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One of the most memorably vivid characterizations of the USSR was as a communal apartment, in which every ethnicity had its own room. Except the majority Russians, who had to make do with the foyer while paying the bulk of the rent, which didn’t make them too happy.

In some sense, US Whites are not in a dissimilar situation. They were the ethnic group that essentially built the country and produced virtually all its most eminent intellectual figures, but now have to listen to BLM activists claiming “their people” built Princeton. (Just as they were once Kings and Queens of Egypt, which just goes to show that at its root BLM is essentially a “progressive” front for Black Nationalism). They are faced with constant attacks on their “privilege” even as that very privilege not just vanishes by goes into active reverse (see Deaton & Case’s revelations about the the White mortality crisis, and Ron Unz’s finding that the most discriminated against group in university admissions are White Gentiles).

Thus, it is not surprising to see an incipient reaction against this, the latest facet of it being the rash of White Student Unions now being formed in universities across the US.

Although the MSM has attempted to portray them as hickbilly racists and the hacker 4chan, it appears that they are enjoying a surge in support that would have been unimaginable before “the year of shrieking young black women.” Here is the top-voted comment on the USA Today article on this, for instance:

In todays society where people seem more divided by race than any time in recent history, is this even surprising or wrong? Maybe white people feel the need to band together in order to stand up for themselves.

Nor is this even limited to aggrieved Whites. According to a Breitbart investigation:

But this narrative is incorrect. In private interviews conducted with the creators of a number of these groups, Breitbart Tech has found that a number of the new “White Student Unions” are indeed the product of students on campus who are afraid to speak out publicly.

But these students aren’t white supremacists, or even white nationalists. In some cases, they are not even white. One of the anonymous student group founders we spoke to, who did not wish to be identified, was of South Asian descent. Another founder was Mexican-American. They are concerned by what they see as unchecked hostility towards their fellow white students.

Interestingly, these pages themselves appear to be explicitly adopting the language of the diversity commissars, as seen on one of the posts at the UCF White Student Union.

The White Student Union surge is a legitimate one filled with positive intentions. We will continue to be a voice and safe space for people of Whiteness.

Here’s another good one, in response to a Black SJW:

The term “white privilege” is a racist term used by ignorant bigots to further their hateful narratives against peoples of European ancestry. Look in the mirror to see the face of modern racist America.

The commissars are not amused by this trolling, and indeed, a number of the WSU’s have already been shut down at the behest of various universities by Zucky. Nonetheless, this isn’t winning them any favors in the court of public opinion, at least if the comments sections even on MSM sites are anything to go by. Although US Whites might suffer from excessive (even “pathological”) altruism, a dislike for overly blatant hypocrisy happens to be part of the package.

Because at least in many universities Whites already are a literal minority. Here is data on the racial demographics of U.C. Berkeley, one of the universities which was successful in its petition to have Facebook remove its WSU.

US Whites ceased being a plurality there as early as the mid-1990s!

ucb-racial-demographics

The above figures completely align with my own impressions. Moreover, it’s worth mentioning that not only do Asians get in way out of proportion to their share of the population, but they also overwhelmingly take the harder STEM classes. To find White majorities and Latinos you have to make your way to the humanities or even better, the “X Studies” classes.

The detailed ethnic statistics are if anything even more stunning.

U.C. Berkeley Undergrad Population %share
Chinese 18.5%
White 17.8%
International 14.0%
Mexican American/Chicano 10.4%
Jews 9.2%
South Asian 7.2%
Korean 4.9%
Other Hispanic/Latino 3.9%
African American/Black 3.4%
Vietnamese 3.4%
Filipino 3.1%
Japanese 1.7%
Other Asian 1.5%
Native American/Alaskan Native 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.2%

If you count Jews separately, which might be justified given their specific cognitive profile, US Whites are no longer even the biggest ethnic group there! Even Chinese-Americans (1.2% of the US population although rather more in California) are marginally ahead, while considering the typical international student profile – 32% Chinese – would take that group firmly into the lead. The combined Hispanic categories wouldn’t be far off from the White total, while Jews, South Asians, and Koreans are each at about a third to a half of the White total.

Now U.C. Berkeley might be somewhat of an extreme case, given the cosmopolitan nature of the Bay Area, but still it does very vividly illustrate how White dominance is increasingly becoming history not just as a matter of general demographics but – if anything with even greater speed – at the level of the future elites. And thus so long as the First Amendment and freedom of association remains a thing – which, admittedly, is far from clear – we will probably see a rise in this sort of (decidedly milquetoast) White racial particularism in the futurism. In other words, Whites will pick an unoccupied corner and start working on a partition wall.

