300,000 Chinese people have an IQ above 160, which means they can do highly innovative work in quantum physics and mathematics and invent sciences and win Nobels, and all of them work for the Government of China as officials, academics or researchers.
For fifty generations, China’s geniuses have always become government officials because, well, because China only allows geniuses run the country. No-one else need apply.
Young geniuses with political ambitions live in the poorest villages until they raise incomes 50%. Then, if their KPIs remain high for a quarter century, they might ascend to Beijing, official Valhalla.
Two geniuses – one ran the space program, and his buddy who designed its rockets – were made Provincial Governors, each responsible for 5% economic growth in his province, for environmental improvement, for a dozen KPIs, and for delivering their share of the Five Year Plan.
In preparation for their career change, they went back to school. They spent a semester at the most exclusive university on earth, the lakeside campus of the Central Party School in Beijing. There they hung out with world thinkers who earn small fortunes for giving seminars to promising officials and yakking about the future. A Hungarian economist friend, who had heard about the School’s generosity, waited until he was seated on the ‘plane to open his honorarium envelope, “My hands shook. I actually wept. The next week, I paid off the mortgage, bought my wife a car, and left the rest in the bank”.
Xi Jinping began his cursus honorumat the same age as Cicero, by being elected Village Party Secretary at nineteen. His KPIs were excellent for 25 years, and he picked up a Master’s in Marxist economics and a PhD in rural marketization. An Oxford PhD and African developmental economist attending a conference in Beijing was astonished to find herself sipping tea with Xi and his translator in his office, gabbing about Chinese aid hits and misses. Xi, incidentally, is held responsible for the same KPIs and the same Five Year goals. All of them.
President Trump despaired, “People say I don’t like China? No, I love them! But their leaders are much smarter than ours. And we can’t maintain ourselves against that. It’s like playing the New England Patriots and Tom Brady against your high school football team.” His elaboration on Xi’s personal qualities is interesting:
30,000Westerners have an IQ above 160, but none of them will ever govern a state, let alone a country. Honesty is fatal in our politics, and smart people are honest.
In addition to their lack of intelligence, education and morality, our officials are unaccountable and have no goals. Most have never accomplished anything beyond winning an election, as their disastrous policies make clear.
Let’s not beat a dead horse. There’s no way on God’s earth the West can compete with China, as Lee Kwan Yewwarned decades ago, “The size of China’s displacement of the world balance is such that the world must find a new balance. It is not possible to pretend that this is just another big player. This is the biggest player in the history of the world”.
If you’re interested in how China actually works, read Why China Leads the World: Talent at the Top, Data in the Middle, Democracy from the Bottom. To learn how Chinese officialdom works, read Dean of Shandong, whose author, Daniel Bell, was a Chinese Government official in this lifetime.
IQ is distributed logarithmically and since China’s national IQ is 105, its 1.4 billion citizens harbor 300,000 of them. 95% of us have IQ’s under 130, so theoretical physics is probably beyond us.
There are typically 3 levels of civil service between a provincial governor and the President of China. At the provincial level, the governor is considered a level-1 official. Above the governor are level-2 officials who are responsible for larger regions or multiple provinces, such as the vice-ministers in various ministries of the central government. Level-3 officials are the highest-ranking officials in the country and are responsible for national policies and decision-making. The President of China is a level-3 official.
the sequential order of public offices held by aspiring politicians in the Roman Republic and early Empire.
Because China’s median IQ is 105+ and the West’s is 100- and because IQ is logarithmic and because China has twice as many people.
Lee graduated at the top of his year at Cambridge – he was a genius who ran his country well. He. His Prime Minister son outshone him – in mathematics. Singapore will succeed if it keeps Prime Ministerial IQ above 130? China’s has probably not been below 130 since 505 AD.
I totally agree with the IQ dominance of China (and much of Asia) over the West, with the west having its own issues. Here in UK we can see the superiority of Indian Asians on a daily basis - and not just with the prime minister.
Not so sure about the maths though. IQ is distributed on a Normal Curve (Gaussian curve) not logarithmically. In a sense there is a logarithmic curve involved though this is e^(-x-squared /2), so more complex than simply logarithmic.
Standard deviation is generally assumed to be 15 so with a Chinese mean of 105 that implies 0.0123% of the pop with IQ over 160 or about 177k.
But still with a lower mean of 100 the west would have about a quarter of that rate of >160 genii and a smaller population. I suspect too that 105 is possibly low for China and 100 high for the west. While there may still be some brain drain effect importing the best asians into the west I agree that a 10: ratio China to the west sounds roughly correct.
And your selection by talent point is very accurate.
And then more technically. IQ is normally distributed by design rather than nature. That is the scoring does not so measure IQ but orders all the respondents in rank order and then applies a normal curve on them to get a convenient measure which is called IQ. Yes many natural things (like height) do turn out to have a normal distribution. But there is no actual intelligence measure. Even if there was we have no idea if it would correlate linearly to IQ. Essentially any judgements about IQ of those over 130 are guesses, there is simply not a lot of data about.
None of that though challenges your point that the people running China are smarter than those in the west and selected to be smarter.