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From the evolutionary perspective, individuals have a vital interest in the reproduction of their distinctive genes, yet genetic interests are overlooked by social and political theory. Genetic interests decrease in concentration from the family, to the ethnic group, and finally to the species as a whole. On Genetic Interests canvasses strategies and ethics for defending these genetic interests in a sustainable and universalizable manner, including thoughts on immigration, ecological carrying capacity, nationalism, secession, multiculturalism, humanism, regionalism, globalism, and elites. The value and hazards of altruism complicate all of these issues. Special interest groups are considered, such as those who are intermarried, of mixed descent, adopting, homosexual, or career women.
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The Author: Frank Salter is an Australian political scientist who applies biological methods and theory to the study of political and other social phenomena. In his first monograph he analysed hierarchy. Subsequent publications have dealt with mate choice, indoctrination and most recently ethnicity. From 1991 he has been a researcher with the Max Planck Society, Andechs, Germany.Review:
«‘On Genetic Interests’ is a fresh and deep contribution to the sociobiology of humans.» (Edward O. Wilson)
«‘On Genetic Interests’ greatly expands the scope of Hamiltonian ‘kin selection’ by making ethnies in control of territory the central arena of ‘selfish genery’ in a modern world of mass migration.» (Pierre van den Berghe)
«Frank Salter argues in his new book that all humans have a vital interest in genetic continuity – the ethnic component of which he quantifies for the first time – that is threatened by mass migration. Salter advocates non-aggressive ‘universal nationalism’ as part of a balanced ‘fitness portfolio’ that includes investments in three levels of genetic interests – family, ethny, and the species as a whole. The synthesis is persuasive; the policy formulations provocative.» (Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt)
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