"This genetic case for communism can leave a reader a little disoriented, I have to say, if only for its novelty. But it is more coherent, it seems to me, than a leftism that assumes that genes are irrelevant to humans and society."
The Logic Of Bell Curve Leftism. Actually, I saw it coming-the "Politics" chap in The Blank Slate ends with a detailed discussion of left-wing innatism, incl. Chomsky, Singer, behavioral economists & a version of DeBoer's argument from a surprising source
"To see intelligence as having some kind of special moral salience is bizarre. Yes, we can admire the astonishing ability of, say, a master chess player, or a gifted coder. But we need not see them as somehow better human beings."
"To see intelligence as having some kind of special moral salience is bizarre. Yes, we can admire the astonishing ability of, say, a master chess player, or a gifted coder. But we need not see them as somehow better human beings."
Pretty interesting by , but something to consider is that while IQ is highly heritable, your environment (like being low SES) pretty much eliminates the heritable effects if you happen to be in a bad one
Great read (as usual) from
"a revolutionary transformation in which there are no social or cultural rewards for higher intelligence...Let the super-smart create the wealth and then tax the hell out of them — to provide Medicare for all, universal pre-K, and UBI or a guaranteed job"
I don’t really agree with what either Freddie is saying here exactly, but what I do think is true is that realistically right-wing economics where everything is about incentives is the most influential form of blank slatism in the world.
"To see intelligence as having some kind of special moral salience, to see it as the ultimate virtue or credential, is bizarre."
The Logic Of Bell Curve Leftism - The Weekly Dish
"What Freddie DeBoer is arguing is that, far from treating genetic inequality as a taboo, the left should actually lean into it to argue for a more radical re-ordering of society."
"You can acknowledge the central role of intelligence in helping some achieve their goals, without valorizing it as the ultimate compliment." with a typically insightful thoughts on intelligence, genetics, and meritocracy..et cetera...
Andrew Sullivan's review of The Cult of Smart by Freddie DeBoer.
Somehow I'd missed that Andrew Sullivan was writing interesting stuff again. But we should resurrect "superior" and "inferior" - we just need to remember that brains and glibness are *inferior* to moral integrity on the human scale...
Andrew Sullivan on Freddie DeBoer's new book, The Cult of Smart.
"You can acknowledge the central role of intelligence in helping some achieve their goals, without valorizing it as the ultimate compliment."
"far from treating genetic inequality as a taboo, the left should actually lean into it to argue for a more radical re-ordering of society. [...] They should accept that inequality is natural, and construct a politics radical enough to counter it."