According to Lynn, the IQ of Barbados is 78.
However, Barbados is interesting as the only black majority country (90%) with a Human Development Index (measure of health, education, life expectancy, literacy, and income) in the ‘very high’ category.
Bridgetown, the capital, looks developed and neat and is actually quite beautiful:
The intentional homicide rate is not low (11.3 per 100,000 per year). There are African countries with lower murder rates. But its not through the roof like Jamaica (52.1 I believe).
Interesting case. Shows what is possible for Africa? Gabon looks set to be the first black African country to burst into the ‘high’ HDI category in a few years.
Yes, Barbados has done very well for itself, but they are centuries away from African tribal barbarism, and had a very long civilizing process via being a British colony. I commend them on their excellent HDI. I never would have thought that any Black country could ever achieve a decent HDI because Black people just seem so damned selfish.
Keep in mind that these people are substantially de-Africanized. They were a British colony for a very long time, and during this time their culture changed from the usual African utter barbarism to a more refined and civilized Western culture. I assume that the Western civilizing effect of British colonialism is responsible for the high HDI. At any rate, kudos!
Also keep in mind that an IQ of 78 is relatively high. Much of Africa may well have a much lower IQ than that.
Gabon is a complete catastrophe. With a high PCI of $20,000/yr, the vast majority of its people are starving, malnourished, ill-housed, sick and diseased, with no clean water or sanitation. Almost all of the wealth is monopolized by a tiny group of elites who are possibly made up of a single tribe or cultural group.
This is what I figured would happen in Africa. Even if African countries got “rich,” Africans are too stupid and backwards to be able to divide up the wealth fairly.
There is good evidence that a certain IQ is required for democracy and particularly for a sort of economic democracy where the wealth is divided up fairly reasonably. For some reason, stupid, low IQ people just cannot divide up wealth. They believe in everything for me and mine and nothing for anyone else. Most low IQ countries do indeed operate on such a basis.
Black countries have some of the poorest records on Earth for dividing up wealth reasonably. This could be due to a culture where the king and his buddies and pals divided up all the loot and left everyone else with the pickings, or it could be that they are just too stupid to be anything other than utterly selfish.
The human default is to be an utterly selfish, disgusting pig. Everything for me and mine and zero for everyone else. Preliminary evidence is that it takes a certain mean IQ to rise above this default selfish pig mindset and decide in the name of brotherhood or fairness or whatever to not put yourself first and to divide things up fairly well.