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.