This is weirdly fascinating. The proposition that individuals can differ by innate mental ability and that races can differ by the average of such abilities:
1) conflicts with no major Western religious tradition;
2) conflicts with no major Western philosophical tradition;
3) is consistent with everyday experience;
4) is probably believed by the majority of ordinary people of all races;
5) is consistent with the weight of evidence from the most exhaustive and sophisticated empirical studies;
6) is consistent with, indeed is an almost inevitable implication of, the most basic version of evolutionary theory, which theory all educated people are supposed to accept.
And yet the operative assumption of government policy and the protocols of almost all public journals are that this proposition cannot be true.
Here is another, perhaps related paradox. The overwhelming majority of black people I see who work in the private sector, whether in prestigious or decidedly un-prestigious occupations, are efficient and friendly and seem reasonably happy. Disgruntled and dissatisfied blacks are common, on the other hand, in 1) government, 2) education and 3) on street corners, begging.
In other words, we have actually constructed a society in which it is possible for almost everyone who practices a modicum of self-discipline, whatever their innate mental gifts, to earn a reasonably decent living doing not terribly onerous work.
So the question becomes, when will American government, media and educators stop hitting America over the head with a hammer about a problem that is not really a problem anymore?
March 30, 2010
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