Open thread: r/K selection and politics

There has apparently been weak communication between the faction of the Right which considers r/K selection to be influential in politics and the faction (usually HBD folks like Evolutionistx and RaceRealist) who have either not expressed such views or rejected them.

Whichever side is correct, it seems apparent that patrifocal societies (Confucian, Indo-European, Abrahamic) are more right-wing/Authoritarian and more matrifocal ones (modern Sweden, many modern Germanic speaking countries) are more Left-wing/Totalitarian. Politics may ultimately depend on if women are trying to appease men (right-wing), or men trying to appease women (left-wing).

Still, r/K selection theory should be discussed so that the truth might be deduced on this matter.

Argue at will! (even if this is an old post by the time you come across it).

[if no one argues here, then argue somewhere else so that the reactosphere can reach a consensus on this issue]

On Irish Genetics

There has been some dispute caused by uninformed persons on the dissident Right (not naming any names Amerika .org) regarding the nature of Irish ancestry. I will attempt to clarify this as much as possible.

About two years ago, some British newspaper headlines written by people who seem to know very little about population genetics implied that the Irish are Middle Eastern (here, here). They are only correct in that all extant Europeans, Irish included, have significant admixture from early Neolithic Anatolian farmers. However, in order to correctly understand European genetics, one must do more than reading newspaper headlines. If the bozos who wrote them had actually read through the study they were basing their claims on, and understood its significance in the context of current population genetics, then they would realize that the Irish are essentially Northwestern Europeans (but that doesn’t make for a good eye-catching sensationalist story, now, does it).

The Irish genetically cluster and overlap to a significant degree with other Northwestern European samples, and appear most closely related to the British. They are not Southern Europeans, genetically speaking. Here are principal component analyses from two separate studies showing this. In the second analysis, the Irish are practically indistinguishable from the British and also overlap with Norwegians and Dutch.

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Large image of Figure 1.
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Even if one wishes to do a fine-scale analysis to reveal the genetic difference between the English and the Irish, there is still obvious genetic overlap, and the English themselves have some Insular Celtic (Irish related) ancestry in addition to Anglo-Saxon ancestry.

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Source In this case “Roman” refers to indigenous Britons living in the Roman era.

The Irish and all Insular Celts appear to owe the vast majority of Y-chromosomes (haplogroup R-L21), as well as their autosomal ancestry to Bronze Age inhabitants of the British Isles c. 2000-1500 BC (link). The figure below shows the varying affinities of prehistoric Irish and Hungarian genomes towards modern European populations. (The fact that the Neolithic Irish sample resembles modern southern Europeans does not mean that the modern Irish are Southern European, rather all genetic samples from the Neolithic in Western and Central Europe prior to the Indo-European expansion resemble those of southern Europeans, particularly Sardinians; see the analysis at the bottom of the page).

Fig. 3.
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The Bronze Age Irish, from whom modern Irish are descended, were autosomally very close to contemporaneous Indo-European peoples in Scandinavia (Nordic Bronze Age), and the continent (Unetice culture) (see analysis below). This is the reason why the Irish to this day are genetically Northwestern Europeans, just as the British, Germans and Scandinavians are.

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European Subraces


There are frequent disputes among some concerned with human biodiversity regarding the nature of the “white” racial type, given that there are multiple subraces which exist in Europe. There is a common approach (usually made for political convenience) to assume that the differences between these groups are insignificant. I would argue that this is generally a false assumption from an empirical standpoint, though all these groups are broadly classifiable as racially Caucasoid.

The Cro-Magnoid Type

The Cro-Magnoids (including the “Baltids” of Northeastern Europe) are likely one of the earliest Caucasoid phenotypes; they are often characterized in contrast to later Neolithic phenotypes by a robust skeletal build, a more brachycephalic cranium, and robust facial features. There tends to be variable skin and hair pigmentation, but eye color is usually light. This combination of physical traits is currently sometimes found in Balts, Northern Slavs, Estonians, Finns, Germans, the western Irish, Icelanders, and western Norwegians. It seems to have an antecedent in the Loschbour specimen from Luxembourg in the Mesolithic, c. 6000 BC which had robust features, and most likely light eyes, and dark hair and skin based on genomic testing (link). The populations in which modern Cro-Magnoids exist not surprisingly possess large quantities of the “WHG” (West European Hunter Gatherer) ancestry similar to that of the Mesolithic Loschbour specimen (shown below). It should be noted that throughout most of its present range, the Cro-Magnoid subracial type occurs alongside Nordics which emerged in the late Neolithic through Early Bronze Age. (Cro-Magnoid hunter-gatherers are also one population ancestral to Nordics). Oftentimes the Cro-Magnoids and Nordics are blended; this is common in most Germanic peoples.

Distribution of the West European Hunter-Gatherer (WHG) admixture in and around Europe

Mediterraneans

The genetic research of Iosif Lazaridis (here, here) indicates that European Mediterraneans derive most of their genetic ancestry from a series of Near Eastern migrations into Europe, especially that of early Neolithic Anatolian cereal grain farmers. This early Neolithic ancestry may be the original source of the more dolichocephalic cranium, gracile build, and often neotenous facial features common to both Nordics and Mediterraneans. The lifestyle, social, and dietary changes of the Neolithic revolution may have been what selected for these new phenotypes in the first place. Most Mediterraneans living south of the Alps, Balkans and the Pyrenees, with the exception of Sardinians, also possess a significant genetic contribution from Bronze and Iron Age incursions from the Near East of the Phoenicians, Sea Peoples, Etruscans (possibly from Lydia), and possibly the Pelasgians (if they happened to be of Bronze-Age Near Eastern descent).

The first map below shows a rough approximation of total Near Eastern admixture in Europe, including both Anatolian Neolithic admixture and later Bronze and Iron Age incursions using data from this study. The second map shows only the admixture from the more recent Near Eastern incursions during the Bronze and Iron Ages:

Distribution of the Early European Farmer (EEF) admixture in and around Europe

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From Anthrogenica

The abundance of Near-Eastern ancestry in Mediterraneans compared to other Europeans is evident in the phenotypes of a slightly olive complexion, dark wavy hair, and dark eyes. Amphorae and busts from ancient Greece would seem to indicate that the majority of the population and some prominent aristocrats, particularly in Athens (such as Pericles), were of a predominantly Mediterranean phenotype, having dark wavy or curly hair which is much less common in Northern Europe.

