How intelligent is America? How intelligent are you? Here is one simple test

Intelligence can be measured in many ways, depending on what is being tested, the nature of the test itself, the method of scoring, the testing experience of the tester, and the testing experience of those being tested.

That said, two reasonably good criteria for intelligence are:

  1. The ability and willingness to evaluate data, and
  2. The refusal to accept opinions from proven liars and charlatans.

Here is one small example of what one might consider to be a test of intelligence:

Percent who say they are unsure or will not take the COVID-19 vaccine
Survey of U.S. registered voters, Nov. 9, 2020, to Feb. 23, 2021

Reproduced from Civiqs; Chart: Axios Visuals

Now let’s view the extremes. First the bottom:

Do you plan to take a coronavirus vaccine if it becomes available?
Refined by: Party: Republican; Gender: Male; Age: 18-34; Race: White; Education: Non-College Graduate

The people least likely to take the vaccine are White, Republican males, age 18-34, who have not graduated college.

Then the top:

Do you plan to take a coronavirus vaccine if it becomes available?
Party: Refined by: Party: Democrat; Gender: Male; Age: 50-64; Race: White; Education: College Graduate

The people most likely to take the vaccine are White, Democrat males, age 50-64, who are college graduates.
The single biggest variable is Party, with only 2% of the Democrats saying they will not take the vaccine, while an astounding 64% of the Republicans saying they will refuse.
That comprises a massive number of Americans angling to receive Darwin Awards.

Unfortunately, those having low intelligence are not intelligent enough to understand that their opinions are based on low intelligence. So they follow others of low intelligence or others who will do them harm.

The clearest symptoms of low intelligence are acting indefensibly and defending the indefensible — for example, the people who encouraged, participated in, or defend the attempt to overturn the American elections by force, and/or who now speak longingly of secession from the United States.

Because truth and logic seldom penetrate the minds of the unintelligent (who usually prefer to believe and repeat rumors, conspiracy theories, and outright lies), the only hope is that these unintelligent people do not cause irreparable harm to the world.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

  1. Eliminate FICA
  2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
  3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax
  4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
  5. Salary for attending school
  6. Eliminate federal taxes on business
  7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 
  8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
  9. Federal ownership of all banks
  10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.


6 thoughts on “How intelligent is America? How intelligent are you? Here is one simple test

  1. For the record, I am white, age 36, can’t stand Trump or Republicans, have a master’s degree in chemistry, and I am probably one of the most progressive people I know. I am not an anti-vaxxer, and in fact have been getting my annual flu shot every year without fail since 2006. And yet, to this day I am still very wary of, and on the fence about, taking a literally experimental vaccine using a brand new technology that only has a few months of clinical trial data, with an estimated 10-50 times more side effects than the flu shot and (that we know of) about as much as the shingles vaccine, and still some questions remaining about efficacy, for a disease that has a best-estimated 99.7% survival rate on average (per the best IFR data), that at least 30% of Americans (and at least 50% of New Yorkers) most likely already had been infected with at some point by now, often without even realizing it.

    A disease which, while it can be quite serious and even deadly for some people, for which we nonetheless know now that Ivermectin and various nutritional supplements (vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, Quercetin, thiamine, niacin, and the amino acid lysine) are likely a much more effective prophylaxis (and treatment) than any vaccine. And when all else fails, there is always the MATH+ Protocol to fall back on. Now I could be wrong of course, as there is always at least a finite probability of that being the case. But that still doesn’t really sound like a position that only uneducated Republican knuckledraggers and conspiracy nuts would hold IMHO. Just my $0.02.


    1. In the past 8 years, a total of 310,000 Americans have died from influenza. The vaccine has not proved to be much more effective than 50%, due to it having to be based on a prediction, rather than on an actuality, and because it is revised each year, it too can be considered “experimental.”

      The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines had more testing, before use, than did any individual flu vaccine — actually, more than any vaccine in history. Scientists recommend I take the vaccine, and NOT PRESUMING TO KNOW MORE THAN THE SCIENTISTS, I do. Every fall.

      COVID-1 has killed more than 500,000 Americans in just one year. NOT PRESUMING TO KNOW MORE THAN THE SCIENTISTS, I have taken the 2-stage Moderna vaccination.

      You certainly may be right, and perhaps you do know more than the scientists. I won’t argue the question, but . . . What do you think the odds are?

      Oh, and be wary of niacin, zinc, and Vitamin D, individually and in combination. (As to COVID, what research has been done on the efficacy and side effects of the combination of vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, Quercetin, thiamine, niacin, and the amino acid lysine in the specific proportions you use?)

      Much good health to you.


      1. As an update to my previous post, not wanting to be the only one at my job who still didn’t get it, I did end up getting the vaccine after all. I took my number, waited in line, and got my first Moderna shot two days ago on April 10th, and I am due for the second one four weeks from then, May 8th. So far, so good in terms of side effects for me, knock on wood.

        (I would have actually preferred the one-and-done J&J shot, but that one is very hard to get right now, either sold out or fully booked in my neck of the woods.)

        Meanwhile, while waiting for its protection to kick in fully, I will be continuing my aforementioned nutritional prophylaxis as well. As for research about those items, I have some links if you are interested.

        Much good health to you as well 🙂


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