Steve Sailer: "Am I, Personally, Dumbing Down the World?"
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Earlier: David Card Wins Econ Nobel For Not Noticing Most Flagrant Cocaine Boom In Economic History

Earlier than that—2006: George Borjas vs. David Card's Unworldly Philosophy and 2017: HOTEL SCARFACE And The Economics of Immigration

From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:

The Nobel Prize and the Cocaine Gold Rush
Steve Sailer

October 13, 2021

This week’s awarding of the (quasi-) Nobel Prize in economics to David Card for, in part, an immigration study that I definitively undermined way back in 2006 raises a nagging question in my mind: As cancel culture gets ever more pervasive, are my better insights tending, perversely, to dumb down the world by ruling ever larger chunks of reality off-limits to the ambitious?

Card’s celebrated research into the impact on Miami wages of the 1980 Mariel boatlift of immigrants is such a sitting duck that it’s hard otherwise to explain why nobody respectable has dared call it out in the last decade and a half.

Is my productivity and prescience keeping more respectable thinkers from later either:

—Citing me for a discovery, and thus risk being tarred by guilt with association for having heard of me, or

—Stealing a discovery of mine and thus risking guilt by association that way?

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