Why is the Left So Opposed to Darwinian Evolution in the Market?

Why is the Left So Opposed to Darwinian Evolution in the Market?
March 11, 2014

Seton Motley

Seton Motley is the president of Less Government, a DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to... (read full bio)

Leftists, on the main, are profound believers and espousers of Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution – when it comes to  how the Earth and its flora and fauna have developed.

They also accuse we on the right of wholly dismissing it. (Well, I’m a buyer  — so too is just about every conservative I know. But leftists never allow facts  to get in the way of a good beating.)

Darwin’s theory of evolution is about wild, dynamic change — spontaneous,  ceaseless disruption of the status quo. Every organism is constantly evolving to  meet the demands of its environment. Which in turn changes the environment.  Meanwhile, every other organism must constantly adjust to all of this.

And round and round it goes. Adapt, or die.

Evolution’s fundamental contributing tenet is natural selection.

Natural selection is the gradual process by which biological traits become  either more or less common in a population as a function of the effect of  inherited traits on the differential reproductive success of organisms  interacting with their environment….

The term “natural selection” was popularized by Charles Darwin who  intended it to be compared with artificial selection, which is now called  selective breeding.

All of this sounds an awful lot like a free market economy. Species are  companies — the market, the environment. Only the capitalism evolution timeline is infinitely compressed. It doesn’t  take thousands of years for changes to occur — they happen instantaneously,  constantly, incessantly. And the price for natural selection changes for the worse are paid just as  fast — a good idea today can kill you tomorrow. “Want to buy a Tower Records, Eduardo?”

Nowhere is this spontaneous disorder on greater display than the  Internet-technology sector. It’s still a very nascent industry — so new ideas  are constantly being developed and introduced. In the distributed Web,  competition comes at you via myriad web strands — at multiple, acute angles.

It’s not just direct competition — where Facebook usurps MySpace. It’s new  competitors wreaking havoc from heretofore unseen sniper spots.

Text messaging used to make cellular phone companies a ton of coin; free text  apps have now strip-mined that revenue stream. And Vonage now lets you place  calls via your Vonage account — on other companies’ broadband networks.  That’ll cut down on your minutes used.

Sounds like evolution on speed and steroids. The left should love it — except  they don’t. When it comes to the economy, they eschew the Darwinian  decentralized disorder that has created our diverse, beautiful planet — and  instead demand ossified, centralized planning.

The left loves Network Neutrality.  A top-down government Internet uber-regulation that in multiple directions  prohibits Natural Selection — and ultimately, a private sector Internet.

“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely  eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But  the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable  companies and to divest them from control.

Central planning doesn’t get more central or planned than that. And how is  this anti-Darwinism applied?

“Consumer groups are outraged about a potential plan for ESPN to subsidize  smartphone data usage, saying it  would violate the principle of net neutrality,” a story at The Hill read recently.

Get that? Leftist “consumer groups” want the  government to block an evolutionary next step — a private company making  things cheaper for consumers. How is that in consumers’ interest?

If it works, all the better, for everyone. Natural selection will have others  emulating them, and the downward price pressure  will continue to expand. If it doesn’t, natural selection will make it go  away.

But it’ll probably work. ESPN’s proposal is really just Darwin-esque  copycatting of successes elsewhere. Ever heard of an 800 phone number — where a  private company pays for your call to them? Or free shipping —  where a private company pays to deliver you the goods you purchased from  them?

Of course you have. The left, apparently, has not — or chooses to ignore this  little slice of reality. No amount of economic dynamism shakes their government-centric monomania.

What the Comcast-Netflix Deal Means to Net  Neutrality

(Netflix) agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Comcast to ensure that its  streaming of online movies and TV shows runs smoothly.

It’s a stunning about-face, according to critics, who fear the deal  imperils the concept of network neutrality….

Another evolutionary advance – better delivery of a high-broadband-demand  service, at no additional consumer cost. And the Left objects.

If you asked Netflix users which they preferred — faster, cheaper  movie streaming or Net Neutrality, guess which one they’ll choose?

Will (the) Comcast and Time Warner Cable (Merger)  Sink Net Neutrality?

One can only hope.

If we are to continue to evolve, we must allow the left’s dinosaur regulatory  approach to — well, go the way of the dinosaur.

Stop propping up Jurassic government — and let the mammalian free market  flourish.

[Originally posted at The Daily Caller]

Seton Motley

Seton Motley is the president of Less Government, a DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to... (read full bio)