Was Darwin or Spencer the father of laissez-faire social Darwinism?

@article{Weikart2009WasDO,
  title={Was Darwin or Spencer the father of laissez-faire social Darwinism?},
  author={R. Weikart},
  journal={Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization},
  year={2009},
  volume={71},
  pages={20-28}
}
  • R. Weikart
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
This article explores the way that Darwin and Spencer integrated laissez-faire ideas into their evolutionary biology, and how they then extrapolated from their evolutionary theories to social and economic thought. It argues that Darwin and Spencer developed laissez-faire social Darwinism independently, making both important progenitors of it. 
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