Yes, Some Races Are Objectively Better Than Others
by David Sims
JORDAN Peterson is sometimes right, but he is often wrong. For example, contrary to his pronouncements, some groups (races) are indeed worth more than others. The test of worth is simple. If you allocate resources to enable Race B, and all you get is violence, dependency, no significant culture, and no technical progress, then you have wasted those resources. On the other hand, if you allocate resources to enable Race A, and you get a peaceful society of productive people, much culture, and much technical progress, then you have wisely invested those resources. While it is true that any race you examine will turn out to exceed other races in some ability or other, it is also true that not all abilities are equally important, and that some races are, overall, better than other races.
Worth, is, after all, relative to the welfare of people. If some racial groups can create things better than others can, and can produce more of those better creations than others can, and have a higher ratio of benefits to liabilities to mankind in general, then they are a sort of natural elite, having a worth greater than that of those others.
Peterson is also wrong about the reasonableness of having pride in one’s race. He set up a straw man argument in which he replaced what that pride really is with something that it is not. Peterson averred that being proud of your race involves laying a personal claim of credit for what other members of your race (e.g., your ancestors) did. And that isn’t the basis of race pride at all. Rather, one is proud of one’s race in the same sense that one might be proud of one’s father, who did great and wonderful things when he was alive. You aren’t claiming his achievements as your achievements. You are just proud to have him as your father. Likewise, you may be proud of your race, which has done great and wonderful things. You aren’t claiming all its achievements as your own personal achievements. No one does this.
But human ability is, to a large extent, hereditary. To be sure, abilities often require training before they reach their zenith, but no amount of training will enable anyone to surpass the limitations of his innate abilities. If your ancestors have proved, by their deeds, that they are very able persons, persons of high quality overall, and especially in certain particular respects — if your ancestors proved, in other words, that they had a lot of Good Stuff in them, then the chances are high that you have some of that Good Stuff in you, too.
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