So, I am regularly told that “IQ is not this huge factor!” and that “education makes more of a difference in people’s lives” as this big thing that is supposed to make hereditarian beliefs about intelligence go out the window. Along with that we also get the “If group x had better education, their IQ would rise.” Stuff like this, commonly believed, yet unproved nonsense, is why I’m here.
Perhaps one of the most lied about eras of American history (though there are many) is the Gilded Age. The title for this era was given because on the outside it looks golden but on the inside it is said to be corrupt and horrible. But, I take the position it was all golden. The Gilded Age launched America as a global power and made us incredibly important worldwide. We now more wealth and resources and quickly made our way to the top of the chain globally. Besides this, wages grew for everyone, and while you can reference the trope that “the rich got richer and the poor got poorer” this claim has no merit to it. Wealth and capital were given to many and resources were no longer hard to achieve as they had been in the dark ages. As Andrew Carnegie says in his essay “The Gospel of Wealth”, “The poor enjoy what the rich could not before afford. What were the luxuries have become the necessaries of life. The laborer has now more comforts than the landlord had a few generations ago. The farmer has more luxuries than the landlord had, and is more richly clad and better housed. The landlord has books and pictures rarer, and appointments more artistic, than the King could then obtain.” The claims of how terrible it was are made without warrant whatsoever but simply a hatred for those who produced the mass amounts of wealth in the first place. Read Full Article
Possibly one of the most pressing issues right now is how automation might (keyword: might) tear apart the economy. Many studies have arisen showing that automation is going to be take out millions of manufacturing jobs globally. In response, even people on the right such as paleoconservative pundit Tucker Carlson and libertarian political scientist Charles Murray have come out saying we need to either heavily regulate it or find ways for the employed to be secure. The issue has started to bring people together. Read Full Article
It’s International Women’s Day! In honor of this fantastic holiday, it’s only appropriate we discuss the greatness of women and how far we’ve progressed to help them. After all, women, like every other group that isn’t straight, white men, were oppressed for thousands of years, and have only started gaining major rights and privileges over the last couple hundred years. To this day, they face several disadvantages in the world, which we must work desperately to fix. But, for now, take a break, relax, and admire the great things progress has done for women.
Last June, the CDC released a report showing the rise of suicide rates in the United States. The report finds in over half of the states, suicide rates rose by over 30% between 1999 and 2017. The national suicide rate rose in accordance to that, going from 10.5 to 14 per 100,000. Modern suicide rates are the highest they have been in decades.
The debate of Hispanic crime has been going on for the past few decades. We tend to hear a plethora of stories relating to Hispanics being the perps in a lot of crimes and we paint a picture of their crime rates in our head. We do the same for black people and we do the reverse for whites and Asians, seeing a lack of crime and saying “These groups probably don’t commit a lot of crime.” But anecdotes aren’t always great – usually only useful for historical presentation and views of the public. Data is what matters but on Hispanic crime the data leaves a lot to answer. Read Full Article