Social Darwinism

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Definition: Social Darwinism is the application of Darwinian thought to society in which the “survival of the fittest” is the driving force of social evolution. Social Darwinists conceive that society is an organism that evolves from simple to complex in a process of adaptation to the environment and society is best left alone to follow its natural evolutionary course. They thus argue for a laissez-faire (“hands off”) approach to social change and believe that the current arrangements in society are natural and inevitable.