An ecosystem is a system of living things that eat each other: links to ecological, cultural, anthropological, and parental diversity


Here comes the diversity train. You gonna get enriched.

Start by noting that ecological diversity generally prevents dieoffs. If you have a wheat monoculture or a banana monoculture, one little ecological disruption can cause a massive extinction. Disease can ravage a monoculture; an invading predator species can quickly destroy a monoculture.

However, a diverse ecosystem is not a happy community. The rabbit does not say, “Gosh, I am glad that there are diverse assortment of coyotes, mountain lions, and bears, all of whom are equally willing to eat me.” The bear does not have a friendly chat with the bees. The goat and the snake do not sign progressive manifestoes together. An ecosystem is a system of living things that eat each other.

The manosphere is all about diversity this evening.

Isegoria quotes Scott on the nature of an artificial beehive – i.e. a micro-ecosystem of limited diversity, further constrained by the machinations of an exploitative species:

In premodern times the gathering of honey was a difficult affair. Even if bees were housed in straw hives, harvesting the honey usually meant driving off the bees and often destroying the colony. The arrangement of brood chambers and honey cells followed complex patterns that varied from hive to hive — patterns that did not allow for neat extractions. The modern beehive, in contrast, is designed to solve the beekeeper’s problem. With a device called a “queen excluder,” it separates the brood chambers below from the honey supplies above, preventing the queen from laying eggs above a certain level. Furthermore, the wax cells are arranged neatly in vertical frames, nine or ten to a box, which enable the easy extraction of honey, wax, and propolis. Extraction is made possible by observing “bee space — the precise distance between the frames that the bees will leave open as passages rather than bridging the frames by building intervening honeycomb. From the beekeeper’s point of view, the modern hive is an orderly, “legible” hive allowing the beekeeper to inspect the condition of the colony and the queen, judge its honey production (by weight), enlarge or contract the size of the hive by standard units, move it to a new location, and, above all, extract just enough honey (in temperate climates) to ensure that the colony will overwinter successfully.

I do not wish to push the analogy further than it will go, but much of early modern European statecraft seemed similarly devoted to rationalizing and standardizing what was a social hieroglyph into a legible and administratively more convenient format. The social simplifications thus introduced not only permitted a more finely tuned system of taxation and conscription but also greatly enhanced state capacity. They made possible quite discriminating interventions of every kind, such as public-health measures, political surveillance, and relief for the poor.

Legionnaire is channelling Steve Sailer with the slogan “Diversity plus Proximity Equals Conflict.”

This is true anthropologically. The Hutus and the Tutsis and various whites can all coexist on one piece of African land, and their anthropological diversity tends to result in physically violent conflict.

Of course, some human conflicts are not explicitly violent; some of them use technologically-advanced, civilized means, such as real estate buying (for migration) and lawsuits (for proxy violence).

Therapists have recommended that Cramblett, Zinkon and Payton move to a more a racially diverse community with good schools, the lawsuit said.

Moving house is remarkably expensive in most cities. I have to wonder how these people get the huge amounts of money they must need to spend on their lifestyles.

And John Glanton notes the problems of diversity with technologically-advanced, but anti-civilized means, such as Internet communication:

One obstacle to mass organization online is that even we noble Crusaders on the right have our schisms. We have our infighting. I don’t think we’re the sack of rats that the left is, a coalition of incompatible interests groups, prone to clamor and cannibalism and Tumblresque fractalization into tinier and tinier identity groups. But some of our disagreements are substantive. Occasionally contentious. No denying that.

Another, and far more daunting, obstacle to mass organization online, though, falls under the general heading of atomization.

The manosphere/Dark Enlightenment is a salon, not an army.

Jason Collins quotes Stephen Pinker concerning political diversity:

But I am convinced that Stephen Pinker is wrong when he claims that women civilized Western America. That is wrong. Women increased tyrannical government, but they did not civilize. From Carrie Nation to Lynndie England, American women have often demanded more government-authorized violence, but the resulting Americanism has not been civilized.

However, to give Western women credit where credit is due, the famous female Nobel Prize winner Mairead Maguire has identified the nature of American war:

…the USA/UK, NATO, have committed genocide against the Iraq people between 1990/2012 killing 3.3 million including 750,000 Iraqi children through sanctions and war, not including subsequent wars by USA/NATO, against Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan, and their attempted and well funded efforts through a proxy war to destroy Syria…

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