The Korean Anomaly

In the hate-think community, it is generally accepted that East Asians are near the top of the IQ pyramid. James Watson, the man who discovered DNA and is largely responsible for modern genetics said it best:

“Among white Americans, the average IQ, as of a decade or so ago, was 103. Among Asian-Americans, it was 106. Among Jewish Americans, it was 113. Among Latino Americans, it was 89. Among African-Americans, it was 85. Around the world, studies find the same general pattern: whites 100, East Asians 106, sub-Sarahan Africans 70. One IQ table shows 113 in Hong Kong, 110 in Japan, and 100 in Britain. White populations in Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States score closer to one another than to the worldwide black average. It’s been that way for at least a century.”

I’ll just note that Watson was forced into exile after saying this, but no one has yet to show he was wrong. Even outside the hate community, people generally accept this reality. American colleges are not discriminating against Asians and Jews because they have nothing better to do. Colleges are discriminating against males in the STEM fields for the same reason. At American universities, Harrison Bergeron is a how-to manual.

If you are going to make some sort of case against IQ, a good place to start would be Korea. South Korea is generally thought of as a first world country. They have a per capita GDP similar to Italy and France. They also have a Gini Coefficient similar to Canada. They are part of the great global trade network of the West, sending sophisticated electronics and manufactured goods all over the world.

This sounds good, but it is a recent development. Into the 1980’s, South Korea was similar to a banana republic with military coups and martial law. In the 1970’s, South Korea was poor by the standards of a third world country. Things took off in the 80’s when the new global currency arrangement made South Korea a good investment. For a smart people, it took a long time and lots of help from the round-eye to figure out how to run a country.

Then we have North Korea. It has been a repressive prison state for three generations and there are no signs that it is about to change. The new leader, Kim Jung-un, is sort of a millennial version of the insane despot. He has the love of irony we see with millennials, so he goes in for novel ways of killing his enemies. Executing people with RPG’s is the sort of the thing a video game playing millennial d-bag would find amusing.

The result of three generations of lunacy is a country that is essentially a giant concentration camp. Nighttime satellite images reveal just how backward the place is, relative to the rest of Asia. Even African countries can keep the lights on these days. Of course, North Korea is famous for not being able to feed itself. The last famine was in the 90’s and killed 300,000. Malnutrition has reduced North Korea to a nation of racist dwarfs.

The news out of the hermit kingdom is that another famine is on the way. The spate of purges, and the general incompetence of Kim Jung-un, suggest this one could be horrific. When authoritarian regimes purge enemies of the state, they inevitably purge their best talent. The people left are toadies and rump-swabs with no ability to do much of anything, other than grovel to the boss. In this case, the boss is most likely an idiot.

Both Koreas are a good examples of how IQ is just one part of the puzzle. Ted Kaczynski had a genius level IQ, but he also liked sending letter bombs to people. Ted Bundy was another guy with a high IQ, but he also liked killing young women. At the less violent end of the scale, lots of brilliant people live otherwise anonymous lives because they lack the social skills to succeed in business. Most actors are as dumb as goldfish, but they score high on extraversion.

The two Koreas also serve a good example of how small cultural changes, even those forced upon a people, can have huge changes in outcome. The South was a part of the American Empire and as a result could evolve into a first world country. The North has remained isolated, boiling off the talent it would need to advance beyond its medieval conditions. The result is a dystopian prison state in the north and a sprawling technology state in the south.

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Whitey
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Whitey

Asians are discriminated in college admission but not jews, if anything the Tribe is overrepsented in the Ivy League.

Its true that intelligence isn’t everything, Philip Zimbardo study showed that intelligent people are less emotional with exception of jews who are highly emotional, explain why jews are highly involved in politics and any type of ideological movement.

Jeffrey S.
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“I’ll just note that Watson was forced into exile after saying this, but no one has yet to show he was wrong.”

Actually, what got Watson into trouble were statements slightly more colorful — not that they were wrong or firing offenses, but they were…more opinionated.

Drake
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Drake

Before Korea was arbitrarily severed in half at the end of WWII, the northern half was were most of the industry was based and the southern half was the country’s breadbasket. Not surprising it took a while to transform South Korea into a first-world industrial power.

