Despite my criticism of Jordan Peterson, I used to view him, in general, more in a positive than a negative light. This has flipped now, due to his poorly written and deliberately misleading post “On the so-called ‘Jewish Question'”, which exhibits shoddy reasoning and can be debunked very easily. I will cut Jordan Peterson a little bit of slack as he as repeatedly stated that he is poor at math. If you look the other way, this would excuse the mistakes he makes that would make you flunk Statistics 101. Surely, we should hold a professor of psychology to a higher standard, though.
First, I have to point out that whenever you come across an article, thesis or book that starts with “On”, you can reliably deduce that the author is pretentious. There is no additional information conveyed by that proposition. It used to be very common among German intellectuals in the 19th and early 20th century, and probably still is. You can find countless works in German that start with the proposition “Über“. I suspect it seeped into the English language that way, as the German educational system once had a great influence abroad. Read up on Humboldt’s ideal of education, for instance, or the modern PhD, which is a German invention as well; it is sometimes referred to as “German-style PhD”, which emerged in the 19th century. That was just a side-note, though. Anyway, if you call your essay “On X”, you sound erudite to your equally philistine audience who will nod approvingly. It is a lot more difficult to find a concise title that captures what part of X you want to elaborate on.
In Jordan Peterson’s essay, a much more fitting title would have been, “An Attempt of an Explanation of the Overrepresentation of Jews in Western Public Life”. That is what he attempts to deliver, even though he fails badly. He does not even dare to question the premise. To him, it is as clear as day that Jews are of superior intelligence, which is of course begging the question. Here is a relevant excerpt:
Well, Jews are genuinely over-represented in positions of authority, competence and influence. New York Jews, in particular, snap up a disproportionate number of Nobel prizes (see this Times of Israel article), and Jews are disproportionately eligible for admission at elite universities, where they, along with Asians, tend to be discriminated against (see this Newsweek article).
Elite universities like Yale and Harvard do not select based on objective metrics. If they did, they would look like Caltech, where 2/3rds of incoming students are Asian, and you could count blacks on two hands. Instead, the admissions officers of places like Yale and Harvard use what they call a “holistic” approach for the purpose of evaluating candidates. Thus, they focus on the racial composition they would like to have and, voila, you end up with high-performing Asians being massively underrepresented at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Copious data that Jewish academic performance is far below the performance of Asians has been gathered and discussed in Ron Unz’s The Myth of American Meritocracy (alternative source). The argument Unz develops is that Asians are dramatically underrepresented at elite universities, based on academic performance, while Jews are dramatically overrepresented, based on academic performance. Elite universities are all about “muh diversity”, so they much rather admit a few more black students of inferior ability, and a few more Jews, than a bunch of Asians. This is not me spewing some “right-wing hate”, but fact. Asians get heavily penalized in their SAT scores, while affable white Jews and token blacks get a boost.
Jordan Peterson’s argument is essentially the following: “Ashkenazi Jews have an IQ much higher than average, and because IQ is a good predictor for success, they are more successful, and if you don’t believe this, you’re a Nazi”. First, the claim that the average IQ of Ashkenazi Jews is 10 to 15 points higher than the average IQ of Whites is not undisputed. In the essay I linked to above, for instance, Unz shows that this is a claim that has been made only very recently, and that there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. Second, and this is where Statistics 101 comes in, Jordan Peterson is incredibly dishonest in neglecting relative population sizes. Even if Ashkenazi Jews had an IQ that is one standard deviation above the average, the resulting numbers would still not justify the overrepresentation of Jews. Jordan Peterson may be, by his own admission, bad at math, but he surely doesn’t know so little about statistics that he thinks that population size is irrelevant. (That’s a clear ‘F’ for you, professor!)
According to Wikipedia, there are five to six million Jews descending from the Ashkenazis in the US. There are also around 224 million whites in the US. Assuming the whites have an average IQ of 100 and the Ashkenazi Jews, or their descendants, one of 115, both with a standard deviation of 15, then the number of high-IQ whites completely dwarfs the number of high-IQ Jews. Here’s the math, starting with white Americans: assuming a binomial distribution, 97.72% have an IQ of less than 130, so 2.28% have an IQ of 130 or more. Thus, there are a little over five million white Americans with that IQ. That is already about the total of all Jews. (Do you realize that we’re onto something now?) Furthermore, 0.13% have an IQ of 145 or more, which is around 290,000. Going even further, 0.0032% have an IQ of 160 or more, which is around 7,200.
