I've been reading the latest installment in writing from the author of The Armchair Economist, in this book he writes more about maths, economics and physics, the three things he describes as his passion but ranges across a lot of other topics he thinks these things illuminate such as God, religion and beliefs.
He is a big fan of Dennett, Dawkins and the other so called "new" athiests, he mentions the book by Dawkins The God Delusion, which he thinks has some mistaken content re: Intelligent Design (he thinks that complexity may be an indication that there is no designer rather than definite indication of design, he uses some interesting points derived from both maths and physics, although some of the quantum mechanics and physics theories, such as multiverse or strings theories are as incredible to me as anything I've found in religion).
Anyway, he summarises Dawkins's The Selfish Gene as follows, that individuals sacrificing themselves for their countrymen does not invalidate the premise of genetic selfishness because in sacrificing yourself you are ensuring that genes of a similar type are being transmitted by survivors.
Now perhaps this is a broader point and Dawkins could have been meaning that if you sacrifice yourself for a fellow human being you are perpetuating the species and/but still the means or vehicle for genes.
However, I read it as meaning that national identity or solidarity is possible on the premise of selfish genes but other sorts invalid, perhaps there is a problem in so far as I am not dealing with the material directly but this just sounds to me like national socialism or so called "ethnical socialism".
Given that Dawkins was involved in a further book called "What's your dangerous idea?" in which some of the principle science researchers responsible for discovering DNA posited that ethnicity precludes equality are there some very unsavoury ideas making a come back in elite circles?
So far as political trends go I think a world in which political choice was reduced to neo-liberal capitalism or some sort of national racist political persuasion would be really shit.