A witch-hunt is now on against the AfD politician Björn Höcke. The German press is accusing him of "biological racism" because of remarks he made in a speech in late November at a conference called "Onslaught on Europe". It is being reported that the leader of the party wants him out but there is resistance from other members of the party's governing board. The words at the source of the controversy are these:
In Africa the so-called small r strategy prevails, which aims for as high a growth rate as possible. There the so-called dissemination type dominates. And in Europe generally the large K strategy is followed that tries to make optimal use of the capacities of the living space. Here is where the placeholder type lives. Simply stated, evolution has given Africa and Europe two different reproduction strategies, very easily understandable for any biologist. The difference between the African and European birthrates will be strengthened further by the spirit of decadence that has Europe firmly in its grip. In short, in the 21st century, the life-affirming African dissemination type meets the self-abnegating European placeholder type. This insight calls for a fundamental re-orientation of the asylum and immigration policies of Germany and Europe.A basic explanation of r/K selection theory:
Those organisms described as r-strategists typically live in unstable, unpredictable environments. Here the ability to reproduce rapidly (exponentially) is important. Such organisms have high fecundity (glossary) and relatively little investment in any one progeny individual, they are typically weak and subject to predation and the vicissitudes of their environment. The “strategic intent” is to flood the habitat with progeny so that, regardless of predation or mortality, at least some of the progeny will survive to reproduce. Organisms that are r-selected have short life spans, are generally small, quick to mature and waste a lot of energy.
K-strategists, on the other hand occupy more stable environments. They are larger in size and have longer life expectancies. They are stronger or are better protected and generally are more energy efficient. They produce, during their life spans, fewer progeny, but place a greater investment in each. Their reproductive strategy is to grow slowly, live close to the carrying capacity of their habitat and produce a few progeny each with a high probability of survival.Source
The witch-hunting articles in the German press have almost invariably been accompanied by pictures of Höcke with his arm extended in some way, obviously intimating at a crazed Hitlerian salute.