Re: : Cultural Survival?

Brian Michael Howell (bmhowell@ARTSCI.WUSTL.EDU)
Wed, 17 Jan 1996 11:02:31 -0600

On Tue, 16 Jan 1996, Lief M. Hendrickson wrote:

> Brian admonishes against applying "survival of the fittest" to
> cultures. However, in many cases, that's what the U.S. is doing at
> its southern border. In the news today was an incident at the Texas
> border with Mexico. A pregnant woman, in labor, swam across the Rio
> Grande and got across in time to deliver in a ditch- but it was a
> ditch on U.S. soil thus assuring her child of the benefits of U.S.
> citizenship and herself of welfare. Talk about survival of the
> fittest.
So this woman is "more fit" than those who do not live or cannot get to
the US/Mexican boarder? Perhaps we need to understand historic and
economic contingencies before we suggest that this act of desparation is
some sort of Darwinian process.