January 24, 2017

How culture determines economic status

Rebel Staff

In Dr. Sowell’s book the economics and politics of race, Sowell states that Chinese, Jews, and Japanese tend to be overachievers in America, while, Blacks, Puerto Ricans, and Mexicans tend to be underachievers. 

In short, he theorizes that the variables in economic success or lack of success is found in the culture of a particular group. The cultures have changed but has his general premise changed? That is to say, does a group’s culture largely determine the group’s economic success? Well, there’s a lot of evidence supporting Dr. Sowell’s enlightening theory.

The left would claim that the poor economic standings of certain communities is due to discrimination and, therefore, leftists claim that we need governmental intervention to uplift their economic standings. The problem with that argument, though, is that once you open economic opportunities for a group of people, that is to say, once you end government sanctioned discrimination, it takes generations for an entire race to uplift themselves from poverty. So, there doesn’t currently have to be discrimination for us to see clear disparities in income since poverty echoes through the generations.

Beyond that criticism of their argument, there are minority groups who are economically successful and who have made great strides in our society. These include blacks too from the West Indies and West Africa. They tend to do much better in our country than they did in their former countries. Interestingly enough, we can even see the development of wealth as the generations pass.

So, for example, my parents were poor, and I grew up poor, but because of the choices that I have made in my life, my children will not grow up poor, and, if my children do the same as me, alas, we have a strong net-family income and inheritance. Therein lies, culture.

Conservatives, as well as Sowell, would point towards culture as being the determining factor in economic success and I’m inclined to agree.

Watch as I give two examples of cultural practices that affect economic success - marriage and crime.

In conclusion, Dr. Sowell’s theory and Conservative-thought on this issue is largely supported by empirical evidence.

I’ve just given you two great examples of culture determining economic success (marriage and crime). Other examples include what groups tend to study in university. For example, Chinese and Japanese tend to collect degrees from science and technology. Another example are the kinds of tactics parents employ to their children. The whole “Tiger Mom” stereotype is, yes, a meme, but, when critically analyzed, the firm and loving parenting style is a preferable model over the majority of other parenting styles, at least, if you want your child to obtain higher income.

Remember, this is culture determining economic status. That is to say, it’s not hopeless.

We’re actually starting to see changes, as second generation blacks and Mexicans are entering into colleges more and obtaining more degrees in maths and sciences at the average rate of the general population.

In addition, we can see the IQ of a race increase by small margins, as the generations pass, by the environmental factors that do contribute to a person’s intelligence. If IQ is an excellent indicator of a group’s current or potential economic standing, then, though blacks and latinos still have a margin to go (15 points), there is measurable progress, even in the realm of something like intelligence. This is called the Flynn effect, in case you didn’t know, dear viewer.

It’d be wrong to permanently stigmatize people as racists do. At the same time, though, it’s also wrong to ignore culture when discussing the economic standings of certain groups as liberals do.

Groups of people can change but that change is slow and that change first occurs at the individual level (socially, economically, and politically). We’ve seen this among many minority groups, not just the ones mentioned.

You can change. You can marry and stay married. You don’t have to have your child out of wedlock. You don’t have to commit a violent crime. In a free and open market system where individual liberty is protected, like today, nothing’s stopping you. So, go for it.

Follow Jay on Twitter at @JayFayza

You must be logged in to comment. Click here to log in.
commented 2017-01-25 01:45:59 -0500
Well said Jay and of course the truth will be denied by the useless left.
commented 2017-01-24 22:49:37 -0500
John Dickin—-In a year, it will have a great deal to do with Canada. There will be a wall on the US-Mexican border, so Mexicans and their families that want free stuff will hop on a small ship and sail up to some hidden area in BC and they are in. Women like the weekend protesters will say ," Don’t send them back, look at the children , we can take care of them." So BC will get a double hit, Trudeau’s Muslims and California’s Mexicans.
commented 2017-01-24 20:18:46 -0500
BTW Jay, I don’t know if you read these comments, but you have (for many reasons) become my #1 rebel reporter. I know for a fact that you ACTUALLY do real research before you present.

You consistently report on issues that actual empirical science supports, and fake science intentionally and continually tries to disprove for ulterior motives. Keep up the Great Work you do! You are an outstanding credit to therebel.media … Ezra, please pay attention, don’t let this guy go!!!
commented 2017-01-24 18:27:20 -0500
Good and important work Jay! Us white conservatives appreciate your thinking and wish prosperity on all the world’s people.
commented 2017-01-24 18:27:09 -0500
Thank you Jay Fayza for recognizing one important aspect!
at about 5:45 onward … “the firm & loving parenting style is a preferable model over the majority of parenting styles…”
Nowhere is this clearer than the fact that Singapore (where authoritative / authoritarian styles are most common) is one of the most peaceful & low-crime jurisdictions on the planet whereas the opposite is Sweden, where everyone has been forced into the positive-permissive-disengaged parenting style spectrum is becoming one of the most violent societies in the western world.
commented 2017-01-24 16:21:21 -0500
Jay, great advice and a great example for your peers, and indeed all of us. Its information that is not pulled out of thin air. These are proven stats which can be verified and should be paid attention to and encouraged for a healthy society. A strong nuclear family unit is exactly what cultural Marxism tries to kill. It’s too hard to influence an emotionally, morally and economically strong society.
Important stuff.
commented 2017-01-24 16:09:54 -0500
John Dickin, you’re an idiot!
commented 2017-01-24 15:50:24 -0500
John Dickin; Seriously? You don’t see the similarities? Can’t help you.
commented 2017-01-24 15:32:37 -0500
I feel that Immigrants, no matter what their skin color, who are willing to integrate with Western Society, tend to do better than those who try to stay with there traditional backgrounds. This is not to say that they should forget their traditions.

I do not include religion in the above statement. A Muslim who tries to assimilate western traditions, for instance, would likely end up dead.
commented 2017-01-24 15:25:51 -0500
So,what has this article got to do with Canada? Please don’t effect the problems of the states on Canada.
commented 2017-01-24 14:47:52 -0500
From what I heard you say, Jay, is that a strong family unit with both mother and father is primary in bringing people out of poverty. Sounds like a Conservative value.
<-- /_page_stream.html -->