June 2012

June 20, 2012

Is it really true, as American political leaders and educators claim, that “diversity is our strength”? And why are some countries more prosperous, stable, orderly and happier than others? Detailed research by Harvard University scholar Robert Putnam, and others, shows that ethnic-racial “diversity” actually weakens a society. In more diverse societies, levels of trust are not only lower between groups, but even among members of the same group. Ethnically cohesive societies are more prosperous, trusting, orderly, safe and healthy than those that are diverse. Extensive, path-breaking research by Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen shows that a nation’s level of prosperity, economic progress and social well-being is based above all on the average intelligence level of its people. Hard data and historical experience show that the ideology and social-racial policies of the US today are not based on reality, which means that the nation’s most serious problems will inevitably worsen.

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June 13, 2012

American education standards and quality declined sharply during the 1960s and 1970s along with a new, “politically correct” emphasis on social-racial equality. SAT scores fell sharply, and have remained low ever since. Younger Americans perform much less well than northern Europeans and east Asians on international achievement tests. The 2002 “No Child Left Behind” law, enacted with broad bi-partisan political support, is (predictably) proving to be an ever more obvious failure, in spite of enormous outlays of money. Such wasteful and irresponsible programs are based on America’s prevailing egalitarian-individualistic ideology. Because this guiding outlook is based on false premises about life, society and history, programs and policies based on it are doomed to failure.

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June 6, 2012

China’s economy is now the world’s second largest, and China is set to soon replace the US as the foremost economic and industrial nation. Over the past 30 years, real per capita income in China has grown by more than 1,300 percent. Over the last decade alone, China quadrupled its industrial output. It now produces more automobiles than the US and Japan combined. Each year many more people graduate with science and engineering degrees in China than in the USA. China — along with Hong Kong, Singapore, and, to a lesser extent, Taiwan and South Korea – has achieved dramatic economic growth with a social-political system that combines free enterprise and “state socialism.” What those countries have accomplished over the past half century proves that economic growth, technological progress and prosperity are possible without US-style democracy and capitalism. In the years ahead China will play an ever more important role in world affairs, and will increasingly challenge America’s “leadership” position.

Picture: Mark Weber at the Great Wall of China, Oct. 2009.

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