Arthur Kemp: The Intelligence of White Rhodesians

white Rhodesians are an elite element within the English-speaking world in terms of psychometric intelligence. This finding is reinforced by visual impressions. Salisbury whites appear larger, healthier, more vigorous, alert and bright than London whites… 

Original post by Arthur Kemp, author of March of The Titans: The Complete History of The White Race:

From INTELLIGENCE: THE MENSA JOURNAL No. 97, MARCH 1967, p. 1. By Nathaniel Weyl.

For the past five years, all Standard Two European, Coloured and Asiatic students in the Salisbury District of Rhodesia (which contains over 50 per cent of the white population) have been given South African group intelligence tests. Those scoring 130+ have then been tested individually, using the latest international standardization of the Terman-Merrill test.* 

About 95 per cent of those scoring 130+ on the group test did so on the individual test. The Terman-Merrill tests revealed that about 7 per cent of the white children in the government schools of the Salisbury district had IQs of 130 or better. This compares with about 2.5 per cent in that range in the U.K. and the U.S. and about 3 per cent in New Zealand. Group testing of pupils in privately operated schools indicated that their inclusion would not have lowered the percentage of gifted children. 


Thus, white Rhodesians are an elite element within the English-speaking world in terms of psychometric intelligence. This finding is reinforced by visual impressions. Salisbury whites appear larger, healthier, more vigorous, alert and bright than London whites. Beatniks, transvestites and obvious homosexuals are conspicuously absent. 

Among the reasons offered for the intellectual superiority of white Rhodesian children were: 

(1). The Group Test is a much better instrument than the subjective opinions of teachers for winnowing out gifted children from the mass. 

(2). Rhodesian policy is to exclude immigrants who lack jobs, thus minimising the influx of unskilled, uneducated and incompetent elements. 

(3). Since the white minority must provide managerial, scientific, professional and intellectual leadership for the Africans as well as the Europeans, the demand for elite elements is enormous. Rhodesian officials estimate that 15 per cent of their white population consists of professionals and highly skilled technicians as against 10 per cent in the case of white South Africans and only 6 per cent in the case of the British. (The tests showed that the Coloured and Asiatic children made quantitatively insignificant contributions to the 130+ IQ group.) 

(4). Immigration to developing frontier countries is probably positively selective for self-reliance and intelligence. Of the 800 or so white Rhodesian children who scored 130 or better, no less than twelve were shown to have IQs in the 180+ range. This again is a multiplier of the normal IQ distribution. 

Sensitive Barometers 

I should like to make two additional comments on these test results, for which no Rhodesians bear any responsibility: 

First: Antony Bowl of Bulawayo complained in a recent letter to Interim that Rhodesians tend to be non-intellectual and evince practically no interest in Mensa. Surely Mensans tend to be people with low boring points and one of the main reasons for joining Mensa is to escape the society of tedious people. Accordingly, the attraction of Mensa should vary inversely with the average IQ of the population to which the potential members belong. 

Second: Small, emergent nations such as Rhodesia may be sensitive barometers of the brain drain from older and more decadent ones. The IQ enrichment of the former is a harbinger of the IQ impoverishment of the latter. Obviously, punitive taxation of the successful, the imposition of economic hardship on young professionals, the underpayment of the creative elites and the over-payment of the subnormal and the mediocre will encourage some gifted people to emigrate and others to have small families while stimulating the exuberant reproduction of the intellectually under-endowed. Social planning of this sort has the dual advantage of eliminating nonconformists, malcontents and trouble-makers, and of reducing mean IQs to levels at which the population can readily be managed by its socialist rulers. Given this state of affairs, the emergence of overseas white elite communities, such as that of Rhodesia, should come as no surprise. What is most interesting, and to this writer unexpected, is that the extrusion of brain from socialist Britain seems to be far more effective at the so-called genius level of 180+ than at the merely talented level of 130+.


* I am indebted to Mr. H. Hall, psychologist of the Rhodesian Ministry of Education, for this information on Rhodesian IQs, and to Mr. Arthur Philip Smith, Minister of Education, for making it available. I visited Rhodesia in November 1966.

Nathaniel Weyl: 

Nathaniel Weyl, a writer and economist who was best known for the minor role he played in the Alger Hiss spy case, died on April 13 at his home in Ojai, Calif. He was 94. Mr. Weyl died of natural causes, said his stepdaughter Georgianne Cowan. 

One of a type of mid-century American intellectual who repudiated youthful communist affiliation and tilted toward conservative thought, Mr. Weyl wrote several books, and two of them, “Treason” (1950) and “Red Star Over Cuba” (1960), aroused critical interest and set off discussion in their times. But it was his admission that he had been a communist in the 1930’s, and a member of the so-called Ware Group along with Hiss, that earned Mr. Weyl a measure of notoriety. Mr. Weyl (pronounced “while”) had been active in leftist student groups while he was an undergraduate at Columbia College. He left academic life for Washington in 1933 and joined the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, where he was recruited into a communist cell that, he would later testify, included Hiss.

