Last week, President Obama characterized the budget positions of Republicans as social Darwinism. In one sense, the reference to the father of evolutionary theory was exactly wrong: To this writer’s eyes, the positions of GOP presidential hopefuls on broadly human questions - “values’’ - look like a willful replay of monkey-trial cluelessness. Yet this very campaign speaks to how rapidly our society is evolving, and it isn’t only the Republicans who are grasping at how to respond.
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