Randall Parker, Parapundit, Oct. 8
A RECENT poll in a Turkish newspaper included an eye-catching statistic. A substantial majority of the population63%thought it perfectly acceptable for a man to have more than one wife.
It may not seem as surprising as some of the countrys other distinguishing features: in parts of mainly Muslim Turkey, some people still live in cone-shaped mud huts whose design dates from the dawn of history.
Yet Turkeys penchant for polygamy may well become more of an issue in the debate about where to place the eastern boundary of the western worldand whether to let Turkey become a member of the European Union.
As Steve Sailer recently pointed out even intellectuals in our own elite such as Jonathan Turley are so foolish that they cant see the problems posed by polygamy. Monogamy reduces the amount of rivalry between males because it increases the odds that each male will be able to find a mate. Among males this tends to build support for society as a whole.
Far too many intellectuals seek to ignore the biological factors that influence human behavior. Many intellectuals seem to want to believe that humans can escape their biological nature and that the best way to do so is to deny its relevance. But both consanguineous marriage and polygamy contribute to making societies where there is less trust and less a sense of shared common interests.
We can not safely take for granted that the conditions that have made Western cultures more free and open will always be there no matter what cultural changes take place. Change the ratio of religions and religious beliefs in a society through immigration and differential rates of reproduction or change the laws that govern family formation and the result will be changes in values and cultural practices. If you are living in a Western country care about your countrys culture and do not have a desire to see it commit suicide (as the Wests intellectuals and political leaders seem intent upon doing) you should oppose immigration and legal changes that will dilute and destroy what makes the West distinct.