Born Smart, Born Equal, Born Different – On The Road To Meritocracy

Meritocracy in SingaporeBy Gilad Atzmon


After decades of the tyranny of political correctness driven by ID politics and Jewish sensitivities, it takes the BBC three 30 minute episodes to reveal to the Brits that genes make a difference. Some people are just born smarter.

For some time Brits haven’t been allowed to admit to themselves that people are different, mostly because they are actually born different - a few are really smart, many are average and some are falling behind. The dominance of ‘progressive’ outlets such as The Guardian within middle class political discourse has led toward an unfortunate dismissal of an obvious scientific fact – genes and biology cause differences among people.

Despite the apologetic tone of the program and the usual cliché complaints about the Holocaust being a ‘eugenic project’, the BBC is brave to take on the topic.  To start with, the program clears the smoke around the work of Sir Francis Galton, the father of Eugenic Science. The program elaborates on the historical context in which Galton’s research took place. But the program also touches the contemporary fear of British degeneration. Britain is clearly falling behind its economic competitors in its intellectual skills. British kids are not as good in science and math as they used to be. 

Britain is changing direction. It is rapidly drifting away from the welfare state and an egalitarian philosophy. The BBC program reflects this change. Britain is becoming a meritocracy. British policy makers apparently believe that funds and facilities should be invested in individuals according to merit. The rapid rise of university tuition fees coupled with a withdrawal of funds from state education suggests that British leadership no longer believes in supporting the weak and the under-privileged. Instead it is supporting the development of the cognitive elite. And,  it seems, membership in the cognitive elite has a lot to do with heredity. People are not becoming more clever through school or university, they are actually born smart.

In the last decade British policy makers have learned to accept that thousands of unemployed ‘gender studies’ or ‘music technology’ graduates are not going to march British society forward. Instead of thousand of universities that produce graduation certificates of questionable value, the modern state needs top scientists, genius engineers, superb economists, programmers, a few poets, less than a few philosophers, two painters and probably one who can play the fiddle exceptionally well. British policy makers have grasped that the cultivation of such a skilled elite must take biology into account.

Such a policy, once implemented, will radically change the role of education and culture.  It will revise our ideas of equality, morality and the role of the State. In the new meritocratic order, people are what they are because they are born that way - social mobility becomes subject to intellectual merit. The gifted prevail and the slow fall behind, reduced into an underclass and eventually irrelevant to society. 

In the new order, liability and accountability evaporate. As much as the member of the elite was born smarter, the criminal may owe his ethical failure to biology. Such a view will transform our vision of the role of education, personal history and civic duty. It is certainly going to radically revise our notions of success and failure.