Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Tribal Fertility Totem

For those who like their controversy tied to an insightful but oversold idea, you can't do much better than the brilliant but flawed Steve Sailer. There are new ideas you just can't get anywhere else. On the Sarah Palin controversies, his most recent post is Tribal Fertility Totem Elicits Strong Emotions. The comments get pretty wild. Not frothing, like at Daily Kos - okay, I lied. There's some frothing - but quite...energetic.

And here’s the fundamental reason underlying all the rage on one side and amusement on the other over Sarah Palin: it’s all about … female fertility.

Human beings have extremely strong emotions on the topic of fertility. It’s an obsession — look at the celebrity gossip columns these days. The who is sleeping with whom stuff bores people now compared to the pregnancy news. Thus, celebrities auction off rights to pictures of their new babies for millions, even though all newborns look alike. The top breeding stock parents — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt — were looking to snag something like $6 million for the exclusive rights to the first photos of their twins...
In the last paragraph, there's a link at the words "can afford to outbreed them" that has some interesting correlations between marriage, number of children, where people move, and how they vote.
The Blue Whites are alarmed and outraged to be reminded that the Red Whites can afford to outbreed them and are outbreeding them. Modern people tell themselves they don't care about stuff like that, but they do, oh, they do.


bs king said...

The Onion made a tangentially related point once under the headline "IGNORANCE OUT BREEDING INTELLIGENTSIA TWO TO ONE". That headline always made me laugh.

That and the fact that my mom noticed the difference when she went from a home schooling mother (only four?) to back in the working world (YOU HAVE HOW MANY KIDS????).

OBloodyHell said...

> The Blue Whites are alarmed and outraged to be reminded that the Red Whites can afford to outbreed them and are outbreeding them.

"The Marching Morons". (Wiki it).

But it applies to the non-productive blues much more than to the productive reds, since the current system is to tax the productive reds to pay for the unproductive blues.

OTOH, I forget where I saw it, but there was an analysis, based on the presumption (not always correct, but probably somewhat so) that the children of Dems tend to be Dems, vice versa. B

By that reasoning, via the abortions of the 70s and 80s, the Dems probably cost themselves both the 2000 and 2004 elections. Irony -- the world plays out in some oddly preposterous ways.