Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different races are biologically different from one another.One of those putatively few ideas that has been more toxic and harmful is the idea that there are no meaningful biological differences between different members of the human race. As Steve Sailer pointed out 15 years ago, Stalin and Mao killed tens of millions more people in the name of equality than Hitler did in the name of inequality.
While fatal consequences understandably garner the most attention, the toxicity and harmfulness of the ideology of equalism (or, as the silver fox calls it, equalist filth), which has enjoyed one-party rule for the better half of the last century, penetrates much more widely and deeply that mortality statistics alone are capable of capturing. Consider:
- The incalculable anguish felt by parents everywhere for the relative failures of some of their children in comparison to the relative successes of their other children. If it's not in the genes, it must be because we favored Hayden over Liam, or because we gave Sydney more opportunities than we gave Emma. Did we get tired or did we just get lazy?
The biological reality is that people, even full siblings, are genetically different from one another. As a parent, your most important duties are to make sure your children have the basic necessities of life (ie, food, shelter, a lack of excessive stressors, etc) provided for them, are exposed to positive peer groups, and, most importantly, to mate with best person you're able to mate with. The rest is pretty much beyond your control.
Thanks in large part to equalism, that's not the commonly held view, and it's certainly not the socially appropriate one to operate under. Early interventions, helicopter parenting, tiger mommying, all manner of behavioral modifications, No Child Left Behind--the toxic consequences of equalism are seemingly endless.
- The successful sexual escapades of some and the sexual frustrations of many others. There is so much more to romantic fulfillment than keeping a vigilant eye out for Mr. Right: High social status and low social status, physical frame and physical attractiveness, audacity and submissiveness, masculinity and femininity, wealth and parsimony, maturation and just barely post-pre-pubescence, firmness and softness, confidence and insecurity, toughness and tenderness, on and on and on. The formers are generally desirable in men and undesirable in women; vice-ver-sa for the latters. A person's sexual value is determined by all these characteristics and more, and, to varying degrees, they are all in turn determined by biology, both at the level of the individual and by sex. Chalking up every frustration and failure to him "not being the right one for you" isn't just harmless saccharine stuff; it's a recipe for forever forlorn fapping.
- Health and well-being are all about lifestyle choices. Setting aside the fact that the conventional wisdom is bad news for just about everybody, the entire exercise and nutrition industries exist atop very shaky foundations. As Jayman so concisely summarizes: It's "the bullshit machine in action".
- The 10,000 hour rule and its derivatives. Malcolm Gladwell has gotten rich off this notion, but the idea that a person is capable of doing anything he sets his mind to leaves a lot of people shooting for the stars when all they're flying a single-engine airplane. Instead of flying off happily into the sunset, they stall out before inevitably crashing and burning. Due to underlying biological realities, it actually doesn't take long to figure out whether or not you have a knack for something. If you don't get it on the first few tries, it's time to move on to something else. Don't waste time trying to be something that you're not.
- Educational romanticism. No, college is not for everyone. Optimistically, it might be beneficial for one-tenth of the US population. It's certainly not for half of the population, most of whom come out of their college experiences with loads of accumulated debt that can't be discharged, some of the most productive years of their lives squandered, unrealistically inflated expectations for their own futures, and no real world work experience to prepare them for life in the, well, real world.
- Messianic democracy and the attendant idea that people all over the world aspire to live in societies that Jonathan Haidt cleverly describes using the acronym WEIRD. Morality--largely an outgrowth of an underlying and biologically-based personality--varies widely across people and by extension across human populations. Inbreeding and outbreeding matter. They matter a lot. They matter a lot more, in fact, than access to "free and fair" elections do. Indeed, said free and fair elections, or the lack thereof, are determined by these underlying and biologically-based differences.
- Structural -isms. Saving the best for last, the ubiquitous working assumption that disparate impact indicates irrational discrimination is destructive beyond calculation. Biology explains why men dominate the upper echelons of technology, math, and the sciences. It explains disparities in incarceration rates, poverty rates, infant mortality rates, high school and college graduation rates, IQ differences, athleticism, income, affluence, etc. It explains all of these things much better than do any of the faux causes that equalism attributes them to, and acknowledging as much is the first step in ridding ourselves of all the nostrums equalism offers and the institutions, like the EEOC, that it builds up and maintains to enforce them.