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Indonesia, Destroyed by the Washington Model


The Washington Model is free market fundamentalism often combined, if necessary, initially with mass murder or genocide against the Left and then with a fascist, far rightwing military dictatorship or elite rule via a fake democracy with military backing and a coup on hand in case things get out of control. Random terror is served up now and again to keep the people in line. But it mostly the memory of the slaughters that keeps people afraid to step out of line.

The arts are destroyed, the intellectuals and artists killed. Public education and health are eviscerated. Nothing is spent on infrastructure while cities over-ripen, molder and fall apart. Pollution is out control. Society is corrupt to the core. A criminal capitalist elite runs society for its own benefit, sharing nothing with anyone else while selling out the nation to foreign carpetbagging corporations, often American ones, who loot the homeland to further enrich wealthy Americans while the people of the nation fester in overflowing slums. Trickle down economics and a rising tide lifts all boats is preached to the masses. A massive propaganda campaign sets in to brainwash the masses into the economics of the rich.

Indonesia is simply one more nation in a long list destroyed by Uncle Satan.

Meanwhile, Latin America is freeing itself from the grips of the United Snakes and their own country-selling elites. True patriots, usually socialists are taking over, spreading education and health care to the people and redistributing the nation’s wealth, previously hoarded by a tiny grasping elite, into the hands of the masses of working people. There is an explosion of the arts. The power of the military is waning. New forms of popular and democratic media are blossoming. Slums are being upgraded and even dismantled. Huge housing projects attempt to move the poor out of their shantytowns into bright, shining new government housing.

In Washington, this is known as the threat of a good example. Both political parties and the entire US corporate media are working overtime to brainwash Americans against the new Latin American rebels. The slaves are freeing themselves and their slavemasters, the Yankees, are pissed.

It’s a bright new morning in Latin America. In Indonesia and elsewhere, lands of the American Model, an eternal dusk envelops the land.

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Filed under Americas, Art, Asia, Capitalism, Capitalists, Conservatism, Economics, Education, Fascism, Geopolitics, Indonesia, Latin America, Political Science, Politics, Public Health, Regional, Scum, SE Asia, Socialism, Sociology, Urban Decay, US Politics

Possible Environmental Factors in the Black IQ

Johan Mayer writes:

Have you tried correlating the IQ scores with local lead poisoning? The main gains from the Flynn effect ended by the late 1970s (birth years), suggesting that fuel lead didn’t play a role (as both whites and blacks would experience higher intelligence, thus raising the intelligence that 100 represents—rather, it was probably the elimination of malnutrition), and that some of the remaining gap should arise from differential lead paint.

The calculation might look as follows:

Deficit = sum(over n) Distribution of lead level(n) x IQ_deficit_from_lead(n)for each neighborhood.

Add the deficit to the mean IQ calculated from the composition of the neighborhood, then re-estimate the (before lead) IQ of each group, fitting to composition and reevaluated IQ; re-normalize the black IQ to the white (raised) IQ.

Elevated black blood lead (much more common than elevated white blood lead) suggests that at least another 3 IQ points can be gained for blacks on that count, using Detroit data.

I did a similar calculation for national IQ and malnutrition (using 1991 data), on the basis that malnutrition knocks off about a standard deviation of IQ (15 points, although I also found a source that claimed 11), multiplying by the malnourished proportion of the population. This pushes sub-Saharan African National IQ to the range upper 60’s to upper 70’s.

Black African skin bleaching tends to be between 30 and 70% among women historically, although men are also using such products; the products are notorious for mercury content, suggesting that childhood exposure via the mother should cost another 11 points on average (mercury ppm in mother’s hair on the order of 150, with 0.15 IQ loss per ppm—products sold to Africa typically have much higher mercury content). I couldn’t find much by way of statistics for US black women. For Asians, there has been much growth of the use of these products since the early National IQ estimates were made.

African leaded fuel use will also greatly harm urban populations (who will dominate National IQ estimates), although they were phased out by 2006; the time to affect primary schools is about nine years, although the IQ estimates are based on the the 90’s. South Africa should suffer 7 points, and Nigeria probably the same.

Thus the pre-environmental expected IQ of blacks is well within a standard deviation of whites.

East Asian cities are often near coasts, and historically held much smaller portions of their respective countries’ populations, as elsewhere. Thus their early (for the third world) industrialization would tend to have a lower impact on IQ.

Lead has been studied, and childhood lead is substantially lower than adult lead, which may account for much of the national IQ achievement of Chinese versus other societies; child rearing practices that avoid putting unknown objects in the mouth might play a role, but then again, given the relatively small family sizes and involvement of grandparents, more supervision might also play a role.

