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    I’m not sure the average reader will be familiar with Darwinian capitalism or “race to the bottom.” Without some further explication the terms risk becoming ill-defined ill-used jargon. Part of the problem is the degree to which the horror and reality of war are abstracted by so many readers.

    In any case, perhaps add a footnote relating these notions to their social Darwinism origins. Something like “Darwinian capitalism derives from the 19th and early 20th century concepts of social Darwinism which fed and rationalized the colonial and military competition preceding WWI. After Versailles and despite the ravages of the war, theses ideas remained very much current among businessmen and bankers. During the thirties, destructive competitive trade, banking and pricing wars became self-reinforcing and viciously cyclical. Certainly fascist, communist and imperialist regimes understood the world in Darwinian terms. WWII followed.” see Wikipedia link(s).

    I agree, it’s more abstraction but maybe better than nothing.

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      Hi Jonathan, I was wondering if you think we could link to one piece which might better explain this? Do you have any recommendations?

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        Thanks both: I have added a Wikipedia reference to survival of the fittest.

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