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Darwin for the left

It is the right which has drawn most on Darwinian ideas. It is time for the left to take a closer look. It must abandon its dream of the perfectibility of man and build on the enlightened self-interest inherent in our nature

By Peter Singer   June 1998

The left needs a new paradigm. The collapse of communism and the abandonment by democratic socialist parties of the traditional socialist aim of public ownership have deprived the left of the goals it cherished over the two centuries in which it grew to a position of great political power and intellectual influence. My focus here is not so much with the left as a politically organised force, as with the left as a broad body of thought, a spectrum of ideas about achieving a better society. The left, in this sense, is urgently in need of new ideas. I want…

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