Friday, January 26, 2007

The Natural Selection

Reality naturally seeks an equilibrium.

When something changes, nature will change to balance it out. It will adapt to new conditions, not necessarily consiously.

Adaptation is integrally woven into life on earth. Including adaptation to adaptation. Some species are more adaptive than others, but all adapt.

The market operates the same way. Some businesses are more adaptable than others.

Sometimes things change. A species will die out. The climate will change. Demand for products skyrockets. Businesses fail. Everything around it will respond, and soon they'll be humming along like business as usual. This is the natural order of things, the result of natural selection.

In contrast to natural selection is artificial selection.

Dog breeding is artificial selection.
Ethnic cleansing is artificial selection.
Economic regulations are artificial selection.
Democracy is artificial selection.

When you breed dogs for purity, you end up with some of the wierdest things. Narcalepsy, weak immune systems, psychological disorders. Things break down.

When you cleanse races, you narrow the genepool, and allow what might have actually been a superior race to die out.

When you regulate the market, you limit the conditions of production, and thus limit production, reducing the capacity for people to solve problems. You get problems.

When you use democracy, you limit the potential for more natural selections to appear and be tested in the playpen of real experimentation, possibly eliminating something superior from coming about.

Allowing everything to happen and letting nature sort things out is the most effective way of determining what works and ensuring that it keeps working in changing conditions.

Human knowledge is imperfect, so artificial selections are not always correct. Natural selection will sort this out. Incorrect artificial selections are incompatible with natural selection and will naturally fail.

Incorrect artificial selections which cannot coexist with correct selections not only fail, but make the process of natural selection impossible, and will force something larger to change when nature adapts.

For example, natural selection dictates that the equilibrium price of bread (intersection of supply and demand) is $1 per loaf.

An artificial selection might set the price of bread at $0.90 per loaf. Another might set the price at $1 per loaf. Another might set the price at $1.10 per loaf. These are compatible. One artificial selection does not prevent other artificial selections from being tested. Whichever artificial selection is correct will be rewarded. The 90 cent loaf will lose revenue and sell out before demand is met, the $1.10 loaf will undersell, while the $1 loaf will sell well and offer profits. The profits are maximized at $1.

Another artificial selection might be that bread producers are more important than everyone else, therefore nobody shall sell bread at less than $2 per loaf. This is incompatible with other options. The correct artificial selection is impossible to test in the real world. So something bigger will change. People will buy less bread. People will make less bread.

Reality WILL assert itself, whether you like it or not. And if you don't let it change when it "wants" to, it's going to change some other way, and probably going to do so in a way that brings worse consequences than you sought to prevent.

It makes sense to allow all potential selections to be tested as natural selections. To do this requires tolerance of other potential selections. No potential selection is inherently superior to any other potential selection until it has been tested against natural selection and chosen. Whites are not inherently the superior race. Equality is not inherently superior to class division. If you believe they are, then the only way to know for sure is to let natural selection pass judgement, not to attempt to prevent all others from being tested, as should you be wrong, you will force something bigger to change, and the bigger the change, the smaller the pool of natural selections which will survive that change.

Some things must be allowed to succeed.
Some things must be allowed to fail.

To disallow these things will simply make matters worse later on.


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