JohnTyler
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JohnTyler

Those who support normalization of relations with Cuba cite the fact that 55 years of no relations with Cuba have not produced any positive results in changing the ways Castro runs his gulag. Therefore, they say, it’s time normalize relations because it will “help” the Cuban people and encourage the Castro thugs to embrace democracy. By this line of (un)reasoning, the USA should immediately open up diplomatic and trade relations with N.Korea. Let’s send back to N.Korea Madame Secretary, Madeleine Halfbright and have her toss back a few beverages with Kim Jr. After all, 66 years of isolating N.Korea has… Read more »

Roy
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Roy

“…FDR recognized (Uncle ) Joe Stalin’s Bolshevik Russia in 1932.”

That was a pretty neat trick considering that FDR didn’t become president until 1933.

JohnTyler
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JohnTyler

thanks for the correction; FDR recognized Stalin’s USSR in November 1933.

Severian
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I love North Korea! It’s the ultimate refutation of the “real communism has never been tried!” argument that everyone in the faculty lounge still subscribes to. Three or four generations have grown up in complete isolation, with commie indoctrination 24/7/365. As Theodore Dalrymple says, everything that isn’t compulsory is forbidden. If it were possible to fashion Homo Sovieticus, the Norks would’ve done it by now. Human behavior can be drastically deformed, but human **nature** never changes.

james wilson
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james wilson

I know a old Cuban who has visited Cuba once a year for thirty years to visit what is left of his family. So many observations and stories. All the unique peculiarities that shape people into a shared identity have been left to rot in Cuba. Cuba no longer exists. People were not changed, they were left hollow. Two-three generations. There is no going back because there is nothing to go back to.

Severian
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Dalrymple also said that a Romanian dissident estimated it would take 2-3 **generations** to repair the psychic damage done by communism. The fear, the paranoia, zero social trust…. all of that, all the time. If there’s any justice, every Western academic who lied about or made excuses for communism will be roasting in hell alongside Mao, Ceaucescu, Stalin, etc.

Buckaroo Banzai
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Buckaroo Banzai

Pinochet threw a few thousand communist intellectuals out of helicopters. You can certainly argue about whether it was a morally correct solution, but it sure worked for Chile.

JohnTyler
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JohnTyler

Pinochet ABSOLUTELY did the right thing. He literally saved Chile and the livelihoods of millions of Chilean citizens. Furthermore, if Allende had stayed in power he would have initiated a mass extermination program because that is what communists do; that would have resulted in the murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Just look at Cuba and Venezuela today; that is where Chile would be today. Killing Allende and all his communist sympathizer revolutionary’s was no different than if Hitler and many of his Nazi thugs had been murdered by other Germans in 1933. It would have saved Germany… Read more »

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

Grew up in SF and went to school with the kids of exiles–pretty much by the late 70s the talk of “going back” stopped because there was no “back”. They visited, primarily to bring medicine, clothes and smuggle as much hard currency as possible more out of obligation than any great desire to return home. What seems to get little space in the press is the CDR system of block monitors and informers that make the Stasi look like amateurs. Our neighbors knew that every thing they said or did was reported back–very likely by some of their own family… Read more »

Saml Adams
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Saml Adams

If you could just pry the nukes away from them, would be foursquare behind keeping the place as a museum. And would be interesting to see just how small they eventually get. Conventionally the NKs are likely beatable in short order. Massed artillery, wheel to wheel, looks great for the propaganda photos, but once the first three plane “box” of B-52s from Guam arc lights them, game is over.

Backwoods Engineer
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I’m surprised at you, Z-man; your misspelling of “anomoly” in the title is an anomaly; normally, you’re on the ball.
A good piece, nonetheless. I love this line: “At American universities, Harrison Bergeron is a how-to manual.”

Kell
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Kell

A little off subject, I know but do you think the world would really mind if one of our “errant” cruise missiles “accidentally” took that fat fuck Un, out? Wouldn’t the world be a much better place?

John
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If that happened during the current administration it would definitely be an ‘errant missile’.

Where’s Remo Williams and Chun when you need them?

Dan Kurt
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re: “whites 100, East Asians 106.” IQ mean The rub is not the mean IQ of whites and East Asians (China, Japanese, Koreans specifically.) It is the SD of the mean. The SD is not the same for whites and East Asians and it is not the same between white females and white males. White males have a SD of 16 and white females at most 11 or 12. East Asians have a SD of 10 or 11. (Blacks and American Indians also have a SD of around 10. The white male SD of 16 explains why the number of… Read more »