It is not so much that intelligence is over rated as a causative agent but that it has its limitations. There have been studies done that showed that IQ was not a good predictor of productivity for Ph. D.s above a given level in measured intelligence on normal scales. Above a certain point, which I do not remember, it made no difference. Productivity became a matter of work effort put in, not intelligence. But there was also a point, which again I do not remember, below which it became very difficult for one to get through the Ph. D. filter although not entirely impossible.
There is a very well thought out and documented publication, An Underground History of American Education
by John Taylor Gatto which describes how the American educational system has been rendered ineffective and deliberately, starting with the "Robber Barrons" of the past history of American capitalism. Tom knows of it and agrees with its conclusions and home schooled his children. I attempted to do the same but without success for various reasons mostly not under my control. Here is a link to a PDF version: http://mhkeehn.tripod.com/ughoae.pdf
I presume that it is authorized as Gatto's web site provides it in full for free. So I think that education in our schools can have a great deal to do with the suppression of the 99% by the 1% in general.
While you have done a considerable amount of hand waving, I do not believe that you have ever really refuted the thesis I presented in the thread about Required Reading, etc. And I believe the general logic of my concept to indict Congress for its malfeasance in regards to Grover Norquist and his pledge to never raise taxes, particularly in favor of the very rich has been proven by the fact that 100+ members of Congress wrote and signed a letter rejecting this pledge on the very basis that I stated: It violates their oaths to support the Constitution over all other considerations.
I do not consider myself to be attacking you but only those ideas that you state which I consider to be in error. Having had some limited discussion from Tom in regards to these concepts I have been presenting, I do not see that he is in disagreement or considers them to be other than in line with MBT
principles. If you identify yourself totally with these ideas I disagree with, I guess that there is no way around your seeing this as an attack on you. However, I do not so see it. I see it as a matter of attempting to show you aspects of MBT
principles that I do not think that you understand.
Ted Fred here, in your comments MBT principles I assume you basically mean positive evolution towards(LOVE) our intended direction? Fred searching for truth