Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Other Left
You may remember that 4 years ago I put up a simple bell curve chart of IQ distribution. Little did I know how right I was -- that this simple chart would become such a touchstone for my thoughts about America.
This chart still sits on my desktop. I've used it time after time as a graphic reminder of the issue at hand: There are good, worthy human beings unlucky enough to be born on the left side of that chart. Half of America is on the left side of that chart. Where do they fit into America's society?
I'm not interested in splitting mathematical or scientific hairs with anyone about the subject of IQ. What I'm interested in is public policy -- how does this issue affect the real world we live in? Wikipedia has an appropriate section under the IQ entry entitled "Real-life accomplishments". A quick view of it shows exactly what you would expect -- a person with an IQ above 100 continues to college. A person below 100 doesn't. And -- as you hear over and over again in the media -- tomorrow's jobs require a college education. So what does the left side of America do? Not the political left -- The Other Left -- the half of America on the left side of the IQ chart.
As I've said before, you can view this in an altruistic way but even if you don't have an ounce of empathy, you still have a problem. Without meaningful jobs for The Other Left -- jobs that pay enough so that they can support themselves -- you (those on the right side of the IQ chart) will wind up supporting them. Unless you think the United States of America will tolerate widespread starvation. I don't believe it will. Not and remain the America we all know and love. That is always an option you know -- the collapse of civilization.
Speaking of which, this one little blurb in the Wikipedia entry on IQ grabbed my attention.
"The US military has minimum enlistment standards at about the IQ 85 level. There have been two experiments with lowering this to 80 but in both cases these men could not master soldiering well enough to justify their costs."
How's that for a cold calculation? I bet the Lord's Resistance Army nor the Taliban make such calculations. As I said, civilization is optional.
So, let me leave you with just one thought to chew on. Do you think "market forces" will take care of this problem? Do you think "the invisible hand" will shove us all in the right direction -- before a revolution? Do you think America Inc. will address the situation or do you think it will just keep hoarding wealth within the hands of the 1% (who just happen to be on the far right of said IQ chart) ?
Or do you think government will have to step in and do that thing that governments do -- maintain order and organize society into a civilization?
Do you think our government is up to that task? You know, the government that is currently in gridlock and jumped off the fiscal cliff of the sequester? Do you think that government is up to the task? I hope it crosses your mind that the 1% -- The Other Right -- controls the media that tells The Other Left that government is the problem -- not the solution.
Sleep tight America.
April 16, 2013