What are r and K?
This site asks for your help in promoting the idea that our political ideologies evolved from r/K Selection Theory in evolutionary ecology.
In evolutionary ecology, r and K describe two fundamental psychologies seen in nature, designed to adapt an organism to either a glut or a shortage.
Rabbits are r-strategists, designed to exploit free resources, like fields of grass. The five psychological traits inherent to the r-strategy are docility/conflict-avoidance, promiscuity/non-monogamy, single-mom'ing, early sexualization of young, and no loyalty to a competitive in-group. All help this glut-exploiting psychology to out-reproduce everyone else by avoiding danger, mating widely starting young, booting offspring early to mate again, and never risking for others .
Wolves are K-strategists, designed for when resources are too limited for everyone to survive. The five traits of a K-strategist are competitiveness/ aggressiveness/protectiveness, competitive mate monopolization/ monogamy, high-investment two-parent rearing, only mating when mature, and high loyalty to one's competitive in-group. All these traits either help you win when you have to fight, or produce and protect fitter offspring, so they will win in a dangerous world that culls the weak.
Our political battle is one between a glut-exploiting r-reproductive strategy of rabbits designed to produce raw numbers and a shortage-surviving K-reproductive strategy of wolves designed to produce quality. The swings between conservatism and liberalism at the societal level are not the result of logical argument or reasoned debate. They are the result of psychological shifts produced by perceptions of K-stimuli in the environment such as conflict, danger, and shortage, or r-stimuli, such as safety, pleasure, and abundance. These perceptions trigger ancient mechanisms in the brain that adapt psychology to environment. All of politics and much of history are r vs K.
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Category Archives: Psychology
If you are K, you see this totally differently: Sex trafficking involving migrants fleeing to Italy by sea increased by nearly 600 percent over the past three years — particularly among young girls — a United Nations’ agency said Friday. … Continue reading
Where would anti-Semitism come from? Schoolteachers and other school officials in Berlin have noticed a rising trend of anti-Semitism among pupils and say the expression “You Jew!” has become a common insult. A report conducted by the American Jewish Committee … Continue reading
They really want to kill that little baby: Charlie Gard’s parents appeared in court again Friday to discuss the next step in his case. In the course of the hearing, British high court Justice Francis said their son cannot be … Continue reading
Looks like it: After the officer was identified, people on social media noticed the difference in reaction to the case. Black Lives Matter showed their support after the killing of the unarmed, white woman… Some have commented on how they … Continue reading
On the down side, I am still swamped in emails, and way behind. On the upside, r/K must be spreading, judging by the volume, so there is that. An emailer writes, asking about Jihadis: I was wondering – r/K seems … Continue reading
A good r/K-enabled anti-rabbit measure Yes, you read that right. Inmates in White County, Tennessee, can shave 30 days off their jail sentence if they undergo an elective birth control procedure.” Both male and female inmates can volunteer for the … Continue reading
Lots of crazy stuff in Mexico: Numerous reports have told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel they experienced sickness, blackouts and injuries after drinking at Iberostar and other resorts around Cancun and Playa del Carmen in recent months. They told the Journal … Continue reading
Not encouraging: A deadly combination of a plummeting birthrate and massive immigration portend that native Italians will make up an increasingly small percentage of Italy’s overall population, a new study reports. Italy’s fertility rate is less than half of what … Continue reading
A good example of the r-psychologies all around: The New York Times is facing blowback on social media after publishing an essay by an African-American reporter who accused white women of racism for not ceding space on city sidewalks to … Continue reading