The real reason we should stop talking about race and IQ is that it’s a very short slide from there to biological determinism of IQ based on socio-political phenotype. I do not think proving red/blue brain biochemistry hypothesis is going to be at all useful in the present political situ. There are already significant findings correlating lack of educational attainment with Trump voters– and educational attainment is generally used in cognitive genomics studies as a proxy for IQ.
I may mock Razib “Gunga” Khan for his oft professed “small c” conservative/”classic liberal” values, but he said the truest thing evah once at Crooked Timber– musing on the raw unpersuadability of the conservative base–
“How to tell stupid people they are stupid…”
Culture is humanity’s greatest adaptation. It enabled humans to live in social groups, and evolve our large expensive brains. But cultural adaptation has also enabled the red tribe to temporarily seize control of US government– the sole criteria to lead the right is now the ability to win. In game theory, AllD (all defector strategy) alla time. The right’s elites have weaponized its base’s lower IQ (lower ON AVERAGE, like the HBD guys say) and inherent lack of intellectual curiosity– the low-information voters of the pre-internet age have turned out to be highly permeable to false information. The single main attribute that informs the Right is ressentiment– from the incels that cant get hot women to date them to the miners, truckers, farmers and factory workers that see their brown industry jobs increasingly automated or shipped overseas. They have to cheat to win because the system is unfair.
But this had to happen…it may take 15 years like it did in California, but eventually the GOP will collapse and have to re-invent itself. It took a perfect storm for Trump to win, and it solidified the right– the only value that matters now is to win.
If the incel movement is a pushback against feminism, then remember feminism is itself a pushback against plus ten million years of misogyny. Social justice is a pushback against racism and slavery. Overt misogyny and racism carry social capital penalties. And they should! Its why the SSC racists so object to being called racists. Its why James Damore got fired. Evolving demographics in a representative democracy force cultural adaptation– women and minorities can vote here. That is what feminism and social justice/civil rights are– cultural adaptations to support demographic evolution of the environment.
Now I cannot say with certainty what will happen– spontaneous collapse of the GOP would be the best outcome for all– but it could be a Jesusland split, a civil war, a gradual California-style liberal take-over, etc…but I can say what will never happen– that the US returns somehow to being 90% white. And I think proving IQ differences between sub-populations is the very last thing we should be working towards.