We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Murray might be the most important social scientist of our time, but he became toxic to the Left for speaking truth about subcultural issues. Most of his recent work has been concerned with the white underclass, which is far larger than other ethnic or racial underclasses in the US.
Murray is toxic because he demonstrates with hard evidence that intelligence has some genetic component and that races do not score equally even when environmental factors are accounted for. His cultural commentary is fascinating to those who read him, but that is not the source of the anger against him.
Murray is indeed centrist in that he believes there is a large environmental and cultural component. Even though there haven't been any clear environmental causes identified, other than lead paint or getting dropped on your head, it is required to believe it anyway. In most circles, it is required to believe that intelligence is entirely the result of environmental, especially social factors. But even the most liberal of academics who actually read the research quietly acknowledge the genetic side. They don't broadcast it, though. They want their careers to continue. Murray is just more courageous.
It's not just liberals. Conservatives keep insisting that lack of dads and holding kids and schools accountable is the key, because they can't get past the idea that co-occurring does not mean cause. Not when it upsets their narrative.
We Are Doomed, as John Derbyshire said.
Assistant Village Idiot
Assistant Village Idiot: Even though there haven't been any clear environmental causes identified
The Flynn Effect is strong evidence of environmental influence on IQ.
I tend to think that IQ is overvalued, except at the margins. Obviously many people can not handle high-level abstraction (like calculus or computer science), but most people are fully functional for most tasks.
Lack of dads to set examples and to provide discipline is important.
IQ is indeed overvalued. There is floor necessary for completing jobs or tasks. In only a few cases is that floor very high. There are some. There is additionally some benefit in most jobs for another dozen points. But mostly, above the floor other factors assert their importance. Determination. Charm. Honesty. Beauty. Luck. Physical skill. Judgement. Self-control. Kindness. Empathy. A hundred other qualities can be important. We get stuck on IQ because it is measurable, while the others usually aren't.