Prior to a few months ago I had never heard of r or k reproduction strategy. It’s been popping up a lot among libertarians and those on the Alt. Right.
From what I’ve gathered, here’s how it works.
- The r strategy is the strategy of rabbits. Breed a lot and early. Spend little time parenting. Each individual is of low value as a result because they are easily replaceable via short gestation period and little effort is required to rear them.
- The K strategy is the strategy of wolves. Breed few and after maturing, but lots of parental investment. High-value in the individual due to rearing effort and longer gestation period.
So which one of those sounds like the kind of reproductive strategy the state would favor?
The one which involves the least amount of parental investment.
Inversely, the one that fits best for libertarians involves the most parental involvement.
Mind you, I’m not saying those who engage in r selection strategy are by nature supporting the state. Nor are k selection strategists by default libertarians.
It all has to do with which strategy best fits the state’s objective and the objective of those who opposed it.
The state incentives people to not invest as parents in their offspring so they can raise them. Inversely, libertarians realize they need to spend as much quality time with their kids to offset attempts at indoctrination.
I touched on this when I wrote about why I struggle with the notion of having kids.
For the self-centered, having kids is easy. You “fulfill” your responsibility to society by engaging in a not-so unpleasant activity. Once the child is born, you can shift all your responsibilities onto the state and never be held accountable by anyone. You can drop them off at daycare and all-day kindergarten and send them through the public education system. You never have to think about whether they’re learning myths, lies, propaganda, or ideologies that contradict the natural state of things. You don’t have to be concerned with your son being prescribed drugs that can cause suicidal thoughts. You don’t have ponder apprehensively about whether your adolescent daughter is being taught how to put condoms on wooden knobs (true story). You don’t have to fret over how your kids may be enslaving themselves by taking out tens of thousands of dollars in student loans to get worthless degrees and still not be able to get jobs in a bad economy. You don’t need to concern yourself over whether your family will be able to practice your religion according to the dictates of your conscience when it goes directly against government decrees, or if you’ve left them woefully unprepared to deal with circumstances completely different from the ones you’ve conditioned them for.
In fact, this is what our society encourages. It promotes a parenthood where two people produce progeny and then leave it to the state to care for, feed, clothe, guide, and educate. Those of us who actually aspire to be good parents must carry additional burdens in order to raise them as we see fit.
The state promotes the r selection reproductive strategy because it removes all responsibility on the part of the parents too willing to relinquish authority.
The responsibility is then passed on to those who adhere to a k selection strategy because instead of having kids they’re creating a home that allows for high parental involvement.
This is how we got to the situation we are in today. People who should be having kids aren’t because they want to maintain a decent living standard while also subsidizing the r selection strategy of others via the welfare state.
Smart people make smart choices but foolish people are paid to make foolish choices at the expense of the smart ones.
My observation is that the k selection strategy is the libertarian strategy, but it is also the hardest one to successfully implement.
Unless you make a fortune or you’re fortunate enough to live frugally, both spouses have a job. That means the kid goes to a daycare and later school. Again, unless you make good money, it’s a state-run school. Or a homeschool program.
Both of these present problems for k selection strategists. If you send your kid to a state-run school, do not be surprised when they emerge four years later believing what the state wants them to believe. The few hours you spend a night simply cannot compete unless you proactively fight it.
Take it for what it is, but I see few parents do this. They rely on an outdated parenting model that depends on society and culture and the education system to reinforce, not contradict, their values.
How many fathers and mothers realize what their children get exposed to in the education system?
The solution is to find a way for k selection strategy to navigate around the state. Some can do this. Others cannot.
Ironically, I also see the r selection strategy collapsing as well. It has relied on the state to sustain itself. It requires k selection strategists to create wealth that can be taxed. K selection inclined men like myself are instead enjoying the decline and avoiding marriage and children. We’re not parasites but we refuse to be the host.
Within the context of our current environment, a successful libertarian movement must be comprised of new barbarians carrying out a k selection strategy with a tribal mentality while adhering to the natural order of things.
Now we are getting somewhere.