14 June 2010

Slouching Toward Idiocracy

The most reliable way to establish an Idiocracy is to populate your nation with low IQ people. That approach has worked for Haiti and a number of other nations easily identified by the graphic above.
As you can see from the graphic above, low IQ societies will do well to keep the garbage and excrement off the streets. You cannot expect them to be global drivers of invention, commerce, and advanced technology.

A dumbing down of popular culture and intellectual fodder is another path to an Idiocratic future. Even the means by which information is propagated may exert an Idiocratic effect on large numbers of practitioners.

Another tried and true method of establishing an Idiocracy is by dumbing down the schools. This approach takes longer, but if you can force most students to matriculate through the dumbed-down system, your Idiocracy is certain to arrive eventually.

Not that formal education can ever guarantee success. But the time that is spent in school should be time well spent, not time wasted by an incompetent educational system.
For a number of reasons, the population average IQ for the world has been declining -- and is projected to continue to decline for the foreseeable future. This ongoing drop in average IQ combined with cultural and societal trends which restrict a person's use of whatever innate intelligence he may have, will double the detriment on the street level.

You can speed up the IQ decline in your country by opening the door to a massive influx of low IQ immigrants from countries with low average IQ.

Another way that intelligent action can be restricted is through risk-aversion -- the extreme fear of making a mistake. If people are so afraid of making a mistake that they never take a chance, they are unlikely to accomplish much, or to solve many pressing problems. And so the problems keep piling up, until before you know it the average IQ of the first world has slumped to the previous average level of the third world. And then you have arrived at what is likely to be a very long-lasting Idiocracy indeed.

It took tens of thousands of years for humans to evolve into distinct breeding populations, with different traditions, strengths, interests, and capacities. It may take not much over a century for the world's human population to erase whatever gains those tens of thousands of years of evolution may have seen. Certainly far less than the 500 years that humans in the movie took to establish a lasting Idiocracy.

This will not be a smooth transition. From the Muslim reconquista of Europe to the La Raza reconquista of the Southwestern US -- and dozens more "liberation movements" from Central Asia to Africa to China to Southeastern Asia to New Zealand to Canada to Latin America -- it is certain to be a bumpy ride.

If you have a better way of maintaining wealth than gold -- use it. If you know of a better way of protecting your loved ones and your property than public sector union employees -- bring it about. If you are sure of a location better suited for a more secure and prosperous future than you can presently foresee -- start preparing to move there.

The many tumultuous changes that will occur due to the few trends pointed out above will not happen uniformly, but will instead be focused mainly in certain areas. Take that into account when making your plans.

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Blogger okjohn said...

I like your seastead idea, piecreat covered in concret for a base,and start building like crazy. best if you could get a nuclear plant out there but could probly start with some big tankers filled with oil and supplies and park over some place that had an almost island 50 feet deep or so and use the cold ocean water for the base and the land mass to protect it and start building from there. As you keep saying all kinds of power out there just need to figure out how to get it without it being sotlen form you. When I get my first mill or 5 you have an invite.

Monday, 14 June, 2010  
Blogger Sojka's Call said...

This comment by Austrian School luminary, F.A. Hayek, seemed appropriate: "If government relieves us of the responsibility of living by bailing us out, character will atrophy. The welfare state, however good its intentions of creating material equality, can't help but make us dependent. That changes the psychology of society."

As an aside, the graph of IQ's by nation don't seem to reflect other data - for example, the line seems to say that average IQ in the US is 85 at this time. Am I reading it wrong?

Monday, 14 June, 2010  
Blogger J said...

The absolute number of high IQ people is not decreasing, but growing. You need only a few smart people, too high a proportion is trouble. I am an optimist.

Monday, 14 June, 2010  
Blogger al fin said...

Thanks, okjohn.

Sojka: The country lines are only for population and should be read off the right margin numbers. The projection is for the population of the US to approach 500,000,000 by 2100.

The IQ line is the dark blue line crossing from left to right, going downward. That is the average global IQ estimate over the time period from 1950 to 2100.

J: India is a bit of an enigma, with a broadly mixed population. While the average IQ of India is estimated as 85 or so, there are large numbers of very high IQ Indians both inside and outside of India.

China has a high average IQ, and its population policies are in a state of flux. Korea and Japan seem to be shrinking in population.

We need to understand what makes the Ashkenazi, the East Asians, and sub-populations of Indians so intelligent, on average.

The world needs as much wisdom, intelligence, and creativity applied to its emerging problems as possible.

The genius of European groups seems to emerge in terms of initiative, daring, ambition, organisation, creativity, persistence, physical hardiness, combined with a fairly high (but not exceptionally high) IQ.

The above average IQ groups mentioned above, probably did not emerge from the crowd until they developed cities and civilisation.

Monday, 14 June, 2010  
Blogger George said...

I always thought that an IQ number could not be increased through education.

It's something that is in that persons genes.

Case in point, an Africa Grey parrot is as smart as a 3 year old.
That parrot can be taught to be a very smart 3 year old but the 3 year old human could become the next Stephen Hawking.

Monday, 14 June, 2010  
Blogger George said...

On the other paw or hoof I am a very analytical person.

Everything has a place and everything has to be in it's place.

The person I'm training to replace me operates on the shovel method.

I work for an ISP that provides high speed wireless internet out in Mojave desert.

My Protege seems to not think ahead and not be prepared.

His shovel method of packing his work truck means he can't inventory it's contents at a glance.

I can. I know when something is missing.

He's a smart man but he don't know how to think.

I'm getting ready to retire and he is just 28.

When I was 28 I was in the NAVY and fighting to keep myself alive.

So to keep a long story short all I can do is correct him so he can think at my level.

I so worry about our younger generation.

Monday, 14 June, 2010  
Blogger al fin said...

George: You are not the only one to be worried.

As the boomers retire and take their skills with them, it isn't clear that the replacement human capital can completely make up the deficit, much less ramp things up a few notches.

Welfare states + affirmative action + low first world birth rates + lousy child raising + massive third world immigration + a dysfunctional educational and public information system = disaster.

Monday, 14 June, 2010  
Blogger J said...

The "genius of European groups" consists, I think, of loyalty and reliability, that allows to carry out group actions, like a war. Individually, other peoples may be "better" but cannot work together.

Monday, 14 June, 2010  
Blogger gtg723y said...

I think we do so well because we are the most widely educated per capita, which makes us highly efficient. We also educate our selves on our own history to learn from past mistakes and triumphs, and up until recently we did not delude ourselves with the phrase "We will do it right". We learned from the Greeks not to be a Democracy, we learned from the Romans how to destroy a Republic, we learned from the Russians that people are to lazy to be communist. We have also learned the different people are more efficient at different things due to level of interest, and only the individual can make that decision. The problem is we are being invaded by hive minds and we need to force their immigration to match assimilation.

Tuesday, 15 June, 2010  
Blogger okjohn said...

My 10 year old son said it best by accident we were not risk aphobic, we were talking about spiders and seatbealts and he was trying to remember the difference between adverse and a phobia.
I think he hit the nail on the head the usa has gone past the point of being risk adverse and no trys to legislate it into a phobia and cut off all the things that might hurt us no matter how much we might be willing to work,(ie create capital for others) to do the things we like.

Tuesday, 15 June, 2010  
Blogger SwampWoman said...

Heh. And I just blame the widespread use of warning labels.

Tuesday, 15 June, 2010  

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