… For even a mild bout of pondering the emergence of intelligence is going to conclude that it is genetically based. And if it is then some people are going to end up with a healthier dollop of it than others. And it will obviously also be inheritable.
However, this isn’t politically acceptable to a certain section of the commentariat. I’ve seen, for example, in Danny Dorling’s writings a flat out statement that all babies are equal and that any differences are entirely due to nurture and environment. Anyone could, in his phrase, grow up to be a Professor of Social Geography at Sheffield.
A statement so barking [mad] as to make one conclude that anyone has. For we can clearly see that genes exist for unintelligence: how else are we to explain Down’s Syndrome? … [emphasis added]
You have to read the whole passage to get the context of what I emphasized.
In the Stone Age, there was lots of localism. And no unemployment, since everyone had to work all the time just to find a way to eat. And no pension problems, because no one lived past 35. A golden age, I tell you!
Every semester I have to tell principles of macro students that unemployment is a relatively new thing in human history. They do get the point rather easily, but I’m not sure how sticky it is.
Capitalism is an art form, an Apollonian fabrication to rival nature. It is hypocritical for feminists and intellectuals to enjoy the pleasures and conveniences of capitalism while sneering at it.... Everyone born into capitalism has incurred a debt to it. Give Caesar his due.
FWIW: I live in Utah. It’s a small market. Unless you look very hard, every piece of hardware you buy is designed to satisfy California standards. For example, someone has already reached in our shower and regulated our water flow.
Experiences on controversies such as these brings out the impossibility of learning anything from facts till they are examined and interpreted by reason; and teaches that the most reckless and treacherous of all theorists is he who professes to let facts and figures speak for themselves, who keeps in the background the part he has played, perhaps unconsciously, in selecting and grouping them, and in suggesting the argument post hoc ergo propter hoc. [italics are original, bold is my emphasis]
A similar idea was given to me almost 25 years ago by faculty members at The University of Alabama (Don Hooks I believe, but I’m not quite sure). He said you shouldn’t just give them facts, but also the ruler to measure them with. He was referring to the promotion and tenure process.
Was there at one point more of a mesh between the black leadership and blacks in general?
Well, there’s no particular reason to think that the leadership of any ethnic group is going to be in sync with the actual desires of that group. … The initial leaders of such insurgencies go in with very little to gain and a lot to lose. But once the insurgency succeeds, the people who were concerned about the problem tend to begin to lose interest, whereas for the people who are opportunists, now is the time to move in. You attract an entirely different type of person, and there’s a change of leadership. When people complain about the decline in the quality of the civil rights leadership these days, I say, you know, if there were still 150 black people lynched every year, you’d have a higher quality leadership in the civil rights movement. [italic emphasis added]
Obviously, lynching is not something to be wished for. But it does make clear the quality of play is related to the stakes.
Some people seem to think that, if life is not fair, then the answer is to turn more of the nation's resources over to politicians -- who will, of course, then spend these resources in ways that increase the politicians' chances of getting reelected.
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