The Crucifixion of Jason Richwine

Michelle Malkin, Townhall, May 9, 2013


Jason Richwine works for the conservative Heritage Foundation. He’s a Harvard University Ph.D. who co-authored a study that pegs the cost of the Ted Kennedy Memorial Open Borders Act 2.0 legislation at $6.3 trillion. {snip}

Both Democrats and Republicans leaped to discredit the 102-page report without bothering to read it. The Washington Post falsely claimed that the study did not take into account increased revenues from amnestied illegal alien workers. It did. {snip}

{snip} Richwine received his doctorate in public policy in 2009 from Harvard University’s prestigious Kennedy School of Government. He holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and political science from American University. Before joining Heritage in 2010, he worked at the American Enterprise Institute on a dissertation fellowship.

Richwine’s 166-page dissertation, “IQ and Immigration Policy,” is now being used to smear him–and, by extension, all of Heritage’s scholarship–as “racist.” While the punditocracy and political establishment sanctimoniously call for “honest discussions” on race, they rush to crush bona fide, dispassionate academic inquiries into the controversial subjects of intelligence, racial and ethnic differences, and domestic policy.

Richwine’s entire thesis is now online here.

Part One reviews the science of IQ. Part Two delves into empirical research comparing IQs of the native-born American population with that of immigrant groups, with the Hispanic population broken out. Richwine explores the causes of an immigrant IQ deficit that appears to persist among Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. through several generations.

The thesis analyzes social policy consequences of these findings and uses a model of the labor market “to show how immigrant IQ affects the economic surplus accruing to natives and the wage impact on low-skill natives.”

{snip} The drooling attack dogs of the far-left blog Daily Kos have now launched a pressure campaign against the JFK School demanding to know “why the school awarded Richwine a Ph.D. and what they plan to do in the future to prevent it from happening again.”

No researcher or academic institution is safe if this smear campaign succeeds. Richwine’s dissertation committee at Harvard included George Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy. The Cuban-born scholar received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia. He is an award-winning labor economist, a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and the author of countless books, including a widely used labor economics textbook now in its sixth edition.

Richard J. Zeckhauser, the Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy at JFK, also signed off on Richwine’s dissertation. Zeckhauser earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard. He belongs to the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Sciences).

The final member of Richwine’s “racist” thesis committee is Christopher Jencks, the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at Harvard’s JFK School. He is a renowned left-wing academic who has taught at Harvard, Northwestern, the University of Chicago and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He edited the liberal New Republic magazine in the 1960s and has written several scholarly books tackling poverty, economic inequality, affirmative action, welfare reform and, yes, racial differences (“The Black-White Test Score Gap”).


These are serious people doing serious work. The crucifiers of Jason Richwine pretend to defend sound science. But if it is now inherently racist to study racial and ethnic differences among demographic groups, then it’s time to shut down every social sciences department in the country.

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  • joegoofinoff

    His thesis was good enough for Harvard, but many “conservatives” won’t stand by it.
    This concept of “conservative” is just a ploy anymore. There are no conservatives in places that have any clount now. As far as standing by Mr, Richwine, never happen. When the business of destroying Mr. Richwine gets underway, they’ll be in the forefront bringing the wood to burn him alive to show their love for Big Brother…

    • Dr. X

      Agreed. “Conservatives” and Republicans are merely “Democrat Lite.” All the cultural and political elites are basically on the same team. It’s no longer possible to shut down immigration entirely, as we did in 1924, or round up and deport illegal aliens as we did in “Operation Wetback” in 1954. If you even suggested these once-mainstream policies today, you’d be called a Nazi and your career would be destroyed. Only radical change and save America now, and it may be too late for
      even that.

      • Paleoconn

        Conservatism Inc. as vDare calls them.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Ok. IQ is not everything. It is a piece of the puzzle. I have said this before on this site that IQ is more about conformity that everything. Before everyone jumps all over me, hear me out, because this guy Richwine is completely in the right.

