(TheBlaze) “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua, a Yale professor who raised eyebrows in 2011 with claims that Chinese moms have more successful kids and are better parents, is back with a controversial new book that explains why she believes some religions and races are more successful in America than their fellow cohorts.
In “The Triple Package,” Chua and her co-author… argue that “some groups in America do better than others,” basing the results on income, test scores and other metrics.
Of those groups, the duo cites two religious groups: The Church of Latter-day Saints and the Jewish faith. On the race front, they argue that Indians, Chinese, Iranians, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians and Cuban exiles have also achieved a higher level of success in America.
So why do some groups rise according to them?
Chua and Rubenfeld argue that some groups simply “have a cultural edge” that better allows them to take advantage of opportunities. Breaking down the “triple package” the authors move point by point in explaining how Mormons, Jews and the aforementioned race groups differ from the general American culture.
“A superiority complex, insecurity, impulse control — these are the elements of the Triple Package, the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives disproportionate group success,”. “The Triple Package is open to anyone. America itself was once a Triple Package culture. It’s been losing that edge for a long time now.”
First and foremost, …believe that Americans are taught that no group is superior to another and that everyone is equal. In contrast, they say, the most successful religious and race groups see themselves as exceptional — or even chosen. This, of course, is the “superiority” factor and it apparently goes a long way toward success in life.
Then there’s “insecurity.” The authors contend that in the most successful religious and racial groups “people tend to feel insecure, inadequate, that they have to prove themselves.” This can purportedly drive members of these groups to seek success.
And last, there’s “impulse control,” or the ability to profoundly exert control over oneself. While the authors believe that America touts immediate gratification, the most successful groups have what they say is a higher level of self-discipline and control. “Impulse control refers to the ability to resist temptation, especially the temptation to give up in the face of hardship or quit instead of persevering at a difficult task,”
“Paradoxically, in modern America, a group has an edge if it doesn’t buy into — or hasn’t yet bought into — mainstream, post-1960s, liberal American principles,”.