And now, a few words from Anonymous Conservative...
AC: I appreciate how you feel. I absolutely hate taking anything for free from a friend or ally, and not repaying them – we are group competitors. With that in mind, know[that] your review was like buying a few hundred copies, partly because it helps others hear about it, which is really the goal.
AC: You are right about not explaining declining birth rates adequately. Today I think the population declines are purely reduced rearing drives, though when the book was written, it wasn't really considered that much It isn't in the book, but some research shows that Conservatives actually like the smell of babies more than coffee, while Liberals enjoy the smell of coffee more than babies. I think that plays out more generally in all the other senses as well, with Conservatives ultimately viewing babies as delightful little puppies that are fun and rewarding to have, while Liberals view them as boring onerous burdens that are to be avoided. Since the steps leading to baby-making in humans is understood, it turns baby making into the difference between people who get dogs and people who don't, only for children.
AC: Reproductive strategies are very effective, as long as the organism follows their instincts, without too much thought or understanding. I think humans know intellectually how babies are produced, and if you are producing a hedonistic population, which thinks all about itself and its pleasure, intellect will lead a lot of those with the most resources to take measures to satisfy all of their r-drives, by having sex in ways which don't produce babies. It is sort of the ultimate in high-mating-investment/low-rearing-investment – all facilitated by intellect and understanding. As the book predicted, this will be corrected by Darwin, since it is competitively disadvantageous.
AC: I think K-women especially, tend to want cute little babies like kids want puppies, and they find men to marry and end up with them. Ultimately, I'd expect us to see that shift more towards Palin-esque and Mormon-type K-families with lots of kids and high investment.
AC: On debating strategies, that has to be a second book, since the ideas there don't have as much backing in the literature. The idea of politics as r/K is going to be attacked from all angles when [it] finally hits, so each logical step leading to that conclusion needs to have rock solid substantiation, and nothing speculative can mix in with, and contaminate, the r/K stuff. Just the idea, in unassailable form, destroys Liberals when you explain it to them. So the idea, with no chinks in its armor to attack, will have to be the attack for now. The debate stuff will be another book.