Author’s Note: The following originally appeared at ScienceBlogs.com and was subsequently a finalist in the 3 Quarks Daily Science Prize judged by Richard Dawkins.
December 7, 2012 - | The Primate Diaries, Scientific American Blog Network
Fairness is the basis of the social contract. By working cooperatively, by sharing resources fairly, and by ensuring that all members of society benefited, Darwin argued that early human societies would be more “fit” than those societies where members only cared about themselves.
The American financial tycoon Andrew Carnegie certainly thought so and today’s economic elite have followed his example. In 1889 he used a perverted form of Darwinism to argue for a “law of competition” that became the cornerstone of his economic vision. His was a world in which might made right and where being too big to fail wasn’t a liability, it was the key to success. In other words, Life is unfair and we’d better get used to it, social contract or no social contract.... http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/primate-diaries/2012/12/06/gospel-of-wealth-fails/