It’s human nature. Successful republics always fail from too much success.
I’ve said this so many times now, I’m going to turn blue in the face. In evolutionary ecology, free resource availability in a population (think of a productive society, where nobody has to demonstrate fitness to acquire the resources necessary to survive and mate) produces r-selection, which culls the population for a psychology averse to competition, cowardly, promiscuous, prone to single parent, and prone to support early sexualization of the young. THis si all an attemtp to produce as many cheap offspring as possible, to out-reproduce everyone else. Since no one has to demonstrate fitness to acquire the free food, they eventually trade off the fitness for more kids. Kind of like the free grass availability every rabbit has, has culled their species for this pacifistic, promiscuous, low-investment parenting psychology, and turned them into a potentially invasive species, if the predation were removed.
Resource shortage forces everyone to demonstrate fitness, to acquire resources (else they be denied resources through an inability to compete for them). This produces a psychology which is competitive, fearless, and which strives to produce ultra fit offspring (to see their genes pass forward), through carefully selecting a highly fit mate, monopolizing their fitness through monogamy, raising offspring carefully for extended periods using high-investment, two-parent child rearing (to protect them, and make them as fit and capable as possible, so they can acquire resources), and which discourages young from entering the mating market, until they are fully mature, and not likely to get killed in the aggressive, competitive, K-selected environment. Here, parents stop trying to produce a lot of cheap kids, and just focus on producing a small number of highlf fit kids, since only the fit will survive and mate.
You really can’t understand politics without understanding r/K Selection Theory. Liberals are just the r-type portion of our populace, while Conservatives are the K.
So a population succeeds, and produces successfully. It then creates an r-selected environment, where every idiot and their brother can get free resources due to the excess productivity. Suddenly the population which grows the fastest is the prolific r-type welfarites, who just eat government cheese, and have fifteen kids, each generation dumber and more prolific than the last. It’s the movie Idiocracy in action.
Except, before we get to President Camacho, the welfarites become so burdensome on the system, that the producers can no longer support them, and they collapse the society. THis creates resource shortage and K-selection, which eventually resets the clock back, so the cycle can begin again.
It’s funny to see the exact same thing in nature, in other species. I now think of the Democratic Party like our own invasive species. Give them free resources, and watch them explode in number, and collapse the ecosystem. Then watch resource shortages reset everything so we can take the ride again.
Nice Nick BTW.