If one accepts this work, it becomes clear that each ideology will produce a specific effect when applied to a society.
Conservatism will produce a society in which there will be a certain constant, low level of discomfort among those who lack ability, effort and determination. Those who fail to succeed will receive little help from the government, and will be forced to endure privation, while exerting themselves mightily.
This will also produce a more cohesive and productive society, however. Conservatism, as a K-type psychology, will tend to produce competitive tests of fitness prior to mating, as well as an economy which self assorts its components based upon competitive tests of fitness. If it is accepted that Conservatism is a form of K-type psychology, then there will be little arguing with its adaptive potential.
Combined with the K-type Warrior’s drive to see his group succeed, this would produce a highly functional and competitive society. There would be less tendency to sympathize with out-group interests, less desire to import less productive individuals who are less likely to contribute to group success, and more of a tendency to confer advantage upon pro-sociality within the group, and confer disadvantage upon those who exhibit anti-social tendencies.
By contrast, Liberalism will tend to produce periods devoid of discomfort, as they redistribute resources to the more r-type psychologies, and other less successful individuals within the society. However, as the r-type individuals increase in number, you will see a gradual reduction of the population’s abilities, and a concomitant diminution in production. If history is a guide, this will produce a sudden collapse of the society, and sudden massive increase in discomfort for all. Thus where Conservatism would produce a small level of constant discomfort, Liberalism will produce alternating waves of greater comfort, and enormous misery.
Liberalism will also tend to produce a less cohesive society, due to its inherently selfish nature, and its openness to outsider’s interests. Its provision of equal advantage to all will foster the growth of a less productive, more prolific segment of the populace, while its increased emphasis on economic control will tend to produce a society and an economy which is less than optimally functional and productive. If it is accepted that Liberalism is an r-type psychology then there will be little arguing with the prospect that it will be an inherently maladaptive strategy of governance, prone to devolve both societies and population’s.
Combined with an inherent subconscious desire to see group failure, this will tend to produce a more dysfunctional society. There will be more of a tendency to sympathize with enemies, less of a tendency to compete with our competition, and more of a willingness to import anyone into our nation and provide them with free resources. Liberalism will even be less willing to confer advantage upon the pro-social (ie. the successful who will be taxed heavily to punish them for their success), and will exhibit more of a tendency to forgive the antisocial, such as through lax criminal sentencing.
In short, Reagan was right. There is no left or right, there really is only an up or down. One strategy promotes pro-socialty, (K-type) morality, success, and Darwinian advancement, through simply granting men freedom. While a complementary ideology supports anti-sociality, (r-type) immorality, failure, and Darwinian devolution, through the imposition of uniform government oppression. Indeed, it is only through government oppression and control that the Liberal can force all individuals to abandon their natural K-selected urges to strive and succeed in competitions with peers, and thus force permanent r-selection upon a traditionally K-type species.
Unfortunately, it is not so simple, as a population making a single choice. Rather, as we show in the book with historical examples, within the fruit of K-type success lies the seed of r-type failure.
When a society strongly adopts a K-selected ideology such as Conservatism, it will produce copious resources. Due to man’s compassionate nature, such a bounty will inevitably end up being shared with the less fortunate. At that point, you will have a population experiencing relatively free resource availability, and no competitive selection for fitness. That is technically r-selection, and it will affect the overall ideology of the population.
As time goes on, the r-type individuals will multiply rapidly. The population will become increasingly r-selected, and Liberal. As it becomes more Liberal, Liberals will seek to strip the K-type individuals of ever more of their wealth, so as to provision their r-type supporters. Their r-type supporters, in turn, will multiply still faster, and increase even more.
Eventually, even the greatest society will become over-run with r-type, non-productive individuals, dependent on their government handouts. The productive will become ever less motivated, as their efforts carry ever less reward. In turn, it will require ever higher taxes to support the ever growing r-type contingent.
As the society grows ever more r-selected, other r-type trends will emerge. Sexual perversion will increase. Illegitimate children will grow in number as single parenting skyrockets. Monogamy and marriage will be denigrated. Pro-sociality, patriotism, and unity will give way to personal selfishness, a view of foreigners as just as important as fellow citizens, and a disregard for the interests of countrymen will become common. Morality will decline, productivity will diminish, and national enemies will be portrayed ever more sympathetically.
As we approach the end of this cycle, it will get ugly. Inevitably, an even more vigorous K-selection will return to separate the wheat from the chaff. Those are not good times. However, once the society undergoes sufficient K-selection, the cycle may begin again, as a productive K-type nation begins to experience a self imposed r-selection once more.
We do have a free will, and we can recognize the means by which failure is produced. Our nation is at a tipping point. If we select Liberalism, we will experience a gradual devolution of our greatness, a collapse of our society, and loss of our morality, and a failure to preserve our freedom.
If we select K-type Conservatism, we can expect to enjoy a more functional and moral society, a more prosperous nation, and we can do it all in an environment of freedom.
It should not be a difficult decision.