    Most of intelligence is based on crystallized intelligence which is based on prior learning, which is language based, which involves activities such as talking to one’s child in good English, reading to him or her, and other stimulating activities. Again, LANGUAGE. Vocabulary is the subtext embedded within the WAIS/WISC that is synonymous with concept of ‘g’ or General Intelligence. Bottom line is that bigger vocabulary = better potential for acquiring academic skills to succeed in life.

    Okay, so Blacks do not do well on IQ tests. Why? Their refusal to embrace white culture because of slavery.,,so they rebel by engaging on Ebonics speak with their kids at a young age. Consequently, no developed crystallized intelligence, no broad diction or vocabulary, then resulting in low performance on the Vocabulary subtest hence low IQ.

    Same with many Latinos. They adhere to their language stubbornly, speak only Spanish at home and then expect public schools to pick up the slack for their non conformity.

    Both groups want to dominate and do not want to assimilate. Their refusal to confirm manifests in poor school performance and poor life skills.

    Result: they cost us millions because they engage in criminality and other anti social behaviors because they refuse to assimilate! Learn English!

    If they would strive to conform by simply learning the language, it could work, but they are defiant and this defiance shines through in their IQ results.

    • Okay, so Blacks do not do well on IQ tests. Why? Their refusal to embrace white culture because of slavery.,,so they rebel by engaging on Ebonics speak with their kids at a young age. Consequently, no developed crystallized intelligence, no broad diction or vocabulary, then resulting in low performance on the Vocabulary subtest hence low IQ.

      Ebonics can’t really be used as an excuse for low IQ. Just because they say the word differently doesn’t mean they can’t develop the vocabulary to figure out synonyms and antonyms and the other subtests that are used in the WISC. I took the WISC in 5th grade. To me it was fun, doing things I liked anyway.

      • The__Bobster

        Mudflaps had low IQ’s before Ebonics ever existed.

        • sbuffalonative

          Ebonics is nothing less than another theory ( excuse ) to explain black failure.
          A disproportionate number of blacks perform badly with our without Ebonics.
          In raw numbers, blacks outnumber whites. If IQ was independent of race, we should see large numbers of blacks with high IQ. Even their large numbers do not produce a sizable percentage of high IQ blacks.

    • AutomaticSlim

      I agree that IQ is not everything (I have seen too many loser “geniuses”) and is only a piece to the puzzle, but I will never believe that blacks are not limited by their genetics. I have witnessed their behavior for too long, the violent tendencies and the total lack of impulse control, to believe that their jungle evolution will allow them to be anywhere near successful in a first world society. Less than 5% at best (maybe less than 1%?) might be able to do it, and that is being generous. These are the mutant blacks. And for the most part they are shunned by their own kind.

      • sbuffalonative

        Considering the large numbers of blacks and Hispanics, we should see large numbers of black and Hispanic geniuses but we don’t.

        The mythical “talented tenth” is much lower.

        • AutomaticSlim

          Forget geniuses. I’m saying that less than 5% of blacks can even be minimally productive in a civilized society. Mestizos maybe 30%?

    • I think your analysis slips up by assuming that Ebonics is a form of active rebellion, when it’s really just Belcurvii being their usual lazy low IQ selves.

    • me

      You have one piece of the puzzle, which is that some races have absolutely refused to assimilate into European American culture–which still is the official culture of the US, despite efforts to replace it. However, if you look at the countries of origin, and their infrastructure, their cultures, their achievements, etc., it’s all too easy to see the mental deficiencies tied to race. You don’t need to go to Harvard to see what is so obvious to anyone, even the deniers…. The billions of dollars in monetary aid, educational aid, etc. that Whites have poured into the continent of Africa over the past decades has done NOTHING to change the people. Haiti is another example. You can’t fix stupid….