The Mediterranean subrace, however, is not limited to Europe, or even the Mediterranean basin (this is indicated by the Lazaridis study on early farmers). Indo-Iranians of a Mediterranean racial type are largely descended from Iranian Neolithic farmers from the Zagros mountains. Arabs gain most of their Caucasoid ancestry from the pre-Neolithic Natufian culture of the Levant. The ancient Egyptians, whom we now know were Mediterranean Caucasoids, appear to derive their ancestry from both the Anatolian Neolithic and also the Natufian culture (given their genetic proximity to modern Levantines and Arabs) (link). All of the prehistoric cultures which gave rise to peoples of a Mediterranean subrace, do however share significant admixture containing a combination of European hunter-gatherer and “basal Eurasian” DNA. This “basal rich” admixture, as it is called on the blog Eurogenes, might be considered proto-Mediterranean; it most likely emerged in Northern Africa or the Middle East, though it is distinct from the Sub-Saharan African genetic admixture. While this basal rich admixture is most abundant in racially Mediterranean populations, it is, in fact, ubiquitous in all extant Caucasoid populations.

Nordics

The Nordic subrace possesses a clear geographic range including the British Isles, Northern France, the Low Countries, Northern Germany, and the shores of the Baltic Sea, extending to some degree into Russia. The genetic research of Allentoft and Lazaridis indicates that Nordic populations possess most of their ancestry from three earlier Caucasoid groups: Anatolian cereal farmers, Pontic Steppe pastoralists (most likely Indo-European), and European hunter-gatherers, which began combining in the Northern European Corded Ware Culture in the Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age c. 3000-2300 BC.

The very light skin pigmentation often found in Nordic populations was most likely a result of a need to effectively synthesize vitamin D using sunlight at high latitudes. The high degree of lactose tolerance, a neotenous trait found particularly in Western European Nordics is a result of the bovine pastoral economies of the Corded Ware and to a larger degree succeeding cultures which depended on milk as a dietary staple. The light pigmentation of the hair and eyes found in Nordic populations are also neotenous traits in Caucasoids. Nordics possess a gracile skeletal build and cranium bordering between mesocephalic and dolichocephalic tending towards facial neoteny (as with Mediterraneans, these skeletal features likely originate in Neolithic farmer ancestry). This unique combination of phenotypes in pigmentation, skeletal features, and elsewhere, makes the Nordic subrace distinct from other Caucasoids. It may have arisen partially through a sexual selection for generally neotenous traits.

Note how the distributions of the Nordic phenotypes below are similar to that of the Corded Ware Culture, where the Nordic subrace most likely began to emerge:

Culturally and genetically succeeding the Corded Ware people were those of the Nordic Bronze Age (Germanic), Atlantic Bronze Age (pre-Celtic?), Unetice culture (Italo-Celtic?), and Sintashta culture (Indo-Iranian, also where the earliest chariots appear). Genomes which have been collected from these cultures cluster together with each other on a genetic principal component analysis (herehere) and also cluster with modern Germanic, Celtic, and some Baltic and Northern Slavic ethnic groups (many Balto-Slavic peoples also have strong genetic influence from earlier hunter-gatherers, i.e. Cro-Magnoids). It is also apparent from these analyses, and even physical appearances, that modern Indo-Iranians, particularly in Afghanistan and Tajikistan, have some Nordic European ancestry in addition to their mostly Iranian Neolithic/Mediterranean ancestry. This is due to the Andronovo expansion of early Indo-Iranian speakers from Northeastern Europe into Central Asia c. 1500 BC. This expansion played an important role in the spread of Indo-European language culture into Central and Southern Asia.

Nordic phenotypes also occur sometimes in the Mediterranean and the Balkans. The Celtiberians, Myceneans, and early Italic tribes who introduced Indo-European languages into the Mediterranean from the north would have carried Nordic traits with them. Classical literature would seem to substantiate this. Many Greek mythological figures such as Menelaus, Achilles, Apollo, Isabella-2.jpgAphrodite, and Athena are all described as having light pigmentation. Certain Roman patricians such as Augustus and Marcus Junius Brutus (the younger) possessed Nordic facial features. Augustus and many other Roman emperors also possessed, according to records, light pigmentation of the hair and eyes (link). Later, the Visigoths, Suebi, and Ostrogoths would add to the Nordic component in the Balkans, Italy, and Iberia. This would remain visible in the aristocracy of Spain for 1000 years after these invasions; Queen Isabella de Castille, born in 1451, possessed strikingly Nordic traits compared to the average Iberian, and even her own husband.

Alpines

Brachycephaly (broad-headedness) is most exaggerated in Caucasoid populations inhabiting mountainous areas, hence the label “Alpine” is sometimes applied to this phenotype. When Neolithic mesocephalic and dolichocephalic populations interbred with Mesolithic hunter-gatherer populations, they may have acquired brachycephaly as an adaptation which proliferated in high altitudes (possibly to prevent high-altitude cerebral edema, but this is merely an educated guess). One example of this may be the brachycephalic people of the Neolithic Bell Beaker culture which became widespread in Central and Western Europe c. 2500 BC. This phenomenon of selection for brachycephaly in higher altitudes could be the reason why the round skull shape is still so commonly found in and around the more mountainous areas of Europe such as the Massif Central in France, the Alps, the Apennines, the Carpathians and the Balkans.

The “Alpine” phenotype is also present in the contemporary populations of the Caucasus region and the Armenian plateau, giving rise to a subrace sometimes referred to as “Armenoid”. These populations appear to be descended, based on genetic analysis, from the Neolithic and Paleolithic inhabitants of Anatolia and the Caucasus. In addition to this, given that the region encompassing the Armenian plateau and Anatolia is where animal domestication and bronze metallurgy began in the Neolithic, it is probable that many of the first animal herders and bronze smelters possessed an Alpine phenotype. These early herders and bronze smelters would have expanded the distribution of their Alpine phenotype as they migrated into Southeastern Europe and into Mesopotamia where the earliest civilizations arose.

