Why is intelligence privilege never discussed among the multiplicities of privileges? So, SJWs talk about: oh, why are only men scientists? Why are there no trans bathrooms? Why are airplane seats too small for my fat ass? Why is the movie Frozen full of white people? Why are the wealthy better educated? (Well, they don’t really talk about that one; that’s Old Left.) And so on.
But not a one ever asks the question that is absolutely the consensus most important privilege in any modern, technocratic state: why are smart people in charge?
Think about it. Who among the SJWs out there is advocating for the mentally handicapped to be CEOs? For the lukewarm to be particle physicists? Not a one. But, why? Ex hypothesi, the world and everything in it is socially-constructed, and privileges are infinitely malleable—with enough shame, enough awareness, enough “signal boost,” gays can marry in Utah (and something about the Arab Spring probably though that doesn’t have anything to do with fanfic so not interested). So why are SJWs not agitating for social change re: intelligence privilege?
It’s simple, of course. Because a world where the smart were not in charge would look pretty much like subsaharan Africa does today, for similar reasons. And everyone recognizes it, at least implicitly.
But that admits of a lot, doesn’t it? Namely, it admits that there are such things as appropriate privileges; or, alternatively, privilege is, in some instances, not a “privilege,” but is instead a necessary feature of the organization of social bodies. Without “intelligence privilege,” there could be no organization of society in the first instance. And, again, we have reams of data on this, and we can also just go look at aboriginal peoples (where intelligence privilege is not possible for want of intelligence) and see how they’re doing, and how they’ve historically done.
So, then, if we admit that some privileges are features of a well-functioning society, could that argument apply mutatis mutandis to other privileges? ”Able” privilege, “thin” privilege, “cis” privilege … “male” privilege? White privilege? More argument is required on all of these scores—it doesn’t appear as a brute fact about the world as the necessity of intelligence privilege does. But, what it does do is cast into doubt the idea that privilege, or the notion that some groups are better off than others, is non-necessary or can be changed by social action (i.e., reblogging). Perhaps privilege supervenes upon a well-ordered society. Intelligence privilege manifestly does, at any rate.