      • Luca

        i used to wonder…do they refuse to assimilate or are they just not capable of a high level of civilization. I no longer do. Look to Africa, Haiti, Detroit or Jamaica and you’ll get your answer.

        • AutomaticSlim

          Agree 100% Luca.
          Results are the ultimate test.
          No accomplishments of any significance have come out of Sub Saharan Africa or the descendants thereof.

        • Dr. X

          Great point. Haiti is an excellent test case that can be compared to the “control group” of white nations in the Western Hemisphere. Like the U.S. and Canada, Haiti was once a colony of a European power. Like the U.S., Haiti fought a revolution for independence. Like the U.S., Haiti has been independent for just over 200 years. Yet the U.S. is the richest and most prosperous nation in the Western hemisphere, and Haiti, the only Black nation in the hemisphere, is dead last. What is the difference? Haiti is 98% Black, while the U.S. was historically 90% White.

      • White Mom in WDC

        Agree but look at it this way. Those cultures believe that their standard of living is just fine. Look at video on Liberia. Cannibalism is normal to them, we think its gross, in humane etc. Bottom line is that we are a majority white country and we need to keep it that way as we differ from other cultures in our fundamental values. IQ isn’t a factor here

        • me

          Culture IS a reflection of IQ. So are morals. There aren’t too many ‘evil geniuses’ committing crimes–they’re mostly idiots that overestimate their own intelligence. Higher intelligence means better impulse control, as well as the ability to feel empathy. Also, I agree that we need to hold on to our values and culture, no matter how much ‘diversity’ and ‘multiculturalism’ we’re being bombarded with…

          • White Mom in WDC

            What is intelligence? How does one define it?

          • me

            Not believing someone when they’re pissing on your leg and tell you it’s raining….

          • JohnEngelman

            Intelligence is the ability to learn facts quickly and use them in a creative manner. It is the ability to discern patterns. It is the ability to make distinctions.

          • Great answer.

          • Luca

            The ability to observe, to learn, to retain, to apply what you learn, to problem solve, to use what you learned and apply it again. To avoid problems. To trust what you see as opposed to what you are told.To learn from mistakes and not repeat them. And much more.

          • White Mom in WDC

            The reason why I posted this question was to make all of us whites think about IQ. As much as I do not like what happened to Richwine, we have to remember that Asians on average score higher on IQ tests YET, when it comes to ingenuity, I believe the whites take the prize. Race replacement enthusiasts may use IQ tests results as an excuse to flood our country with Asians, which to be quite frank I would not be happy about as I believe whites are a better ‘fit’ with the ideals of the US. To me, high IQ does not equal better and can actually lead to other problems. Look at Mozart, not exactly interpersonally intelligent. We should leave the US a white nation because it was started by whites. It’s that simple

          • Luca

            High IQ does not win the day, It takes a mix of IQ, morality, culture, ethics, hard work, integrity, risk taking, character, compassion, realism, education, logic, reason, rationale, skills and abilities.

            Our country was founded by a mix of many different men from different walks of life with different skills, IQ and abilities. What they had in common was they were all of European extraction, they were risk takers, and they were of good moral (Christian) character.

            Their manifesto indicated that “All men are created equal” so it leads me to believe that what they meant was that all people should have an opportunity to rise or fall based on their merits and efforts, not on nepotism or cronyism. We all have common rights. It does not mean that we are all carbon copies and will all have equal achievements.

            The US should be a majority White-Euro nation because frankly, that is what made it great. When the minorities become the majority, the country will take on a whole new negative character.

            Our nation has been betrayed by Liberals. Those Liberals come in all shapes, sizes, genders, religions, colors and ethnicities. They are using minorities and other interest groups as useful idiot voters and banding together to defeat the White, Christian, male power base in this country.

            We will never make progress until we recognize the problem. Too many people here take opposing sides based on their specific interests. I have always tried to be realistic in all my observations and opinions. The only thing I am diametrically opposed to is Liberalism, because it abandons common sense and reason. I have learned in life you cannot reason with unreasonable people.