This expansion out of Armenia and the Caucasus seems to be related to the distribution of Y-haplogroup J2 (edit: especially the J2b M102 subclade) and autosomal admixture from the hunter-gatherers of the Caucasus and Late Neolithic (Chalcolithic) Iranians. It may be responsible for the brachycephaly observed today specifically in Southeastern Europe, where there is little admixture from the European Mesolithic. This would be in contrast to France and Central Europe where there is more Mesolithic European ancestry, and that is the likely source of the brachycephalic (Alpine) phenotype.

It is probable that the brachycephalic Bell Beaker people of Central Europe (given that they possessed significant Anatolian Neolithic and Corded Ware-like ancestries) were the beginning of a heavy combination of Alpines with Nordics and Mediterraneans resulting in the “Dinaric” subrace. This Dinaric subrace most likely expanded to its present distribution first within the Bell-beaker culture itself, then by means of the Illyrians, Halstatt Celts and proto-Italic peoples who migrated out of Central Europe starting c. 1200 BC (It is also interesting to note that the Y-chromosomal haplogroup which is most associated with continental Celts and early Italic tribes, R-U152, was also found in a Bavarian Bell Beaker individual, RISE563). These expansions played an important role in spreading bronze, and later iron metallurgy throughout the European continent. The Slavic peoples of Central Europe may have also played a role in the expansion of the Dinaric subrace later beginning around 500 AD.

Reference Maps


Note that Grant tends to group Cro-Magnoids into the Alpine subrace; this is not necessarily incorrect as they are both essentially derived from a common pre-Neolithic Caucasoid phenotype.
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(by Carleton Coon) Shows Cro-Magnoid influence with horizontal shading. Neo-Danubian is a synonym for East Baltid, a Cro-Magnoid subtype.

Conclusion: What is White?

Returning to the main dilemma which many are facing; one might like to ask the question of what is white? All commonly called “whites” are racially Caucasoid. In most formal discussions, “White” is often equated with Caucasoid, and can thus include both Middle Eastern and European ethnic groups. In more common or “folk” parlance, white usually refers to Caucasoids with a fair skin phenotype common in populations with an abundance of Nordic racial ancestry. It is difficult to simply equate the term “white” with pre-multicultural European descent because of the multitude of Caucasoid subraces already present in Europe prior to recent multiculturalism, some of which extend outside Europe into the Middle East. Hence, when speaking accurately with regards to genetic ancestry, “White” should either refer to “Caucasoid” or to racially Nordic Caucasoids. If the former option is chosen, Europeans may be considered “white-Europeans” or “European whites”. What all extant Europeans share is significant ancestry from Anatolian Neolithic farmers, and this gives rise to a certain degree of pan-European clustering on genetic principal component analyses.

Without getting into details, there are a variety of European ethnic groups in the US today belonging to different European subraces. The best way for ethnic nationalists to sort this out from a natural law standpoint is to use free association to allow various European American ethnic groups to coalesce in certain territories as they desire and to gain power regionally and thus avoid ethnic conflict.

Addendum: Non-Caucasoid Admixture in Majority Caucasoids

To address this topic I will use the Eurogenes K7 admixture calculator which uses Caucasoid admixtures sourced from ancient populations prior to the Neolithic, Bronze age, Iron age, and Medieval population movements. When viewing the spreadsheet, the populations ancestral to all modern Caucasoids are labeled “Villabruna-related”, “Ancient_North_Eurasia” and “Basal-rich”. East Asian ancestry is called “East Eurasian”, and Sub-Saharan African ancestry is referred to as “Sub-Saharan”; the “Southeast Asian” and “Oceanian” ancestry groups are predominate in Australoid populations.

Modern Semitic populations in Arabia and the Levant have little to no Australoid admixture and trace Sub-Saharan African admixture at around 1-3 % as well as some occasional East Asian admixture at ~0.5%. The Druze, Samaritans, and Lebanese Christians lack this additional East Asian and Sub-Saharan African Admixture. Most modern Indic and Iranic populations, except for some Kurds and Zoroastrian Iranians, possess some East Asian admixture (~1-9%), and Australoid admixture (~0.4-9%). Middle Eastern Islamic populations almost as a rule possess more non-Caucasoid admixture than Middle Eastern populations which have remained non-Muslim. This may be due to the conversion of Central Asian Turkic peoples and Sub-Saharan Africans to Islam. Ironically, some modern linguistic Turks, living in Trabzon, possess no more Sub-Saharan African, or East Asian ancestry compared to most Europeans.

Europeans, in general, do not possess much Sub-Saharan African ancestry, almost invariably under 0.2% in most of Europe (usually fluctuating greatly below this level in the same populations; an indication of calculator “noise”). In Europe, Sub-Saharan African admixture reaches maxima of  0.2-0.5 % in Sicily, and 0.5-1% in Portugal. 96 % of European Americans possess less than 1% Sub-Saharan African Admixture according to 23 & Me (link). East Asian admixtures are present at .5-2% in West Russian, Ukrainian, and Eastern Baltic Populations. Russians in Kargopol are ~4-6 % East Asian. Finns have roughly 6-7% East Asian admixture; the Saami possess about 20% East Asian admixture. Other European populations have between 0.01 to 0.5 % East Asian admixture, often possessing almost this entire percentage range within the same populations, possibly indicating calculator noise at this level. Australoid ancestry fluctuates erratically in the European continent between 0.0 % and 0.8 %, possibly a sign calculator noise, or of certain populations possessing minimally less genetic drift away from the ancestral Eurasian population dwelling in India 70,000 years ago.

Generally, below a certain level, trace genetic admixtures are able to be considered “noise” or erroneous defects caused by the imperfection of the genetic model used to calculate admixture percentages. However, it seems likely that millennia of proximity with neighboring Uralic populations has led to the small peak in East Asian admixture among the Eastern Slavs and Balts, and that admixture from invading Moors gave a very small amount of Sub-Saharan African admixture to Portugal and Sicily which is not present elsewhere in Europe. In time, these trace admixtures may be selected out of the populations which possess them just as Neanderthal ancestry in humans has decreased from 3-6% 40,000 years ago to 2% in the present day (study).

