It’s certain that the following is one of the most important problems society faces… and we’re not even allowed to talk about it.
A simple illustration can show it:
But, that’s just a simple bell curve, you say! Yep. That’s all it is. However, if you consider the curve to represent, say, the IQ of a population — let’s say: the population of all Americans — and the rightmost vertical line to be, say, the optimal IQ level required to succeed economically in America today.
At that point, the picture becomes very, very different, and the problem becomes obvious.
But, first some quick background: Social scientists seem to have arrived at a bit of a consensus: IQ, along with a fairly positive attitude toward work are extremely tightly correlated with economic, and therefore social and political, success.
I guess I should define what I’m talking about when I say “success.” It’s pretty simple: if you’re in the Middle Class in America, your life is pretty good — relative, that is, to just about all the rest of the world. So, IQ, along with a good attitude toward working are very closely tied to achieving and maintaining a Middle Class life in America; to success.
The above graphic is mono-dimensional. The population depicted is “All Americans.” Now, how about the graphic below?
I’ll call that image: A hypothetical distribution showing the IQ of All Americans broken down by [category]. The vertical line on the right is still the the optimal IQ level required to succeed economically in America today, while the vertical on the left is still the average IQ for all Americans.
While the graphs themselves are hypothetical, this essay is not about hypotheticals. It’s about real, serious realities. Let’s call it Society’s IQ Conundrum. The SIQC. You can fill in your own [category].
Examine the graphs a bit, and you can see that, though they’re hypothetical, they represent an obvious, unavoidable truth: Defined populations always align themselves exactly like this — with some groups more left-shifted, and others more right-shifted — in any given country at any given time.
More to the point: the above graph shows a slightly more precise, absolute, unavoidable truth: Any five identified sub-groups of any given population align themselves exactly like this — with some groups more left-shifted, and others more right-shifted — in any given country at any given time.
Furthermore, as a given sub-group’s bell curve is situated further to the left, a smaller and smaller percentage of that population appears either close to, or to the right of, the line representing the optimal IQ for economic success.
You can substitute any other number for five groups, and the graph shows the same thing… and remains just as true. I showed five bell curves for a reason: If the category is race, then social scientists studying IQ distributions tend to focus on five main races in America: (1) Ashkenazi Jews, (2) Asians (broadly defined), (3) Whites, (4) Non-white Hispanics, (5) Blacks.
If you figured out that the racial sub-groups shown from left-to-right on the graphic are (A) Blacks, (B) Non-White Hispanics, (C) Whites, (D) Asians, and (E) Ashkenazi Jews, you get to move to the head of the class.
If you look at the vertical lines, you can see the real, serious dilemma facing us in America today: Since, IQ is such a reliable predictor for economic success in America, then some populations will inevitably succeed and fail at different rates, and we can predict those rates of success by measuring IQ alone.
Now: what do we do with the populations that score lower on the IQ scale, and that therefore succeed at lower rates? Especially since we can’t talk about IQ and race in the same conversation.
Race relations in America are fraught as it is… the above graphs show that they’ll only get worse. If, that is, we continue to forbid Americans to talk about the actual nature of the problem.
We do have sub-groups in America that have lower rates of success in America. By definition, that’s true of all societies at all times. Currently, those American sub-groups demand that we accept (1) their explanation for disparities in success rates, and (2) that we not talk about any other possible explanations.
The less successful American sub-groups’ explanation for lower levels of success is, of course: a diffuse, nationwide, conspiracy to prevent their success because of the color of their skin. However, what’s really at work is that the goal posts for middle class success — the required IQ — are moving rightward for all people, and they always will.
Technology is advancing at a blindingly rapid rate. That technology requires ever greater levels of technical sophistication to develop and maintain… while at the same time it’s rapidly replacing people in lower-skilled jobs.
The political Left constantly places ever more pressure on their underclass supporters to demand ever higher wages, placing ever more pressure on corporations to go without the higher-priced workers, making those now former employees largely unemployable… and, dependent on government services.
Leftists — Democrats, Socialists, the Race Grievance Industry, and all the various other Grievance Industries — know all this. It’s not rocket science. If they know it, and they do it anyway, then there’s only one possible conclusion: The Left believes the solution to the IQ conundrum — the SIQC — resides in a tiny class of ruling élites, along with a growing underclass filled with dependent people.
In other words, the Left doesn’t view Society’s IQ Conundrum as, well, a conundrum. For them, decreasing opportunities for increasing numbers of Americans represents an opportunity for the Left to obtain and retain… power. Permanently.
Once a sufficient critical mass of the population can no longer go from day to day without a growing array of government services, how much demand will there be for a “limited government” political movement?
At that point we’ll have a government big enough to give us everything and, of course, to take everything from us as well. By that point, there will be no need for political parties, or for arguments about this political thing or that, or for anything extraneous like personal freedoms and liberties. At that point, you certainly won’t need silly things like freedom of speech or assembly. You won’t need “religion,” because you’ll have a new, obligatory, “god”: your friendly government.
Or… we can actually decide what to do about the increasing need for a decreasing percentage of skilled Americans. And the decreasing need for an increasing pool of unskilled Americans.
One thing’s certain: We have to be able to speak honestly about IQ and race in America today, or else we have to realize that race relations will only get worse. The Left wants that to happen. We on the Right can’t allow that.