American colleges have increasingly gone mad. It’s from intellectual incest in institutions that hire only people who reinforce their own views.
If you’re a European history major, you know about sanctioned incest within the royal families of Europe. Since theirs was a small community, they repeatedly married cousins, until a very small number of people often shared an identical gene pool. The illness and madness that resulted from this practice sometimes changed history and invariably brought misery to those countries whose leaders were incapable of good rule.
The picture above is of Charles II of Spain, who lived from 1661-1700. He was the last member of the Spanish Hapsburg royal family. You can always spot them in portraits because of the infamous “Hapsburg jaw,” a malformation due to centuries of inbreeding.
Poor Charles didn’t just end up with that jaw and the massive nose. After all, when you’re a king, being ugly is not really a problem. What is a big problem is severe mental instability. Wikipedia has a précis that neatly identifies the many infirmities under which Charles labored (footnotes omitted):
Charles was physically and mentally disabled and infertile, possibly due to this massive inbreeding. Due to the deaths of his half brothers, he was the last member of the male Spanish Habsburg line.
Charles did not learn to speak until the age of four nor to walk until eight, and was treated as virtually an infant until he was ten years old. His jaw was so badly deformed (an extreme example of the so-called Habsburg jaw) that he could barely speak or chew. Fearing the frail child would be overtaxed, his caretakers did not force Charles to attend school. The indolence of the young Charles was indulged to such an extent that at times he was not expected to be clean. When his half-brother Don Juan José of Austria, an illegitimate son of Philip IV, obtained power by exiling the queen mother from court, he covered his nose and insisted that the king at least brush his hair.
The beautifully rendered family tree, below, gives you some idea of just how few genes poor Charles had to draw upon (click on image to enlarge). You can see that the problem with incest starts at the top — Joanna of Castile, the Hapsburg matriarch whose genes were locked into the family’s tight breeding pool, was known as Joanna the Mad.