My friend Mike Flannery has a great post on ENV about the intimate connection between Nazism and Darwinism. Mike links to Richard Weikart's new paper on the Nazi-Darwin connection. Richard is a leading historian of Nazism whose book From Darwin to Hitler is a masterpiece and a landmark in the field. Flannery's post and Weikart's paper are must-reads.
You would think that a political ideology based on racial biology that views human affairs as evolutionary selection and a struggle for existence between fitter and less fit races would be universally acknowledged as Darwinian. And of course Nazism is largely acknowledged as Darwinian in the community of academic historians.
Yet a few Darwin-Nazi deniers persist, unwilling to admit the truth about their "science" and the impact it has had on humanity. The denial of the Darwin-Nazi connection puts the deniers' embrace of an organization that demands the removal of the Star of David from a Holocaust memorial in a harsher light.
Just as communism is State Atheism, Nazism is State Darwinism.