An evolutionary and socio-biological basis for liberalism.
© Tom Rogers, May 2017
It is commonly-assumed that strident social and racial liberalism is 'odd' and it is implied that these political beliefs are maladaptive from an evolutionary point-of-view, in that they will tend to bring about the destruction of Western (white) societies. We will call this explanation of liberalism the Virus Model, in that it implies that liberals are people infected with a kind of mind virus that is socially-destructive (and perhaps self-destructive as well). I find this sort of explanation for liberalism unsatisfactory on a number of grounds, chiefly that it seems to be predicated on a belief that people can form political views independently of the realities of their material environment.
In this section, I'd like to present an alternative theory, namely that liberalism itself may be an adaptive strategy used unconsciously by groups in affluent societies as a means of preserving racial integrity and class privileges, and thus maximising desirable reproductive outcomes. In my view, liberalism can be accurately seen as a form of racial and class supremacism that controls the non-white populations in Western countries using privileges and benefits, while oppressing the white working class. This benefits the liberal middle-class in two ways: (i). by restricting opportunities for others to enter the middle-class, thus maximising opportunities for liberals and their off-spring; and, (ii). by allowing mass immigration and the elimination of labour protections and strategic industries, the working-class become more subservient, compliant and pliable, which is in the interests of business people and also professional types whose work involves managing or taking decisions about working class people or their children.
Looked at this way, liberalism is not irrational. (I might add here that to simply observe the lack of truth-value in any belief system does not in and of itself establish irrationality in its believers). In common with any ideological belief system or dogma, liberalism is designed to serve the interests of a class or group in society. The tenets of liberalism - equalitarianism and the fungibility of human beings - bear no relation to reality and seem nonsensical when examined in isolation, but as with any self-contained belief system, liberalism is enclosed with its own crypto-truth. By propounding these ideas, liberals are able to alienate the working class from Nature and create a practical fantasy world in which social and political choices are framed according to concerns and priorities of a leisured class - an obvious example being the huge budgetary commitment that is made to foreign aid.
Liberalism arises in societies that develop the following dichotomy:
- an intermediary/merchant class, reaching its apotheosis as essentially a leisure class in which working time is taken up in liberal vocations and professions that I would regard as 'leisure-class occupations', as they are mostly non-productive and amount to either
paper-shuffling or client work for the state: law, accountancy, estate agency, doctors, dentists, journalism, teaching, finance, banking and so on;
- an industrial working class arising from the displacement of a peasantry from its agrarian base.
In such a society, only a relatively small number of people are involved in independent economic activity that is genuinely productive - i.e. shopkeepers, trades, farmers and smallholders, etc. - whereas in a pre-liberal era, such people might have formed the majority. The result is a lack of social and political independence, due to an economic structure in which the majority of working people are employed and reliant on wages, and the majority of the middle-class are vested in non-productive industries propped-up by credit and public subsidy.