A Reevaluation of r/K Selection and the Political Triangle.

Update 6/21/17: The theory behind this article may be incorrect, further discussion may take place in the future to deduce root causes of the Right-Left political divide.

Anyone aware of the three estates theory discussed by Butch Leghorn and the Propertarians understands the basis of what I am discussing here. The theory may be summarized thus: the first estate corresponds to the left, is feminine, and coerces with speech, the second estate corresponds to the right, is masculine, and coerces with force; and the third estate corresponds to the libertarians, is evolutionary (childish in a way), and coerces with remuneration. Some might object, saying that the first estate of the middle ages was not leftist; this is true, but it is largely due to the fact that it was closely tied with and arguably influenced by the second estate. So long as the first estate is mindful of the needs of the second estate, and natural law in general, leftism is minimized.

  • In Darwinian terms, the masculine right is clearly K-selected, and possess Nietzschean master morality; that is the morality of a sovereign (which really upsets the left). Nietzsche himself articulated in Beyond Good and Evil that some of the key traits of master morality are an honor for what one sees in himself, for one’s hierarchical equals, for ancestors, and for tradition. Likewise, K-selected organisms are competitive, in-group oriented and have inegalitarian social structures (examples being large carnivorous mammals, as well as great apes).
  • I once considered Non-Aggression Principle libertarians to be completely r-selected, but given that competition is inevitable in markets, I would go to argue that they have a mix of r and K selection strategies, and likewise a mixture of master and slave moralities. (Nietzsche actually believed that this ‘mix’ of moralities was inevitable in most higher civilizations, and also a result the intermixture of aristocracy with commoners, more on this here). It’s fine, oftentimes even helpful, if these individuals are present in the realm, just so long as they are not the ones ruling over it.
  • The left, however, given its support for ‘gibsmedat’ as though there were infinite resources to go around is clearly r-selected. Likewise, the left resents the sovereign and any group of people who attempt to claim a hold on resources (which can range from land to a civilization, to even things like one’s own biological ethnicity) as property, leading to the slave morality so characteristic of the left. The most extreme manifestation of this is in the anarcho-communists and Antifa.

It should be noted that what is termed by Nietzsche as ‘slave morality’ clearly fits within what MBTI psychology calls ‘extraverted feeling’ (emotions and value judgements are sourced from without), whereas ‘master morality’ corresponds to what is termed as ‘introverted feeling’ (emotions and value judgements are sourced from within) by psychologists. These moral phenomena are not coincidences, they are merely opposing psychological functions.

Now back to the biology behind all this. It is common knowledge that Karl Marx thought that capitalism would give way to communism due to a revolution of the proletariat. I would agree that capitalism can give rise to far left ideologies, but not so much through a revolution of the proletariat. Rather, capitalism, particularly once the industrial revolution became widespread, provided an unprecedented abundance of resources which led a gradual increase in r-selection among Westerners during the modern era; this then caused the political ‘progression’ from aristocracy (K-selected, right) to Whiggism (liberal capitalism – r/K mixture), to the r-selected, far left-wing SJW cultural norms which are common in the present day West. N.B.: Capitalism also selects for the ‘socialized’ temperament in humans, often leading to, yes, socialism. I personally suspect the North Sea trade networks of the middle ages to have begun the process of creating the socialized, liberal, cosmopolitan mindset found in many NW Europeans as well as their North American white liberal analogs.

However, now the West is reaching its carrying capacity, so K-selection is on the horizon, which is evidenced by the fact that millennials are having sex at a later age than their forefathers (K selection delays sexualization); I myself am 20 years old and still haven’t done it yet. There are also right-wing movements (the Alt-Right and Generation Identity) which have gained traction among millennials. Likewise, there is important evidence that millennials are more conservative than previous generations were at their own age (article), which is just more evidence for increasing K-selection. Gnon wins.

 

 

 

Animate and Inanimate Beauty

There is a tendency among us humans, especially those who are ardent humanists to overlook beauty which is living because it is not in any way a product of something uniquely ‘human’. Herein lies the difference between the so-called ‘culturists’ and ‘racists’. A ‘culturist’ appreciates the beauty of non–living things created by man — art, music, architecture, literature. He, therefore, seeks the preservation of culture, often against iconoclasm, religious decline, and degeneracy. A ‘racist’ on the other hand appreciates the beauty of the animate, living thing, not created by man, and recognizes that this beauty is a product of some amount of genetic isolation and natural selection. He, therefore, seeks to preserve the beauty of a race from influences such as miscegenation which would necessarily end its unique beauty.

Regarding the word ‘racist’, I use it in this article to denote a puerile label placed upon individuals wishing to preserve human biodiversity, not the view that all members of the same biological race are identical — which is clearly not true.

Iconoclasm is not just manifested in the destruction of the icons, statues, and stained glass windows beloved by Christian traditionalists, it is also manifest in the destruction of a racial type, or even the corruption of the natural beauty of the earth itself — something the anti-environmentalist ‘right’ needs to get a grip on.

This has caused a great rift I observe in the broader right. Those who value inanimate beauty follow suit in the tradition of various popes and Christian monarchs and those who value animate beauty — of the biosphere and living things follow National Socialist thinkers like George Lincoln Rockwell and William Luther Pierce.

I am bold enough to think that both animate and inanimate beauty is worth preserving. In no aesthetic sense am I an iconoclast. I value the preservation of a ‘civilization’ as a culture just as much as the preservation of any human race, which is in fact living and will continue to reproduce its unique beauty (and further refine its beauty) given the right conditions.

So I do not call myself a National Socialist or a ‘Western Culturist’. The error of the National Socialist is his lack of respect for organic cultural tradition (edit: this is common but not universal among NS), and the error of the culturist being his iconoclasm of animate, living beauty. I call myself a national monarchist in that I value both the beauty of inanimate human culture and animate natural race. And there are precedents to national monarchism throughout the ages –pretty much any monarchy centered around one people (as a biological concept of common descent) counts — Anglo-Saxon England, pre-Norman Ireland, Mediaeval Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, modern post-WWII Japan, and there are probably many more examples. There is no reason to assume as a culturist or traditionalist one must disregard biological race or ethne as the solid foundation of a nation, and there is no reason for a biological ethnocentrist ‘racist’ to assume that cultural tradition should be smashed to create some utopian society. Let the true right unite!

