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Mayor Of London Says Economic Inequality Can Be Good, And Some People Are Just Too Dumb To Succeed
Business Insider ^ | 11/28/2013 | ADAM TAYLOR

Posted on 11/28/2013 12:00:24 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Economic inequality has become a hot topic recently, with Pope Francis becoming just the latest high profile individual to speak out about the growing trend.

Last night, however, another big name expressed a very different viewpoint — that economic inequality can be good, and some people just aren't clever enough to succeed.

Boris Johnson, the right wing Conservative party's Mayor of London, was talking at the Centre for Policy Studies in London, a neo-liberal free-market think tank. The speech was titled "What Would Maggie do Today?" but the section that caught the most attention today only dealt indirectly with Margaret Thatcher. Instead, it focused on what Johnson saw as the link between IQ and economic success.

Here's the entire passage [emphasis ours]:

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Like it or not, the free market economy is the only show in town. Britain is competing in an increasingly impatient and globalised economy, in which the competition is getting ever stiffer.

No one can ignore the harshness of that competition, or the inequality that it inevitably accentuates; and I am afraid that violent economic centrifuge is operating on human beings who are already very far from equal in raw ability, if not spiritual worth.

Whatever you may think of the value of IQ tests, it is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16 per cent of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2 per cent have an IQ above 130. [According to the Guardian, Johnson then asked whether anyone in the audience had a low IQ. To muted laughter he asked: "Over 16% anyone? Put up your hands."] The harder you shake the pack, the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: inequality; london; mayor

1 posted on 11/28/2013 12:00:24 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

True


2 posted on 11/28/2013 12:04:20 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Truth hurts. Some people were just meant to ask me which size my fries and drink are going to be.


3 posted on 11/28/2013 12:11:27 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: SeekAndFind

Uh-oh! Boris spoke the truth. Now he’s going to be in BIG trouble with the libtards.


4 posted on 11/28/2013 12:23:53 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: 43north
Uh-oh! Boris spoke the truth. Now he’s going to be in BIG trouble with the libtards.

He is...there's already a thread on this at Democratic Underground. After only 2 posts, he's been called a "major-league arse", "very naive", "gross ignorant" and "dangerous".

You know if DUmmies are that upset with you, you're on the right track!

5 posted on 11/28/2013 12:27:39 PM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: SeekAndFind
Boris Johnson, the right wing

Right wing?!?!? That's a bloody laugh, but give credit where it's due, here.

6 posted on 11/28/2013 12:29:13 PM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Then Democrat and Obama policies are working like a charm!

http://confoundedinterest.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/putting-the-gini-back-in-the-bottle-gini-coefficient-keeps-rising-while-real-median-income-falls/


7 posted on 11/28/2013 12:32:51 PM PST by whitedog57 ( Cy)
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To: SeekAndFind

he forgot and/or lazy....


8 posted on 11/28/2013 12:34:05 PM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL, hang him now!

Good luck mayor. Who said you could tell the truth and get away with it?

I’m sure teachers will repair the damage to the poor children’s sense of well being on Monday.


9 posted on 11/28/2013 12:36:19 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
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i have no problems with what the Holy Father said about inequality...most of that so-called economic inequality is located in areas that have a tight grip on liberty and freedom of the individual in some form or another....


10 posted on 11/28/2013 12:37:27 PM PST by raygunfan
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To: max americana

HAHAHAHA! Best comment of the week! My almost exploded!


11 posted on 11/28/2013 12:37:55 PM PST by MNDude
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To: Feckless

Hey, hey, hey. Stupid and lazy has worked out pretty well for the “lyin’ king”.


12 posted on 11/28/2013 12:51:34 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: max americana

So, tell story about firing liberals.


13 posted on 11/28/2013 1:11:32 PM PST by MNDude
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To: SeekAndFind

Economic inequality works much better than government forced economic equality.


14 posted on 11/28/2013 1:27:52 PM PST by pallis
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15 posted on 11/28/2013 1:55:42 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: pallis

That’s because the government handicaps the most able. But do what you may, Man O War could outrun most nags with a three hundred pound jockey on top.