In comparison, here are the numbers for Jews. This is not difficult to compute. You only have to shift the curve one standard deviation to the right. I’ll give you one elaborate example, the rest follows accordingly. If Whites have an average IQ of 100, with a standard deviation of 15, and Jews have an average IQ of 115, with a standard deviation of 15, then 84.13% of whites have an IQ of less than 115, and, conversely, 5,87% have an IQ of 115 or more. For Jews, we simply shift the numbers and move the curve one standard deviation to the right. Thus, with an average IQ of 115 and a standard deviation of 15, 84.13% of Jews have an IQ of less than 130, and, conversely, 5,87% have an IQ of 130 or more. In numbers, this means that, when charitably picking the high estimate given on Wikipedia, there are 352,200 Jews in that category. The corresponding number of whites was over five million. Going further, there are 2.28% of Jews who have an IQ of 145 or more, which is 136,800. The number of whites was 290,000, which is more than twice as high.
This is what Jordan Peterson has to say to that:
Simply put: if a very complex job or role requires an IQ of 145, three standard deviations above the mean and characteristic of less than one percent of the general population, then a group with a higher average IQ will be exceptionally over-represented in such enterprises.
Okay, Doctor, if that is the case, then how come that Jews vastly outnumber Whites in some professions? Are you sure it can’t be due to nepotism, sorry, in-group preference?
One of the biggest fallacies of “educated” people is that they believe that educational efforts automatically lead to economic rewards. This is true to some extent, but the smartest guys at university are not necessarily those who will have the greatest success. An excellent example is Mathematics. Sure, a solid grasp of mathematics opens a lot of doors for you, and if you get chewed out in Calculus or Linear Algebra, you can still do a soft science like psychology. However, the smartest people in mathematics may well be doing pure mathematics, and career success for them is hardly a guarantee. You will have no problems finding guys with PhDs from the best mathematics departments in the world doing stints as high-school teachers or ending up in jobs they could have gotten straight after their Bachelor’s.
Being smart and hard-working is not a bad start. However, there is something that will propel you even further in life: not being dumb, well-connected, and rich. If you have attended an elite university, you may have bumped into people who managed to intern at Goldman Sachs during high school, or who got hired at a boutique private equity firm despite not having much going for them. Maybe you know people who easily acquired funding for their startup to the tune of millions. Spoiler alert: it’s all about money and connections. If you have money, you get the connections, and if you have connections, you’ll get the money. The kid who interned at Goldman was the son of a partner, the chick who got that sweet PE gig the daughter of an investor, the guy who got millions for his startup the son of an entrepreneur. This is part of money talks.
Blatant in-group preference can play out in many ways. For instance, I know two professors of a particular ethnic minority who (one may be a Jew, incidentally), as far as I can tell, only ever accepted PhD students of their own ethnicity. How is that for meritocracy? Jews are notorious for supporting their own, much more so than others. Gee, I wonder how this will affect societal outcomes? It couldn’t be that a Jewish newspaper editor would support Jewish authors, or a Jewish academic hire Jewish post-docs? Nah, that certainly doesn’t happen in reality, or does it?
I think the problem is that Jordan Peterson believes too much in meritocracy, when it is clear that we are pretty far from that ideal. Modern society is incredibly corrupt. Sure, being smart and working hard will mean that you will likely do at least okay for yourself. However, the really sweet gigs won’t be accessible this way. The really high-powered gigs depend on “pedigree” to open doors. If you want to get into high finance, you better went to a feeder school like Andover, followed by a degree at HYP. If you’re in England, the equivalent are public schools like Eton or Harrow and Oxbridge. Surely, none of that depends on money.
Oh, it seems we’ve stumbled on something else that might explain Jewish success: money. How could someone with a self-declared sky-high IQ like Jordan Peterson have missed that? If you have money, you can do whatever you want. Look at a guy like George Soros who is using his billions to undermine Western democracy. The world of high finance is full of Jews, and surely those people only have the best in mind. The “vampire squid” Goldman Sachs comes to mind again. Sometimes, I wonder if Peterson has forgotten taking his anti-depressants. Look at this again:
It’s possible that we should be happy about this, rather than annoyed: is the fact that smart people are working hard for our mutual advancement really something to feel upset?
Our mutual advancement? If you look at the warmongering the Jewish liberal elites have been engaging in over the centuries, it’s probably not inappropriate to “feel upset”. Now, if you’re a liberal dipshit who is quick to shout “Nazi”, then do a few minutes of research and look up who has been financing the great wars. Start with the Rothschild family and their importance for the Napoleonic wars. From there, branch into any direction you want. You’ll always come across Jews.
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