 

Tolkien’s Elves and r/K Selection Theory

Update 6/21/17: It may be incorrect to apply r/K  selection theory directly to political attitudes, but much (if not most) of what is said in this article is still valid.

It has been a habit of mine to mention the elves of Tolkien’s literary corpus as an aristocratic nobility of the second estate. One might ask, however, why would I choose such androgynous looking beings to be an embodiment of the clearly masculine warrior/aristocratic class. For starters, elves are wicked at fighting, and Tolkien clearly drew inspiration for his elves from the mythic aristocracies of super-humans such as the Celtic Tuatha Dé Danann and Norse alfar (source)The elves are also more resistant than men are to the dark powers of the ring.

 

The elf ultimately represents a higher type of humanoid being, being naturally immortal, aesthetically beautiful, not prone to disease, and possessing great keenness of the senses and wisdom.  As I have stated in earlier posts, the higher type of man, the Overman, is ultimately the product of an aristocratic society; as Nietzsche puts it “EVERY elevation of the type “man,” has hitherto been the work of an aristocratic society and so it will always be …” (Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, aphorism 257). The mechanism by which this occurs is something which I will explain at the end of this essay, but first, let us review r/K selection theory in order to understand the evolution of the higher man — the elf.

One source of my knowledge on this subject

r/K selection theory is something which many in the dissident right are aware of. r-selection occurs in an environment where resources are plentiful, but survival is not guaranteed due to the unpredictable forces of nature and predators; this is characteristic of tropical, and often subtropical environments such as coral reefs, rain forests, and warm floodplains and swamps. There is no advantage given to in-group cooperation, or high investment parenting in these environments, because offspring may easily die young, and no group cooperation is needed to secure resources to survive. Consequently, an r-selected species takes an evolutionary strategy of reproducing at a young age, and producing many, many offspring with little energy investment; this maximizes quantity over quality in the offspring. This strategy is suitable for organisms with a very short lifespan; it requires early sexualization of the young, and high promiscuity. This is the strategy of lower, simpler life forms –frogs, fish, most invertebrate animals, and protozoans. I would also add that this is the type of selection which would have been favored in Neolithic agricultural human populations living around river valleys. While these areas provided abundant food for humans, massive floods and droughts periodically wiped out vast numbers of people, thus r-selection was favored here because while many offspring could easily be supported, many could easily die off due to uncontrollable events.

Contrarily, K-selection occurs where resources are limited but the environment is stable, such as a dry or cold grassland or boreal forest, or perhaps a desert; this is where high investment parenting pays off, and discipline and in-group cooperation are necessary to secure resources and survive. A K-selected organism will begin reproducing at a later age, and produce fewer offspring; this maximizes quality over quantity. This is the strategy of organisms with a longer lifespan; it requires late sexualization of the young, and the reproduction tends towards monogamy and high energy investment in offspring; thus favoring quality over quantity in the offspringThis is the strategy of higher, more complex life forms; elephants, humans, great apes, and carnivorous mammals. In human populations, this type of selection would have occurred in upland hunter-gatherer societies where food was limited and required group cooperation to secure, but natural disasters such as floods were rare. So while fewer offspring could be supported in these hunter-gatherer societies, they were more likely to survive, and thus quality could be prioritized over quantity in reproductive terms, hence supporting K-selection.

In an older article I wrote on the biological origins of higher civilizations, I concluded that higher civilizations originate where evolutionary strategies from both Neolithic farmers and Paleolithic hunter-gatherers occur, such as (in the present day) Northwestern Europe and Japan; this is because of the convergence of r (Neolithic) and K (Paleolithic) evolutionary strategies which give society both willful assertive leaders and pacified obedient followers. This generally fits the Nietzschean theory on the origin of higher civilizations, which states that these civilizations originate from the phenomena of barbarians, with an unbroken will (K-selected; paleolithic strategy), dominating more peaceful human populations (r-selected, Neolithic strategy). I explore all this in more depth in the article I link to above.

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Now back to the main point of this discussion: what characteristics of the elves identify them as being K-selected organisms? Well, I ran across a rather amusing article regarding What Tolkien Officially Said About Elf Sex. According to this website, Tolkien’s elves have a long pregnancy term compared to humans, 12 months, and this is clearly a high energy investment in individual offspring, biologically speaking. Elves also weren’t prone to have large numbers of children because their sex drive declined after procreation. Elves had extremely long lifespans; they were, of course naturally immortal. The elves also were highly monogamous; any kind of sex was a de facto marriage rite, and the elves never committed adultery. Elves did not complete their childhood and adolescence until they were 50 years old, which is much older than the human age of ~15-20 years old, at which point they were fully sexualized and began to look for a mate. The elves also possess the K-selected trait of being highly altruistic towards their own in-group (often a clan such as the Noldor and Teleri); this is an important trait for an aristocrat charged with protecting his domain from parasites. Elves also retained the physical form of their youth their entire lives and were thus neotenous. Neoteny is a characteristic of more highly evolved hominids; it is what grants humans the smaller maxilla and mandible in comparison to the rest of the cranium (it’s one reason we don’t look like our ape ancestors). Certain human races (collective phenotypes) are also more neotenous than others, but elaborating on this in the context of what I have just said would be equivalent to sparking a powder keg! My point here regarding the elven trait of neoteny is that it shows their more highly evolved biological state than ordinary humans. So, in summary, Tolkien, in his elves, described for us a highly K-selected, more highly evolved type of man; a biological aristocrat, and as we shall see in the paragraphs below, an Ubermensch or Superman, similar to what Fredrich Nietzsche speaks of in Thus Spake Zarathustra.

There are more than K-selected traits of the elves which show their status of the as superhuman creatures. The spiritual characteristics of the elves also bear resemblance to those of Nietzsche’s Ubermensch or Superman. Now let’s see Nietzsche explicitly introduce his concept of the Superman in both evolutionary and spiritual terms.

