounderby, one of the characters in Hard Times, represents an adherent to a variation on evolutionary theory: Social Darwinism. Social Darwinism is the idea that social policy should allow the weak and unfit to fail and die, and that this is not only good policy but morally righ.t?