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Creationists and intelligent design proponents are often opposed to evolution because they claim it results in some individuals being more successful or “more fit” than others because they out–compete those who are less successful or “less fit”. And yet many of these same people are selective in their rejection of systems arising via competition among individuals.

To see why, read the following list. (To make the comparison easier, I have turned the paragraphs into numbered lists): 

  1. In nature, individual members of a species are slightly different from each other.
  2. The individuals compete with each other for resources such as food and water.
  3. The amount of each resource is ultimately limited.
  4. Some individuals are more successful at acquiring resources than others.
  5. The more successful individuals have traits that cause success, such as speed or size.
  6. The more successful individuals acquire more resources, and thereby out–compete less successful ones.
  7. The less successful individuals acquire fewer resources, and are thereby out–competed by more successful ones.
  8. Since the more successful individuals acquire more resources, they have more offspring.
  9. Since the less successful individuals acquire fewer resources, they have fewer offspring, if at all.
  10. Since the less successful individuals are out–competed, they will die off unless they evolve.
  11. The preceding was a brief, simplified overview of evolution.

 And compare with the following:

  1. In society, individual businesses are slightly different from each other.
  2. The businesses compete with each other for resources such as customers and supplies.
  3. The amount of each resource is ultimately limited.
  4. Some businesses are more successful at acquiring resources than others.
  5. The more successful businesses have traits that cause success, such as management or business plans.
  6. The more successful businesses acquire more resources, and thereby out–compete less successful ones.
  7. The less successful businesses acquire fewer resources, and are thereby out–competed by more successful ones.
  8. Since the more successful businesses acquire more resources, they have higher profits.
  9. Since the less successful businesses acquire fewer resources, they have lower profits, if at all.
  10. Since the less successful businesses are out–competed, they will fail unless they adapt.
  11. The preceding was a brief, simplified overview of capitalism.

So creationists and intelligent design proponents, I have a question for you. If you are opposed to evolution because it results in some individuals being more successful and “better” than others, why aren’t you opposed to capitalism, which does the same thing and works the same way?

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Comments on: "Why aren’t you opposed to this too?" (1)

  1. […] I have covered previously how evolution and capitalism operate on the same principles, and hence show that conservatives who […]

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