I’ve been following The Anonymous Conservative’s exploration of r/K Theory and its implications for a couple of months. Up until now, I’ve agreed with just about every conclusion A.C. has reached when examining the theory’s premises.
Today is different because A.C. just posted an idea that gives me serious pause.
The post starts with a clip from a reality show during which oddball actor Gary Busey (a possible sociopath) manipulated rock star Meat Loaf into a hyper-aggressive emotional meltdown. The video is fascinating, and most of A.C.’s analysis plausibly explains how and why r-type people cause so much social unrest and upheaval, even when it serves no long-term useful purpose.
The problem pops up when A.C. starts thinking about how to prevent the population of r-type Americans from causing mass unrest among K-type Americans. A.C. ponders a strategy of killing r-type civilians if American society degrades enough (emphasis mine, in bold):
The danger for us K-strategists is, we tend to fight without thinking clearly, when we approach Meat’s level of amygdala stimulation – and that level of amygdala stimulation is almost the only time we will actually fight. This can lead us to be easily manipulated by r-strategists into fighting other K-strategists. Few Conservatives, pissed that the Federal government is seizing their guns, will hunt down the nearest unarmed Liberal rabbit hiding in their bedroom, and kill them in cold blood in their own house, as the rabbit pleads their helplessness and innocence.
On top of all of this, we have Liberals who, like Gary Busey, instinctively know how to draw out violent urges, and who are almost programmed to pit K-strategists against each other. This is how r-strategists operate and occasionally win. The only way to prevent it is to decide intellectually that when the violence starts, you will only target the unarmed rabbits who engendered it, and you will drive them from your land, no matter how unpleasant the endeavor. Any other path may lead to r-strategists clamping down tyranny and oppression, to assuage within them an amygdala that cannot tolerate stress. In great irony, letting it be known that you intend to follow that path may be the only thing which can stop the rabbits from fomenting war as K-selection approaches.
Unless I’ve misunderstood, A.C. advocates mass murder of civilians who, in peaceful times of prosperity, assumed that the infinite growth of the state was a good idea. Three major concerns come immediately to mind.
I’ll post more objections if they come to mind.