I link this letter to my blog because it is actually a quotes from his work, which is rare whenever his actual work is discussed, and helped clarify about what his work actually did or didn’t conclude.
What the Bell Curve was actually about is below
Predicting the course of society is chancy, but certain tendencies seem strong enough to worry about:
- An increasingly isolated cognitive elite.
- A merging of the cognitive elite with the affluent.
- A deteriorating quality of life for people at the bottom end of the cognitive distribution.
Unchecked, these trends will lead the U.S. toward something resembling a caste society, with the underclass mired ever more firmly at the bottom and the cognitive elite ever more firmly anchored at the top, restructuring the rules of society so that it becomes harder and harder for them to lose. [p. 509].
This seems rather representative of what we observe today and explains why we elected someone as tacky and heavy handed as Trump, as well as almost nominating a cranky park bench socialist for the Democratic party.
The rest of his letter discusses his writing on race and IQ which is obviously controversial yet much more nuanced then any commentary I’ve ever read on his work.