As to the topic of your post, another possible cause for the lack of black achievement considering IQ is racism.

The author makes a strong case that US Black IQ’s can increase 3 points and African Black IQ’s can increase 10 points due to environmental interventions. This is certainly plausible.

I have no problems with any of these environmental efforts. All the power to them. A gain of even 3 IQ points for Detroit Blacks would be a fantastic thing indeed. A 10-point IQ gain for African Blacks would be a great thing for them and for Africa as a whole. Many of Africa’s most serious problems would surely ameliorate with a 10-point IQ gain. An IQ in the upper 70’s would put Africa on a par with the IQ’s of some Gulf states such as Qatar that have created highly evolved civilizations. However, even US Blacks with IQ’s a full 9 points higher than the Qataris fail miserably at creating the highly evolved society that the Qataris created.

One argument is that Qatar only exists in its current form due to oil wealth. Give Black people oil wealth, and they will create a Qatar.

However, this has not happened in Africa. Nigeria has tremendous oil wealth, and it is one of the evil and diabolically failed states on Earth. Nearly all of the wealth has been stolen by a tiny elite and the rest of the population flounders in monstrous poverty. Gabon is a much better case, and oil wealth has allowed them to have a $20,000 per capita income. Gabon is  basically a middle income country. However, almost all of the wealth has been stolen by a tiny elite, ~50% of the population is starving, and and the vast majority of the population live in horrifying poverty.

Give a Black society money, and the most cruel and sociopathic Blacks will steal almost all of it for a small elite group, leaving the vast majority of the population to suffer in terrible poverty (the African model).

Alternatively, give another Black society money, and income will be much better distributed, but the most cruel and sociopathic Blacks will create in monstrous violent crime rate, destabilizing a prosperous society.

The African wealth distribution style is also seen in Haiti and was seen until the 1960’s in the Dominican Republic. The rest of the Caribbean has a much more equitable distribution system. Trinidad and Tobago has a PCI or $20,000/yr due to oil wealth, but they have one of the highest violent crime and homicide rates on Earth. A Trinidadian woman I spoke to said it was because local young men had imported gang culture from the US, and it was now spread all through the country. Still, a country with a $20,000 PCI and that high of a homicide rate nearly qualifies as something like a failed state right there, at least on that one variable.

Although we have shown that Blacks can create wealthy societies (at least in the case of oil), those societies show significant problems either in democratization or extremely high violent crime.

In the African model, a tiny elite will steal all the oil wealth and leave most of the people scrounging for scraps.

In the Caribbean model, wealth will be distributed much better, but society will still be saddled with a horrific violent crime rate.

As the comparison with Qatar and the US shows, there is a lot more holding Black people back than just a low IQ. With an IQ of ~83, the Arabs can create Dubai, along with a highly civilized state with a shockingly low crime rate. With an IQ of 87, US Blacks still cannot create anything like Dubai even with an IQ advantage.

So obviously the problems of Black people extend beyond IQ, and a rising Black IQ is not a cure-all.

What these problems are is unknown, but there appear to be genetic factors predisposing Blacks to greater crime and antisociality. What these factors are is unknown, but I am convinced that they exist. Antisociality will create thieving elites in Africa and Caribbean societies with better income distribution but extremely high violent crime rates.

Getting a handle around Black problems involves not only raising Black IQ but dealing conclusively with whatever it is that is crimogenic or psychopathogenic in Black biology or Black genes.

Once IQ is high enough though, whatever Black criminogenic issues are involved tend to wash out. I have read that setting Black IQ at ~113, the Black and White crime rates are equal. High intelligence often washes out criminal tendencies due to greater forward thinking, possibly greater empathy, guilt and worry and lessened impulsiveness. As IQ rises in any race of humans, empathy, guilt and worry tend to rise and impulsiveness tends to decline.

I do not agree that racism affects Black IQ scores very much. Instead, moving from a non-racist country (Jamaica) to a racist country (the UK) results in a gain of up to 14  IQ points in the second generation. Blacks living in “highly racist” White societies typically have IQ’s ~13-18 points higher than Blacks living in non-racist societies such as the Caribbean and Africa.

Skin bleaching products sold in the US probably do not have much mercury in them.


Filed under Africa, Americas, Arabs, Blacks, Caribbean, Central Africa, Crime, Dominican Republic, Flynn Effect, Gabon, Haiti, Health, Intelligence, Latin America, Middle East, Nigeria, Nutrition, Psychology, Race/Ethnicity, Racism, Regional, Social Problems, Sociology, Trinidad and Tobago, Urban Studies, USA, West Africa, Whites

How Many Blacks Are “Ghetto Blacks”?