And Zarathustra spake thus unto the people:

I teach you the Superman. Man is something that is to be surpassed. What have ye done to surpass man?

All beings hitherto have created something beyond themselves: and ye want to be the ebb of that great tide, and would rather go back to the beast than surpass man?

What is the ape to man? A laughing-stock, a thing of shame. And just the same shall man be to the Superman: a laughing-stock, a thing of shame.

Ye have made your way from the worm to man, and much within you is still worm. Once were ye apes, and even yet man is more of an ape than any of the apes.

Even the wisest among you is only a disharmony and hybrid of plant and phantom. But do I bid you become phantoms or plants?

Lo, I teach you the Superman!

The Superman is the meaning of the earth. Let your will say: The Superman shall be the meaning of the earth!

— Fredrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra,  Prologue, Chapter 3 (emphasis mine)

Observe how Nietzsche describes the Superman as the meaning of the earth. He further explains this then warns us not to look for hopes beyond the physical realm:

I conjure you, my brethren, remain true to the earth, and believe not those who speak unto you of superearthly hopes! Poisoners are they, whether they know it or not.

Despisers of life are they, decaying ones and poisoned ones themselves, of whom the earth is weary: so away with them!

—  Fredrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra,  Prologue, Chapter 3


I go not your way, ye despisers of the body! Ye are no bridges for me to the Superman! 

Thus spake Zarathustra.

— Fredrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra,  Part One, Chapter 4 (emphasis mine)


Hearken rather, my brethren, to the voice of the healthy body; it is a more upright and pure voice.

More uprightly and purely speaketh the healthy body, perfect and square-built; and it speaketh of the meaning of the earth.—

Thus spake Zarathustra.

— Fredrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra,  Part One, Chapter 3 (emphasis mine)

In the above passages, you can see Nietzsche’s emphasis on the body, that it is not to be despised, and in order to arrive at the Superman or Ubermensch, it is necessary to be accepting of the body, and of life, because the Superman, as we saw before, is the meaning of the earth, the physical realm. This also agrees with the concept of the Tolkienian elf being a type of Superman, as an elf who dies do not go to some unknown spiritual plane, as the souls of men, but their soul (fëar) is bound to Arda (earth) (source). If an elven soul so chooses it may go to the halls of Mandos, located on the continent of Aman, and may be reincarnated into a body (hröar) identical to the old one. So the elf, like the Superman of  Nietzsche is an earthbound creature. Of equal importance, the perfect and healthy body, represented in Tolkien’s elves (who are not prone to disease, physical flaws, and aging as men are) preaches of the meaning of the earth, just as the Superman described by Nietzsche’s character Zarathustra. There are other characteristics which the elves share with Nietzsche’s Overman, particularly their role as creators of values, which I discuss in my article The Ubermensch as an Archetype; this aspect of elven personality is particularly pronounced in the examples of Fingolfin, Feanor, and ThranduilTherefore, in summary, the elf is essentially an icon of the Superman (I borrowed this use of the word “icon” from the commenter pseudo-Chrysostom). As an image of higher man, the elf encourages the striving of man towards higher man, just as an icon of a saint encourages a theosis towards sainthood for the devoted Orthodox Christian.

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Now, the passages I have presented from Thus Spake Zarathustra bring up the issue of the immortality of the soul. Nietzsche did not believe in the immortality of the soul, but, as we have seen, Tolkien is able to synthesize the concept of the earth-bound Superman and the immortal soul in the elf. This is what many early religions (Indo-European polytheism, the Israelite religion etc.) did before Christianity and Islam with their concepts of heaven came about. In these earlier religions, the soul was simply assumed to be bound to the physical realm, and went to Sheol or Hades after death; in some religions, the soul might reincarnate into a new earthly body, just as certain elves are able to do in Tolkien’s universe.

So, as we have seen, the disparity between Tolkien and Nietzsche is smaller than many would think. I believe this is because we all internally know, you, me, Nietzsche and Tolkien, what the characteristics of higher man are; we know deep inside, what we are to evolve into, and it is necessary that we have an intuitive drive to evolve into higher life forms in order for the Cosmos itself to evolve (this is the basis of the panentheistic religion of Cosmotheism). This drive towards the Ubermensch seems almost like something placed within us by a divinity, and it is stronger in some individuals than others. I could claim that those with more of this drive are the elect of the divine presence permeating the universe (perhaps I am inclined to believe in an esoteric Calvinism as a nod to my puritan ancestors, even though their iconoclastic values screwed up the United States). This election is different from an Abrahamic covenant in that it does not involve a conversion or affirmation of faith; it is something deeper and more naturally present in the individual which he or she may not even consciously realize is there.Thus the answer to the following question should be clear: if I seek to be a Nietzschean creator of values, an Ubermensch, then why do I require the metaphysical system of Cosmotheism to justify my values? The answer is that I do not require a metaphysical system to justify my values — I already valued the beauty and intricate complexity of life and the Universe before learning about Cosmotheism. Cosmotheism articulated these values so clearly and completely that I choose to describe myself as a Cosmotheist.

Cosmotheism was also agreeable to me because it carries no necessary conflict with polytheism; the various forces and gods which one might believe to inhabit the Cosmos are ultimately just parts of the Cosmos just as we are, but only the Cosmos, the Whole is the original Creator. It is a religion in which one’s ethics are centred around completing the great sacrament we call life for the sake of the evolution of the Cosmos; from eating, to exercising, to choosing a mate, and having sex, to becoming a teacher and mentor for the young when one is old and experienced at life. As a codified religion, it is, in my opinion, perhaps the most practical solution to nihilism for those who are unable to become creators of values themselves.

Now returning to the drive towards an Ubermensch which is ultimately part of the will of the Creator towards cosmic evolution, The Anonymous Conservative seems to have a similar realization that I do which he describes in Chapter Twenty Six — What is K? — of The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics:

In the end, K is something programmed into the computer code of the universe — a fundamental fore integral to the world, and designed to arise spontaneously, due to the designed nature of it. Once arisen, it guides the evolution of every self sufficient organism’s form and function. K may even be the fundamental force really driving the universe’s organizaiton, if not the underlying purpose of thhe entire Creation. In its most basic form, K is about the fostering of a specific quality within the Universe’s organization. The quality can be loosely be described as “greatness,” – encompassing such variables as complexity, ability, resiliency, sophistication, creativity, adaptability, etc.

