Clearly the meme is sinking in. And all it takes in those circles is for one elite to grasp it sufficiently, because they all attend dinner parties. So when Jack Ma begins talking about r/K and explaining it to a party, everybody stops and listens in rapt attention. In retrospect, it is not surprising it is spreading like this. Understanding r/K is actually a sign of intellect, and a way to social signal, even as it improves your competitive ability.
As this article shows, many leave such discussions at social events and immediately begin implementing it at their companies. And all of them will, when they want rapt attention at the next dinner party, begin relating the idea themselves to social signal their wolf status, show their cutting edge early adoption of an idea that will eventually be known everywhere. It even makes them into the center of attention of their peers so their social status and name recognition will grow as well.
r/K is perfect for such conversational domination, because it is so interlinked intellectually in so many diverse fields, and it comports so readily with so many things people have always known were connected, even if they never saw how. You can talk for hours, as your listeners are regaled again and again with the simple explanations for things they have always known, but never understood.
I will say this isn’t how I saw this working though. Back in my supremely ignorant days, I imagined the leaders of Conservatism Inc in America would want the rapt attention of their readers, so they would serve to them the interesting utility of r/K Theory, both to reward them for their loyal readership or listening, and to make sure their fans knew they gained value for their fanship, and thus would remain loyal to each Conservatism, Inc outlet. Or maybe they would just want to be the most interesting conservative in the public sphere, who shared the idea first, and to whom others would then look for more cutting edge ideas. From there, I saw it spreading like wildfire, and altering American culture to make us more competitive and more aggressive, so America would dominate.
The Elites Know About r/K Theory
For some reason this reminds me of that time my flashlight wasn’t working. I tried taking the batteries out and rubbing them in my hands to warm them up, hoping to get a little extra life out of them and presto, the light comes on bright as day. I looked at the batteries to see if there was anything wrong with them and it turns out I’d accidentally put them in backward, with the plus and minus switched. Funny how things work out different than you expect sometimes.