Via Bryce Laliberte comes a compelling article which argues that high IQ people are being systematically discriminated against within corporate bureaucracies and other institutions:
In other words, a significant percentage of people with IQs over 140 are being systematically and, most likely inappropriately, excluded from the population that addresses the biggest problems of our time or who are responsible for assuring the efficient operation of social, scientific, political and economic institutions. This benefits neither the excluded group nor society in general. For society, it is a horrendous waste of a very valuable resource. For the high IQ person it is a personal tragedy commonly resulting in unrealized social, educational and productive potential.
The very limited research that has been done on this phenomenon has focused on possible flaws in high IQ people that might explain the exclusion. However, the evidence that exists suggests that it is the result of inappropriate educational and productive environments within which the high IQ person must strive to succeed. Consequently, remediation should focus on creating more appropriate environments.
The data point he uses to draw this larger conclusion seems flawed (assuming that under-representation in what he calls the elite professions is evidence of exclusion), but anecdotally, it rings true for me, even though I’m at the bottom rung of the scale — perhaps even a bit under it — that he’s talking about, which probably helps to explain why I have an easy time relating to a range going from the slightly above average to the highly intelligent, but have a lot of trouble comprehending people on the normal area of the scale and below.
Erik von Kuenelt-Leddihn makes similar points in his books about the social nature of leftism in “Leftism Revisited” (p. 19):
The nonconforming person or group sinning against the sacred principle of sameness will always be treated as a traitor, and if he is not a traitor the envious majority will push him in that direction… Thus to be different will be treated as or made into treason. And even if the formula Nonconformist-Traitor will not always be promulgated with such clarity, it lurks at the back of modern man’s mind only too often, whether he openly embraces totalitarianism or no.
The American nation has a purpose, and that overriding purpose is equality. People who threaten that goal are excluded, because they can’t help but deflate the pretense that it’s possible.
If you find yourself excluded because of intelligence, you might want to adopt a more taciturn personality around people on the lower end of the scale. Yes, it may be unjust, but it’ll help you adapt to the situation. Don’t show your cards. People can sniff out high intelligence no matter how hard you try to hide it, and you want to avoid obvious flourish unless you’re in a secure position. It’s rude, otherwise.
People with high intelligence will often find greater success outside of bureaucracies, also. Instead of complaining that bureaucracy treats you poorly, find a way to secure a position without relying on conforming socially to a dysfunctional, egalitarian society.
You might even want to pretend to be an affable idiot, like an actor playing a part.
Since the late 1960s and 1970s, a cultural stereotype emerged — the ‘nerd’ — which didn’t really exist to the extent that it once did. The intelligent were trained, rather than instructed to embrace the Aristotelian mean, that the highly intelligent were physically weak, socially maladroit, obsessed with fantasies, and low status.
Many unfortunate young men chose to embrace this ‘identity group’ — and identity is an attempt to achieve sameness, even if that identity group is one of being an outsider from the herd — in part because their existence threatened the egalitarian dream espoused by the new socialists.
The popular image of ‘scientist’ went from the suave, confident Richard Feynman to the popular portrayal of scientists today as effeminate hysterics on the sitcom ‘Big Bang Theory.’
Leftism by its nature is both narcissistic and herd-oriented. With a functional social hierarchy, the intelligent and capable can be put to work for the benefit of a given country or other broader social group which is internally diverse in terms of intellectual capability. When the herd principle dominates, the normal man tends to see the capable man as an active threat to his position, and works to displace him. They will clip the tall poppies to make the mediocre appear to be better and more valuable than they really are.
This tends to be the case in the majority of human societies. The majority of human societies are semi-functional, impoverished, and prone to routine catastrophe, causing mass death. The civilizations which value and reward excellence are rare and unusual.