Picking on Ben Carson, the HUD Secretary, is a specialty of mine. It is apropos and warranted though in this regard Caleb. And reducing him to the phenomena of luck — which includes every living creature on earth makes him no more or no less special in the grand scheme of things.
Both Carson and Trump are a byproduct of stupidity in Nature and its relative frequency. It is a constant in terms of distribution whether it is amongst whites in the US who hold a majority or amongst blacks who are a minority, or Latinos a bigger minority, or even Asian Americans which are a smaller minority, the frequency relative to their respective population sizes is constant because it is independent of the size of the group.
The same goes for those who are categorically and relatively successful in a narrow subset or scope in a given field. The distribution of stupidity remains constant. There are many, and I do mean many, stupid real estate entrepreneurs who are wildly successful. And just as the same, its relative frequency among doctors who have become wildly successful are also dangerously stupid, respectively.
We do not know how Nature achieves this remarkable result but we know that in order to achieve it Nature must operate with large numbers. The most remarkable fact about the frequency of stupidity is that Nature succeeds in making this frequency equal to the probability quite independently from the size of the group.
Thus one finds the same percentage of stupid people whether one is considering very large groups or one is dealing with very small ones. No other set of observable phenomena offers such striking proof of the powers of Nature.___Carlo Cippola
*Emphasis on large numbers.
To my point there are no exceptions.
Both Carson and Trump (and others) for some odd reason are seen as the exception— erroneously, due to their relative notoriety and class status which is based on a Matthew Effect, and or just dumb luck — there is nothing divine nor spectacular going on here.
Social factors like inequality and absurd fascinations with authoritarianism obfuscates our loose interpretations — He is a successful businessman so that makes him a great leader, or he is a successful brain surgeon so that makes him fit to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development — which distorts reality leading to terrible rationale.
A source of that distortion is made possible by the evangelical christian groups whose absurd views of authoritarianism is endemic enabling stupidity to become more and more pandemic in range and in scope.