16 posted on 11/28/2013 2:06:08 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: SeekAndFind

While this is true, he should have phrased it differently, that other people have different motivations than economic success.

Which includes dumb, but many other things as well.


17 posted on 11/28/2013 3:06:02 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Last Obamacare Promise: "If You Like Your Eternal Soul, You Can Keep It.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Cant find any fault with that statement.


18 posted on 11/28/2013 3:29:23 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: SeekAndFind
File this under...duhhhhhhh. For many years leftist, social scientists spread the myth of the tabula rasa or blank slate theory. Under that theory, nobody is born with any innate intelligence...all intelligence is learned. Anybody can be a brain surgeon or a nuclear physicist. That theory would explain the differences in success among the world's peoples. The wealthy people, by sheer luck or fortune, got to the pile of already-created moolah first and denied it to the poor. (Read Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel" for the leftist version of why some have more than others.)

Except the blank slate theory has been thoroughly debunked for decades. There are innate, hard-wired differences in intelligence. Some people have more than others. That is upsetting to leftists who desperately want to believe the myth of the greedy Europeans who stole all the wealth from the poor and oppressed of the world. IQ correctly explains all the differences. The left simply can't accept that fact.

19 posted on 11/28/2013 4:08:07 PM PST by driftless2
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To: driftless2

“IQ correctly explains all the differences. The left simply can’t accept that fact.”

Anybody who has shopped at Walmart should understand this instinctively.


20 posted on 11/28/2013 4:11:24 PM PST by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: Kip Russell
"DUmmies"

Jared Diamond is one of the most popular leftist social scientists in the world. His book "Guns, Germs, and Steel" rejects the superior IQ theory. He doesn't deny inherited intelligence, but he smugly states that there's no difference in intelligence between the people of Papua New Guinea and Great Britain. He attributes most of the world's disparity to geographic reasons.

He further states that if you swapped the present population of New Guinea with the population of some western European country like the U.K., the inhabitants of their new surroundings would quickly adapt to the same lifestyles as the previous inhabitants. In short, Brits would become hunter-gatherers and New Guineans would be civilized scientists, mathematicians, doctors, etc. The book is laughable, but many people believe it.

21 posted on 11/28/2013 4:15:22 PM PST by driftless2
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To: max americana

22 posted on 11/28/2013 4:22:41 PM PST by Teacher317 (Obama is failing faster than I can lower my expectations.)
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To: MNDude

I love firing libs and I’ll do it again in the 2014 midterms.


23 posted on 11/28/2013 5:22:02 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Teacher317

Order is Heaven’s first law; and this confest,
Some are, and must be, greater than the rest,

- Alexander Pope, Essay on Man


24 posted on 11/28/2013 5:26:49 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: max americana

Give some details man!


25 posted on 11/28/2013 5:32:44 PM PST by MNDude
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To: SeekAndFind
The Confounded Interest is spot-on that the Fed's QE policy is benefiting the rich at the expense of increased income inequality, but the author fails to realize something else. It is entirely possible people are getting stupider over time, or more accurately, people are getting relatively stupider over time.

As an example, about two years ago, I was in line at my local supermarket, and someone in front of me was taking forever to pay for her groceries. And then I realized what she was doing: she was writing a check. I thought "Checks--How last millenium!" But, she was an older lady, and probably was overwhelmed by debit cards and ATMs.

There was a time when all that was needed for a bookkeeping job was a high school diploma. High school math was rigorous enough to train a potential bookkeeper. Then it required an associates degree, and now a bachelors, because general ledgers are electronic and basic arithmetic is done by computers. But it is more than that.

Manufacturing now is highly automated and required intelligent, disciplined workers, which have always been rare, and are still rare.

The low skill jobs which remain are mostly retail and services, but there are opportunities to work oneself up, but you have to have a certain set of basic skills and knowledge to move up.

The other factor is everything is getting more complicated. Compare 15-year old car to a new car. Compare a 15-year old home alarm system to a current home alarm system. Compare today's home building codes to those 15 years ago. Mechanics, electricians, plumbers, even drywall hangers need to be smarter than they were 15 years ago.

If human intelligence has remained constant, then we are all getting dumber.

26 posted on 11/29/2013 11:21:04 AM PST by magellan
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