So much assertiveness from my "metal comrades".
I'm delighted to read so much arrogance.
When some of you implied the fact that some people are stupid, did you really think about it before typing it?
Lets see: I've been there, I've been working in jobs in which many of you haven't been and probably will never be. I suppose if you would 'd called me stupid for hating my job at that time and wanting to climb up.
Of course, at that time I would've given you that impression. I think what we got here is mere elitism since many of you to me are the "stupid" ones. Fancy words don't make you much more intelligent. Higher IQ nowadays merely means you can remember what books say. Can you apply all that theory? Can you apply all that wisdom? and if so, for how long will you? One year? Two years? Until you find a girlfriend? Until you get married? Until you have childrens? For how long will you pertain to the "higher" group?
You would be surprised by how much you could learn from those "stupid" people. I'm sure some of them could survive longer than you. You wanna be "superior"? ... Then books wont be the sole solution, you'll need to develop every single quality you got. you'll have to be self sufficient, coordinated, organized, and much more. Tell me, are you (some of you) all that? if so, then you can be elitist. If not, then you simply remind me of those annoying university students that come across my path everyday. They firmly believe being the future, and the center of the world as well.
This is why I cannot comprehend Born for Banning's idea of complete eradication of "stupid" people. A less intelligent person can act towards the same goal as a far more intelligent person. And the aims of many "stupid" people can be far more practical and "noble" then that of far more educated men.
Europe's bloody "exploration" of the world was done so under the guess that we are smarter then those we conquer, thus they benefit from out better judgment even if they don't understand it. This idea was also used in slavery in America. We give the black man a place to sleep and food, hes to stupid to be happy and healthy without us.
We often make assumptions on this board about many things because it is assumption to be true by some many here. Its easy to say that smart people should control government and the idiotic should have little power in themselves and i do agree with this, But it is when we actually start to make some sort of plan or present a plan of our own that we must elaborate on. Who is stupid, what characteristics befall one who is stupid (and it would be best to avoid the tautology here) and why these are unfavorable. All these things need to be explained when someone suggests to cull the population starting at the bottom.
Thats why assumptions can be dangerous, they carry all the weight of truth without every being tested for is truthfulness. Perhaps its time to actually begin asking what is stupidity simply because this thread has gone far enough and laid too many theories on an assumed truth (and this truth may only be for the individual rather then the collective making the idea even more worrying).
This is another strawman.
Rather then it being a strawman argument it is a Reductio ad absurdum. He stated that it is a waste of talent for an intelligent man to manage those who less intelligent then he is and cater to there needs. But the first part of what he said can be ignored.
What he stated would be true except for the fact that most menial tasks exist in any sophisticated society. Greece, Rome Egypt, china and japan all had slaves and they complete the menial tasks. And when there are not slaves there is a cheap work force. So contrary to what he said it is the more elegant civilizations that need these vast idiotic hordes to do their work.
So since our society does not have all these menial task because of its design (although many task today exist solely because of that design) he is simply saying that that a leader is wasting their talent to make the society that allows those lower class citizens which are important to exist.