Frank Smith asks:

Robert, in your opinion, what percentage of blacks are ghetto blacks?

That question is almost impossible to answer because it is so hard to define. I have had Blacks tell me that it is only 20% of Blacks who are ghetto, but it could well be more than that because so many Blacks are so maddeningly hard to define. The truth is that many Blacks have both Civilized* and Ghetto* components to them. At times they are what I would call Civilized and at other times they are Ghetto. Others drift in and out of Civilized and Ghetto modes. A lot of the Blacks around here are like that.

And there is the definition of what is Ghetto. Ghetto is really nothing more than Street Black Culture. Where I live, a very large % of Blacks are involved in Street Black Culture, especially the younger ones.

What is the dope smoking, heavy drinking retired Black schoolteacher neighbor of mine? She acts pretty ghetto, but she was a schoolteacher for many years. One daughter just graduated from college and another is now away at college on a scholarship. Another one has pimps and thugs for boyfriends, gets beaten by her lovers, has worked as a prostitute, and can speak Ebonics for an hour without my understanding a single word. She can also behave in a civilized fashion if she wants to and was recently enrolled in a surgical assistant program.

The Black girl next door is a Jehovah’s Witness, but she knows how to speak jive. Her best friend was an Hispanic gangbanger. Her boyfriend now is a good-looking young Black man who looks like a typical hood but is said to be a decent guy.

The Black handyman is a great guy, a good hard worker, but he is a real Black with a very thick accent. At times he can speak top notch jive and Ebonics.

Truth is around here, most of the Blacks act ghetto to one degree or another.

“Ghetto” and “Civilized” are best seen as “modes” that many US Blacks negotiate back and forth between, sometimes during discreet periods and at other times in the course of an hour or a day. Others mix both Civilized and Ghetto modes together at the same time in a mosaic. Some ascend to Civilized, while others descent to Ghetto. The same person may make this journey many times.

When Blacks are a minority as they are in my town (4%), heavily ghettoized Blacks have their ghetto behaviors substantially modulated by the presence of large Hispanic or White majorities, who encourage them to aspire to more Civilized behaviors while encouraging them to tone down the more ghetto behaviors. If the Black % in this town went up by a significant number, many of these local Blacks would probably act less Civilized and more ghetto, since ghetto behaviors seem to increase with the % percentage of Blacks in a community as the lowest common denominator rules and Blacks egg each other in a race to race to the bottom and there are few positive role models to aspire to or to police bad behaviors.

*In this essay, I use Civilized to mean the opposite of Ghetto behaviors. A Black person acting Civilized would display minimal ghetto behaviors and would be describe by Whites as behaving well within the context of what we think is decent behavior. And Ghetto, well, you know what that is!


Filed under Criminology, Race Relations, Social Problems, Sociology, Urban Decay, Urban Studies

The Camp of Saints

Repost from the old site.

A very nice, but somewhat dated (though the situation has probably only gotten worse), review of The Camp of Saints, one of the most hated books ever written. The link is on the execrable Free Republic, and the author of the review is a libertarian fool. Looks like Jean Raspail, the author of the book, was some kind of rightwing nut too.

They both blame “socialism” for causing such horrible living conditions, along with starvation and mass and early death and disease, that afflict the Third World. This is truly bizarre. Even autarkic Albania nearly doubled life expectancy from 1946 to 1980, though it was not very successful in other ways.

Almost all of the true Third World nightmare states are operating under some kind of capitalism, usually a particularly ferocious.

That socialism is good for life can been seen in the figures of Sri Lanka and India. Because India lacks Sri Lanka’s infant mortality figures, India suffers about 2.7 million dead babies every year. Those are some real numbers for you Black Book of Communism clowns to chew on. Sri Lanka’s great figures can be attributed exclusively to a mature socialist system there (Sri Lanka is a member of the Socialist International).

Everywhere we look we find the same thing, with some aberrations such as North Korea. One thing Communists in general did and do a great job of, other than a few disruptive periods, was putting enough food in everyone’s stomach. This is also something that capitalists everywhere and at all times have done poorly, ranging from deficient to just plain disastrous.

Almost every Communist country ate vastly better after Communism than before. Cuba currently has the lowest malnutrition rate in Latin America, and the UN says they have beaten it altogether. Even Costa Rica has 7% malnutrition – so much for Latin American social democracy. That Communism or socialism “causes mass starvation everywhere it has been tried” is surely one of the vicious and stupid of the anti-Communists’ lies.

Anyway, ignoring the libertarian delusional thinking, the review is a good one, and the Spaniard author notes that it is taking place as we speak, with boats patrolling the shores off the coast of Europe for flotillas pouring out of West Africa towards Europe. Boatloads of Kurds landed on the Riviera and then poured through the streets of Marseilles a while back. Those are scenes right out of the book.

