Concise summary of eugenics by polymath Martin Sewell.
The most important passage:
Herrnstein and Murray found that when they moved the average IQ down statistically by just 3 points, from 100 to 97, all social problems were exacerbated: the number of women chronically dependent on welfare increased by 7%; illegitimacy increased by 8%; men interviewed in jail increased by 12%; and the number of permanent high school dropouts increased by nearly 15%.
The problem is politicians, both the left and the right, are afraid to touch the hot potato that is HBD, instead regurgitating same ol’ environment-based solutions to societal problems. For the left, we need more wasteful social programs in a futile effort to close an achievement and wealth gap, which is really an IQ gap. For the right, they say that with smaller government, stronger family units, and more religion, problems like crime, unemployment, and poverty will be lessened. I’m more receptive to the right’s approach but, even then, these solutions lack originally, and despite decades of trial and error and good intentions, among certain groups, social problems like unemployment, academic underachievement, and crime remain high. It’s time to at least consider biology-based solutions to these problems. For example, make welfare conditional on birth control, with possible serialization for repeat offenders. Encourage abstinence/birth control among high-risk groups.
On Reddit in early August, upon news of gunshots being fired in Ferguson on the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, someone suggested, perhaps jokingly, that Ferguson needs some Planned Parenthoods. Maybe he’s right. That’s an example of an HBD-based solution that could solve the crime problem, and that’s also an example of where the right could bridge the gap with the neo-liberal left by supporting such policy. That’s where I agree with neo liberal Steven Levitt in his assessment that maybe not all life is sacred. But neither the right nor the left want to accept the biological reality that maybe some people are born ‘worse’ than others, predisposed to poverty and incarceration, while others are born ‘wired’ for success, and that policy should reflect this reality. No, let’s just keep repeating the same tired platitudes over and over and hope these problems go away. But, again, the reason why people are afraid to speak out is for fear of the consequences which, in our era of political correctness and public relations, can be quite grave.