Any society will get more of what it subsidizes and less of what it taxes. _Peter Schiff
Dysgenics is the decline in average human fitness due to excessive proliferation of low-fitness genotypes. Here we are looking at a genetically based decline in IQ over time. When the average population IQ declines too low, the society cannot maintain the infrastructures created by its earlier, higher-IQ populations. This trend leads to breakdown and collapse.
One of the best analysis of dysgenic trends in human populations comes from:
Volkmar Weiss: The Population Cycle Drives Human
History – from a Eugenic Phase into a
Dysgenic Phase and Eventual Collapse (PDF), h/t Nick Land.
Weiss’ paper examines how human societies naturally fall into a dysgenic phase, which often leads to collapse.
Here is how it seems to work in the US:
A negative relationship between intelligence and fertility in the United States has been described repeatedly, but little is known about the mechanisms that are responsible for this effect. Using data from the NLSY79, we investigate this issue separately for Blacks, non-Hispanic Whites and Hispanics. The major findings are: (1) Differential fertility would reduce the average IQ of the American population by up to 1.2 points per generation in the absence of migration and environmental changes; (2) About 0.4 points of the effect is caused by selection within racial and ethnic groups, and the rest is caused by between-group selection; (3) Differential fertility by intelligence is greatest in Hispanics and smallest in non-Hispanic Whites; (4) The fertility-reducing effect of intelligence is greater in females than males; (5) The IQ-fertility relationship is far stronger for unmarried than married people, especially females; (5) High intelligence does not reduce the desire for children; (6) High intelligence does not reduce the likelihood of marriage; (7) Education is the principal mediator of the IQ effect for married women.
[Gerhard Meisenberg, Anubhav Kaul. Effects of Sex, Race, Ethnicity and Marital Status on the Relationship between Intelligence and Fertility. Mankind Quarterly. Washington: Spring 2010. Vol. 50, Iss. 3; pg. 151, 37 pgs.] _Race/History/Evolution
One of the commenters to the above posting suggested a way to stop dysgenics in the US “white” population:
You can solve the problem of IQ dysgenics within the white American population by eliminating the welfare state and implementing a positive and voluntary eugenics program. You wouldn’t have to sterilize anyone (which I regard as immoral). _RHE
Eliminating the welfare state in the US would likely have an anti-dysgenic effect not only in the European-derived population, but also in other populations — once the inevitable rioting and pillaging died down. There may be a few details to work out before the idea can be implemented . . . 😉
Regardless, if a society stops subsidising its violent, low-achieving populations, (of whatever ethnicity) it is likely that such dysfunctional populations will become reduced in number, without resorting to approaches such as offering cash prizes in exchange for voluntary sterilisations.
The same thing applies on a global scale. If advanced societies continue to subsidise failed nations, we are likely to see an increasing proliferation of dysfunctional and violent populations.
African economist Dambisa Moyo says that foreign aid is hurting Africa.
Over the past 60 years at least $1 trillion of development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Yet real per-capita income today is lower than it was in the 1970s, and more than 50% of the population — over 350 million people — live on less than a dollar a day, a figure that has nearly doubled in two decades. _Dambisa Moyo in WSJ
The result of all of that foreign aide to Africa is a rapid proliferation of ever more impoverished Africans. Africans with average IQ levels close to 75 IQ points. Study the graphic below, and try to imagine the kind of human society that could thrive on an average IQ of 75.
Impending revolutions across a wide span of technologies promise to revolutionise how goods and wealth are created and distributed. Human lifespans are likely to become expandable, along with the dimensions of human experience and knowledge. As long as the underlying human substrate can support it.
If society subsidises low IQ, low achievement, high violence populations, in the end such populations will dominate, and determine the human future — or lack of it.