The book has been dismissed as racist claptrap, but that is not entirely true. Raspail was non-racist enough to suggest that Western civilization was a cultural concept and not a racial one. I currently live in Greater Tijuana, now extending 500 miles north of Mexico into California. Only an Hispanic or the most deluded Leftist would see this transformation of a White working class town into just another Mexican city as positive.

I have nothing against US expats, but I never intended to become one. Instead the foreign country came to me, and nobody asked me to vote on it either – instead, it just got shoved down my throat and I was told to lick my lips and say thanks. The US-Mexico border in some important ways no longer really much exists.

Raspail conflates immigration with illegal immigration, the same way the Leftist illegal immigrant lovers do. Legal immigration to the US, other than refugees, is hardly a problem. We vet them very carefully, and few get into trouble. We need to limit it for environmental reasons, but other than that, the real massive damage is being done by illegal immigrants and increasingly their offspring.

Here in California, once a city goes over 60% Hispanic, it is pretty much wrecked in the eyes of any sensible non-Hispanic. We are even starting to see some guilt-riddled Hispanic Flight, with more well-to-do and self-preserving Hispanics fleeing Hispanic-destroyed towns for Whiter suburbs.

Over 60% Hispanic and a city starts getting dirty, trashy, run-down and falling apart. Crime explodes, especially petty theft, but really all types. Gangs are everywhere and so is graffiti. School failure and dropout rates go through the roof. It’s a chaotic and somewhat dangerous mess, but I guess maybe illegals like it that way, because they are just reproducing the Mexico they fled.

This unfortunately titled Usenet post sums it up quite well. What the policeman describes is reality that any honest Californian understands oh so well. He’s not hallucinating. This is basically par for the course in this state.

Particularly poignant was the destruction of the wages and lifestyle of good honest working class Americans, a devastation outrageously championed to the hilt by the entire US Left. It’s hard to imagine a position that is more hostile to working class Americans, but the Left has taken it up.

I don’t necessarily agree with the rightwing “illegals only come here for the welfare” crap in the post but the portrayal of a decent American neighborhood destroyed by Mexican illegals is gut-wrenching.

Mostly this is associated with the illegals and their nightmarish and oversized broods of children, who are growing up as an Underclass that rivals the Black one but is not nearly so pathological.

Hispanics, like Blacks, are splitting into two races. Blacks have already split and Hispanics will be next. There is an assimilated Black group that can be describes as relatively “non-Ghetto”. There is another group with a “Ghetto” mindset to this extent or that that extends tentacles to varying degrees down into the clusterfuck called the Black Underclass.

The Blacks that have left ghetto behind are increasingly disgusted with their ghetto brethren, and are for all intents and purposes just leaving them to twist in the breeze. I don’t blame them.

The same thing is starting to occur with Hispanics. In my town, there is a group of Hispanics that has grown up (usually) speaking Spanish and English and is comfortable in both languages. They tend to be lighter and to make more money, but that’s not always the case. They are just another group of Americans pretty much like the rest of us, and they are no cause for concern at all in most ways.

There is another group that, as noted above, resembles a much better behaved Black Underclass in too many ways. I figure these groups are going to split more and more in the future. Class generally trumps race any day of the week with anyone.

The illegals have just transplanted the poor and peasant societies of Mexico to America. Their kids have largely become the new Underclass described above. This group tend to be darker and to make less money, but once again, no hard rules.

When the book burners scream, rational people want to know why.

By the way, I agree with some of the commenters after the piece on the need to read the book critically, to say the least.

The reviewer also offers some interesting points on a uniquely Iberian point of view, especially in terms of defending Western civilization in Europe from various unwashed or barbarian hordes, and their disgust at the Northern Europeans for wimping out on defending the continent. They also lived under Islam for way too long, remember it well, and are not going back without a fight.

Contrast to the Continental Left that seems to think new majority-Muslim states in Europe will be glorious explosions of progressive expression.

Iberians and non-Iberians have some conflict, but a little conflict adds luscious spice to life, and those who refuse to act aggressively in defending their interests get bulldozed.


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Fantastic Photos of Katrina Damage

Repost from the old site.

Of course, the entire Internet was full of incredible photos from Hurricane Katrina after the storm. One thing I have not seen much of, though, are overhead pics of the damage. Sometimes, to get a “bird’s eye view” of a situation, an overhead pic is capable of showing us tumultuous scenes in an entirely new way, a whole new perspective, so to speak – one which we can rarely grasp from the ground as non-flying mammals 5-6 feet off the ground.

