I realize that the canons of journalistic objectivity preclude interspersing any coverage of the rabid opponents of evolutionary theory with periodic observations that they’re totally fucking crazy, but can we at least get a brief aside when they say something that’s just verifyably gibberish? To wit:
“Both Nazism and communism were inspired by Darwinism,” [George Gilder] continued. “Why conservatives should toady to these storm troopers is beyond me.”
Quick, and incredibly simple, reality check:
There were communists who said nice things about Darwin, obviously, and the Times article linked above quotes some praise from Marx. But you’d think while they were at it they might note the implausibility of arguing that one intellectual tradition “inspired” another that significantly predates it. But hey, as long as you’re tossing science in the junk bin, why not do away with those pesky laws of causality? I’m sure Gilder can write a high-sounding but incoherent book on “Quantum Causation” or some such that proves Hilary Clinton is responsible for the Armenian genocide.