If one examines the world around them, they will quickly come to the realization that, over the long haul, it favors K innately, and that this is likely an engineered design. God does not want to crack the hood on His Creation, only to look out upon a Universe of a worlds that all look like the world in the movie Idiocracy, filled with imbeciles denigrating the lone eloquent smart person. Indeed, were the universe designed to favor r, evolution would never have even made it that far. All God would see in a perpetually r-universe would be ever more rapidly expanding blobs of goo, each unit of goo competing fiercely with the others, to see which can expend less  energy on greatness and complexity, to focus on repoducing more of an ever less-evolved goo.

— The Anonymous Conservative, Chapter Twenty Six — What is K? — , The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics

So now when we speak of a “eugenic” goal, if we are to have one, we see that is its the goal that the Cosmos already has; there is no need to wander in the dark, or to simply pick a single man-made quantitative parameter such as IQ (which eventually results in Ashkenazi Jewish supremacism), because K-selection is essentially what drives the evolution of the Cosmos into something more complex and beautiful.

How is K-selection accomplished in the present day? We already have the resource limitation provided by overpopulation, but we also need to create stable environments where an evolutionary strategy to produce fewer offspring of higher quality is successful in the long-term due to a lack of predators (so-to-speak). This requires the creation of what we call civilization, which must include a wise and noble aristocracy for its preservation against invaders and deceitful parasites. The Hestia Society is in a sense correct in saying “The only morality is civilization”. Civilization creates an environment where, when fewer offspring are produced, but of higher quality and complexity, they will ultimately survive, reproduce, and pass on their highly evolved phenotypes to the next generation. Where the civilization is ethnocentric this evolutionary process is able to occur without corruption and uncontrolled genetic dilution. And is not the refinement of civilization what the true right is aiming for? Yes, it is, and now you see that our purpose which we will is ultimately the purpose of the Cosmos which drives the higher evolution of the Cosmos. We are the elect of the Cosmos. Those who attempt to destroy us and our purpose are reprobate.

But what happens when the Cosmos destroys itself, and these highly evolved life forms with it, when the sun dies, the earth perishes, and our galaxy and many others are swallowed up in a black hole? Well, now you see the dionysian side of the Creator which complements the apollonian side. There is beauty in impermanence. This is understood well in Buddhism and the derived Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi. It is also expressed in Nietzsche’s idea of an aesthetic justification of life which is embodied in Greek tragedy. As a destroyer of value, Time is dead — we have killed him.

Postscript: why the consequential low birthrates of K-selection are not necessarily bad:

The Biological Origins of Higher Civilizations

The majority of this article will be about human biodiversity, however first let’s start with some quotes by Fredrich Nietzsche in order to get acquainted with the idea I am about to argue regarding how great civilizations come into being.

“Let us acknowledge unprejudicedly how every higher civilization hitherto has ORIGINATED! Men with a still natural nature, barbarians in every terrible sense of the word, men of prey, still in possession of unbroken strength of will and desire for power, threw themselves upon weaker, more moral, more peaceful races (perhaps trading or cattle-rearing communities), or upon old mellow civilizations in which the final vital force was flickering out in brilliant fireworks of wit and depravity. At the commencement, the noble caste was always the barbarian caste: their superiority did not consist first of all in their physical, but in their psychical power–they were more COMPLETE men (which at every point also implies the same as “more complete beasts”).” –Fredrich Nietzsche from Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter IX, paragraph 257 (emphasis mine)

“There is MASTER-MORALITY and SLAVE-MORALITY,–I would at once add, however, that in all higher and mixed civilizations, there are also attempts at the reconciliation of the two moralities, but one finds still oftener the confusion and mutual misunderstanding of them, indeed sometimes their close juxtaposition–even in the same man, within one soul. The distinctions of moral values have either originated in a ruling caste, pleasantly conscious of being different from the ruled–or among the ruled class, the slaves and dependents of all sorts.” –Fredrich Nietzsche from Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter IX, paragraph 260 (emphasis mine)

Now obviously there is an IQ requirement in a population for any civilization to develop out of it, however, even in  parts of the world where the average IQ is relatively high, such as Europe, and East Asia, we observe that higher, more innovative civilizations, which value both the individual and the collective, develop only under specific genetic conditions, namely a combination of humans who have evolved in a settled agricultural lifestyle over millennia, being genetically pacified, with little or no disposition towards competitive, highly independent, domineering behavior, and a different, aristocratic group, exercising “master-morality”, usually recently descended from hunter-gatherers, who act as the domesticators of other humans; these are Nietzsche’s “barbarians” from the quote above. I will set forth two examples: Northwestern Europe and Japan. This should hopefully clear up why, for instance, Japan has been more open to an individualistic, free-market economy, whereas China exists as a quasi-communist state with totalitarian rules on how many children one can have etc. It should also show why it was countries such as Britain, France, Germany, and Scandinavian countries which have both become very wealthy and made the most scientific and technological advancements in the modern era, whereas much of Southern and Eastern Europe lagged behind. To put it in visual terms,  I attempt to put forth ideas regarding why the following two maps are different:

National IQs from here (yes, I know Lynn’s data  is not always accurate, but I haven’t seen a good alternative)
Researchers per Million Inhabitants from here

As a side note, one leftist National Socialist website (aryanism.net) which I have previously criticized, prizes the agricultural, genetically pacified phenotypes as “Aryan”, arguing that this is the phenotype necessary for civilizations to develop while condemning the paleolithic phenotypes. This, however, is an incomplete view of the entire picture, for, as I have started to argue, and will continue in arguing, a combination of neolithic and paleolithic phenotypes is ultimately what has produced the greatest civilizations of mankind.