The fantastic photos above were taken by a forensic dentist who was down in NOLA after the flood helping to identify bodies (in keeping with the Katrina death toll theme of this increasingly morbid blog). One of the things I found stunning about the photos above is how much water is still in NOLA, and how NOLA seems to have taken on some aspects of what we radical treehuggers call “re-wilding”.

In case you don’t know, re-wilding is a deep ecological concept that holds, rather quixotically, that mankind should begin “re-wilding” areas that had been previously seriously altered by human activities. Since re-wilding doesn’t have a positive effect on anyone’s bottom line, it hasn’t been implemented much. But we see signs of it anyway, though it is inadvertent.

For instance, I am told that some US inner cities are decaying so badly and consequently being abandoned by their human populations, that certain lots are heading back towards native vegetation.

Detroit comes to mind. About 20 years ago, I read that there were parts of Detroit where so many structures had been torn down that vacant lots outnumber developed ones. Purportedly, these lots were going back to something like native vegetation. At the same time, wildlife was supposedly returning.

Now, I figure if a US city is going to fall apart, it’s better to have vacant lots re-vegetate and have the real wildlife come back, as opposed to such “wildlife” as heroin addicts, criminals, crack dealers and addicts, homeless folks pushing shopping carts, etc. The non-human animals cause very little harm, cost society very little, and in general, have a positive impact on society, while the human wildlife above does the opposite.

With that in mind, take at look at the photos* above.

In the first photo, an entire street is devastated and is now surrounded by what looks like native forest. A vast green area, dotted with homes, lies in the distance. Through this verdant grassy plain flows a totally improbable river (Or is it an elongated lake?) which probably never existed before. The plain is spotted with equally improbable smaller lakes, sloughs, backwaters, etc.

In the second photo, what looks like riverfront homes have been devastated, Hiroshima-like. There really is nothing left. All that is left is the remains of a woodland, combined with sand where homes once stood.

The third picture has not really re-wilded, since this was a densely settled area of probably expensive riverfront homes. Yet possibly 70-80% of the homes are pretty much totaled. Trees seem to dominate the as houses seem to recede into the background. The effect is to transform a densely settled city riverfront district into something like a rural tract with homes on large lots.

A street winds through the homes that no longer exist – a street that can no longer be called a “residential” street. I can just picture a deer or coyote wending down that street. It wouldn’t seem out of place at all.

With that, I leave you, and I hope you all had a very nice Thanksgiving.

*These photos were originally huge – each about 2 to 3 MB in size. The photos themselves would have been about 12 inches across in actual size. It was rather messy, but the inimitable Photoshop was able to shrink them down to about 50-70 KB (a 97% reduction) with very little loss of quality, which I consider to be an amazing feat. We also enhanced the photos quite a bit, also with Photoshop.

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Fifty-five Years from Little Rock

Repost from the old site.

The Volkh Conspiracy, quoting Shelby Steele, noted that fifty years ago from the date the article was published, on September 26, 1957, (just over 55 years ago) nine brave young Black boys and girls braved a blizzard of seething White racist hate in order to attend segregated, all-White, Little Rock’s Central High School in Arkansas.

The foul fog of vicious White racism was so thick in the air that they had to be escorted by armed National Guard troops past hissing, jeering Whites, faces contorted and twisted with irrational hatred for their fellow man.

I fear to say that these daring young Blacks have more guts that I do. A shout out to them, for all time!

This was the beginning of the end for institutionalized White Supremacy in America, notes Steele. Sure it was. Fighting like a cornered, doomed animal, it flared for a decade or so, fighting for its life. Its dying heaves were drawn out, and they continue to this day as we see in the last gasps and lunges of Jena. There is some life left in the beast, but not much.

And we may thank those gallant young Blacks, the Little Rock Nine, for risking their lives for the liberation of their people, and for the advancement of the American vision itself, temporarily stuck as it was in the mud of virulent segregation and White racism. They liberated not only themselves, but they lit the way to liberation for all of the rest of us, if only we chanced it.

Looking at these fine upstanding looking Black kids, who could not let them into your school, and welcome them with open arms?

What cold heart would not swell with pride to share a classroom with these bright-eyed, well-dressed, well-behaved youngsters?

Looking at the Little Rock Nine today, do they not represent the very assimilated Black middle class that they hacked a trail for?

The Little Rock Nine today. They led lives of decency, hard work and respectability, like so many Blacks you meet in their 50’s and 60’s.

What would a Little Rock Nine look like nowadays?

