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Essays on Western Origins and Institutions from an Evolutionary Perspective
Book: Individualism and the Western Liberal Tradition: Evolutionary Orgins, History, and Prospects for the Future (September 13, 2019).
Individualism and the Western Liberal Tradition argues that ethnic influences are important for understanding the West. The prehistoric invasion of the Indo-Europeans had a transformative influence on Western Europe, inaugurating a prolonged period of what is labeled "aristocratic individualism" resulting form variants of Indo-European genetic and cultural influence. However, beginning in the seventeenth century and gradually becoming dominant was a new culture labeled "egalitarian individualism" which was influenced by preexisting egalitarian tendencies of northwest Europeans. Egalitarian individualism ushered in the modern world but may well carry the seeds of its own destruction.
Understanding Western Uniqueness: A Comment on Joseph Henrich's The Weirdest People in the World. Mankind Quarterly, 61, no. 3(2021): 723-766.
Can Western Church Influence Explain Western Individualism? Comment on “The Church, Intensive Kinship, and Global Psychological Variation” by Jonathan F. Schulz et al., Mankind Quarterly 61, no. 2 (2020): 371-391.
Reply to Gerhard Meisenberg’s Review of Individualism and the
Western Liberal Tradition, Mankind Quarterly
60:440-445, with Discussion
Familial Origins of European Individualism, Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies 43, no. 1-2 (2018), 78-108.
Eric Kaufmann's The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America, The Occidental Quarterly 15, no. 4 (Winter, 2015-2016).
American Transcendentalism: An indigenous culture of critique. The Occidental Quarterly 8, 91-106, 2008.
Psychology and White Ethnocentrism. Occidental Quarterly, 6(4), Winter, 2006-07, 7-46.
What Makes Western Culture Unique? Occidental Quarterly, Vol. 2(2), Summer 2002: 9-38.
MacDonald, K. B. (1995). The Establishment and Maintenance of Socially Imposed Monogamy in Western Europe. HTML File. Politics and the Life Sciences, 14, 3-23, 1995.
Commentaries by Laura Betzig, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, James A. Brundage, Ulrich Mueller, Frank Salter, John M. Strate, and David Sloan Wilson; Response by K. MacDonald: Politics and the Life Sciences, 14, 24-46, 1995.
Focusing on the Group: Further Issues Related to Western Monogamy. Politics and the Life Sciences, 14, 38-46, 1995. (This is my reply to the comments mentioned in the previous reference.)
Mechanisms of sexual egalitarianism in Western Europe. Ethology and Sociobiology, 11, 195–238, 1990.
MacDonald, K. B. (1983). Production, social controls and ideology: Toward a sociobiology of the phenotype. Journal of Social and Biological Structures, 6, 297–317.