Sociologists assume that a man lacking a job is the fault of the economic system. He would take any job if it were simply available. Common sense and behavioral genetic research contradict this. Industriousness is largely caused by genes, and people vary a great deal in this trait. Some people cannot take it easy, and some cannot not take it easy. I've talked to many people over the years who refuse to take jobs that are not acceptable to them. That's the reality in America. Sure, you might have a small percentage with REAL health problems, but those are the exceptions.
So I'm going to use full-time work as a measure of industriousness. I'm interested in racial and ethnic differences. Men and women still differ in employment, so let's focus on just the men. Here are the percentages of American men ages 30-64 who are employed full-time listed by ethnic group:
Percent employed full-time
Asian Indian 85.0
West Indian 78.6
US Total 75.7
French Canadian 75.1
Puerto Rican 68.6
American Indian 55.6
Looks about right. For a moment, let's compare the top group with the lowest. If it were true that discrimination determines who works, why would Asian Indians surpass every single white group? Wouldn't a bigot choose the lamest white person over a South Asian? While American Indians are also non-whites, at least most of them are Christians. Wouldn't a bigot choose a Christian over a heathen Hindu? American Indians have a tragic history, and whites feel bad about that. They were here long before Europeans. Wouldn't an employer choose a Real Red American over an immigrant invader, just off the boat?
And yet, Asian Indians tower over all other groups. Why? Because biology explains better than sociology.
By the way, I'm at a cafe, and seated at the next table over is a Native American. He's super friendly. He's always here, and I'm not sure he's old enough to be retired, but he doesn't seem particularly busy. The Asian Indian guy I always see here is also popular, but he owns a business and uses the cafe to network.
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