They would probably look something like this:

The Little Rock Nine would probably look something like this today – the Crips Nine. I wouldn’t let them integrate a doghouse, much less a learning institution full of fully modern Homo Sapiens. How far have we fallen! These are the sort of animals the race-hustlers, the Jesses and Als, champion today.

If, today, the Crips Nine tried to integrate a school that had sensibly kept them out, 60,000 Black college kids would descend on the town and order the school to self-mutilate by letting them in.

Would you let them in your high school? Would you let them walk down your street? Would you let them set one foot in city limits? Hell no!

Angela Owanuchi, a Black intellectual writing on the Blackprof site, complains that US schools are as segregated now as they were in the early 1970’s. But that segregation is largely voluntary.

Whites and Blacks have voluntarily chosen to go to separate schools, Whites mostly to preserve their boys and girls from the depredations that many feral Black boys will surely wreak on them. Blacks, in many cases, because they simply prefer the company of their own race; as one young Black man told me, “Robert, I wouldn’t want to live with all those White people anyway!”

She feels it is a tragedy that Whites are in schools that are at least 80% White. That’s not racism, Angela, it’s self-preservation. The fewer Blacks in a school, the less likely your White son is going to get get taunted, hunted, bullied and beaten with mind-numbing continuity by Black boys.

White parents are running from the many predatory, stronger, aggressive Black boys who prey on the weaker and less aggressive non-White boys as wolves prey on sheep.

One commenter notes:

One of the ancillary benefits of the sub-prime mortgage lending and artificially low interest rates may indeed have been to integrate more communities.

Well, that’s all coming to an end, now, commenter, with the sub-prime crash.

A few or a moderate number of assimilated Blacks in any mostly-White town, or even a decent mixed neighborhood in a city, is no major hassle. I have lived in such towns and neighborhoods for years of my life. We have 4% Blacks in Madera, California, and that’s not yet a critical mass large enough to wreck the town, so things are relatively tolerable. The 70% Hispanics are the real issue.

But once the Black underclass population gets beyond a certain percentage, the result seems to be dramatically increasing crime, daily beatings of White and Asian boys in school, and a slow descent into Ghetto Hell as the Whites that are able to take off hightail it out of town. The Black underclass is so sick nowadays that even the Blacks with enough money and sense are fleeing the pathology and danger.

From the Little Rock Nine to the Crips Nine, such a journey.

Journey to Hell.


Filed under Blacks, Civil Rights, Education, History, Race Relations, Race/Ethnicity, Racism, Regional, Reposts From The Old Site, Social Problems, Sociology, South, Urban Studies, US, USA, White Racism, Whites

A Thought Experiment Regarding Detroit

People say economics ruined the city. The remaining Blacks (keep in mind that Detroit is 90% Black) are seen as victims, stuck there and abandoned by a ruined economy, which they did nothing to cause.

Others say like commenter Ishmael that Detroit has a Black problem. Many of Detroit’s problems flow directly from the fact that it is now a 90% Black city.

Keep in mind that in the US, whenever any huge US city gets around 90% Black, it’s effectively ruined. In fact, most large US cities that are over 50% Black are pretty much thrashed in one way or another. Sure, there are plenty of suburbs, small cities and towns of various sizes that are heavily Black and seem to do ok. But once a large US city goes majority Black, something terrible seems to happen to it.

Let’s try a thought experiment: Suppose we had a Stalinist or Stalin-like dictator in the US dedicated to the common good and the greatest good for the greatest number. He would also be, like Stalin, utterly dedicated to the concept of what the right derisively calls “social engineering” on a mass scale.

Detroit now is the same under this Stalin-type dictator. US Stalin has had it with Detroit as nothing seems to work. He decides to transform Detroit. Whereas now it’s 90% Black and ~10% White, he decides to switch the figures around and make Detroit 90% White and 10% Black. Nothing else will change about Detroit. Everything else will remain the same, finances, economics, government, the whole mess. Those Whites will be effectively abandoned in the same ruined and wrecked city.

You still think it would be the same city? Would the 90% White Detroit act the same as the present day 90% Black Detroit?

I do not think so.


Filed under Blacks, Michigan, Midwest, Race/Ethnicity, Regional, Sociology, Urban Decay, Urban Studies, USA, Whites

The Death of Johannesburg

Although of course I opposed apartheid, supported the ANC and the transition to democracy, let’s face it. It hasn’t all been peaches and roses, now has it? On balance though, I would say that it was the right thing to do. One man one vote is the only way to go. Apartheid, racist rule by a tiny minority, was just wrong, period, whatever benefits it may have had for whoever.

Sometimes doing the right thing causes more problems than doing the wrong thing. In that case, as a Western Christian, I would still say that we should do the right thing anyway for no other reason than to do the right thing. Doing the right thing is proper and correct in and of itself, regardless of whatever consequences flow from that decision.

