Milo Yiannopoulos rose to the top of the alt-right universe thanks to his incredibly high verbal IQ, flamboyant gay enthusiasm and the fact that he is fanatically pro-Trump enough to appeal to the masses yet pro-Neocon enough to appeal to the elites who manipulate those masses.
However his career appears to have imploded after the media learned he made the following comments that appeared to some to be defending pederasty:
In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men — the sort of ‘coming of age’ relationships — the relationships in which those older men help those young boys to discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable sort of rock
This was an incredibly stupid comment on two levels: First, there’s a huge difference between young people needing adult role models and mentors who understand what they’re going through, and those adult role models having sex with them. When you’re young your sexuality is still developing and any kind of deviant or traumatic experience can permanently affect it.
Secondly, if he’s going to have a theory that disgusting, he should at least be smart enough to keep it to himself.
Verbal IQ allowed Milo to rise to the top, but a lack of Theory of Mind IQ appears to have caused him to come crashing down.
I’m reminded of a great quote from the late great J.P. Rushton who told me:
All of us have successes. All of us make mistakes. But high IQ people tend to get further ahead in life, partly because they make fewer mistakes.
One of the reasons the correlation between IQ and MEASURABLE cumulative life-time earnings might be as high as 0.5 is that free market punishes dumb mistakes. Milo just lost an incredibley lucrative book deal and he’s lost his massive platform at the well funded Breitbart.
My first clue that Milo’s Theory of Mind IQ was not that high was when he described Trump as one of the smartest people in the country; “he’s so, so clever” Milo gushed.
“You know when you talk about intelligence, there are so many different parts to it, ” a wise mentor once told me. “It’s memorization, it’s pattern recognition, it’s…”
The speed of the brain?
“That’s only one part of it!” my mentor said: “If you want a single umbrella to cover ALL of intelligence….” he said, slowly, carefully, spreading out his arms as far as they would reach to convey the utter vastness of the entity he was describing, “then it’s the ability to adapt; to take whatever situation you’re in, and turn it around to your advantage. That’s really what intelligence is”
Here we see Milo used one part of intelligence to get to the top (verbal IQ), but his lack of another part of intelligence (Theory of Mind IQ) derailed his success. In order to get to the absolute top of America, you can’t just be a one-trick pony. You must be able to adapt.