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 Death, and How We Deal With It


I have never been all that comfortable thinking about death, but I do it a lot. In recent years most of my grandparents have died, and this has made me feel somewhat isolated and disconnected from my deeper heritage — perhaps my reactionary tendencies are partially a means of compensating for this.

About a month ago my grandmother died somewhat unexpectedly, and it threw me into an internal crisis. I came to the following conclusion:

There tend to be three popular ways of viewing death.

  1. Most atheists and Jews believe that when you die, that is it. You’re dead. Your personality is nonexistent upon death. The end result of this belief is hedonism and base utilitarianism.
  2. Most Muslims and perhaps the majority of conservative Christians believe that most people are tormented in hell forever, and only a few escape this grim fate through being part of the right religious persuasion. The end result of this belief is wasteful religious wars over who is and isn’t going to hell.
  3. Many polytheists, Buddhists and a few Christians (link) believe that the soul is both eternal and that the there is no eternal torment. There may be chastisement in the afterlife followed by a more pleasant eternity, or, in certain religions, reincarnation into a bad life if one has committed moral wrongs, but the idea of eternal torment is alien. The end result usually depends on the IQ of the nation holding these beliefs. India, for instance, is poorer than Japan, but both have religions (Hinduism, Buddhism) which teach some form of reincarnation.

I am not saying the following to insult any religious opinion, but I wish to be honest: Options 1 and 2 are basically pessimistic. Option 2 is often made very pessimistic when it is combined with ideas like total depravity, and the belief I find common among ultra-conservative Christians, that the nature of man is not just sub-par or corruptible, but actually ‘evil’.

Option 3 is the only option which is actually either neutral or optimistic.

I admit I have often been frightened by options 1 and 2. The idea that we die and that’s it (option 1) means that if you lived an incomplete life, you will never have a chance to live a full one, and you will also never be reunited with those you love who have perished.

If option 2 is true than anyone you loved who was not part of the right religion is burning in hell forever and you better figure out which religion is the correct one and become obedient to it, or you will be joining them in eternal torment.

Being somewhat of an empiricist, I consider option 1 more likely than option 2. [Sorry, weird Youtube videos by people claiming to have been in hell don’t count as science]

Nietzsche and Heidegger would likely say that I am staring into the abyss. It takes a lot of courage to stare into the abyss, and it is certainly something I would rather not be doing. In this sense, staring into the abyss, even reaching the point of nihilism, is ascetical and can provide a kind of catharsis, but it is a horrifying catharsis that many, perhaps most people try their best to avoid and that I myself wish to exit.

My sincerest hope is that option 3 is true, although it is something of a conundrum of how to harmonize an afterlife with Nietzscheanism.  In order to do this, the concept of the afterlife cannot teach that this life is to be denied in favor of the next. Rather, one would need to either assume that any life after the present one is like the life we live now (reincarnation, perhaps eternal recurrence),  or that the rewards of an afterlife depend not upon looking forward to that afterlife, but engaging in this life in a highly world-accepting, life-affirming manner. One version of this is the Norse Valhalla, a reward for valiant fighting in a war, an earthly endeavor with an earthly purpose. One might also consider reincarnation itself to be life-affirming in that it encourages one to build or maintain an earthly civilization which one can both reap the fruits of in this life, and return to in a future life — the mindset here is not escapism but is indeed life-affirming, and world-accepting.

The Red-Pill Mindset and Nietzsche

“The cowardly, the timid, the insignificant, and those thinking merely of narrow utility are despised; moreover, also, the distrustful, with their constrained glances, the self- abasing, the dog-like kind of men who let themselves be abused, the mendicant flatterers, and above all the liars:–it is a fundamental belief of all aristocrats that the common people are untruthful. “We truthful ones”–the nobility in ancient Greece called themselves” – Friedrich Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil, Chapter IX, paragraph 260 (emphasis mine)

Following the reasoning of Nietzsche, it seems clear from the quote above that the red-pill mentality, the acceptance of the deep and unsettling truths which most of society likes to avoid, is clearly a viewpoint of aristocratic origin. We should therefore not be ashamed of our peculiar viewpoints such as race realism, and others which are inegalitarian, but empirically verifiable, as they are what set us apart, and above the ordinary man, the “normie”, who are usually little more than “the self- abasing, the dog-like kind of men who let themselves be abused, the mendicant flatterers, and above all the liars”. Considering these qualities which Nietzsche assigns to common people, the fact that the average well-educated white “normie” lets himself be abused by leftist immigration policy and lies about race, claiming it does not exist, should, therefore, be no surprise. We, then, as members of the broader neoreactionary movement already make up a natural aristocracy. Whereas the “normie” who wants nothing to do with red pills is merely mediocre.

We should consider the idea that this natural aristocracy, due to genetic reasons, may always be a minority and that we must, as Nietzsche says a little later in this paragraph, become creators of values. It is slightly depressing to think that not everyone is red-pillable, but it may just be the reality of the situation.

-Update 12/9/16-

It is also important to pay attention to the fact that Nietzsche attributes the quality of “thinking merely of narrow utility” to the common people. This coincides with the behavior we observe from blue-pill types who think that immigration from the third world  into Europe and North America is necessary to compensate for labor shortages etc. It is the globalist, neoliberal mentality which thinks of people as mere resource units to be utilized for profit in the marketplace, instead of as living, breathing organisms with a family, ethnicity, and culture. We “red-pilled” ones, however, know what chaos and destruction this mass immigration brings. Mammon is not our god, and we certainly aren’t willing to put the future existence of our people in jeopardy just for cold, dry, inhuman economic reasons. Thus it can be said that both the lefties and the globalist neoliberals (I’m kicking against Ayn Rand here) are both commoners alike, neither are true aristocrats. If they were true aristocrats they would cast off the ring of “narrow utility”, or “profit” in favor of their own people (as Frodo did in Mount Doom, and as Galadriel did when she passed “the test”, being offered the One Ring).