Besides, the notion that Blacks lived in paradise under apartheid is highly dubious!

Reading through the comments, many of which are racist, one point keeps getting hammered home over and over. The nonracist side of me cringes when I hear it, but nevertheless, all arguments should be entertained in the quest for truth. Just because an argument is racist doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Sadly, racist arguments may indeed be correct even if the people making them are bad people.

The argument is that Blacks not only cannot create higher civilization in the first place on their own, but when handed a higher civilization created by another group (typically Whites) in a matter of time, a few decades or less, they pretty much unravel that advanced civilization and turn the place into a dirty, dangerous, chaotic, polluted, unhealthy slum. Those pictures in that video could be of Detroit, East St. Louis, Camden, Newark, Chicago’s South Side or Oakland.

Whether or not Blacks are civilization destroyers once they become a majority is an interesting question, but once one accepts the premise just for the purposes of argument, one still wonders at the reason.

One argument is IQ. However, the US Black IQ is ~87. That’s certainly high enough to create stable civilization. The African IQ is controversial. One paper says it is only ~69. In that case, civilization wrecking would seem to be par for the course. Yet a new study puts the African IQ at ~80.

I am not sure if that is correct, but if it is, that should be high enough to create a functional society. After all, the Moroccan IQ is 82, the Indonesian IQ is 79 and the Qatari IQ is 78. All of these peoples have produced more or less functional societies with ~80 IQ’s, so an 80 IQ should be plenty enough to create a working society.

Another argument is high testosterone. High testosterone may explain higher Black crime rates until age 33. Would Black crime alone in and of itself be enough to completely unravel civilization in that way we see in Detroit and in the video? Isn’t there more going on there than just crime? At any rate, Black women commit little crime, and after age 33, Black men’s testosterone is lower than that of Whites. Surely Black women and older Black males ought to be able to create functional societies as they don’t have testosterone to blame.

At the end of the day, the arguments just don’t seem to be make sense. The, yes, racist argument that Blacks are civilization wreckers in at least quite a few cases stings, but even non-racists must wonder painfully if it’s true. Yet that arguments put forward for why Blacks dismantle civilization seem to lack explanatory adequacy.

Even more painfully, let us suppose that Blacks have civilization dismantling properties. Are they doomed to do this forever and ever? Is there any hope for Blacks? Are admixed Blacks (mulattos, zambos, etc.) also likely to do this? If so, do they do it at the same rate or a lesser rate?

I’m sure that quite a few Black people like to live in chaotic, filthy, disordered, and dangerous places. On the other hand, we have Black commenters and authors on this site who are as repulsed by these places as I am.

Before attacking Blacks wholesale for dismantling civilization, let us keep in mind that the primary victims of Black civilization dismantling are Blacks themselves. Other races suffer from the downside of this unraveling at a dramatically reduced rate. As Blacks dismantle civilizations, they inflict an unbelievably horrific cost of suffering, pain, illness and death on their very own kind. That right there is as sad as a bottomless well. That Blacks are the primary victims of this entropic impulse makes it even more imperative that we get to the bottom of it.


Filed under Africa, Biology, Blacks, Culture, Intelligence, Psychology, Race/Ethnicity, Racism, Regional, Social Problems, Sociology, South Africa, Urban Decay

Problems With the US Black IQ

The problem with the US Black IQ? In a nutshell, it seems too high compared to their achievement levels. To put it painfully, US Blacks act way dumber than they apparently are. I explain below.

A commenter writes:

I live in Georgia, and I don’t believe for a second that our local Negroes have an average IQ of 91.3. For one thing, that would make them smarter than the “Hispanics” (IQ: 87). Observation would indicate that the reverse is true.Furthermore, an IQ of 91 would make the American Negro only a couple points below the average Greek (93). A comparison of the accomplishments of the ethnic groups in question shows how unlikely this is.

Hell, I even doubt the more accepted estimate of 85, since it is difficult to believe that Arabs (83-87) and Persians (84), two groups which I respect a great deal, and which have contributed much to civilization, are in the same IQ range as the African-American.

Several months ago, I read two studies. One claimed that the average IQ of 85 for American Negroes had been an overestimate, and that the real IQ was around 78 or so. The other claimed that the Negroes here in Georgia, who evidently have significantly less Caucasoid admixture than Blacks in other areas of the country, have an IQ of only 71. These numbers seem quite likely to me.

As noted in the piece, the Black US IQ of 91 is for 13 year old’s only. It is not the correct score for adults. The correct score for adults is 85. I think it has risen lately to ~87. Let us be generous and say that US Blacks have IQ’s of 86.