            All the smoke and mirrors about male vs. female, white vs. black, left vs. right is all a distraction. I call it Liberalism because it is a common term but in reality these people are Neo-marxists.

            Know thy enemy.

          • White Mom in WDC

            I agree wholeheartedly

        • The__Bobster

          IQ creates the culture. It is a factor here.

    • Dave4088

      It won’t work under any circumstances. Most blacks and browns won’t assimilate because they can’t. It’s just not possible. It’s not a matter of exercising their free will to speak proper English and become law abiding.

      They have a visceral reaction to our race and culture much like we do to theirs. Nature is trying to tell us something but whites simply aren’t listening

      • White Mom in WDC

        I agree. This is where I bring in values or what psychology refers to as interpersonal functioning. Whites and Asians value order, work, cleanliness, .,,, Whites value independence within the structure of community while Blacks and Latinos value socialism and communism where community is perverted to squelch the individual

    • sbuffalonative

      IQ is not a guarantee of success. We all know very smart people who won’t or can’t live up to their potential. Likewise, average students often go on to start successful businesses. IQ and drive are independent of each other.
      However, while you can’t make a genius a success, likewise you can’t make someone of average intellegence a genius which is what the left desperately wants to believe. More money for schools and teacher, smaller class sizes, more minority teachers as role models haven’t and won’t transform average and low IQ kids into Issac Newtons.
      Or as Jesus said, ‘you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear’.

      • White Mom in WDC

        Ok. Look at it this way too. Richwine got thrown under the bus here over IQ. To be frank, I get tired about hearing IQ all the time as it can be alienating. I think this upset gives the White Nationalist movement an opportunity to examine white European values and how maintaining our value system is important and how other races must be schooled in our values in order to be productive US citizens. Before the book the Bell

    • ProWhite son of Jacob

      IQ tests today do not just test linguistic intelligence, but also visual-spacial intelligence, and the ability of your brain to think about things, not necessarily remember equations.

    • PDK

      There are only 2 important pieces to the jigsaw puzzle of humanity, IQ and maturity. Believe or not, you can take that to the bank. Thanks

  • HuffPo posted his dissertation to Scribd. ProQuest LLC holds copyright and gives them the right with the following disclaimer:
    Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission
    He should have known ProQuest would sell him out at the first chance when they are publishing posters for academic libraries such as:

    African Writers Series Poster | Customizable (PDF)
    Black Studies Center Poster | Customizable (PDF)
    CultureGrams African Culture Poster | Customizable (PDF)
    CultureGrams Movie Poster | Customizable (PDF)
    Ethnic NewsWatch Poster | Customizable (PDF)

    • Dr. X

      Oddly enough, they didn’t bother to post Michelle Obama’s thesis or find any academic writings from Barack, did they?

  • me


  • WR_the_realist

    There are biblical literalists who refuse to believe in evolution. I have looked at the evidence, and it is overwhelming. Evolution has happened. It is true that there is at present no good, thorough, testable theory for abiogenesis (the initial appearance of life from non-life) but rejecting all of evolution for that reason is like rejecting the theory of gravity because it hasn’t been unified with quantum mechanics. A good theory doesn’t have to explain everything, just a lot of things. The left loves to ridicule the biblical literalists for their backward views and their refusal to believe in evolution. There is also good evidence for global warming, although it is not unequivocal, and there is contrary evidence. The left loves to ridicule any global warming skeptic. But the left refuses to acknowledge that evolution has continued to take place over the past 100,000 years in human beings, and that natural selection in different human subgroups in different parts of the world has resulted in real average differences that matter. So here the left demonizes the pro-science side, and joins the biblical literalists in rejecting any objective results that contradict their ideology.

    • The__Bobster

      There is no good evidence for AGW. It’s been cherry-picked by frauds to promote the scam.

