“What Hath Darwin Wrought?” is a TV special that investigates the shocking history of “social Darwinism” in America and Europe, including the eugenics crusade against the “unfit,” the euthanasia movement, Nazi genocide, and current efforts to devalue the lives of the handicapped.
The documentary explores such questions as:
- What impact has Darwin's theory had on society and culture during the past century?
- Is "social Darwinism" a logical application of Darwin’s theory, or an outrageous perversion of it?
- Is it fair to talk about the social consequences of Darwinian evolution, or is it a cheap shot?
"The standard refrain today is that social Darwinism had nothing to do with either Charles Darwin or his biological theory," says Dr. John West, whose work is highlighted in the documentary. "But ideas have consequences, and it’s clear that Darwin himself understood that fact. I think many viewers will be surprised when they learn just how closely Darwin’s own views are connected to the rise of social Darwinism—and just how much of a continuing impact social Darwinism has on Darwin’s followers today."