According to Ms. Cowan, in later life Mr. Weyl moderated his conservative views, and voted for Bill Clinton and John Kerry. Nathaniel Weyl was born on July 20, 1910, in New York City, the only child of Walter Edward Weyl, a founder of The New Republic and a prominent progressive, and Bertha Poole Weyl. He received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in 1931 and did some postgraduate work at the London School of Economics and at Columbia University. He spent two years overseas in the Army in World War II. Bio from the N.Y. Times of May 8, 2005 

From the Foreward: “The idea for writing this book came from a perusal of the history section of the Jagger Library at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1983. While undertaking some unrelated research, I chanced upon a book dealing with the history of the Chinese people.
Intrigued, I investigated further in that section of the library. I found rows of books dealing with the history of the Japanese, the black race, the Incas, Aztecs, the Australian Aborigines, the Arabs, the Native Americans, the Polynesians—in fact there was a history of every people and every race on earth—except, much to my surprise, the white race.
This lack of a history of the white people of the world has persisted to this day: and it is to correct this imbalance that this book has been written. As it is a history of a defined race, not of any particular country, its narrative follows several continents and centuries, not limiting itself to any one geographical region.
I have always felt that the point of studying history is not the memorizing of some dates and facts, but rather the search for and discovery of the forces causing the results we see before our eyes as historical events.
History lost its value through the efforts of academics producing lists of meaningless dates and names, expecting everyone else to be as interested in their lists as they are.
The proper study of history is in reality a tremendously exciting field of endeavour—the exploits and tribulations detailed in this book will hopefully convince sceptics of this!
More importantly, history does indeed contain lessons—sobering ones, with massive implications. As this book will show, it raises issues which confronted past civilizations and which confront modern society—how we answer them will determine if our society will survive or vanish like those of old.
Arthur Kemp
14 September 1998, Oxford, UK”
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  1. WakeyWakey says:

    Arthur Kemp: “History lost its value through the efforts of academics producing lists of meaningless dates and names, expecting everyone else to be as interested in their lists as they are.
    The proper study of history is in reality a tremendously exciting field of endeavour..”

    Rhodesian history storyteller 5 Romeo Romeo’s fascinating historical accounts brings alive Rhodesia’s history like no other. It would be interesting to both Rhodesians/Zimbabweans and others with curiosity to leave aside all propaganda and hear all sides of the his-story. Here are the first 3 episodes. He has now told the stories in 8 episodes (The Battle of the Bembezi) and still going strong:

    Rhodesian History Ep 1: Three Great Men

    Rhodesian History Ep 2: Living with the Matabele

    Rhodesian History Ep 3: An Uneasy Crown

    • Linde says:

      One of the great things about 5RR’s Rhodesian History series is that it is on the joutube. The Karens / Kevins with their kids in the Marxist public schools will OK the tutors introducing their children to this material because it meets joutube Marxist community standards – while being totally subversive of Communism. With the little blokes who grew up on Sesame Street having to practice ‘Todd’ behaviour with the BIPOCs and then have to start learning Critical Race Theory in pre-school, the Counter Revolutionaries infiltrating the schools naturally want these kids off the kale and lentil burgers and listening to 5RR as soon as possible.

  2. Linde says:

    Fascinating observations from Arthur Kemp. Very glad you published here. “Immigration to developing frontier countries is probably positively selective for self reliance and intelligence.” This generalization rings true.

    In Rhodesia, this would have been reinforced by the electoral process. One had to have attained a certain level of economic sufficiency to vote in the elections. Western nations could go along way towards restoring our traditional democratic institutions from the present communist subversion and its ideologies of ‘equalism’ by adopting the electoral provisions of the Rhodesian Constitution. The Counter Revolution as it musters across the Anglo-sphere will find this document of greatest interest on the subject of the qualified franchise.

    The Rhodesian franchise is an example of making the Westminster democratic process work for the society as a whole by creating a leadership base with intelligence, capability / skillsets and qualities necessary to build their own economic life within the system.

    • WakeyWakey says:

      Very true Linde. And most important of all (imho), do like the Rhodesians did, and don’t pay the MPs! Make it voluntary work as a duty to the nation of those with the ability and popularity to serve. Nor provide them with a ‘business expenses account’. Only train fairs to parliament were reimbursed. Air travel was for their own expense. For those unaware, Rhodesian politicians had to keep their previous careers going to earn an income. This no doubt filtered out a lot of deviant personalities right there. It also prevented the most corruptible of all – the career politician. Every Rhodesian politician understood what it was like in the real world of business and survival because they directly experienced it, whether they were farmers or lawyers.

      Can you imagine how different the Zimbabwe, S African, Australian and U.S. situation would be today if the same applied? Even mayors have been corrupted by the UN’s ngo ICLEI, the clandestine organization out of Germany that is infiltrating and taking over covertly all municipalities in order to enable direct rule of each household/private property by the UN through our local councils.

      Whether you live in the U.S., Australia, or S.A., check if your local council is a member of ICLEI and get rid of them. Caution: due to their infamy they deceitfully come under other names as well.

  3. Linde says:

    Hi WakeyWaky. The importance of details. Can you imagine getting traditional Westminster ideas like ‘to minister’ and ‘to serve’ back into public service. I think this is an important fact – the Rhodesians did not pay the MPs. Another excellent inducement to get the most civic minded and capable persons from across a range of employment. The Rhodesian statecraft is virtually a blueprint on how to restore Western government for the Anglosphere. Thank you for sharing. An Australian note – all the LGAs here have ICLEI connections. This info surfaced during the geo-engineered bushfires fo 2019 – 2020.

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