      • WR_the_realist

        I am well aware that when I say there is good overall evidence for global warming that the people with an ideological opposition to it will cherry pick the evidence against it.

        • Bill

          Unlike YOU of course. NO cherry picking in your barn, right?
          The entire global warming thing was outed as having been purposely built on purposely falsified data to promote an agenda.
          And saying that simply because there has been NO scientific experiment done which can produce life from non-life (the absolute basic requirement for evolution to be true) does not invalidate the entire argument is ridiculous. In the scientific world that is called an unproven and possibly false hypothesis, NOT proven science. You are turning the entire scientific process on it’s head, while claiming you represent scientific thought. Bah.

        • A Reader

          You got it altogether wrong, WR.

          A proof, in the scientific sense, survives any evidence to the contrary whether “cherry picked” or not.

          As a matter of fact, most of refutations of scientific falsehoods were based on “cherry picked” evidence, because that is exactly how the scientific refutation of a false claim works – one valid counterexample invalidates the claim.

          But most importantly, the burden of proof is on the claimant and not on his skeptics.

          In contemporary science, if you claim something you have a burden to prove it, and if you don’t then your claim remains just a claim even if your skeptics are unable to disprove it.

      • A Reader

        AGW theory is an unproven nonsense. Unless one understands “proven” as “imposed by political means”.

  • The__Bobster

    You can read Dr. Richwine’s Harvard Ph.D. dissertation, IQ and Immigration Policy, for yourself.

    The three Harvard scholars who signed off on it are

    – George Borjas is the leasing immigration economist. His Harvard Kennedy school bio reads:

    George J. Borjas is the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy. He received his PhD in economics from Columbia. His teaching and research interests focus on the impact of government regulations on labor markets, with an emphasis on the economic impact of immigration. He is the author of Wage Policy in the Federal Bureaucracy; Friends or Strangers: The Impact of Immigrants on the U.S. Economy; Heaven’s Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy; and the textbook Labor Economics. He also edited Immigration and the Work Force; Issues in the Economics of Immigration; and Poverty, International Migration and Asylum.

    – Richard J. Zeckhauser, whose Kennedy School of Government bio reads:

    Richard Zeckhauser is the Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy. Much of his conceptual research examines possibilities for democratic, decentralized allocation procedures. … He has been elected as a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Sciences and as a member of the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Sciences). … He serves as a Trustee for The Commonwealth School and as a member of NBER, the Russell Sage Roundtable in Behavioral Economics, the Academic Advisory Committee, American Enterprise Institute, and the OECD High Level Advisory Board on Large-Scale Catastrophes. … He holds a BA (summa cum laude) and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.

    – Christopher Jencks, who has been perhaps the leading left-of-center social scientist of his era. My first published work was a letter-to-the-editor that appeared in National Review over 40 years ago making a joke about Jencks’ meta-analysis of the Coleman Report, his 1972 book Inequality: A Reassessment of the Effect of Family and Schooling in America. Jencks characterized himself in that books as a “socialist.” Jencks has contributed two dozen pieces to the New York Review of Books since 1964. Jencks’ book The Black-White Test Score Gap was the most scholarly left-of-center response to The Bell Curve.

    In other words, these three guys are social science heavyweights. Jencks, for example, knows vastly more about IQ than everybody screaming at Richwine put together.

  • Paleoconn

    As Peter Brimelow on vDare quotes a Harvard academic saying surrounding this witchhunt: this is not a free country.

  • Ella

    Ironically many minorities make a living off of studying and teaching race/ethnic differences, but Whites as we know are typically silenced.

    Liberals want to throw endless billions onto immigrant groups (votes to maintain power) in the name of “compassion” taking away needed funding for American schools. It takes 2-3 generations to increase overall group IQ; billion dollar programs won’t hasten the process.

