It isn’t “The Man” that’s keeping you down, it is your great-great-great-grandparents.
To a striking extent, your overall life chances can be predicted not just from your parents’ status but also from your great-great-great-grandparents’. The recent study suggests that 10 percent of variation in income can be predicted based on your parents’ earnings. In contrast, my colleagues and I estimate that 50 to 60 percent of variation in overall status is determined by your lineage. The fortunes of high-status families inexorably fall, and those of low-status families rise, toward the average — what social scientists call “regression to the mean” — but the process can take 10 to 15 generations (300 to 450 years), much longer than most social scientists have estimated in the past.
In modern meritocratic societies, success still depends on individual effort. Our findings suggest, however, that the compulsion to strive, the talent to prosper and the ability to overcome failure are strongly inherited. We can’t know for certain what the mechanism of that inheritance is, though we know that genetics plays a surprisingly strong role. Alternative explanations that are in vogue — cultural traits, family economic resources, social networks — don’t hold up to scrutiny.
In other words, the fortitude to strive and overcome adversity is inherited as is the tendency to throw in the towel, say “screw it” and sign up for that EBT card.
This actually addresses a pet theory that I have had for many years.
I have contemplated what my ancestors went through in the mid 19th century to come to America and am quite impressed. They left their homes in Central Europe forever. When they said goodbye to their neighbors and countrymen, they knew full well that they would never see them again, or even hear their voices. They watched the land of their ancestors disappear as they traveled to a sea port and loaded into the stinking hull of a sailing steamer. They took a month to cross the ocean to a strange land. Then, after disembarking, they worked their way half way across a continent to break the sod on a wilderness prairie in order to bet their lives on grain.
That took courage, forbearance, fortitude and a willingness to survive and thrive at all costs. Presumably, many millions of their countrymen back in Austria, Bohemia, Bavaria, Prussia said, “screw that! Too much work.” If these traits are passed on generation to generation. The people of the United States must have inherited genes that promote a bit more determination than did our distant cousins back in the “old country”, right?
Of course the article points out that we all tend to regress to the mean over time; about 10-15 generations. That would mean that we are quickly using up our supply of super determined genes as we go about breeding them out. Meanwhile, my slack-assed 6th cousins back in Královéhradecký are getting their act together by now too.
Whatever the case, the left is going to hate this because, if genes are destiny, they can’t really build a better communist man by indoctrinating away his false consciousness.
That is just scratching the surface of the implications to here. Expect this study to be ridiculed, suppressed and ignored.