“Silence; We’re Studying for Our Pregnancy Test” (2008), “Your Kids: Dumb, Difficult and Dispensable” (2010), “Higher Education Is A Hard Row To Ho” (2014): The author of such titles is well aware of how stupid, on average, American millennials are. She has been for some time.
The 2010 piece aforementioned warned that “the electronic toys our dim, attention-deficient darlings depend on to sustain brain waves are made, for the most, by older people,” and that “the hi-tech endeavor consist in older Americans and Asians uniting to supply young, twittering twits with the playthings that keep their brainwaves from flatlining.”
According to my sources in the high-tech industry, for every useless, self-aggrandizing Gen Yer, a respectful, bright, industrious (East) Asian, with a wicked work ethic, waits in the wings. The millennial generation will be another nail in the coffin of the flailing American productivity.
Encounters over the years with a relatively smart cohort, through this column, have solidified these impressions. Oh yes: I did my patriotic part. I attempted to employ a Millennial or two. I found them to be incapable of following simple written instructions. Their interactions were, moreover, pathologically personal, never professional.
Now, confirmation of these anecdotal impressions comes courtesy of researchers at the Princeton-based Educational Testing Service (ETS). Sponsored by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the ETS researchers found that, “Not only do Gen Y Americans trail their overseas peers by every measure, but they even score lower than other age groups of Americans.”
Millennials in the U.S. lag in literacy, “including the ability to follow simple instructions, practical math, and—hold on to your hat—a category called ‘problem-solving in technology-rich environments.’” Worse yet: “Even the best-educated Millennials stateside couldn’t compete with their counterparts in Japan, Finland, South Korea, Belgium, Sweden, or elsewhere. … Altogether, the top U.S. Gen Yers, in the 90th percentile, scored lower than their counterparts in 15 countries.”
This includes millennials with masters degrees and doctorates. Our best and brightest managed to best their peers in only three countries: Ireland, Poland and Spain. Much as Charles Murray has documented in his seminal “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010,” the results obtain irrespective of class and race.
Rejoice! America is becoming an egalitarian Idiocracy.
Let us anchor these general findings about the nature of the Gen Y Beast in particular examples from the passing week.
A few students at the University of Oklahoma were caught in flagrante, singing a racist ditty while white. The cretins of cable were in high dudgeon. CNN’s Brianna Keilar crisscrossed a black student, Meagan Johnson, about her experience with racism on the UO campus.
Oh yes, replied the girl. She had indeed endured the indignities of racism at the UO. “We experience forms, different forms of racism on our campus all the time. It wasn’t shocking at all.” Keilar requested examples. Right away, the student replied that her “overall experience at OU has been a great one.” It was vital, she added, for “the University of Oklahoma … to focus on diversity across our campus. … it needs to be a campus wide effort to make OU [a] more diverse and more inclusive place.”
Here was an example of an educated lass who was incapable of comprehending and answering a straightforward question. Encouraged by Keilar’s effusive praise—”I love your perspective on this Meagan,” she gushed—the girl went on to cop to experiencing “racial microaggression”: She had been asked for lessons in twerking and complimented on her weave.
A pedagogue, presumably, had taught the girl about “microaggression.” Race Robocop Keilar responded with compliments. Thus was this Millennial’s mindlessness reinforced.
Millennials have been pre-programmed and praised for stupidity. They’ve acquired an education yet they remain uneducated. For an educated young American would know that racist speech, too, is constitutionally protected speech. And an educated young American would know that, as professor Eugene Volokh teaches, “It’s unconstitutional for the University of Oklahoma to expel students for racist speech.”
It would appear that when the neocortex is underused, the reptilian brain takes over.
Hysteria and heightened emotions are the hallmarks of the Millennial Mind. They can “whip up a false sense of mass outrage” with ease. The Spectator’s Brendan O’Neill calls these walking dead dodos “The Stepford Students.” They sit “stony-eyed in lecture halls or surreptitiously police beer-fueled banter in the uni bar. They look like students, dress like students, smell like students. But their student brains have been replaced by brains bereft of critical faculties and programmed to conform. To the untrained eye, they seem like your average book-devouring, ideas-discussing, H&M-adorned youth, but anyone who’s spent more than five minutes in their company will know that these students are far more interested in shutting debate down than opening it up.”
Black, liberal and bright—oops; I committed a “microaggression”—comedian Chris Rock recently confessed that he avoids doing his stand-up routine in front of millennial audiences. “You can’t say ‘the black kid over there.’ No, it’s ‘the guy with the red shoes.’ You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.”
In the Orwellian universe in which your kids are suspended, words speak louder than actions. Drunken youths sang a nine-second ditty while white—they did not defraud, steal, vandalize, beat, rape or murder anyone; they merely mouthed ugly words.
Unkind cuts, however, called for an exorcism. On cue, a petrified Waspy man, OU President David Boren, proceeded to perform the rituals that would soothe his unhinged charges. While Boren failed to fumigate the fraternity, tear his clothes; rub earth and ashes on his noggin and dress in sackcloth—he did shutter the doors to the dorm and board up its windows. A vice president of diversity was appointed. Soviet-style investigations launched, and summary expulsions sans due process carried out.
