EGI Notes

Sunday, September 13, 2015

More on the Stupid Altruism Argument

Some generalized common sense.

One needs to also move on from abstract theory about putative "alleles for altruism" (which insofar as I know have not been discovered) and ask practical questions.

Joe votes for an anti-immigration political party. Jim votes for a pro-immigration political party. Jim and Joe are both native co-ethnics. In what way are 'alleles for altruism' being selected against?

Better yet and a bit more generalized: why is activism in favor of EGI necessarily altruistic?  Why is activism in favor of non-ethnics called "pathological altruism."

My point and this is important: talking about "altruism" can favor a EGI standpoint, since it seems defending EGI is more "selfish" and surrendering genetic interests to help the unrelated is altruism.

In today's Germany who is showing altruism - leftists who want more refugees or rightists who do not want them?

To put it simply: non-ethnics can free-ride on altruism as much, or more, than co-ethnics. Altruism in favor of free-riding non-ethnics imposes a double cost: counter-selection to all these majestic yet completely theoretical "alleles for altruism" AND the loss of genetic interests due to less representation of the entire genome. Altruism in favor of co-ethnics - in the context of ethnic competition (which is THE WHOLE POINT of Salter's work) - at most may impose a cost on these "alleles for altruism" may is adaptive for the entire genome.

One can argue that favoring non-ethnics is more of a "sacrificial altruism" than favoring co-ethnics in any case.

And why does support for genetic interests have to be conflated with "self-sacrificial altruism" in any case.  In the Joe/Jim example above, how is Joe "self-sacrificing?"

This is all missing the forest (genetic interests) for the trees (theoretical arguments about putative "alleles for altruism").

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