You can’t make this stuff up: Now just not being stupid is some kind of “privilege.” No shit. Excerpt:
Here’s the Daily Iowan. The college paper of the University of Iowa. And where better to denounce “cognitive privilege” than a college paper.
There are many kinds of privilege besides white privilege: cognitive privilege, for example. We now know that intelligence is not something we have significant control over but is something we are born with. We are living in a society in which success is increasingly linked to one’s intelligence. … Thus, the accident of having been born smart enough to be able to be successful is a great benefit that you did absolutely nothing to earn. Consequently, you have nothing to be proud of for being smart.
Dan Williams, the author, of this piece, is justly not proud.
Now you might think that this is satire. It has to be satire. But these days there really is no way to tell.
We do in fact have a significant degree of control over our intelligence. Just as we do over our muscles. You may be born with athletic aptitudes, but if you spend your life eating giant chocolate cakes while watching Netflix, it probably isn’t going to happen. Likewise if you abuse whatever native intellectual potential you have by believing leftist ideology, you have only yourself to blame for your lack of cognitive privilege.
Nobody is born “equal”. But we develop our abilities. That’s where the merit part comes in.
There is something to be proud of for sinking that basket or composing that piece of music or being able to note the witless privilege of the left. It’s the pride you take in learning and achieving through your own efforts.
Still – even if we accept this young jackwagon’s premise, that simply not being a drooling imbecile constitutes “privilege” – a privilege to which it is manifestly unclear applies to Mr. Williams himself – then what does he propose we do to address the supposed injustice?
Almost certainly the answer will involve taking someone’s property away through force of law and giving it to someone who did nothing to earn it.