The commenter says that a new study shows that US Black IQ is only 78. I do not believe that. The 85 score is quite robust over decades, though individual studies vary. The same study also found that Georgian Blacks have IQ’s of 71. It’s possible that Georgian Blacks have IQ’s 7 points below the Black average. That would give them IQ’s of 78, not 71. 71 is in African territory.

I have a friend who moved from Michigan (Detroit suburbs) to Georgia (Atlanta). She insists that Georgian Blacks at much worse than even Detroit Blacks, which is hard to believe. She also implied that they are stupider. Actually, the study linked here shows Georgian Blacks to have average IQ’s at age 13. Extrapolating out, Georgian Blacks have IQ’s of ~86.3. Michigan Blacks seem to have IQ’s of ~86.1. So you can see where impressionistic analysis gets you.

US Blacks display marked failures, lagging, inability to thrive, etc. which have been noted by many people for many years now. Even the Left talks about it, but they blame racism. There is no need to go over the details of these problems once again.

The commenter’s inability to believe that US Blacks have even IQ’s of 85 makes sense. Does it make sense intuitively that US Black 13 year olds are nearly as intelligent as Greek 13 year olds? Or even Hispanic 13 year olds? Not really.

The commenter incorrectly states the US Hispanic IQ as 87. Instead, it is ~90, and the second generation scores as high as 95.

The reason that the US Black IQ seems too high is that their failures seem to be great for a group with an IQ of 86.

Do Arabs, Persians, mestizos, Filipinos, Polynesians, Melanesians and Micronesians display the same kind of total societal collapse and failure to create any kind of livable society that see in the seemingly postwar burned out fall of the Roman Empire dystopias of Oakland, Detroit, East St. Louis, Newark, Camden and New Orleans. These are worse than slums. Most places that look like that have just been through a war. These places have the look of the collapsed societies of science fiction or history. We are looking at ruins, not civilization.

Most of the above groups tend to create livable cities and societies, though the slums of the Philippines and Latin America are pretty horrible, in general, these societies still function.

In other words, US Blacks seem to function at a much lower level than would be expected by their IQ’s. Compared to other world populations with similar IQ’s, US Blacks surely seem to have a sufficient IQ to create functional societies. That they cannot seems mysterious, so people start straw grasping to explain the unexplainable. Such as that the scores must be wrong.

The scores are not wrong, but there is something wrong with US Blacks. Compared to their IQ’s, they seem to be grotesque underachievers to say the least. Perhaps there are other biological reasons for US Black failure compared to groups with similar IQ’s, but I’m at a loss to find them. Without that, we are left with the conclusion that US Blacks are simply screwing up, and there are non-IQ and non-biological reasons for their hollowed out cities and societies.

A couple of points here. HBD types and racists like to point to the ghostly ruins of US Black cities and place all the blame on that famous 86 IQ. I hope I have demonstrated in this post that IQ score can’t possibly be the reason for such wrecks. There’s no reason that humans with an 86 IQ would inevitably lay waste to a city like that. That IQ ought to be sufficient to build a city as nice as Tripoli, Riyadh or Tehran.

Since no one can figure out other US Black biological factors to explain such things, we are left with sociological or cultural explanations. One explanation is that US Blacks are simply screwing up, and that these urban wrecks are by and large their own fault and doing. Not the fault of their genes, but the fault of their own poor choices. Unfortunately, this leads to rightwing “cut em off” thinking that as a socialist I find abhorrent.

Either that or we can blame society, but I’m getting a little tired of that.


Filed under Blacks, Culture, Intelligence, Psychology, Race/Ethnicity, Racism, Social Problems, Sociology, Urban Decay, Urban Studies

The Reversion of Detroit

There are plenty of internet sites out there that show you the burned out Hellish wreckage that is Detroit, Michigan. Most cities that look like Detroit have just been through a war.

In the last decade, Detroit lost 25% of its population. It’s population is now as low as it was in 1910.

This video, Detroit Wildlife, by a French filmmaker, is very interesting. It shows a hopeful side to the terrifying human and structural wreckage of Detroit. For Detroit is reverting. In the early days, it went from an agricultural to an industrial center. Now it’s going back to its rural origins. Outside of downtown and between the tall buildings and the first ring of exurbs, much of the landscape is going back to nature. People are making urban gardens and starting to raise farm animals.

Forests are coming back, and so are the wild animals. The city of Detroit is now home to opossums, raccoons, rabbits, pheasants, foxes, deer and even coyotes. And I though the only animals in Detroit were the people!


Filed under Americas, Michigan, Midwest, North America, Regional, Sociology, Urban Decay, Urban Studies, USA