Affirmative Action and the American Mind: If Any, by Fred Reed

Pretend that knowing the cultural aspects of various medical regimes is the same thing as knowing medicine, and a lot of people will needlessly die. From Fred Reed at theburningplatform.com:

“Affirmative action” means hiring people because they can’t do the job well. Near-synonyms are “diversity,” meaning groups that cannot do the job well, and  “inclusiveness,” which means seeking people who you know cannot do the job well.  These underpin American society, and have ruined education. For some time the sciences seemed less susceptible to the prevailing enstupidation because mathematics would present an impenetrable barrier to the the insufficiently bright. This, astonishingly, is changing. The sciences are being dumbed down to–are you surprised?–spare the feelings of included affirmative diversity.

Which somewhat curiously brings us to international politics and an aspect of scientific schooling that does not appear in the mainstream press: Psychometrists, people who endeavor to measure intelligence, universally agree that the Chinese are more intelligent than Eurowhites. So are the Koreans and Japanese. Since for the most part psychometrists are themselves white, their conclusions presumably do not spring from racial chauvinism. The Chinese advantage is measured at around five IQ points. This is not great but makes a considerable difference at the high end of the distribution.

As a matter of observable–if, to many, unwelcome–fact, virtually all of the work in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)  in America is done by whites. Blacks contribute nothing and Hispanics, to date anyway, very little. For reasons of politics we must pretend not to notice. When a piano is falling toward one’s head, one may pretend that it is not, but not for long. The arrival of the piano will ensure this.

America’s prosperity and place in the world very much depend on invention and excellence in the STEM fields. Boeing sells airliners, and provides jobs to Americans, only because its airliners are technically equal to those of AirBus. A lowering of technical capacity will have unfortunate consequences for the country.

America’s whites number at about 200 million, the Han Chinese of China about a billion–five times as many.

To continue reading: Affirmative Action and the American Mind: If Any

One response to “Affirmative Action and the American Mind: If Any, by Fred Reed

  1. What will come to be termed America’s (and western civilization’s) “flight from reason,” will be understood to be characterized by many logical contradictions and absurdities. One of them will be the policies coming under headings such as “affirmative action” or “equal opportunity.” Such contradictions/absurdities as these amount to the attempt to end the EVIL of discrimination through the practice of the VIRTUE of discrimination.

    To quote one of the most insightful of writers/philosophers: “Brother you asked for it!”

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