From the Editors: Issues and Comments
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Synopses of Other Important Works The Decline of Intelligence in America: Seymour Itzkoff In this 1994 book (Praeger; subtitled A Strategy for National Renewal), Seymour W. Itzkoff warns that America's and the West's average level of intelligence is declining generation by generation. The system of market economics, competition, and political democracy presupposes the maintenance of a form of intelligence. But this will not necessarily continue to happen. "The secret weapon and thus the secret word of national power is, of course, natality. Those who are born today will in twenty-five years be members of a nation's 'potential workforce. Their children, in turn, fifty years hence, will take that nation into the future. What happens in each nation with regard to the educability of each successive cohort will constitute the armed forces of victory or defeat in a very differerlt kind of competition, essentially World War III" (p. 202). The United States, then, as a matter of national strategy ought to encourage its "best" people to reproduce. Today, the brightest families have only one or two children; the others , all too many (p. 203). "The danger will be that many more individuals of potential will be excluded from the international domestic economy because we will not have produced enough of those talents in the 115-130 I.Q. range that create new ideas and enterprises. As the economy dies from the top, many more individuals of ability will find themselves displaced " (Id.). "Our intelligence levels are declining because more children are entering our schools from the lowest intellectual classes than from our elites.. . It is all so simple in terms of a solution. We need to stimulate our finest to form families of the traditional sort in which children are conceived, born, raised, and educated to the highest levels for which they are capable. The helpless need to be encouraged and guided not to have children that trey cannot rear and educate to functional cultural levels" (p. 204). From the Editors: Issues and Comments The races look different-or do they? Can you always be sure if a person with medium brown skin tone and slightly slanted eyes is Mexican, American Indian , or Euro-Asian? Have you ever made a mistake about someone's race? Children, Copyrighted Material ...