The good news is that in the last few years the Gates Foundation has begun to get involved in this field. But, after getting in late, a decade after their splashy debuts in other fields, they’ve kept if pretty quiet. My guess is that Gates’ personal worldview is roughly the same as Mike Judge’s Idiocracy and Monty Python’s The Protestant View. We know he’s obsessed with IQ and that his father was big on population control. (As I pointed out in Taki’s Magazine, eugenics was the ideology of Silicon Valley’s founders, William Shockley and Fred Terman, and, for all I know, it might still be the sub rosa worldview out there. Here’s Paul Graham’s essay on “What You Can’t Say.”) How long do you think it would take you to explain the logic of micronutrient supplementation to raise national average IQ to Gates before he interrupted you and said, “Okay, yeah, I get it.” 90 seconds?
But because it’s pretty obvious that Gates comes out of the old WASP ideology of quality over quantity in reproduction, if anybody stopped and thought about it, he has to operate through these complicated double bankshot projects to burnish his reputation for being a true believer in political correctness, such as wasting (in his own admission) $2 billion on the lefty “small schools” fad of the last decade.