  • Anyone with sound political instincts knows the real target of the Left’s wrath is far less Jason Richwine than those institutions, not even necessarily conservative, that have supported him over the years. That includes Harvard, who awarded him a doctorate. Nobody is safe. With each victory, the Left becomes more emboldened.

    I regard the Daily Kos as a menace to a free society.

    • A Reader


      The Daily Kos is a HOSTILE menace to a free society.

  • PDK/Kelto-Scandi Secessionist

    “If you tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth”,
    Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda. This is one of the liberal
    commandments in their quest to influence and control all the people, and
    further, to muster them into the liberal ideological fold. Liberals, among other
    realities, practice revisionist history.

    The republicans let in the 3rd worlders for cheap
    labor; so said the liberals and their liberal propaganda.

    In 1965, the liberal democrat, Edward Moore Kennedy, that’s
    right MR. Chappaquiddick himself, the liberal’s lyin lion of the senate, baby
    of the Kennedy family and obviously the runt of the litter, pushed hard for the
    1965 Immigration and Reform Act, harping and exclaiming that the act would not
    change America’s demographics. Then why change the law Ted?

    History tells a different

    As the 1965 act began to change America’s demographics,
    liberals began their chant, it is the republicans fault, they want cheap labor.
    The truth be told, liberal capitalist wanted cheap labor just as much as
    conservative capitalist, perhaps more so as that type of labor is cheating, and
    cheating like all immature traits, is the purview of liberals, and therefore
    the liberal democrat party.

    This bought the liberals and the democrat party the time
    they needed to allow into America, millions upon millions of lower IQed,
    hateful of American success and prestige, 3rd world, loser people,
    who further were not future Americans, but rather, future democrat voters.

    Liberals hate G.W.Bush almost as much as they hate R.M.Nixon,
    who cleaned up the liberal democrat, LBJ’s mess of huge proportions, by ending
    his ill begotten war in Vietnam, and further did so by giving America, “peace
    with honor”, just as he promised. It’s no wonder why liberals hate RMN so much.

    Y2K, the birth of the new century and the new millennium,
    was the year America’s King Belshazzar’s writing on the wall appeared. G.W.Bush
    just won the electoral vote, 271 for Bush, to 266 for Gore. Gore won the
    popular vote by 544,000 votes, making it clear America was no longer a
    Republic, but instead, a democracy; as Ben Franklin said, “We gave you a
    Republic, if you can keep it”. We could not keep it.

    G.W.Bush’s “compassionate conservatism”, now necessary to
    win votes, was a doff of the hat, and a reflection of acknowledgement, to
    liberal ideology’s successful pursuit to transmogrify America, from a Republic
    into a democracy, a fully enfranchised democracy. To be hard core, or mid core
    conservative now meant un-electability.

    In America’s 2012 election, for the anti-American Messiah,
    liberal democrat, BHO to be re-elected after all his liberal ideology did to
    America in his first term, reflects without a doubt, that America has succumbed
    to liberal ideology.

    The Republican Party no longer reflects its namesake,
    Republic, but rather has adopted democracy as the lay of America’s land. They,
    the republicans, like little Bo Peep, have lost their sheep and don’t know
    where to find them.

    America is a walking dead man, just like all white,
    nation-states the world over. All of the white man’s countries are dying and
    cannot be resuscitated as the poison of liberal ideology and its ally in
    nefarity, democracy, the drug of choice by the immature, has brought our
    countries deep into our death throws.

    The only sane choice for non-liberal, mature whites is to secede
    from white liberals, the immature and insane, and their lower IQed, immature
    allies in a fully enfranchised democracy, the blacks, browns, Islamics and others,
    into our own nation-state, where forth those of said alliance are either
    outlawed or disenfranchised, from the beginning.

    Liberalism is the cancer of the white race.

    Liberalism is the iceberg targeting our white race’s

    Secession is the answer, the only answer. Thank you.

  • stuart mcmahon

    black iq is suitable for africa, so they should return asap