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Another NYT Review of Wade's "A Troublesome Inheritance"

The New York Times sees fit to run a second review of veteran New York Times reporter Nicholas Wade’s book A Troublesome Inheritance, although it doesn’t seem much different from the first one:


The Fault in Our DNA
‘A Troublesome Inheritance’ and ‘Inheritance’

In his 2007 book “A Farewell to Alms,” the economic historian Gregory Clark argued that the English came to rule the world largely because their rich outbred their poor, and thus embedded their superior genes and values throughout the nation. In her comprehensive takedown, the historian Deirdre N. McCloskey noted that Clark’s idea was a “bold hypothesis, and was bold when first articulated by social Darwinists such as Charles Davenport and Francis Galton in the century before last.”

Thank goodness that we don’t have to listen to all these frothing, biased lunatics like Wade, Clark, Davenport, and Galton because we have the level-headed, dispassionate, disinterested Dr. McCloskey as our unquestionable ultimate authority.

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