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America’s media mobsters went scurrying back to their Goebbels textbooks this week, after Politico published a piece by Jason Richwine, “Why can’t we talk about IQ?”
Here is the most important statement in Dr. Richwine’s column: “At stake here, incidentally, is not just knowledge for the sake of knowledge, but also how science informs public policy. … Angry and repeated condemnations of the science will not help.”
The good doctor went on to relate some of his findings pertinent to the immigration debate: “Because a large number of recent immigrants are from Latin America, I reviewed the literature showing that Hispanic IQ scores fall between white and black scores in the United States. This fact isn’t controversial among experts, but citing it seems to have fueled much of the media backlash.”
In other words, the public policy question might be framed something like this: “Is legalizing large numbers of illegal immigrants of predominately Hispanic descent already living here a good idea for America and its citizens?”
It seems like a reasonable question. After all, isn’t the purpose of immigration to benefit America?
The Goebbels textbooks were duly prayed over, blessed by the ministry of truth, opened and finally consulted. The best and brightest in our media then decided that their response should be published in Psychology Today. They selected an economist to lead the charge. If it floats your boat, well, he did a good job. Oh, and “experts agree” was interspersed liberally. No mention of who said experts might be, or what discipline they call home. But they agree. So we are told. Trust us.
Dr. Richwine got one thing wrong in his piece. He wrote: “Angry and repeated condemnations of the science will not help.” On the contrary, “angry and repeated condemnations of the science” is the entire strategy put forth by the media mobsters. It helps them and the corrupt politicians whose dirty water the media carry quite a lot. Each time this tactic works, they avoid entirely a national discussion on an important issue they are certain to lose.
The left, you see, dare not confront the facts. Such a confrontation leads to certain destruction of their arguments and “public policy initiatives.” But there is a price to be paid by any nation that gives such people safe quarter. And America is a nation that can ill-afford the price, yet continues to pay it by dodging the difficult discussions and decisions. And that action – of taking no action – is in itself an action.
Here is a little glimpse into the mind of Richard Feynman, whom many on the left idolize:
“In 1974, Feynman delivered the Caltech commencement address on the topic of cargo cult science, which has the semblance of science, but is only pseudoscience due to a lack of ‘a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of utter honesty’ on the part of the scientist. He instructed the graduating class that ‘The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. So you have to be very careful about that. After you’ve not fooled yourself, it’s easy not to fool other scientists. You just have to be honest in a conventional way after that.'”