From an old Gary North article:
Fred Reed has written his most important article in about five years. It’s on IQ and economics. It shows why Mexico has low IQ and a lot of progress.
Mexico is no longer a third world nation. It is second world. It is making great progress, despite the drug wars. Why? Not because of low IQs.
He cites IQ and the Wealth of Nations. The book is overpriced. It also has one glaring anomaly. It ranks Israel’s IQ as substandard: 94. Sorry, guys, but I’m not buying it. Check your methodology. If the response is “Sephardic Jews are low-IQ people who pulled down the average IQ,” I suggest re-thinking the methodology. If the explanation is “too many Arabs,” I’m still not buying it. There is nothing stupid about Arabs.
Ashkenazi Jews have high IQs. They are very successful economically. They weren’t 250 years ago. They were peddlers or small businessmen. These are important skills, but peddlers were not billionaires. A lot of Jews are today. What’s different? Not IQ. Opportunities.
Egypt has a lot of very smart people, but much of the population is illiterate. This failure of Arab culture – not Arab intelligence – will cost them dearly.
America has a lot of very smart people, and – until recently – we had a predictable legal system that limited government power while guarding our lives, liberty, and property. Now, our protection is more by a failing habit and a bureaucratic inability to really fasten the chains than the true rule of law (see our Above-the-Law State Security agencies for example).
But worse than our rotting politics and legal system is the elite-led destruction of the family, with men – first black men, now increasing white men – born and reared in fatherless households, without jobs in their twenties, uninterested in marriage, and without hope in the future.
What is Mexico’s problem? Worldview, especially ethics.
So, the IQists ask reasonably, if Mexicans are not stupid, why is the country backward? Where are the Nobelists in physics, the Intels, the Apollo programs? Why no Bill Gates?There are several becauses. Because the society is profoundly corrupt, with (it sometimes seems) everything and everybody being for sale. Because of a lack of entrepreneurial spirit, a tendency to be content with enough. Because Mexicans tend to live entirely in the present, instead of having one foot in the future as Americans do. Because of a resentful envy of the smart and ambitious (cf. “acting white”) instead of following their example; this is serious. Because envy and distrust of one another make it hard for them to work together. Because of a lack of interest in study. Because so very many of the young marry at sixteen, have a baby, and do nothing thereafter.
Confessions have consequences. Covenants have consequences. Faith has consequences.
A smart man can steal me blind. Give me an honest man every time. Even if he has a lower IQ.
Same with nations.
Actually, I believe that careful study and careful obedience of the Word of God, in and of itself, can raise the IQ of entire civilizations.
If you want to really know God, you have to know his Word. To know His Word, you must read. To really grasp what He is saying, you need to exercise your brain power to grasp increasingly difficult concepts – from being fed with milk to being fed with meat. To apply His Word, you must build your bravery, your integrity, and your faith. Mastery of His Word is needed to successfully communicate it to your children. Actual obedience brings actual rewards, so teaching logic and the law of consequences, and rooting your understanding in a reality governed by predictable law, not random magic.
But the foundation of all this is not initially IQ. It is first rooted in submission and faithful obedience to God. Everything else naturally follows.