The IQ of Politics

The IQ of Politics, by Tucker Carlson.

The country has reached a point where the elite consensus on any given issue should be reflexively distrusted.

Look, it’s really simple. The SAT 50 years ago pulled a lot of smart people out of every little town in America and funneled them into a small number of elite institutions, where they married each other, had kids, and moved to an even smaller number of elite neighborhoods. We created the most effective meritocracy ever.

But the problem with the meritocracy, is that it leeches all the empathy out of your society … The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid — I mean all the stuff that our ruling class is. …

Intelligence is not a moral category. That’s what I find a lot of people in my life assume. It’s not. God doesn’t care how smart you are, actually. …

Putting smart people in charge of things is fine, but what you really want is wise people. The beginning of wisdom is to know what an asshole you are. …

Carlson gets annoyed by elitist PC. This is his worst interview, the one he regrets most, where he got infuriated with the liberal writer Lauren Duca and got mean:

How did she infuriate him so?

It was the unreasonableness … It’s this assumption — and it’s held by a lot of people I live around [in an upscale Washington neighborhood] — that you’re on God’s side, everyone else is an infidel, and by calling them names you’re doing the Lord’s work. I just don’t think that’s admirable, and I’m not impressed by that.