Edge posted its annual question: What Should We Be Worried About? They received 150 responses from intellectuals and meritocrats, who are obviously blind to the main worry we non-meritocrats have: Genetic inequality.
Certainly Douglas T. Kenrick, Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University, touches on this inequality when he writes:
Just as countries differ in their distribution of wealth, they also differ in their distribution of IQ. ... Having a high IQ intellectual class—lots of people with accomplishments in science, math, technology and engineering—translated directly into more wealth for a country. To put it into purely economic terms, an increase of 1 IQ point among average citizens increases a country's average GDP by $229, whereas an increase of 1 IQ point in the intellectual elite is worth $468.
And Geoffrey Miller, Evolutionary psychologist, NYU Stern Business School and University of New Mexico, touches on another piece of the puzzle:
[China] is currently doing whole-genome sequencing of 1,000 very-high-IQ people around the world, hunting for sets of sets of IQ-predicting alleles. ... These IQ gene-sets will be found eventually. ... Potentially, the results would allow all Chinese couples to maximize the intelligence of their offspring by selecting among their own fertilized eggs for the one or two that include the highest likelihood of the highest intelligence. ... After a couple of generations, it would be game over for Western global competitiveness.
Yet meritocrats won't state the obvious conclusion: Genetic inequality is what we should be worried about.