K Selection Reproductive Strategy is the Libertarian Strategy

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.

They think like civilized men, rather than barbarians. They don’t want admit that they do not have a homeland anymore. They are now in an occupied territory.

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.

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3 Responses to K Selection Reproductive Strategy is the Libertarian Strategy

  1. Feminism and gender-equality (trying to make polar-opposites equal by focusing on the polar-opposites; illogical) have been undermined for the benefit of the state – feminism and gender-equality now must have BOTH parents working full-time jobs; success means high-salaries in corporate offices. Are you a female who wishes to be empowered? Get a career. Focus on your salary. Have kids, and argue for state-run daycare and pre-k so you can focus on your career. Gender-equality means paid maternity/paternity leave, so you can focus on your career and still have kids; leave work for a year (what a gracious offer!) and then send your 1-year-old to state-run daycare so you can pursue your career – greedy little consumers bent on money.

    Consumerism enables this: you only succeed if your house has a two-car garage, your kitchen appliances are stainless-steel, and your house is furnished by Ikea and William-Sonoma. Equality means men and women can separately attain these superficial goals.
    Once you marginalize these superficial goals – when you disavow consumerism – you learn you can live comfortably and raise your own children; a modest townhouse and second-hand clothes (great quality if you take the time to search), furniture on Craigslist, etc.
    One parent works during the day, the other, if needed, can work at night.
    It’s possible to survive comfortably and raise your own children… we’re just not supposed to know this.

    “… They don’t want admit that they do not have a homeland anymore. They are now in an occupied territory.” – I like this a lot.

    But I don’t think the r-selection strategy is at risk of failing any time soon, only because the Federal Reserve can continue to print as much money as needed, sustained by an economy driven by Wall Street banks and corporations which control much of the world’s finances and continue to pilfer resources from foreign lands at little cost – thus, our GDP stays high enough to sustain continued money-printing.

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    • The Question says:

      But I don’t think the r-selection strategy is at risk of failing any time soon, only because the Federal Reserve can continue to print as much money as needed, sustained by an economy driven by Wall Street banks and corporations which control much of the world’s finances and continue to pilfer resources from foreign lands at little cost – thus, our GDP stays high enough to sustain continued money-printing.

      The question on that is how long will the show go on? We are already seeing signs of economic downturn. The Fed can’t keep relying on quantitative easing forever to starve off the inevitable. Yet the moment it raises interests rates .001 percent the stock market drops, so it’s got to keep up the illusion. Interest rates will go up eventually – either the Fed does it or they go up by themselves when the market can no longer be manipulated.

      Something to write about in another post, but I think a major economic downturn is on the horizon and when it happens it will reveal how much of our society is propped up through the state and would not exist without direct and indirect subsidies.

      The r selection strategy certainly doesn’t require the state but what we are seeing today with a 40 percent illegitimacy rate and single motherhood would not occur if the state weren’t offsetting the social and cultural costs. Nor would mothers feel pressured to go work in a cubicle rather than raise their own children.

      Gender-equality means paid maternity/paternity leave, so you can focus on your career and still have kids; leave work for a year (what a gracious offer!) and then send your 1-year-old to state-run daycare so you can pursue your career – greedy little consumers bent on money.

      Something for libertarians to keep in mind; having both mommy and daddy work while paying someone to care for their children in a daycare or school is exactly what the state wants because all of their labor is taxed. Mommy staying home removes two of three taxable incomes and in fact lowers the income bracket for the household, which means they get taxed even less.

      Many families do not see any tax benefit to having a second income because of related costs. They do it because they have been taught this is the way to do it.

      This is why the state hates motherhood. Motherhood provides for the family in ways that cannot be taxed. The purpose of belittling motherhood is so that mothers will pay someone else to do the same work and both their labor will be taxed.

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      • That’s really interesting, that of course the state wants everyone to have a taxable job; logically, the state must be against motherhood.
        But I’m still not convinced our economy will outright collapse. QE and artificial interest-rates will inevitably end, and Wall Street might plummet catastrophically for this, our the dollar might even collapse – but this will only spell disaster for the lower- and middle-classes. The Mega Banks and Megalithic Corporations, all of them multi-nationals, and all of them with massive financial and resource control, will survive. In the event of an economic collapse, most of the population will become completely dependent on the Federal Government (these policies and programs already in place), and the massive banks with trillions in capital will step in as the ‘benefactors’ of the people. Maybe, anyway…

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