 
• Category: Race/Ethnicity • Tags: Trolling, Universities, White Americans 
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Recent news of the Japanese government directing its public universities to stop offering social sciences and humanities courses raises some pretty important questions over the future of higher education in the age of fiscal deficits, automation, and e-learning ahead.

An entirely predictable debate followed, with skeptical conservatives (and I daresay most Unz readers) saying good riddance, and liberals screeching about how humanities are just as important as STEM for maintaining functional, civilized societies. Both make some good points but the largest issues, as always, seem to be systemically sidelined: Psychometrics, and to a lesser extent, the new possibilities opened up by technology.

(1) Here is the famous graphic produced by Linda Gottfredson. Probably only about 25% of the population can truly benefit from a university education, STEM or otherwise. All conversations must start from here.

education-and-iq

(2) For the lower IQ segments who like sciency stuff, “hands on” or apprenticeships are best. Germany has a very well developed system in this respect, with the result that a very large percentage of its workforce (relative to other First World countries) continues to find gainful employment in its manufacturing industries.

(3) I do think that Humanities and Social Sciences subjects can be quite useful, not least to inform and deepen work in STEM subjects themselves (e.g. gene-culture evolution)! And specialists in Economics, Linguistics, and various foreign cultures, etc. are very important for any state. But to achieve true competence in any of these areas you really need first rate human capital. There are greatly diminishing returns to funding proper university study of any of these subjects on as far as <115 IQ people are concerned.

But the benefits of studying any of these subjects extend beyond the merely functional, economic sense. A society in which even a plumber could venture some cogent thoughts on the collapse of the Roman Empire or the relative merits of Hobbes vs. Locke is a better and more cultured society and that has value of its own. Today there are plenty of online learning resources (e.g. Coursera, Udemy, etc) that they could be encouraged to take advantage of and even subsidized to do because ultimately they are only a tiny fraction of the cost of conventional university educations and will have little effect on the budget.

(4) Then there are the “fluff” subjects, like Anthropology, Sociology, African-American Studies, Women’s Studies, etc. Generally speaking, they are hopelessly politicized and produce negative value added, an unholy mixture of Marxist and postmodernist dreck. Some can and must be salvaged, while only the most overtly unscientific and grievance-based should be abolished entirely (e.g. African-American Studies, Women’s Studies). This “purging” process could be organized in the elite universities, and then once cleaned up should be left free to roll back into the middling universities alongside the H&SS group.

(5) Here is a summary:

Current Situation STEM H&SS Fluff
Elite Universities (IQ >120) Y Y Y
Middling Universities (IQ 105-120) Y Y X
Polytechs/Community Colleges (IQ 90-105) Apprenticeships Online X
No tertiary education (IQ <90) “Hands On” Online X

(6) There is a lot of specifically American angst over subsidized or free university funding, which is standard in Europe.

But it actually makes a lot of sense from both progressive and “reactionary” perspectives.

From the progressive perspective, having more human capital and more culture is good. There will be more of it if higher education is subsidized.

From the “reactionary” perspective, you want higher IQ people starting families at earlier ages and having more children. This is difficult to do if you’re saddled with student debts. Subsidizing university education will remove that problem.

Of course, subsidized education can be quite expensive. (Though nowhere near as expensive as modern healthcare or even pointless wars in the Middle East). But remember that I am suggesting limiting university educations to the top 25% of the population or so. The “STEM-orientated” people who are below that threshold will generally be better served by getting apprenticeships or hands on training (cheaper), while “H&SS-orientated” people now have the option of satiating their curiosity through online learning (MUCH cheaper). Ultimately I am not a ruthless conservative, I believe society should fund people to achieve their full potential. It’s just that this funding isn’t very well distributed now.

It is my impression that universities are becoming fossils in general, being made obsolete by technological advances and only clinging on because getting a paper degree still remains social convention. To be very frank, I am not even sure that the sort of things being taught in most undergraduate courses still needs to be done at brick and mortar establishments. Most humanities and social science courses consist of lectures for crying out loud. Just get some charismatic professor – he doesn’t even have to be the best in his field – to produce lectures with the requisite materials and post is on the Internet (for some people who prefer textual to in-person learning this reliance on lectures is actually harmful). The only thing that actually needs to be funded fully is exam-taking for certification purposes.

But barring truly radical changes, I think the previous suggestions would still be of general social benefit.

 
• Category: Economics • Tags: Education, Japan, Universities 
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Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.