Europe

It has been fairly well established by geneticist Iosif Lazaridis that Europeans owe a great portion of their ancestry to early farmers who wandered in from Anatolia around 7000 BC during the Neolithic (here). However, in the present day, North-Western Europeans only owe about half (probably less, actually) of their ancestry to these farmers, the rest coming from various hunter-gatherer groups, and their descendants, such as Indo-European pastoralists from the Pontic Steppe (here). The net effect is that Europeans occupying a broad belt from Ireland to Western Russia possess large quantities of ancestry both from early agriculturalists and from hunter-gatherers who only started using agriculture more recently, during the late Neolithic and Bronze Age. If one goes too far north, the genetics of the hunter-gatherers predominate, and as one goes to the south of this central region, into the Mediterranean basin, the genetic admixture from Neolithic Anatolian Farmers becomes dominant.

Distribution of the Early European Farmer (EEF) admixture in and around Europe

It is my opinion that the most successful civilized nations of Europe, namely, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Germany, (and to a lesser degree, Northern Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, and Russia) have been so successful, not necessarily due to early adoption of manorialism, but rather due to this balance of genetic input from both genetically pacified farmers, who were accustomed to a settled, relatively peaceful existence, as well as the more mobile, “barbaric” in Nietzschean terms, Indo-Europeans who were descended primarily from hunters and fishers who had recently adopted a highly competitive pastoralist lifestyle on the Pontic steppe (see David W. Anthony’s The Horse the Wheel and the Language). The aristocracies of early Greece and Rome would have also possessed this ideal mix of genetically inherited traits, being descended from Indo-European invaders who married local Neolithic farmers, introducing the early Greek and Italic languages into the Mediterranean basin. This aristocracy is practically gone now, however, through an overwhelming genetic absorption into the conquered Neolithic farmer populace, who were ultimately descended primarily from early Near-Eastern agriculturalists.

The end result of the ideal genetic admixture which I have described is a people which are both civilized and politically organized, and also are also willing to innovate, take risks (like exploring the New World), and challenge old notions of thought, as was done in the scientific revolution.

Japan 

The Japanese, compared to some other East Asian populations, such as the Han, possess large amounts of ancestry from a group of hunter-gatherers who did not partake in early rice farming during the Neolithic (these hunter-gatherers were known as the Jomon people). This is assessed quantitatively in the following study, which you can read here. An excerpt from the abstract reads: “Our results showed that the genetic contributions of Jomon, the Paleolithic contingent in Japanese, are 54.362.3% in Ryukyuans and 23.139.5% in mainland Japanese, respectively. Utilizing inferred allele frequencies of the Jomon population, we further showed the Paleolithic contingent in Japanese had a Northeast Asia origin.”

Source

The Jomon people had long inhabited Japan since the Palaeolithic, whereas another population, the Yayoi, who brought intensive rice farming to Japan, were effectively newcomers from the Asian mainland, and perhaps the descendants of the original domesticators of rice themselves. Thus, like many Europeans, the Japanese owe their ancestry to both a population genetically pacified through evolution in a relatively peaceful, settled, agricultural society and another population primarily descended from paleolithic hunter-gatherers, who ultimately would have organized into tribes and needed to compete over animals as a food source.

It is also interesting to note that the Japanese Emperor (whose lineage, according to legend, is around 2700 years old, predating the Yayoi period by almost 400 years) possesses Y-chromosomal haplogroup D (see source), which is found to a high degree in  Japan, and almost universally among the Ainu (who are mostly descended from the Jomon), but is also much less frequent in Korea and Eastern China where the Yayoi agriculturalists migrated from. Perhaps this is evidence that part of the Japanese aristocracy, as on might think from Nietzsche, was originally descended from the Jomon “barbarians”, and not the more civilized Yayoi from the East Asian continent.

If you want to see a full explanation of the genetic history of Japan and its relationship to the rest of East Asia, which I have abbreviated here, you can visit this website. In summary, the combination of the Jomon and Yayoi people in Japan of the has produced a highly orderly, but also innovative, culture which is more individualistic than its mainland neighbors of China and Korea. Just look at where Japan is on the world values chart below compared to other East Asian countries:

Inglehart-Welzel cultural map of the world

Conclusion

So, In addition to IQ, other factors clearly need to be addressed in understanding the success of a civilization.

If the people are too genetically pacified through evolution over millennia of non-competitive, settled agriculture, a civilization runs the risk of stagnation where innovation is minimal, and the individual’s wishes are grossly disrespected by the collective. This, for instance, is likely what contributed to the formation of communist China and fascist Italy. This is also likely why the historically-speaking, intellectually repressive Catholic Church has remained religiously dominant in the Western Mediterranean while being rejected by the less genetically pacified peoples of Northern Europe during the reformation.

On the other hand, if people have only been agriculturalized for a brief period of time, being descended largely from hunter-gatherers and having evolved for a tribal, often violent existence, civilization cannot develop easily due to a predominance of aggressive, often internecine warlike behavior, which does not allow for enough cooperation to develop an orderly society. The Vikings and early Germanic tribes perhaps come to mind the most here, but (throughout history) the Sottish highlands, the Baltic states, and Northern Russia, have also fallen within this description. Within East Asia, the Ainu are perhaps the best example of this type of a group descended primarily from hunter-gatherers, being a culturally independent people which has never had the organizational capacity to become politically dominant over the Japanese archipelago, but did, in fact, engage in repeated battles with the Japanese and Chinese during the late medieval period (according to Wikipedia).

So it is ultimately genetic balance (a golden mean as Aristotle might say) which must be achieved for an advanced civilization to continue. This usually occurs through the combination of a “barbarian” ruling class descended recently from hunter-gatherers, on top of a large, evolutionarily pacified agricultural class. Usually, these two classes mix to a degree resulting in individuals with the ideal balance of both traits, allowing for an organized, yet independent and innovative civilization. We might look to the future wondering of this ideal balance will continue to survive massive amounts of immigration.  An ethnostate is one solution to preserve this genetic ideal, as the Japanese pretty much already have. Northwestern Europeans, on the other hand, including many European-Americans do not possess this yet.

Postscript

I really recommend watching this recent video by Stefan Molyneux on why civilizations rise and fall if you found my article interesting.