Tyranny, as we know, strives for uniformity.
In synch with their pedagogic pied piper, University of Oklahoma students gathered for prayer vigils, marches, demonstrations and lamentation. Burly athletes wept. One Oklahoma football lineman “decommitted,” or was committed.
This menagerie of morons—this institutionalized stupidity—would be comical were it not so calamitous, as shown by the research commissioned by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
ILANA Mercer is a paleolibertarian writer, based in the United States. She pens WND’s longest-standing, exclusive paleolibertarian column, “Return to Reason.” She is a contributor to the preeminent libertarian site Economic Policy Journal and to Junge Freiheit, a German weekly of excellence. Ilana is a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, an award-winning, independent, non-profit, free-market economic policy think tank. Ilana’s latest book is “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons For America From Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Her website is www.IlanaMercer.com. She blogs at www.barelyablog.com.
White conservative Vermont is still white – but it not conservative any more.
It is high tax, high government spending, and so on.
And it is also “socially liberal” – for example it is saturated with heroin. A strong society (which Vermont used to be) does not produce large numbers of people who fall into such addiction.
I mention the above because it is indicates that the problem is not racial.
The Vermont of today has not stopped being white – but it is not the conservative State it was in the 1930s.
What matters is culture – and, in the end, culture depends on ideas. Culture depends on what people believe – if they stop having the right principles, everything eventually falls apart.
Read some stuff, sent it to a former work friend who lives there, he didn’t have much to say.
However the problem is bad here in Ohio, no more pills, the governor tightened the laws somehow, so they turned to crack,tthen heroin.
Over the weekend they busted 34 idiots, mostly family members with cocaine, $85,000 cash, guns and $400,000 in cocaine. Just in my northern county.
Drug bust happen a lot in the state, so its no surprise.
Tyranny, as we know, strives for uniformity.
Then why do our would-be tyrants in the West support mass immigration and the ever fissiparous special interest groups of sexual and racial politics? Some tyrannies want uniformity only in the mental realm. The Soviet Union under Stalin celebrated its racial diversity. The more diverse, the less united, the easier to rule. Here’s Imam Muhammad Kadzwil demanding both an ever-more diverse Europe and an ever-more uniform media:
“Police and law enforcement also need to be strengthened. This includes actively enforcing laws against incitement and hate speech, and taking a firmer approach against those who promote intolerance and violence. Never before has Europe’s intellectual elite joined with the continent’s senior political leadership and top legal experts within the same conference to genuinely address the very real threats faced by all Europe’s citizens. Now we must transfer these important words into real action,” Imam Muhammad said. Imam Muhammad Kadzwil calls for a “European Framework National Statute for the Promotion of Tolerance”
Government backed mass immigration (“come here and get free stuff – free education, free health care, Food Stamps, “earned” income tax credit…..” and on and on) does indeed not pass the smell test.
Senator “Teddy” Kennedy was not a nice man, not a compassionate man. He did not give a damn about suffering people anywhere (including in Boston) – all he wanted was their votes.
Therefore his immigration Act of 1965 must be seen as political move.
Get a lot of poor people in the country and on government benefits – and they will vote Democrat (and they do).
It is as crude as that.
As for the general “Cultural Marxism” point.
Yes the Frankfurt School do play games trying to turn people against “the capitalists” – on the basis of supposed “oppression” on racial, gender, sexual orientation (and on and on) lines.
The alliance between “Machine” Democrats seeking votes (in return for government benefits) and Marxists seeking to destroy Civil Society (“capitalism”) is a long term matter.
Such cities as Chicago are dominated by it – and it hard to tell who is using whom (whether “The Machine” is using the Marxists or the Marxists are using The Machine – or whether both sides benefit from their unholy alliance).
The politics of other Western countries is similar – with non Marxist parties of the left supporting the mass immigration of people they can get on benefits, and the Marxists supporting the same government backed mass immigration for their own reasons.
By the way – Stalin did not celebrate racial diversity much although he was “Commissar for Nationalities”.
Stalin was an orthodox Marxist – he did not hold the Frankfurt School types in high regard.
Those American blacks who looked to Stalin as a liberator were fools – as privately his views on other races were similar to the (very nasty) views of Karl Marx himself.
The British Fabians (Mr and Mrs Webb, G.B. Shaw. H.G. Wells
I got cut off talking about those hero figures of the left – the Fabians.
George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells and so on.
They were actually utterly vile – wanting to actively exterminate “inferior” raced (“all those teeming masses of blacks, browns and yellows…”).
If the left were sincere in their “anti racism” they would denounce the Fabians – instead they revere.
The only plausible conclusion is that the “anti racism” of the left is insincere – they are just “using” the blacks and so on.
In fact the whole “Cultural Marxism” thing is insincere – the Marxist totalitarians do not really care about the “rights of women” or the “freedom of homosexuals”.
After all the Marxists have, in most Western countries, allied with the forces of Islam – who would enslave women and exterminate homosexuals.
All the Marxists really care about is destroying private property based civilisation (“capitalism”) – the rest is just a smoke screen.