Here’s the incomparable Jordan Peterson, talking about a frightening statistic. I urge you to watch it first before continuing to read this post.Peterson worries about how to address the problem of low-IQ population, but he should perhaps avail himself of a study of how The Netherlands handles it.
Whenever you see Dutch unemployment statistics, you have to add 9% to whatever the number is, So, for example, if they say that unemployment stands at 5%, it’s actually more like 14%.
This is not really an attempt to cook the books, so to speak, because the ever-pragmatic Dutch worked out a long time ago that about 10% of their ordinary population (the statistic that terrifies Peterson) is ineducable and therefore probably unemployable, in any kind of meaningful job or income-bearing activity. They have therefore set up a comfortable system aimed at that decile — comfortable in that state welfare carries enough benefits (e.g. everyone is entitled to a modest home, furniture and TV, with food stamps to cover basic nutritional needs) so that the needs of that 10% are met in order to live outside abject poverty and misery.
Is that system open to abuse and fraud? Yes, of course it is; but the Dutch take great care to ensure that it isn’t. (Actual crime, needless to say, is left for the police to handle.) Successive Dutch governments have also undermined their own system by allowing into the Netherlands a jillion Third World immigrants, who are very adept at gaming the system and will eventually cause the whole thing to collapse; but that’s an issue for another time. (The current movement headed by people like politician Geert Wilders that wants to limit further immigration is composed of people who have seen the coming catastrophe. Need less to say, that’s why Wilders has to live a life in the shadows after all the death threats aimed at him and his family by the aforementioned immigrant population.)
I’m not suggesting that the U.S. should adopt a similar, Dutch-like policy because our status quo already contains a double-jillion of the aforesaid Third Worlders, and any such policy would be doomed to failure right out of the gate.
Nevertheless, it is an interesting hypothesis, albeit one abhorrent to most conservatives, in that it ties in with a government policy which worked quite successfully for many decades, because the pragmatic and liberal Dutch people saw a real social benefit — and not just for reasons of altruism — in taking care of the ineducable and unemployable.