Skip to comments.Mayor Of London Says Economic Inequality Can Be Good, And Some People Are Just Too Dumb To Succeed
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]:
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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Truth hurts. Some people were just meant to ask me which size my fries and drink are going to be.
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!
Right wing?!?!? That's a bloody laugh, but give credit where it's due, here.
Then Democrat and Obama policies are working like a charm!
he forgot and/or lazy....
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.
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....
HAHAHAHA! Best comment of the week! My almost exploded!
Hey, hey, hey. Stupid and lazy has worked out pretty well for the “lyin’ king”.
So, tell story about firing liberals.
Economic inequality works much better than government forced economic equality.
Thats 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.
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.
Cant find any fault with that statement.
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.
“IQ correctly explains all the differences. The left simply can’t accept that fact.”
Anybody who has shopped at Walmart should understand this instinctively.
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.
I love firing libs and I’ll do it again in the 2014 midterms.
Order is Heavens first law; and this confest,
Some are, and must be, greater than the rest,
- Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
Give some details man!
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.