Jeb Bush revealed during an interview with National Review editor Rich Lowry that his views were “informed” by the racist literature known as The Bell Curve — gentle-beings of the internet, behold, your moderate GOP candidate!
The book, which was penned by Charles Murray, a “scholar” at a right-wing think tank known as the American Enterprise Institute, argues that intelligence differences among the “races” explains inequality in the United States. His book has widespread support among racists who want to push pseudoscience.
And apparently Jeb Bush is one of those supporters, too. During the interview, Bush the Least explained that his view on the breakup of American families was informed by the notorious book. From Talking Points Memo:
[National Review editor Rich] Lowry asked Bush, “… is there any policy or anything public officials can do to help turn back what has been a rising tide of family breakdown crossing decades now?”
“Absolutely, there is,” Bush, a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said. “It’s not exactly the core. My views on this were shaped a lot on this by Charles Murray’s book, except I was reading the book and I was waiting for the last chapter with the really cool solutions — didn’t quite get there.”
Later in the interview, Lowry asked Bush what he likes to read. Again, he cited Murray.
“I like Charles Murray books to be honest with you, which means I’m a total nerd I guess,” Bush said.
It also makes him a total racist, too. But if I’ve learned anything the last few years, it’s that racist and nerd can easily be mutually inclusive categories.
Jeb is also echoing his brother, Dubya, who, while at Yale, said that, “Poor people are poor because they’re lazy.”
The sort of population who think that The Bell Curve is serious scholarship are the same sorts of people who are likely to rank low on the IQ scale themselves. The book was described by a columnist at The New York Times as a “scabrous piece” of racist smut “masquerading as serious scholarship.”
My personal view of the book, and of IQ in general, is that it’s another thing people use to feel superior towards a others. The only thing your IQ number gauges is how well you pass an IQ test. That’s why I hammer racists and right-wingers for ranking so low — this is a test that’s culturally geared towards you, that you have a handicap in, and you still can’t get a high number on it?
It’s pathetic, just like Jeb Bush.
You can listen to the remarks below: