Charles Murray’s bubble quiz

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Modern societies identify the brightest youths with ever increasing efficiency and then guide them into fairly narrow educational and occupational channels. These channels are increasingly lucrative and influential, leading to the development of a distinct stratum in the social hierarchy, which we hereby dub the Cognitive Elite.

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There is a difficulty with giving “The Bell Curve” a chance. The paperback edition has 26 pages of front material, 552 pages of main text, a 23-page response to the critics, 111 pages of appendixes, another 111 pages of endnotes, and a 58-page bibliography. It’s a lot to get through. But there’s a shorter way to get a good idea of what’s in the book.

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In the aftermath of the Middlebury affair and the attendant publicity citing the SPLC’s allegations that I am a white nationalist, white supremacist, racist, and sexist, people who wonder whether these allegations have any basis need to know what I have to say about them. What follows is an edited and expanded version of the SPLC page that I can live with.

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I am probably the most unqualified person to analyze the larger meanings of last week’s events at Middlebury. It will take some time for me to be dispassionate. If you promise to bear that in mind, I will say what I’m thinking and rely on you to discount it appropriately: What happened last Thursday has the potential to be a disaster for American liberal education.

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Since 92% of America’s zip codes have fewer than 50% college graduates, that gives you a huge choice of unbubbly zip codes. But people with the tastes and preferences that give them low bubble scores probably don’t want to live in one of those zip codes. The easiest solution is the one I’m going to offer today: Move to a college town.

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The people in ethnically homogeneous small towns don’t affect the lives of the new upper class. The new upper class pervasively affects the lives of all Americans everywhere, through their effects on the nation’s politics, economy, and culture.

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My congratulations, along with those of the entire AEI community, go out to our own Dr. Charles Murray. It was recently announced that Dr. Murray will receive a 2016 Bradley Prize.

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White America is still, by a substantial majority, an America of rural areas, small towns and small cities.

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